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  • Chichibu Fino Sherry Single Cask for Shinanoya

    Nonjatta
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoOur friends at Shinanoya are celebrating another milestone with yet another really special release. Their latest bottling is the 100th since they started their flagship “Chess” series, way back in October 2007. They're not scared of a bit of hard work there, that's for sure. Their 100th bottling is a 4yo Chichibu. "So, what's new?" I hear you say. Well, what's new is that for the first time, we have a sherry-matured Chichibu: this single cask (#2625, 2010/2014) was drawn from a Fino sherry hogshead (bottled at cask strength, 59.7&abv). What a…
  • The World's First Taste of Glenrothes 1992

    The Joy of Drinking
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    I don't think that small Asian girls are commonly pegged as Scotch enthusiasts (for shame!), but I have to admit that I do love to enjoy a sip of smokey whisky every now and again, especially with my favorite albums on slow burn at home.And tonight I had the special delight of a vertical tasting of Glenrothes Scotch—in particular the unveiling of the second edition of the Glenrothes 1992 ($249.99), which was just released into the world this evening.At 88 proof, it's an elegant Scotch, perfect for a celebratory sip with friends. It's light, smooth, and runny in viscosity with delightful…
  • db Eats: The Strand Dining Rooms

    Cocktails News
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    With ambitions to become The Wolseley of Charing Cross, The Strand Dining Rooms waltzed into the arched arcade next to Trafalgar Square this May. Offering all-day dining, from breakfast and afternoon tea to dinner, while new to London's burgeoning brasserie scene, the Russell Sage interiors are reassuringly familiar, from the marble table tops and inviting booths to the chocolate brown banquettes and abundance of polished wood, it feels like the restaurant has been around for years, which is no bad thing. The cavernous, 180-cover site is the baby of Mark Harris, who notched up stints at The…
  • The Walrus Cocktail: A blend of two distinctly...

    Liqurious
    PickledCapers
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The Walrus Cocktail: A blend of two distinctly different rums along with fresh tart cherry & lime juices and the sweet spiciness of falernum make this the perfect transitional cocktail. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • The Fall Punch

    Drink of the Week
    PR Drinks
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Stefan Trummer of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, VA created the delicious cinnamon and apple flavored punch as a perfect companion to pumpkin pie! ...Read More
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  • The World's First Taste of Glenrothes 1992

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    I don't think that small Asian girls are commonly pegged as Scotch enthusiasts (for shame!), but I have to admit that I do love to enjoy a sip of smokey whisky every now and again, especially with my favorite albums on slow burn at home.And tonight I had the special delight of a vertical tasting of Glenrothes Scotch—in particular the unveiling of the second edition of the Glenrothes 1992 ($249.99), which was just released into the world this evening.At 88 proof, it's an elegant Scotch, perfect for a celebratory sip with friends. It's light, smooth, and runny in viscosity with delightful…
  • A brief introduction to sherry

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Last year, Noelle and I talked about the emergence of sherry in San Francisco, helped along by Michelin-starred Range in the Mission. Personally, I've been rooting for sherry for a few years now, and I'm excited that it's now taking root in a big way.I recently had the great good fortune to sample a flight of sherries from Tío Pepe, one of the sherry Spain's sherry bodegas. I was so blown away by the passion of these guys, as well as their lovely sherries, that I wanted to share some of what I learned here. This post is meant to be a basic sherry primer for anyone interested in sherry but…
  • A Glorious Range of Gins Showcased at Bourbon Steak's Juniper in July

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    There's a day left to do it! For a quick escape this month, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak is featuring some gorgeous gins in its Juniper in July special. Located in the classic St Francis Westin in Union Square, the airy, cathedral-like steakhouse with high ceilings, classic arches, and roman columns offers a civilized spot for diners looking for a chance to try expertly crafted classic martinis with a unique selection of gins.Steered by bar manager Adam Reaume, the menu is comprised of martinis ($14) with made from eight different gins, mostly locally distilled. These include Barr Hill,…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Japanese ingredients, California style at Pabu

    2 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Though I'm not Japanese, I grew up in Hawaii, a melting pot of people with a unique sway to Japanese culture and food. I spent my "small kid days," as they call them, eating comfort foods like spam musubis (spam laid over a bed of rice and wrapped with nori), melona bars, and oyako donburi (chicken and egg served over hot rice). On hot days, my summer fun friends and I would walk to the nearby Toyo Superette to buy Japanese candies and drinks, like cold Japanese sodas and soft Japanese gum.There are two times I've been taken back to my childhood in Hawaii while tasting cocktails. The first…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Drinks for eating at A16 Rockridge

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Not too many people know that A16, one of San Francisco's favorite Italian joints, has a sister restaurant in Oakland, walkable from the Rockridge BART station. A16 Rockridge has all the class and atmosphere of the San Francisco location plus one more thing: a cocktail program. The space is beautiful––a sunny indoor spot those of us who want to get away from the foggy San Francisco summers. The bar is primarily a neighborhood bar, which you'll feel when you walk in. The staff is warm and hospitable, which makes you feel part of the in-crowd right off the bat.Blessed Thistle: Plymouth,…
 
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  • db Eats: The Strand Dining Rooms

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    With ambitions to become The Wolseley of Charing Cross, The Strand Dining Rooms waltzed into the arched arcade next to Trafalgar Square this May. Offering all-day dining, from breakfast and afternoon tea to dinner, while new to London's burgeoning brasserie scene, the Russell Sage interiors are reassuringly familiar, from the marble table tops and inviting booths to the chocolate brown banquettes and abundance of polished wood, it feels like the restaurant has been around for years, which is no bad thing. The cavernous, 180-cover site is the baby of Mark Harris, who notched up stints at The…
  • Hong Kong nightlife: Hong Kong's best new bars

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    A large terrace is the highlight of Fu Lu Shou. The funky space is furnished with comfy sofas and swing seats.
  • Seasonal sipping: Fresh cocktails, perfect for fall

    21 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Apple, cranberry, maple and other flavors of fall serve a purpose beyond being baked into pies, whipped into sides and simmered in sauces -- they're great in cocktails too. If you're looking to keep warm as the weather cools, Kulp has a few cocktail favorites -- starting with a drink she calls "The Harvest."
  • Covert Aeronautical Cocktail Shaker delivers a stirring design

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Some people are able to cook up a storm in the kitchen, while others do have the ability to make a mean cocktail, getting all of the ingredients just right, achieving the careful balance of taste and perfection. Well, while there has been special designs involved for other cocktail shakers such as the Bullet cocktail shaker , here is the $99.95 Covert Aeronautical Cocktail Shaker that will actually make you take a second look.
  • Much-ballyhooed bartender fired from Square Root

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    Messier, who had previously worked at Fulton Alley and bars in New York and San Francisco, oversaw the cocktails at both Square Root, where chef owner Phillip Lopez cooks elaborate, multi-course tasting menus, and the upstairs lounge Root Squared . "There are a few things that we hold very dear.
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  • The Walrus Cocktail: A blend of two distinctly...

    PickledCapers
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The Walrus Cocktail: A blend of two distinctly different rums along with fresh tart cherry & lime juices and the sweet spiciness of falernum make this the perfect transitional cocktail. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley is the...

    NOTCOT
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley is the first craft distillery in Alberta, Canada. Launched in March 2014, they have Three Point Vodka and Parlour Gin. My favorite part is the fun branding/packaging with victorian creatures of sorts! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Charring whisky barrels by flamethrower,...

    rugenius
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Charring whisky barrels by flamethrower, walking into a storm of whisky, sipping whisky with glacial ice and an all signing, all dancing feast for Symphony in Blue with Johnnie Walker. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Spicy red pepper gives this boozy limeade...

    Swooned
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Spicy red pepper gives this boozy limeade slushie a dash of heat! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Roasted strawberry champagne cocktail with...

    toastedsprinkle
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Roasted strawberry champagne cocktail with honey-thyme syrup. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
 
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    Drink of the Week

  • The Fall Punch

    PR Drinks
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Stefan Trummer of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, VA created the delicious cinnamon and apple flavored punch as a perfect companion to pumpkin pie! ...Read More
  • Four Leaf Clover

    ACE
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Get into the St Patrick’s Day spirit with a Four Leaf Clover. Who knows? It might even bring you good luck!… Read more
  • Show Me the Chocolate

    Guest Mixologist
    13 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    The mid-February celebrations originate in early Rome, where revelers commemorated the empire’s founders, as well as the Roman god of agriculture, Faunus. This fertility festival included a sex lottery where men pulled names of mates out of a box. The randomly matched lovers often ended up marrying. Talk about fodder for reality TV. ...Read More
  • The Orange Turf

    DOTW Staff
    1 Feb 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Go Broncos!  … Read more
  • Holiday Peppermint Cocktail

    Jonas Halpren
    20 Dec 2013 | 12:19 am
    It is cold, so why not warm up with a fun tea based cocktail. Created by based Christopher Coccagna a Certified Tea Specialist from the Specialty Tea Institute of America! In 2010, he began his journey of crafting and blending artisan teas and tisanes which led to the formation of T-WE TEA. His company aims to spread its message of finding beauty in all natural, flavor-additive free tea. Coccagna’s goal is to push the envelope … Read more
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 497: September 21, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    It's Kentucky Bourbon Festival week, and there's a lot of news coming out of Bourbon Country these days. Thousands of Bourbon lovers descended on Bardstown and the Louisville area for the annual festival, which comes as Diageo opened the new Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Louisville's historic Stitzel-Weller Distillery to the public for the first time, the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame welcomed a new member, and much more. In the news, Diageo and The Explorers Club have settled their legal differences, while the next hearing in the Balcones Distilling dispute has been delayed until…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 496: September 12, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Templeton Rye has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as critics go after so-called "sourced whisky" producers for what they claim are violations of a US regulation that requires the disclosure of the "state of distillation" of a whisky if it's different from the producer's home state. The Iowa-based company announced two weeks ago that it will change its labeling to disclose that its whisky is distilled in Indiana, while noting that it's been up front about that fact for years everywhere but on the label. Templeton's Scott Bush and Keith Kerkhoff will tell us their side of the story on…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 495: September 7, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:46 pm
    When you've worked at the same place for 60 years, it's hard for your colleagues to keep a secret from you. Wild Turkey and the Kentucky Distillers Association managed to keep a secret from Jimmy Russell for months, though. This Wednesday will be his 60th anniversary at the distillery, and last week, the KDA held a luncheon at Wild Turkey to honor Jimmy with only the sixth lifetime honorary membership ever presented by the association in its 130-year history. We'll hear from the "Buddha of Bourbon" on just how surprised he was, along with the KDA's Eric Gregory...and Jimmy even gives us…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 494: August 30, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Steve Gertman of California's Ascendant Spirits produces Breaker Bourbon, and his brand is one of those targeted by a Chicago-based law firm that specializes in class-action lawsuits, and is "investigating" claims by small-batch whisky brands about the source of their whiskies. Like many small producers, Gertman has been sourcing whiskey from other distillers while the Bourbon he's making is aging, and he responds to the claims on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth along with criticism he's received since appearing on WhiskyCast last January. In the news, Templeton Rye is also a target of the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 493: August 22, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    This week, we'll wrap up our conversation with Bourbon Hall of Fame member Chuck Cowdery, author of the new book "Bourbon: Strange" and get his views on more of the controversies facing the whisky industry. Diageo broke ground this week for the new Bulleit Bourbon distillery in Kentucky, and Chuck has some harsh words for the way Diageo and its predecessors have handled American whiskey in the past. He's also upset with what he and other critics see as lax oversight by federal regulators on whisky labeling, and doesn't hesitate to name names in Part 2 of our WhiskyCast In-Depth interview. In…
 
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    Nonjatta

  • Hakushu & Yamazaki Single Casks for Whisky Shop W. 4th Anniversary

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoPhoto courtesy of Whisky Shop W.We had already picked up rumours last year, in the run-up to the 3rd anniversary of Whisky Shop W. (Suntory’s flagship whisky store, located in their HQ building in Osaka) that it was getting harder and harder – even for them! – to arrange single cask bottlings. Well, they weren’t kidding. To ‘celebrate’ their 4th anniversary, they have just released two single casks - a Yamazaki and a Hakushu as usual – in … 190ml sample bottles! Whatever the reason for this decision, it is clear now that single cask…
  • 3 New Shinanoya Releases

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoBusy as ever, the guys at Shinanoya have just announced details of not one, not two, but three exclusive bottlings: two whiskies and a rum – all single casks bottled at cask-strength.There seems to be a bit of a Caroni-boom at the moment. For their first new rum bottling in three years, Shinanoya teamed up with A.D. Rattray to do a split-bottling (like they did with their Bowmore release a while ago): they have bottled half of the cask now (Barrel #105, 1997) and that is batch 1 (125 bottles) and leaving half in the cask for an additional four-month…
  • TIBS/Whisky Live Tokyo 2014 Preview

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoIn a few weeks time (September 20-21), the third edition of the Tokyo International Bar Show / Whisky Live will be upon us. It’s the undisputed highlight of the whisky year in Japan so we thought it was high time we spoke to the masterminds behind the show to see what they’ve got up their sleeve.Nonjatta: Every year, there’s a specific theme. What banner is this year’s edition organized under?TIBS: The theme/concept of TIBS 2014 is “The Gift from Autumn”. We would like visitors to enjoy spirits from all around the world and bar culture, in…
  • “The Nikka 12yo”: a new premium blended whisky

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoNext month – September 30th to be precise – Nikka is launching an exciting new product. Simple called “The Nikka 12yo”, this premium blended whisky is the latest addition to their core range.It’s exciting for a number of reasons. First of all, it ducks the recent trend – in Japan, as elsewhere in the world – towards NAS releases. Secondly, it is priced very reasonably in comparison with obviously younger NAS siblings on the Japanese (single malt / ‘pure malt’ / blended) whisky shelf – recommended retail price is 5,000 yen, but it will…
  • Chichibu Fino Sherry Single Cask for Shinanoya

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoOur friends at Shinanoya are celebrating another milestone with yet another really special release. Their latest bottling is the 100th since they started their flagship “Chess” series, way back in October 2007. They're not scared of a bit of hard work there, that's for sure. Their 100th bottling is a 4yo Chichibu. "So, what's new?" I hear you say. Well, what's new is that for the first time, we have a sherry-matured Chichibu: this single cask (#2625, 2010/2014) was drawn from a Fino sherry hogshead (bottled at cask strength, 59.7&abv). What a…
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  • Objects of Desire: The Diageo Special Releases 2014 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are many things in life that I’d like to have, but simply can’t afford. I think that must be true for all of us. But in my list of ‘objects of desire’, most are items that I already own. For example, I have a watch. I’d like a nicer one. I own a car, but would bite your hand off to trade in a seven year old Volvo estate for a Bentley Continental. Quite frankly, I can still tell the time as accurately as the next man, and I get stuck in the same traffic jams as the chap in the posh car next to me.None of this quenches the thirst for ‘want’, however. And once again the…
  • Yes Or No? Glenlivet Single Cask Scotch Whisky 1974

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    It is hard in a job writing about spirits, to not write regularly about Scotch. And, living in England and visiting Scotland on a regular basis, it is difficult to ignore the bagpipe-like noise of nationalism currently floating through the air, this time not coming from a kilt-wearing man standing on the corner of Princess Street in Edinburgh, but from the trunk of the rather large ‘elephant in the room’ that is the upcoming Scottish independence vote.As I live in England, I don’t get an official say as to the outcome of the situation, as I don’t have a vote. But I have been watching…
  • A Quick Post: Spey Royal Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Queen with a pint of Spey Royal Choice single malt whisky. Or beer, we're not quite sure which.It’s rushing towards the end of the week and despite the seasons taking a very clear turn from summer into autumn the sun has crept out again to warm our backs here at Caskstrength HQWith an early start this morning to send off some bits of work and generally get our house in order for the weeks ahead, we find ourselves with a rare moment of calm; a peaceful oasis in the middle of a busy few weeks. So while we have this comma in the middle of a long sentence, it gives us a chance to pick…
  • The A.L.S. Challenge (that's Ardbeg's Latest Supernova)

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Miniature collectors mob the Ardbeg Promo Bus, in search of a 2014 Supernova. 'Hello Neil, my name is F*******'Started the random Facebook message, as I was idly playing with my phone last Saturday. 'Can you help me for obtain these mini only for bloggers please?' was the next, slightly garbled line.  Fortunately, it was accompanied with a picture of a small miniature Ardbeg bottle, a sample of the latest  release from the Islay distillery -  Supernova.  'Can you obtain one for me please?'  'Please Neil.'  'Help me friend.'  'Please my…
  • Competition Time: Win a chance to Choose the Next Overeem Release!

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    As our regular readers well know, we like to cheer people up on gloomy days -  especially ones following a particularly tasty bank holiday break (despite the incessant rain here in South London)This time round, we have a corking opportunity for you:  Ever fancied actually having a say in the next release that a distillery puts out?  Well, short of sending in a boring questionnaire to a brand, citing what you like or dislike, or making a ranting phone call, telling a distiller to stop making NAS whisky (true apparently) , we're giving you just that opportunity! Casey and Jane…
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    The Chuck Cowdery Blog

  • How Did a Product With Four Simple Ingredients Get So Strange?

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    A well-funded attempt to degrade bourbon winds up protecting it. A wealthy United States Treasury Secretary gives himself a valuable franchise and no one objects. A rye whiskey empire spawns a renowned robber baron. The biggest company in the business shoots itself in the foot, repeatedly. An American whiskey type is named after the king of France and no one knows why. Members of two reviled immigrant minorities save the bourbon industry. Mushrooms improve bourbon’s taste.Those are just a few of the surprising, true stories in Bourbon, Strange; the long-awaited sequel to Bourbon, Straight,…
  • Flavoring Is Legal in American Whiskey. Yes, You Read That Correctly

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    When people say the Federal regulations for labeling distilled spirits are confusing and complicated, they aren't wrong. It is in the nature of laws that at times they can be hard to figure out. That's why there are lawyers and law schools.I have always believed that the only difference between bourbon whiskey and straight bourbon whiskey is aging. (All of this applies to rye whiskey and all of the other named types too.) 'Bourbon whiskey' must be aged in new, charred oak barrels, but the rules don't say for how long. After the whiskey has been in the barrel for two years, it is entitled…
  • Deep In the Heart of ... Not Texas

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This should be easy, right? It says 'Texas Made' on the front label. And 'Texas' is part of the name, isn't it? Plus, who would be crazy enough to claim something is made in Texas when it's not? Texas pride doesn't take that sort of thing lightly. I mean, 1835 is the year Texas began its struggle for independence from Mexico. What kind of person would debase that hallowed year by using it to sell Potemkin whiskey? In Texas? What sort of low-down varmint would do such a thing?And yet, read what Lauren Drewes Daniels wrote in the Dallas Observer last November."Take the whiskey called 1835,…
  • A Mystery at 9,600 Feet

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is in a bottle of Breckenridge Bourbon? Some say every drop is distilled and aged at the World's Highest Distillery in that ski resort town. Others say it is young bourbon from a Kentucky distillery, or maybe Indiana. Still others say it is both, some locally distilled liquid mixed with liquid made elsewhere.But wait, here is a written statement attributed to Breckenridge owner Bryan Nolt in 2013. "Due to demand we function at max capacity but over deplete our Bourbon barrel inventory at times. When that happens we contract time at other distilleries to produce the identical mash bill,…
  • We Pause to Collect Our Thoughts About 5.36(d) and Potemkin Distilleries

    13 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It has been an interesting two weeks, and an interesting seven years.I coined the term 'Potemkin Distillery' in January of 2008 to describe a producer that does everything it can to convince you it distilled something when it didn't. This blog goes back to 2007 and it's searchable, so you can follow the progression if you wish.Templeton Rye started it, so maybe it's nine years, since they began in 2005. I first tasted Templeton at WhiskeyFest. My first words were, "that's good, but it's six years old at least. They didn't make this." That began the quest to figure out who did. At the time,…
 
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  • Tullamore Dew Phoenix Celebratory Exclusive Single Batch

    David Havelin
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    This fearsome-looking bird greets VIP visitors to the plush end of the new Tullamore Distillery.The phoenix is the central motif on Tullamore town's coat-of-arms, recalling a major fire of 1785 and the town's subsequent reconstruction. It was more recently co-opted as a metaphor for the return of distilling to Tullamore after a gap of 60 years. Tullamore Dew Phoenix was released last year as work on the new distillery progressed.To commemorate the first flow of spirit last Thursday, the company has taken Tullamore Dew Phoenix and finished it in virgin American oak. They…
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery

    David Havelin
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    It must be at least six years since I first spoke with Bernard Walsh. Even then, long before Irish whiskey projects became fashionable, he was dreaming of one day distilling himself. An impossible aspiration, I thought, but on Thursday I was down at Royal Oak, Carlow, turning the sod on Walsh Whiskey Distillery.The SettingI parked near the gate of the 40-acre estate and walked up the long drive towards Holloden House, a mid-18th century pile. To my left was a stubble field, recently harvested of its grain. To my right, a line of 200-year old oak trees. Beyond the house, the estate backs…
  • Whiskey and politics

    David Havelin
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    A posse of drinks industry heroes recently met the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Food in Leinster House. Marie Byrne of the Dublin Whiskey Company brought the entrepreneurial vibrancy that suffuses Irish distilling at the moment; Willie Masterson, malted barley grower, told of farmers' readiness to supply the extra grain that the phenomenal growth in Irish whiskey will require; and Peter O'Brien, chairman of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland and corporate relations director for Diageo, explained the enormous ongoing contribution of drinks production to the Irish economy.You would…
  • Ómra 2001 Single Cask Single Malt

    David Havelin
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Hot on the heels of their Teeling Single Cask, online German whiskey retailer, Irish Whiskeys, has released another exclusive bottling. This is a single cask, single malt, triple-distilled in 2001 at a distillery in Northern Ireland (more we are not permitted to say). It was matured in a bourbon hogshead and bottled at 51%. There are only 120 bottles, €79.90 a pop.It has been christened "Ómra" which, I have just learned, means "amber" in Irish.Photo courtesy of Irish-Whiskeys.deAs well as shipping to various continental European countries, owner Mareike Spitzer tells me they now ship…
  • Midleton Very Rare 2014

    David Havelin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Irish Distillers have just released this year's edition of Midleton Very Rare. It's the 30th anniversary of Midleton Very Rare but it's also significant because this is the first to bear the signature of Master Distiller Brian Nation. He succeeded to that role when Barry Crockett retired in 2013.Master Distiller Brian Nation. Photo courtesy of Irish Distillers.Midleton is a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys, matured in lightly-charred ex-bourbon American oak casks for between 15 and 22 years. I expect it will retail for about €150 in Ireland.Official tasting notes:NoseRich, with vanilla…
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  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    On just-drinks last week: The fall-out from SABMiller's failed approach for Heineken reverberated throughout the week. The rumour-mill went into overdrive after Heineken's announcement early on Monday - an announcement that Heineken was not obliged to release. Attention then turned to Anheuser-Busch InBev and the start of the endgame. Is A-B InBev lining up its 'planes for an SAB flyby? In a just-drinks exclusive, we revealed the appointment of the former CMO at William Grant & Sons to the exec team at Orangina Schweppes. Elsewhere in soft drinks, PepsiCo…
  • The anatomy of a hangover

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:56 am
    Knowledge is power, or so they claim. So, with that in mind, here's an infographic, courtesy of Australian company Hangover Revivol, that breaks down exactly what is behind the common hangover. Click to enlarge That four-week hangover, by the way, was me in 1989, after I celebrated my exam results.
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    On just-drinks last week: We started with a bang in spirits on Monday, as William Grant & Sons announced its acquisition of Drambuie from the MacKinnon family. While the winning suitor was never really in doubt - our brown spirits commentator,Ian Buxton, took a punt back in May - that as progressive a spirits company as William Grant should move for such a dusty brand is still a surprise. Here in the UK, the wine folk of Argentina, Chile and South Africa came over for the second annual Wines of the Beautiful South tasting event. One year on from its inaugural appearance,…
  • No small beer for world-record breaking German waiter

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    How many beer mugs can one man carry?  In case you've ever wondered, the answer is 27. Watch below as Oliver Struempfel, a German waiter, breaks the world record: 
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    On just-drinks last week: Pernod Ricard hogged the spirits limelight for the second consecutive week, with several of its senior exec team - including CEO Pierre Pringuet - heading to London to discussthe firm's full-year results. While Pringuet took the opportunity to claim that a corner has been turned in China, it also became clear that the company is not set for any sizeable M&A activity in the coming years. Elsewhere in spirits, Ian Buxton looked at Diageo's innovation platorm, Distill Ventures, a year on from its formation. In soft drinks, the Coca-Cola Co confirmed…
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  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

    Robert C. Lehrman
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Tito’s vodka was doing great for the past 15 years, then hit a gigantic speedbump this week in the form of a class action lawsuit. Tito’s therefore provides a good example of when an approval is not really an approval. Tito Beveridge has more than 30 TTB label approvals for his vodka from 1997 to 2013 (as in the above image, from LabelVision). They may not do him much good in this lawsuit, even though, in years past, most would assume the federal approval would be dispositive. It’s a good thing most TTB approvals are not paper anymore because these would “not be worth…
  • TTB Funding

    Robert C. Lehrman
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:20 am
    I read about TTB funding a few days ago in Wine & Spirits Daily. It is good but I still don’t understand why they don’t use more links. I had to look elsewhere for the letter, to the Senate, about TTB funding. The letter is here. Here are some highlights and observations: The letter seems to cover the powers that be, in the beer, wine and spirits industries (BI, WI, DISCUS, etc.). They, and TTB, seem to set TTB’s funding needs at $101 million, for 2015. The letter says “Since 2007, TTB has had to shrink its workforce by 10% ‐ more than 50 full‐time positions…
  • Rye Beer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
      Latrobe did a “brilliant” job here, picking up on a lot of important trends. Let’s see how many instructive legal issues this one label raises. Extra points for anyone who can raise additional issues. No more ALS challenges, please. It is beer but it more or less screams spirits. In a variety of ways. (For example, the brand name refers to moonshine paraphernalia, as Tickle’s sidekick helpfully explains.*) Within the rules, probably. Even though spirits terms are not allowed on beer labels. Even though this product contains and purports to contain absolutely no…
  • Craft is about MADE in USA

    Robert C. Lehrman
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    It took me a long time (perhaps too long) to realize that — craft is (largely) about MADE IN USA. With an emphasis on made. And less emphasis on USA. This dawned on me when looking at gleaming copper, at Vendome in Louisville, with welders crawling around on the concrete floor — making stuff. It has become rare to have any real connection to people making stuff nearby, and quite apparently, we have a craving to get back to our roots, much as we flock to the beach every summer. If you have any doubt, take a look at the copper porn, arrayed here. In trying to get to the essence of…
  • Non-GMO Beer

    Robert C. Lehrman
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I would like to know if the above beer qualifies as Non GMO. I would also like to know, without a big hassle. I am sitting here with blazing fast internet and a big screen, and yet I remain in the dark as to whether this beer can be considered Non GMO. It would only be more confusing at the point of purchase, with less time and a smaller screen. On the one hand, a recent press release claims Peak beers are the first to qualify to use the logo depicted at upper right on the image above. On the other hand, I can’t find any approved labels with the same seal (and the above is of course not…
 
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  • Brining

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I'm using a simple brining recipe (salt,sugar ect) but I'm wondering if I brine my poussin or pork lion then vac pack the meat how long would this last in the fridge if not being cooked on that day? Would it become salty or anything? It's a wet brine and I'm washing the meat once brined. Its a 6% of brine to 1L recipe
  • Dean & Deluca Handcrafted Copper Cookware

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Hi, I am new to this forum, I read several posts and I wanted to start with something. Last week I went to Dean & Deluca in Soho, NY and I saw these fabulous pans made in copper, I think the brand name is Amoretti Brothers. They are totally hand-crafted and they have this beautiful flower lid on the top. What do you think about them?
  • Why I Am Sometimes Not Thrilled With Organic Veggies

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The person who does the purchasing of most of the veggies used in the Ren Faire kitchen of which I am the leader of right now prefers to go to an "organic" farmers market for the produce. (More about the feast here http://forums.egullet.org/topic/149513-what-we-cook-in-my-fall-ren-faire-kitchen/) Part of what I asked for for this past weekend was 12 pounds of carrots and 40 pounds of red potatoes.   The carrots have a very different texture than those I am used to purchasing through supermarkets. They have irregular circular crevices intermittently run down the carrot. These…
  • What We Cook In My Fall Ren Faire Kitchen

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I have been asked about the feast before so I thought I would at least list what all goes out the window. The food is broken into two categories - platters and pass foods.  Platters have a variety of items on them and go out to individual tables, pass foods are in bowls and servers walk around all of the tables and offer spoon-fulls of the dish they are bearing to those eating the feast. All items, whether platter or pass, are cut into finger-food pieces.   I hope to take some pictures this coming weekend to add. We had an extra 28 people added to those whom we normally feed (normal…
  • Water bath question

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Quick question! Is there a difference or benefit for cooking meat (sirloin for example) in a water bath at 56c for an hour or two or cooking it in a water bath at 62c and probing the meat and taking it out at 56c Thx
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    22 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I'm using a simple brining recipe (salt,sugar ect) but I'm wondering if I brine my poussin or pork lion then vac pack the meat how long would this last in the fridge if not being cooked on that day? Would it become salty or anything? It's a wet brine and I'm washing the meat once brined. Its a 6% of brine to 1L recipe
  • Dean & Deluca Handcrafted Copper Cookware

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Hi, I am new to this forum, I read several posts and I wanted to start with something. Last week I went to Dean & Deluca in Soho, NY and I saw these fabulous pans made in copper, I think the brand name is Amoretti Brothers. They are totally hand-crafted and they have this beautiful flower lid on the top. What do you think about them?
  • Why I Am Sometimes Not Thrilled With Organic Veggies

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The person who does the purchasing of most of the veggies used in the Ren Faire kitchen of which I am the leader of right now prefers to go to an "organic" farmers market for the produce. (More about the feast here http://forums.egullet.org/topic/149513-what-we-cook-in-my-fall-ren-faire-kitchen/) Part of what I asked for for this past weekend was 12 pounds of carrots and 40 pounds of red potatoes.   The carrots have a very different texture than those I am used to purchasing through supermarkets. They have irregular circular crevices intermittently run down the carrot. These…
  • What We Cook In My Fall Ren Faire Kitchen

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I have been asked about the feast before so I thought I would at least list what all goes out the window. The food is broken into two categories - platters and pass foods.  Platters have a variety of items on them and go out to individual tables, pass foods are in bowls and servers walk around all of the tables and offer spoon-fulls of the dish they are bearing to those eating the feast. All items, whether platter or pass, are cut into finger-food pieces.   I hope to take some pictures this coming weekend to add. We had an extra 28 people added to those whom we normally feed (normal…
  • Water bath question

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Quick question! Is there a difference or benefit for cooking meat (sirloin for example) in a water bath at 56c for an hour or two or cooking it in a water bath at 62c and probing the meat and taking it out at 56c Thx
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  • New Booze: 2014 Parker’s Heritage Collection

    Camper English
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Heaven Hill Distilleries Announces Release of 2014 Parker’s Heritage Collection Limited Edition Bottling Heaven Hill Distilleries announces the 2014 limited edition release of Parker’s Heritage Collection. Heaven Hill will be shipping the rarity into selected markets across the country beginning in mid-September and it will hit retail shelves in September and October. This year, for the first time, Heaven Hill will be using an American Straight Whiskey style other than Bourbon for the Parker’s Heritage Collection release. The 2014 edition will feature 13-year-old straight wheat whiskey,…
  • Shap Shots: Sunset in Jamaica

    Camper English
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    On a visit to Appleton Rum in Jamaica, I experienced this sunset. Plus: a lot of rum. 
  • New Booze: Four broVo Vermouths from Washington

    Camper English
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    broVo Spirits Announces Four Vermouths The four vermouths are named Witty, Pretty, Jammy and Pink. Witty Dry white vermouth, recipe authored by Jon Christiansen, Beverage Director at Monsoon, Monsoon East, and Ba Bar - Seattle and Bellevue, Wash. Witty is made in a four-stage process. Witty uses Sauvignon Blanc as the base. We macerate angelica and chamomile in overproof NGS, then remove the herbs and let it rest for a week. We macerate ingredients including lemon peel, rosemary, coriander, fennel, orange peel, cardamom and dried rose in overproof NGS, then remove the herbs and let it rest…
  • When Vodka Was Made From Potatoes

    Camper English
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I'm researching potatoes in a project with Karlsson's Vodka.  There is a very common misconception that most or all vodka is made from potatoes. In reality it's a tiny fraction (I heard 1% at one point), while the rest is made mostly from grains (though some is from sugar byproducts, grapes, or even milk whey). I would love to know how this became the popular idea, but I don't think I'll be able to find out.  Interestingly, from my research the potato history books skim over the history of potatoes in vodka, and the vodka books do too. But I wanted to research when potatoes were used in…
  • New Booze: Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Year Old

    Camper English
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Year Oldwill hit stores mid-October and retail for $39.99/750ml bottle. The new TAP marque is an eight-year-old Canadian rye whisky blended with Spanish Amontillado Sherry. It is made in small batches at the oldest distillery in Western Canada and finished in Quebec by Master Blender Michel Marcel. The Amontillado Sherry for Tap comes from the Jerez region in Spain. The whisky is distilled multiple times in small batches using a pot still and continuous distillation before it is placed in casks for eight years. Once the whisky has come of age, the rye is  finished…
 
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  • Sweet Vermouth

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:13 pm
    VYA is sold by the Quady Vineyard in Madera County (Central or San Joaquin Valley in California, next door to Fresno County. Erna's Elderberry House, a 3-5 star establishment in Oakhurst,CA ONLY serves VYA...they have Sweet-Dry and Whisper....WONDERFUL ALL! http://quadywinery.com/
  • Czech absinthe

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Tha's okay- I had a flirtatious waiter that wanted to see me get drunk. I obliged.
  • NY Times on craft whiskey aging

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    As a wise man once said, "If you distill the spirit the way you would for full size 53 gallon barrels and age in a small barrel (5, 10, 15 gallon), the spirit is either fully flavored but not fully aged, or to get it fully aged it is then over wooded." /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ We can certainly agree to disagree, but I suspect that the word "enjoyment" is relative. If I enjoy _______________ 12-Year Rye, I'll probably like their 10-year old . . . but I seriously doubt I've going to enjoy their three-month old . . . .
  • Fresh Margarita mix, ideas?

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If you didn't squeeze the limes that day, its not fresh.
  • Educate me - scotch and whiskey and rye (oh my)

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Nope
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  • Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary

    Cheri Loughlin
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... Yes, it’s green! And yes, it does taste great! The spice is a real kicker, too. After a weekend with a little too much imbibing, a little spice and a lot of fresh veggies is a good thing. Since green … Continue reading → The post Mary’s Morning After Green Bloody Mary appeared first on The…
  • Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings

    Cheri Loughlin
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... These 36 Halloween party shots are perfect for party planning and small bite pairings. Download 36 Halloween Shots & Shooters for easy recipes on the go. Continue reading → The post Halloween Party Shots & Small Bite Pairings appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Conjuring Up…
  • Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch

    Cheri Loughlin
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... September 20 is National Rum Punch Day, the perfect day to serve this Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch. Share with friends; make and take to tailgate parties. Continue reading → The post Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Just Peachy Punch Hot Buttered Cider Shellback Rum Fish…
  • Just Peachy Punch

    Cheri Loughlin
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Just Peachy Punch, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... Just Peachy Punch is sweet with light lemon notes. Ginger peach tea weaves gentle fruit and spice flavor into this delicate autumnal punch. Continue reading → The post Just Peachy Punch appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Ginger Thyme Cider Rum Punch Peachy Pina Colada Red Reindeer Punch
  • Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate

    Cheri Loughlin
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... Amazing! This is easily among one of my favorite hot chocolate recipes. The Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate is made with common kitchen ingredients, so there is no need to go on an extravagant shopping spree. What I really love … Continue reading → The post Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate appeared first on The…
 
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  • The Greatest Bar on Earth

    David Solmonson
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    At approximately 1am on September 11, 2001, bartender George Delgado was met at the foot of the World Trade Center by his wife, Frances, and their infant daughter.  Delgado was beverage director at The Greatest Bar on Earth, which sat atop the Windows on the World restaurant on the 107th floor of the North Tower, and on the night of September 10th, he, along with master bartender Dale DeGroff, was hosting a cocktail seminar in what was once the highest lounge in the world. The battery in Delgado’s car had died that night, making him late for the event and later causing him to rouse his…
  • TABASCO – Salt of the Earth

    David Solmonson
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Back in May, TABASCO released its own version of Sriracha hot sauce. Being a lover of both TABASCO and Huy Fong products, I was curious as to what the public reaction would be. Devout loyalists line either side of the field, and it’s reasonably possible to stack the coverage and reviews into neat piles assigned to one company or the other. You’re either for or against it. What caught my attention — and puzzled me — in one article was the basic rejection of the TABASCO Sriracha-style product as the move of a big corporation muscling in on a small, family-run business…
  • Catch Us on the Radio This Friday

    David Solmonson
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:41 pm
    This Friday, we’re doing our first big radio blast in support of the book.   If you live in one of the markets listen below, please tune in — who knows what we’ll say live. All times are Eastern, so convert as needed: 7:15-7:30am CLEVELAND WINT-WELW-AM WAKE UP LAKE COUNTY 8:10-8:20am MINNEAPOLIS – LITTLE FALLS WYRQ-AM MINDLESS CHATTER 8:20-8:30am BALTIMORE – OCEAN CITY, MD WOCM-FM BULLDOG & THE RUDE AWAKENING SHOW 8:30-8:40am LOS ANGELES KEIB-AM THE MORNING BLAZE 8:49-8:54am DELAWARE REGIONAL WDOV-AM and WILM-AM ELLIOT IN THE MORNING 9:15-9:25am KEY WEST, FL…
  • 50-50 Spritz

    David Solmonson
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Last month, FOX News Magazine asked us to contribute an original spritz recipe.  If you’re unfamiliar with spritzes (or spritzers, should you prefer), the general profile is a light, low-alcohol hot weather alternative to something like beer.  Currently, the Aperol Spritz rules the category.  Our take came about as the result of a long-seated desire to play with cream soda in a cocktail.  Don’t ask us; we just get ideas.  Cream sodas can be all over the place profile wise; some of the ones we auditioned were almost cotton candy like in flavor while others boasted strong…
  • Why Vodka and White Rum?

    David Solmonson
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    It’s certainly the most obvious question to come out of our re-launch: Why cast Irish Whiskey and Absinthe to the curb in place of white rum and — um, time for some back-peddling here — vodka? The short answer is “practicality”. The longer answer is below. It was 3 1/2 years ago that we were first approached to write the 12 Bottle Bar book. Given the opportunity to encapsulate the 12BB framework into bound form, we thought a moment to survey the parts of our bar well merited. In the tech world, we call this a sanity check. Where a web site is an easily changeable…
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  • Giveaway: Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tasting Whiskey by Lew Bryson As many of you know, in addition to Drink Spirits, I also am on the Buying Guide team for Whisky Advocate Magazine. My managing editor there, Lew Bryson, is perhaps one of the most amazing figures in spirits media. Never have I met a more humble, loving, thoughtful writer with such an undeniable lust for life. When I found out that Lew was writing a book about whiskey, I knew it was going to be something very special, and it is. Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits, which will be released on October…
  • Review: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Whiskey Here’s a head scratcher: why would a company that had a controversial announcement about lowering the proof of their core product due to production shortages (and then reversing that decision) go ahead and release a cask strength expression of their whiskey? The answer is Cask Strength Maker’s Mark Whiskey is only available in extremely small quantities, and only at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, as well as a few select retailers in Kentucky. Even though it’s a small limited release, Cask Strength…
  • Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys Buffalo Trace is home to some of the best bourbon in the world, and each year they release a showcase series under the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. These whiskeys are are all priced at $80 even though they span a wide range of ages and proofs, and are often incredibly hard to find.  The Antique Collection hits store shelves sometime between mid-September and October and is often quickly snapped up. Buffalo Trace deserves a lot of credit when it comes to moving the needle for American Whiskey: the company’s Blanton’s Single Barrel…
  • Behind The Scenes of Reyka Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Reyka Vodka Distiller Thordur Sigurdsson Iceland is an amazing country, forged by volcanoes and founded by Vikings, of only 300,000 people which sits at the meeting point of the North American and European tectonic plates. The volcanoes of Iceland (and there are many) really define the country, from the geography, how people live and work, and perhaps most profoundly, its water. Hot Springs Used To Generate Power Iceland’s volcanic core creates a myriad of hot springs which pump large amounts of extremely hot water to the surface. Iceland has been very savvy about using this water to…
  • Review: Garrison Brothers Texas Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Garrison Brothers Texas Whiskey It’s hard not to respect the work that the Garrison Brothers are doing out in Hye, Texas. In an era where so many micro-distillers are using merchant whiskey from other states for their initial releases, it’s refreshing to see a distillery take a true artisan approach to their products. On each bottle of whiskey, Garrison Brothers proudly trumpet that it’s “cooked, distilled, barreled and bottled by Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas.” The Garrison Brothers are also excellent about disclosing what’s in the bottle.
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  • Giveaway: Lew Bryson’s Tasting Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Tasting Whiskey by Lew Bryson As many of you know, in addition to Drink Spirits, I also am on the Buying Guide team for Whisky Advocate Magazine. My managing editor there, Lew Bryson, is perhaps one of the most amazing figures in spirits media. Never have I met a more humble, loving, thoughtful writer with such an undeniable lust for life. When I found out that Lew was writing a book about whiskey, I knew it was going to be something very special, and it is. Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits, which will be released on October…
  • Review: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Whiskey Here’s a head scratcher: why would a company that had a controversial announcement about lowering the proof of their core product due to production shortages (and then reversing that decision) go ahead and release a cask strength expression of their whiskey? The answer is Cask Strength Maker’s Mark Whiskey is only available in extremely small quantities, and only at the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, as well as a few select retailers in Kentucky. Even though it’s a small limited release, Cask Strength…
  • Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Whiskeys Buffalo Trace is home to some of the best bourbon in the world, and each year they release a showcase series under the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. These whiskeys are are all priced at $80 even though they span a wide range of ages and proofs, and are often incredibly hard to find.  The Antique Collection hits store shelves sometime between mid-September and October and is often quickly snapped up. Buffalo Trace deserves a lot of credit when it comes to moving the needle for American Whiskey: the company’s Blanton’s Single Barrel…
  • Behind The Scenes of Reyka Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Reyka Vodka Distiller Thordur Sigurdsson Iceland is an amazing country, forged by volcanoes and founded by Vikings, of only 300,000 people which sits at the meeting point of the North American and European tectonic plates. The volcanoes of Iceland (and there are many) really define the country, from the geography, how people live and work, and perhaps most profoundly, its water. Hot Springs Used To Generate Power Iceland’s volcanic core creates a myriad of hot springs which pump large amounts of extremely hot water to the surface. Iceland has been very savvy about using this water to…
  • Review: Garrison Brothers Texas Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    Garrison Brothers Texas Whiskey It’s hard not to respect the work that the Garrison Brothers are doing out in Hye, Texas. In an era where so many micro-distillers are using merchant whiskey from other states for their initial releases, it’s refreshing to see a distillery take a true artisan approach to their products. On each bottle of whiskey, Garrison Brothers proudly trumpet that it’s “cooked, distilled, barreled and bottled by Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas.” The Garrison Brothers are also excellent about disclosing what’s in the bottle.
 
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  • Rum Punch Recipes for National Punch Day

    Kevin Gray
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Recently, we sampled Selvarey Rum, a new player from Panama that’s producing two products: Selvarey White and Selvarey Cacao. They’re good. So when the time came to make some rum punches for National Punch Day (it’s September 20th, and it’s yet another holiday we can firmly endorse), we turned to Selvarey. Both of the below recipes are easy enough to make at home, assuming you’ve got access to a liquor store and a large bowl. First up: a delightful punch that employs the complementary trinity of rum, pineapple and Green Chartreuse. Selvarey Rum Punch 1 bottle of…
  • How to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

    Kevin Gray
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    September marks National Bourbon Heritage Month, and unlike the slew of fake holidays we’re inundated with these days, this one was actually declared by the United States Senate in 2007. So we’d better treat it with respect. National Bourbon Heritage Month celebrates “America’s Native Spirit” and pays homage to the longtime traditions and family legacies inherent in the bourbon industry. And that, friends, is a fine reason to increase your bourbon uptake this month. So below, we’ve got a couple ways to do just that. WITH A COCKTAIL Courtesy of Chef Michael…
  • Speyburn 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Speyburn 10 Year is the flagship whisky from Speyburn Distillery, which dates back to 1897. It’s changed hands a few times since then, but the distillery continues to put out a modest supply of whisky via its two pot stills. And that whisky just happens to be one of the best value buys available today. You can snag Speyburn 10 for about $25 in most markets. That’s unusually cheap for a single malt, but that alone doesn’t make this one worth purchasing. We’d rather keep our money than spend it on swill, but in this case, Speyburn is producing something solid, even more…
  • Anchor Distilling Releases Old Tom Gin

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    In promising gin news, Anchor Distilling Company has just announced a new product: Anchor Old Tom Gin. This is the third gin from Anchor, as they’re currently producing Junipero and Genevieve. Anchor Old Tom Gin is pot-distilled with juniper berries, star anise, licorice root and other botanicals, and it’s bottled unfiltered. Like the style dictates, it’s sweeter than London Dry-style gins, but where it finds that sweetness is unusual. Anchor is using stevia in the botanical mix. Yes, that same stevia that’s used to sweeten coffee and other beverages. Except here,…
  • Revisiting Absolut Vodka

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    SPONSORED POST With the spirit market booming and seemingly a new product hitting shelves each day, it’s difficult to keep everything straight. Bundle that with the move toward craft this and small batch that, and it’s easy to overlook some of the industry’s heavy hitters. So as a refresher, we like to revisit the big names across all categories on occasion. And today that brings us to Absolut Vodka. Absolut hails from the small community of Ähus, Sweden. It’s there that Absolut sources its two ingredients: winter wheat and spring water. And it’s there that the…
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  • Whiskey Review – Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend

    G LO
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We love our whisky, of this there is no doubt, but for some reason, whisky from our friendly neighbor to the north, i.e. Canadia, has rarely made an appearance during our research sessions. Thankfully, over the past couple of years, this situation has changed quite a bit. In addition to a Crown Royal expression or two, we have also had the opportunity to try some fantastic whiskies from Forty Creek, Still Waters Distillery, Corby Distilleries (their Lot 40 to be specific), and the ever present Whistle Pig (while this whisky may be “bottled in Vermont”, according to Davin de…
  • Beer Review – Rising Tide Zephyr IPA

    G LO
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ll call this review of Rising Tide Brewing Company’s Zephyr IPA, Part 2 of my Summer 2014 “travels in Maine” series. Part 1, which was basically a bunch of photos from our summer vacation, posted last Thursday. I say this because there isn’t much of a back story with regards to the purchase of this beer, and you all know how much we love a back story around here. In a nutshell, I saw a four pack of this beer on the shelves at the Belfast Hannaford’s, a beer which I had never seen and had never had, so I bought it. It doesn’t get much simpler than…
  • Summer Vacation 2014: Yet Another Glorious Seven Days in Mid Coast and Downeast Maine!

    G LO
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Summer 2014 went by so so quickly! When I dropped the kids off at school on the Wednesday after Labor Day, it felt like the last day of the last school year never happened. Time is funny like that. Thankfully, we saved the best part of the summer for the last possible moment. During the last week of August, Mrs. G-LO, The Boys, and I headed back to Maine so that we could disconnect for a bit from our our everyday lives before heading back to the reality that is school and work. Before picking up the keys to our vacation rental, the crew gave me permission to make a quick stop at the Maine…
  • Whisky Review – The Exclusive Malts Ledaig 2005

    G LO
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Drinking whisky is fun, of this there is no doubt, but it’s also educational. Getting together for a tasting session is like a mini trip around the world without ever having to leave the comforts of The Barthenon. During our “travels”, we’ve been to Scotland, Ireland, Japan, India, France, Sweden, Tasmania, Canada, many states in the good old U.S. of A. (Kentucky, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Indiana, and California just to name a few), and even Thailand (we won’t be going back there any time soon. Next time around, we’ll stick with the Pad…
  • Peatin’ Meetin': The Southern California Summer Whisky Party!

    aaron197172
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    How about a bit of Peatbog Faeries music to set the proper mood for this peaty post?  There are many famous Peats. Peat Rose (not in the Hall of Fame). Peat Townshend (wrote Quadropeatia). Peat Seeger (“On Top of Old Peaty”). Peat Rozelle (NPL commissioner). St. Peater. Peater Dinklage (of House Peatnister). Peater Gabriel. Peater Pumpkin Eater. Peaty the Dog. But my favorite, for Peat’s sake, is this guy: He shows up once a year at a dram-happy Los Angeles event in his honor, The Peatin’ Meetin’, pouring whisky, posing for the 250 strong event, and graciously…
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  • Highland Journey

    Ruben Luyten
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Highland Journey is a brand-new blended malt from Hunter Laing & Co. It’s inspired by a train journey in the 1950’s, when Stewart Laing’s father took him to the Highlands to visit distilleries, igniting his passion for whisky. Highland Journey includes only malt whiskies from Highland distilleries such as Blair Athol, Clynelish and Teaninich, matured in both bourbon and sherry casks.     Highland Journey (46,2%, Hunter Laing 2014, blended malt) Nose: starts a bit mashy / porridgy before sweeter notes appear. Toffee, light caramel and youngish Williams pear eau-de-vie.
  • GlenDronach 1990 (cask #2970)

    Ruben Luyten
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
    This is the oldest GlenDronach in their 10th Batch of single cask releases. No 1970’s bottlings (not sure whether we can still expect some?), no 1980’s either (they were hardly available anyway). Let’s not moan about better times, we’ll just try GlenDronach 1990 cask #2970 - a P.X. puncheon.   GlenDronach 24 yo 1990 (51,3%, OB 2014, Pedro Ximénez puncheon #2970, 630 btl.) Nose: a nice, deep fruitiness, reminding me of the best 1970’s casks. Poached pears, raspberry gums, quinces, alongside the obvious figs and raisins. Very jammy. There’s also a roasted / earthy note in the…
  • Bunnahabhain 1987 (Liquid Art)

    Ruben Luyten
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Liquid Art is the Belgian label that released the Glen Elgin 1995 ‘Stag Beetle’. Now there’s a second bottling, a Bunnahabhain 1987 ‘The Osprey’. One more label will follow designed by local artist Raymond Minnen, then they introduce a new artist.   Bunnahabhain 1987 (51,3%, Liquid Art 2014, 115 btl.) Nose: quite lovely. It’s fresh and tense, oily, with some brine and waxed papers. Also crushed mint leaves and a little linseed oil. Faint earthy notes. Fino cask? The best part however – and this grows over time – is the underlying fruitiness, a bright one, showing…
  • Ardmore 2000 (Liquid Library)

    Ruben Luyten
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Have you noticed the diminishing amount of independent Laphroaig and the sudden rise of Ardmore? With the current high demand for whisky in general and the relatively limited supply of Islay whisky, heavily peated Ardmore is being pushed as the alternative for Laphroaig – both distilleries are owned by Beam / Suntory. We’re trying a young one: Ardmore 2000 in the Liquid Library series.   Ardmore 14 yo 2000 (49,8%, Liquid Library 2014, refill hogshead, 289 btl.) Nose: ashy and peaty, Islay-style indeed. Older Ardmore can have a tropical side to it – this one doesn’t, but it does…
  • Ichiro’s Malt ‘The Joker’

    Ruben Luyten
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Hanyu distillery, which was started by the grandfather of Ichiro Akuto in 1946 and which produced whisky since the 1980’s, was halted in 2000. Although Ichiro’s father sold the distillery, he decided to store the remaining casks in a warehouse. After a while, he started bottling them in a series called Ichiro’s Malt, better known by its nickname, the Cards series. Each bottling has a playing card on the label, and after 53 cards it was time to release the final expression, The Joker.   Actually there are two Jokers. The first one has a coloured label and is a vatting of 14 casks,…
 
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  • Rum Punch Recipes for National Punch Day

    Kevin Gray
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Recently, we sampled Selvarey Rum, a new player from Panama that’s producing two products: Selvarey White and Selvarey Cacao. They’re good. So when the time came to make some rum punches for National Punch Day (it’s September 20th, and it’s yet another holiday we can firmly endorse), we turned to Selvarey. Both of the below recipes are easy enough to make at home, assuming you’ve got access to a liquor store and a large bowl. First up: a delightful punch that employs the complementary trinity of rum, pineapple and Green Chartreuse. Selvarey Rum Punch 1 bottle of…
  • How to Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month

    Kevin Gray
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    September marks National Bourbon Heritage Month, and unlike the slew of fake holidays we’re inundated with these days, this one was actually declared by the United States Senate in 2007. So we’d better treat it with respect. National Bourbon Heritage Month celebrates “America’s Native Spirit” and pays homage to the longtime traditions and family legacies inherent in the bourbon industry. And that, friends, is a fine reason to increase your bourbon uptake this month. So below, we’ve got a couple ways to do just that. WITH A COCKTAIL Courtesy of Chef Michael…
  • Speyburn 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Speyburn 10 Year is the flagship whisky from Speyburn Distillery, which dates back to 1897. It’s changed hands a few times since then, but the distillery continues to put out a modest supply of whisky via its two pot stills. And that whisky just happens to be one of the best value buys available today. You can snag Speyburn 10 for about $25 in most markets. That’s unusually cheap for a single malt, but that alone doesn’t make this one worth purchasing. We’d rather keep our money than spend it on swill, but in this case, Speyburn is producing something solid, even more…
  • Anchor Distilling Releases Old Tom Gin

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    In promising gin news, Anchor Distilling Company has just announced a new product: Anchor Old Tom Gin. This is the third gin from Anchor, as they’re currently producing Junipero and Genevieve. Anchor Old Tom Gin is pot-distilled with juniper berries, star anise, licorice root and other botanicals, and it’s bottled unfiltered. Like the style dictates, it’s sweeter than London Dry-style gins, but where it finds that sweetness is unusual. Anchor is using stevia in the botanical mix. Yes, that same stevia that’s used to sweeten coffee and other beverages. Except here,…
  • Revisiting Absolut Vodka

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    SPONSORED POST With the spirit market booming and seemingly a new product hitting shelves each day, it’s difficult to keep everything straight. Bundle that with the move toward craft this and small batch that, and it’s easy to overlook some of the industry’s heavy hitters. So as a refresher, we like to revisit the big names across all categories on occasion. And today that brings us to Absolut Vodka. Absolut hails from the small community of Ähus, Sweden. It’s there that Absolut sources its two ingredients: winter wheat and spring water. And it’s there that the…
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  • Automated Whisky Dispense at Grane in Omaha

    Lew Bryson
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    How do you like your whisky? I don’t mean whether you like it neat, or watered, or in a cocktail; how do you like it socially, how do you like it served? Grane, a new bar in Omaha, Nebraska, has a completely new way to serve whisky: by automated machine. Grane’s founder, Daniel Matuszek, explains that the whole bar is built around the system, developed by WineEmotion, a European company that developed the technology for wine dispense. “We went to them over a year ago and told them about the growth of whisky,” Matuszek recalls, explaining that they were looking to use the…
  • Whisky Investing…the last time around

    Lew Bryson
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    My father died four years ago, and I have to say; he was a bit of a pack rat. More than a bit, really. It took us all day to clean out the garage (which hadn’t held a car since the Johnson administration); honestly, why did a man who rarely worked on his own car need five grease guns? My mother’s been working her way through all the papers and letters he saved, and she found this one, and thought I’d find it interesting. Once I’d had a look, and chuckled, I thought you might find it interesting as well:     It was sent, by air mail (a 4p stamp at the time),…
  • The New Diageo Special Releases

    Lew Bryson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    Once again it’s time for the annual Special Releases series from Diageo – everyone’s pantomime villain that the collectors love to hate (while secretly rushing to buy the bottles). This year, Whisky Advocate was granted a sneak advance tasting. All eleven of the whiskies will be available in the U.S., albeit in limited quantities, so I have listed them all in the table together (see below) with the essential information on age, pricing (in UK Pounds; no U.S. pricing available as yet), % ABV, and the number of bottles to be released. (Incidentally, if you’re perplexed on the apparently…
  • The Balcones Controversy

    Lew Bryson
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    The extraordinary reports coming out of the Balcones distillery in Waco, Texas may yet be seen as the first of many such scenarios as venture capitalists set their sights on the craft distilling industry. The distillery founder, Chip Tate, has refused to attend board meetings with the venture capital group that owns a majority stake in the company; the VC group has, in turn, accused him of what amount to terroristic threats. Whiskey-lovers are up in arms, fearing the outcome for this iconic craft distillery; the Twitter hashtag #nochipnobalcones is spreading. Here’s what’s happened. The…
  • Happy 60th anniversary, Jimmy Russell!

    Lew Bryson
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Young James Cassidy Russell: all-Kentucky basketball player Sixty years ago today, in 1954…   Jimmy Russell started working at the Wild Turkey distillery, at the age of 18. We at Whisky Advocate, from founder John Hansell on down, our entire staff, would like to say: Well done, Jimmy! We’ve talked to Jimmy over the years. Here’s some of his story, as we’ve reported it in previous issues. “Really, my wife, Joretta, was working here before I was,” Jimmy recalls, “and my dad worked at the Old Joe distillery here in town. There were four distilleries here at…
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  • Master of Cocktails - Campari and Soda

    The Master of Malt
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:41 am
    Right then cocktail fans, we're doing a Campari and Soda recipe for this week's #MasterofCocktails. I say 'cocktails'... A bit of a confession, this week's drink isn't *really* a cocktail. It's more of a 'mixed drink'. So this week is less 'cocktail', and more 50:50 confession/love-letter. I'll start with the confession bit. I properly fucking LOVE Campari. In fact, I think I'd probably go as far as to say that if I had to pick only one product (not 'range' or 'category') for a desert island, it'd be Campari. It’s not better than ‘whisky’ as a category, not by a long chalk, but if I had…
  • WINNER of the Exclusive Overeem Bourbon Cask Release Competition

    The Master of Malt
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the last month we've been running a cracking little competition offering the chance for one lucky winner to join a select panel of whisky experts later this month that will decide which bourbon cask will be bottled as the first ever bourbon matured Overeem Tasmanian whisky! The selected whisky will be a UK exclusive, a release of just 50 bottles at 60% abv, with the winner also bagging themselves a bottle - a personalised one at that! How would this lucky winner be chosen? Well, not by luck at all actually, but by writing the best tasting note for Overeem Sherry Cask 43% (with two runners…
  • The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Malt... Sometimes Go Pretty Well!

    The Master of Malt
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    An autumnal morn I come to find, Some lovely folk have been very kind. A box on my desk! Who left this behind? A curious thing. I suppose to me this box was assigned, But what was within? With a pen I opened it, like a vault, And claimed the contents within by default. Sweeties and whisky, could not find a fault, My, what a feastie. Here sat Douglas Laing's newest blended malt, Timorous Beastie! If poems aren’t really your thing, let me explain what just happened in a non-Burns stanza fashion. Found a box on my desk. Opened it. Inside were some samples of Douglas Laing’s newest…
  • Reference Series – The First Batch of Extensions

    The Master of Malt
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    This range was born almost 6 months ago with the release of the initial ‘Reference’ Blended Malt Whiskies
  • Public Voting Open Now! - IWSC Best Online Retailer Award

    The Master of Malt
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    It always means an awful lot to us when we win retailer awards at Icons of Whisky (Whisky Mag), or indeed the eCommerce Awards (that one wasn't even limited to the drinks industry!), and when we do win awards like these, we always make sure to thank all of you, our beautiful customers, for making it possible. We really do love you all. Fortunately for us, you seem to rather like us too, as we get to see every single day as we read through your amazing feedback! It makes the jobs we all do here at MoM all the more rewarding to see just how much you enjoy using the site for your delicious…
 
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  • Nikki Beach

    Rebecca
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Alas, summer’s nearly over – and the Ibiza closing parties are winding down. But whether or not you’re planning next year’s jaunt, or have decided to make the most of the year by heading to the White Isle, then there is just one place you need to go.Nikki Beach has locations all over the world, from Miami to Thailand, and has achieved such success by being super-stylish as well as the perfect place to hang out, relax and spend a fabulous afternoon.With a glistening turquoise pool, gorgeous sea view plus surrounding pure-white sun loungers and beach beds, then Nikki Beach simmers in…
  • Basement Sate – Cocktails & Desserts

    Rebecca
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    It’s always exciting when a new bar opens, complete with a fresh cocktail list to take a peek at – but Basement Sate in Soho is causing us even more reason to rub our hands in glee. Not only is it a new establishment serving top-of-the-line drinks, but there’s an extra element – it’s also a dessert bar!Yes, now when you have a craving for something sweet and alcoholic then look no further than this gorgeous and opulent bar tucked at the bottom of a rickety staircase on Broadwick Street. Descend into the shadowy interior to be greeted by sumptuous sofas, elegant furnishings and all…
  • Top Geek Drinking Accessories

    Guest
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:33 am
    At Vinspire HQ, our geekery extends to far more than our obsession with artisan spirits, craft beers and making silly things out of wine corks.Yes, most of us love at least one supposedly geeky TV show, movie or book – from Doctor Who to Star Wars, Harry Potter to Pokemon – and we love to incorporate these guilty pleasures into our drinking habits wherever possible.Luckily, designers out there have answered our calls several times over, and we’ve discovered some truly epic geek chic drinking accessories. Here are some of the best:1. Star Trek Bottle OpenersNo Trekkie fan’s kitchen is…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: The Fable, London

    Rebecca
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    There’s a distinctly magical-garden feel about The Fable. Pot plants droop from the bar-front and walls, creating a kind of secret forest effect, and we’ve just been served two drinks with herbs floating in them.
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Hutong, London

    Rebecca
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    It’s not often you get to sit and watch the sun dip below the horizon from thirty-three floors up while being poured a chilled tea-cocktail from a steaming pot. The Thames becomes a snaking silver ribbon and the lights begin to blink on in the houses below like Christmas decorations. This is the kind of experience you can have if you come to Hutong at the Shard to enjoy one of the cocktails on their brand new list, and we can assure you it’s not to be missed.
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  • El Jimador and Herradura Name Nashville’s Tequila King and Queen

    Dipsomaniac
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    When it comes to great tequila, El Jimador and Herradura are two of the most dependable names in the business. So it makes sense that they should be the ones to name Music City’s top tequila bartenders at the recent Bartenders Bash sponsored by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. Herradura’s smooth spirits include Blanco, Reposado and Anejo which are excellent for use in cocktails because they emphasize the flavors of the agave plant with just a hint of sweet oak to offset the burn of the alcohol. El Jimador is the top-selling tequila in all of Mexico, so you know that’s saying…
  • Smells Like NEAT Spirits

    Dipsomaniac
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    Scientists claim that the sense of smell makes up a large percentage of the experience that we describe at “taste.” Clearly those scientists don’t realize that you can have a pretty good night of drinking even if you are stricken by Nashville’s worst-ever allergy environment. But the aroma of food and spirits does represent an important factor in truly appreciating the good stuff. Unfortunately, most spirits tasting glasses are actually designed to concentrate the hot vapors of evaporating alcohol and position your nose right in the middle of the hot zone. But if you…
  • 2014 Nashville Bar/Restaurant List (Updated)

    David
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Germantown: 1. 5th & Taylor (October) 2. Cochon Butcher (Spring 2015) 3. Butchertown Hall (October) 4. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 5. McGavock’s (September) 6. 312 Pizza Co. (Open) 7. Whiskey Bar 8. Nashville Tea House (September) 9. Juice Bar 10. Sloco (Open) 11. Octane Coffee (Spring 2015) 12. The Little Donkey (Spring 2015) 13. Helen’s Hot Chicken (Open) 14. The Picnic Tap (September) 15. Jeni’s Ice Cream (Rumored) 16. NFM Butcher Shop (Rumored) 17. Barista Parlor (Spring 2015) Sylvan Park/Nations: 1. FLIP Burger Boutique 2. The Beer Pale (October) 3. 46th &…
  • Hangover Helper, When You Need a Helping Hand

    Dipsomaniac
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    If I’ve learned one thing from many trips to Vegas for various debaucherous weekends, it’s hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The hot and dry climate ensures that all those yard-long margaritas and Fireball shots take even more of a toll on your body than they do here in God’s Country. Once you allow yourself to get dehydrated, it’s next to impossible to catch up. You’ll end up feeling like you have a walking case of the flu, exactly when you and your buddies want to rage at full strength. Don’t be the party-pooper; drink a bottle of water every hour if it’s…
  • Looking for a New Craft Project? Try Firefly.

    Dipsomaniac
    26 May 2014 | 5:29 am
    If you’re near my age (read:old), you might recall a Ronco product that allowed you to cut the top off of bottles to make custom glassware. It was important to remember to sand down the edges or else you’d end up with a face that looked like Heath Ledger as The Joker. Yeah, I bought one of those K-Tel Bottle Cutters and cut the top off of every stray piece of glass in our house. Then we never used the heavy, dangerous sumbitches since we were drinking out of jelly jars and the free glasses that came in boxes of Biz Detergent. Now it appears that the wheel has spun around and…
 
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  • A Basil Hayden’s Manhattan

    Alexander
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
      Continuing our love of Bourbon Heritage Month, we’re going with a classic cocktail, revived with a modern recipe and a damn good bourbon. It features Basil Hayden’s bourbon and the recipe comes to us all the way from Louisville, KY a place that I think we can trust for good drinks. Check it out below and give it a try this weekend, or if you’re impatient make one tonight. Basil Hayden’s® New York’s Manhattan [ Created by Sean Thibodeaux, Louisville, KY ] 2 parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon 1 part Sweet Vermouth 1/2 tsp. Pomegranate Molasses 2…
  • Byejoe Baijiu Review – Experience China

    Alexander
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Have you ever had a craving for cocktails and Chinese food? Me neither, but this past July Lori and I were treated to a tasting of both in New Orleans at Tales of the Cocktail. We enjoyed spicy and delicious Chinese takeout paired with Baijiu (pronounced bye-joe), a Chinese liquor that’s getting a lot of attention lately. If you’ve never heard of it don’t worry, not many on this side of the world have. Ironically, for a few months leading up to trying it we heard A LOT about Baijiu. I’ve heard it’s the #1 selling spirit in the world (thanks to China), I’ve…
  • National Caipirinha Day: How to Make the Caipirinha

    Alexander
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    September 13th is National Caipirinha day, one of our favorite alcoholidays and if you’ve never heard of it or had one we’re going to end that tragedy today by showing you how to make the perfect one. If You haven’t seen me mention it before, Caipirinha is my favorite cocktail. It knocked over the Tom Collins sometime back in 2010 or 2011 and I’ve been ordering it ever since. It’s the national drink of Brazil, and uses a spirit called Cachaca, a sugar cane liquor that many associate with rum, but it’s not rum, it’s Cachaca! Don’t let the name…
  • Bourbon Heritage Month: The Southern Buck Cocktail

    Alexander
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    September is Bourbon Heritage Month and to celebrate we’ll be reviewing a few excellent bourbons and sharing some one of kind cocktails featuring bourbon as well. We’re starting off this week with the Southern Buck cocktail. It uses Wild Turkey Rare Breed and was created in honor of Jimmy Russell’s 60th anniversary as Wild Turkey Master Distiller. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Russell at this years Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans to help celebrate his amazing milestone. Help us celebrate by making one of these at home. Southern Buck By Naren Young [Pictured…
  • The Dekuyper Bartender Challenge

    Alexander
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Are you a bartender? Do you like competition? Are you ready to make your talents known nationally? Dekuyper is looking for the next Cocktail star and this year’s 2014 Cocktail Master competition is coming to Indiana. Bartenders from around the country are welcome to join and create their tastiest most creative Dekuyper cocktails. Here’s how it works: To enter the DeKuyper Bartender Challenge, bartenders and mixologists can register at http://dkcocktailmasters.com. After they’ve accepted the challenge, they will be assigned a delicious DeKuyper flavor, with which they must…
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  • A Look at Chinaco Tequila from Tamaulipas, Mexico

    drinkadmin
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Many assume that tequila can only be made in the area surrounding the city of Tequila in Mexico. While this was the case for some time, eventually other regions in Mexico were added to the very short list of where tequila can be ‘officially’ made.  Chinaco Tequila is one such example, were a quality tequila made outside of Jalisco, Mexico fought to have the tequila definition extended to include the region of Tamaulipas and other regions like it. Since then, Chinaco has revolutionized the tequila industry by becoming the first premium tequila to come to the US. The History…
  • Monkey Rum Adventure Quest New York City July 17th-19th

    drinkadmin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Zane Lamprey and Steve Mckenna will be heading to New York July 17th-19th to celebrate the New York City release of Monkey Rum. This will be the first time that Monkey Rum has become available on the East Coast and to celebrate, Zane and the crew are inviting fans to join them at various liquor stores and bars throughout the city in what has been dubbed the Monkey Rum Adventure Quest. The quest? To find where the infamous Monkey Rum has been hidden throughout the city. The adventure? To crawl through the urban jungle to drink Monkey Rum with Zane, Steve and Pleepleus! Those who join the…
  • The Art of Making Arta Tequila

    drinkadmin
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Demurely lurking behind the scenes of the national tequila craze, Arta Tequila of Colorado is finally ready to make an international splash. This small batch, hand-bottled tequila has been Colorado run since 2011 and is pushing the limits of what artisanal tequila can be. Now Arta believes it is time to let the world know about their little secret:  That the best tequila, while made with ancient methods, can still be modern and rebellious. Lisa Hives, VP of Marketing, welcomed a small group of Denver imbibers for a tasting and gave us a brief history of the company. The one thing she wanted…
  • WhiskyLive 2014 NYC

    drinkadmin
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    After missing last year’s event, I was fortunate to return this year to New York City’s annual springtime whisky celebration, WhiskyLive, held at The Chelsea Piers. As the popularity of the brown spirit seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the number of players who wish to enter the manufacturing game, both nationally and abroad. While we have been long accustomed to whiskies from The United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland, recent years have seen other countries make their own offerings; by now, many whisky aficionados know well the…
  • Drinking Culture in Iceland: Cocktails, Beer and Brennivin.

    drinkadmin
    19 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Iceland has a very interesting drinking history. Much like the US, Iceland had its own alcohol prohibition. Iceland’s began in 1915 and remained fully intact until 1935 when spirits and wines were legalized. For some strange reason, “strong” beer (anything over 2.25%) remained illegal all the way until 1989. The thought process was that since beer was much cheaper than other forms of alcohol, it would lead to more depravity and overall drunken shenanigans. One of the most popular drinks during prohibition was the practice of dumping a shot of vodka or brennivin (an unsweetened schnapps)…
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  • Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon Review

    Josh Peters
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Jimmy’s Texas Bourbon is a four grain bourbon (corn, barley, rye and wheat) that starts out life in traditional new charred oak barrels where it mellows for about a month before being moved over to first fill Kiepersol Port barrels where it spends the next 11-13 months. Not only does the port wood temper the youthful grain, but it also gives this young whiskey a beautiful deep red hue. Named after a WWII pilot and Texas resident, Jimmy’s is made with 100% Texas ingredients and in a time where an increasing amount of whiskey is sourced and then lied about it’s nice to see…
  • What is a whiskey NDP?

    Josh Peters
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
      NDP stands for Non-Distiller Producer which is any company that gets it’s whiskey from another distillery and then bottles, and markets, it as their own. As a practice I have nothing against it, I don’t even have anything against them not disclosing where their whiskey comes from. What I have a problem with are all the unnecessary lies and stories people feel compelled to concoct about the origins of that whiskey. In Scotland NDPs have been common practice for a very long time. The practice of buying barrels and putting your label on them is how the the entire industry of…
  • Trader Joe’s 23 yr Speyside Single Malt Review

    Josh Peters
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    A 23 yr Speyside for only $40? Sign me up! When I saw this sitting on the shelf at Trader Joe’s I couldn’t believe my eyes and thought it was a pricing error. These days where anything aged over 20 years is going for $300-$800 this was quite the steal and the second after I placed it in my basket the suspicion set in… this was either the deal of the century or some pretty awful stuff. I hate to say it, but it was the later. This is not an inditement of Alexander Murray & Co. at all. I’m sure they pick out great casks for Costco, Trader Joe’s and their own line, but so far I…
  • Trader Joe’s 10 yr Highland Single Malt Review

    Josh Peters
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Trader Joe’s does not have a distillery in Scotland to make their 10 yr Highland Single Malt. Nor does Alexander Murray & Co. who sourced the casks that ended up in the bottles. Alexander Murray, and by extension Trader Joe’s is a NDP. A Non-Distiller Producer. Which just means that they make a deal with a distillery to buy some barrels, bottle it as their own and in this case not tell anyone where it came from. Which is not a big deal so long as they don’t claim to have distilled it. Which they don’t so we’re all good on that front. Though being the curious fell that I am I did…
  • Pow-wow Botanical Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    There is flavored whiskey… and then there is this. The Pow-Wow Botanical Rye is a very unique beast put out by the Georgetown Trading Co. who claim to draw inspiration from the Pow-wow’s of old to create this whiskey. Supposedly back in ye olden settler times it was customary to combine rye whiskey with herbs and spices to create a drink meant to be shared at the gatherings. Mountain men, traders, trappers natives and pioneers would then gather ’round the fire and get loaded on cups of rye and herbs and swap stories and tall tales about the expanding and then unknown…
 
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  • Top 10 White Wine Gifts

    Spirited Gifts Team
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Top Ten White Wine Gifts 10. Spectacular Sauvignon Blanc Gift Basket  Sauvignon Blanc, that refreshing lovely wine that is perfect for summer (and the end of summer) AND a gift basket. No way. Send this beautiful white wine gift basket with an assortment of goodies that complement this refreshing sipper perfectly. 9. The Summer of Riesling comes to an end… Restaurants around the country celebrate the summer of Riesling annually with a tour bus and enticing dishes to honor the perfect pairing grape. But why not bring it home? Celebrate Riesling in your own home with our Riesling Gift…
  • Five Outstanding Tips for Rewarding Employees

    Spirited Gifts Team
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    It is important that every company has a reward system that is both strategic but also carefully aligned with their goals.  Generally, companies choose to recognize employees in four areas benefits, compensation (or monetary ways), general recognition and appreciation. However the problem is when it comes to general recognition and appreciation, many companies fall short. Creating a winning system that allows you to add a personal touch can be tough to figure out. Recognition means that you are taking the time to acknowledge an employee in front of their peers for specific accomplishments or…
  • Johnnie Walker Collection

    Spirited Gifts Team
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The brains behind LVMH have come up with the perfect gift for scotch lovers. The Johnnie Walker Collection has been redesigned and upgraded to get rid of the the average Red Label  and replace it with the coveted Platinum Label. The Collection stands out as one of the top whisky gifts you can send to scotch aficionado’s for any occasion. Johnnie Walker Collection Johnnie Walker Collection He’s a man who knows how to appreciate the best that life has to offer. She’s a woman who knows that quality should always come before quantity. That’s why when it comes to choosing…
  • 9 Alternatives to Green Beer on St Paddy’s Day

    Spirited Gifts Team
    5 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I love St. Patricks day. The jokes, the social acceptance of pinching people, wearing green that brings out my eyes… But I draw the line at green beer… It’s just not good, and if it was good beer – why would I put green food dye in it? I pride myself on being a bit of a snob in the drinks department- not too much, just enough to not drink green beer. Here are some drinks for St. Patricks day to class it up. Irish Coffee The only beverage in the world to satisfy  all four of the essential food groups! 2 oz Irish whiskey (such as Jameson Irish Whiskey)1 tsp brown or…
  • Proof that Wine is Healthy!

    Spirited Gifts Team
    19 Feb 2014 | 1:58 am
    If you are one of the many people that are worried about health (and lets face it, who isn’t?) you might start looking at your daily intake of sweets, fats and alcohol.  But, the one thing you don’t have to worry about on this list is alcohol, specifically red wine.  In fact, drinking red wine is healthy. Wine has all sorts of benefits you might not be aware of.  Red wine has a variety of ingredients in it that helps to boost your health and help with things like diabetes, brain function and even preventing colon cancer in men.  Red wine includes an ingredient called polyphenols which…
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  • The Strange, True Story Behind BuzzBallz

    Matt Merkin
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    If somehow you haven’t heard of BuzzBallz, you will. The line of pre-mixed cocktails with colorful containers and equally colorful names—Strawberry Rum Job and Choc Tease, for example—have been quietly but aggressively expanding across the country over the last several years. That’s not surprising. They’re strong, cheap and based on personal experience, a lot of fun. More interesting is who makes them. How did a high school teacher in a quiet Dallas suburb happen to create an underground drinking phenomenon? BuzzBallz’ genesis began in 2009, by the edge of a backyard…
  • B & B

    Tim Allengers
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
  • Bartenders Only: It’s Your Responsibility

    Anna Archibald
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who is the unofficial ambassador for every quality spirit behind the bar? You got it: the bartender. Jacques Bezuidenhout, top San Francisco bartender and Liquor.com advisory board member, is adamant that when you’re talking to your customers, labels—both big-brand and small—should take a back seat. It’s the juice inside the bottles that’s most important. It’s common these days to hear industry people decrying big brands for theoretically producing mass volumes of mediocre spirit, while championing “artisanal” brands who supposedly make smaller batches of superior quality. (We…
  • 30-30 Tequila

    Tim Allengers
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
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    Tim Allengers
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  • Results In for 2014 San Diego Spirits Festival Spirits Competition

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Sep. 9, 2014 - LA JOLLA, Calif. – A highly-qualified panel of spirits judges evaluated the entries using a proprietary scoring system that evaluated each spirit on a number of factors, including taste, appearance, aroma and commercial suitability.  The integrity of San Diego Spirits Festival International Spirits Competition starts with the quality and expertise of the Esteemed Judges. The Judges all have a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds and this facilitated a true, unbiased quality of judging of all the brands that entered. Judges Henry Priess, Forrest Cokely, Frankie…
  • New distillery planned in Oak Harbor Ohio

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    15 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    OAK HARBOR Ohio September 13th, 2014 – With any luck at all, by the end of this year Oak Harbor will have its first ever distillery. That is the prediction of Oak N’ Harbor Distillery owner Joe Helle. Joe is awaiting permits from the federal and state government. After he receives those and a vendor’s permit, he will submit a proposed label. I was amazed at all the stringent requirements for producing and labeling liquor in Ohio. “Every piece of the process is frustrating, but I’ve never felt like giving up,” Helle said. In spite of the obstacles, he has made progress. The inside…
  • Mississippi River Distilling Company Expanding In LeClaire

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    15 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Le Claire, Iowa, September 9, 2014 – Mississippi River Distilling Company is breaking ground on a new barrel storage warehouse and patio area in downtown LeClaire.  The nearly four year old distillery is increasing their footprint in order to age more of their popular Cody Road Bourbon and Cody Road Rye whiskies. The brewery also plans construction of a similar plaza area just north of their building.  “The City has another 25 foot plaza area just north of our development.” said Day.  “We’re proposing to handle the construction exactly the same way as the distillery has.  We…
  • Bear Wallow Distillery Opens its Doors

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    September 7th. 2014- GNAW BONE, Ind.  Susan Spagnuolo thought her idea of opening an artisan distillery in the tourist haven of Brown County was a pipe dream after touring a whiskey-making operation in North Carolina a few years ago. Since the end of Prohibition, Indiana’s restrictive alcohol laws made it illegal to distill spirits for retail sale. Some craft brewers and vintners were pushing to relax the rules, but conservative lawmakers weren’t exactly intoxicated with the idea. “They told us, ‘We don’t want a still on every hill,” said Spagnuolo. Those fears were to put to…
  • Iowa Distillery to Start Selling New Pure Vodka

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:54 pm
    September 8th, 2014- LEAR LAKE, Iowa —An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor.The Mason City Globe Gazette reports IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago. A pure vodka is supposed to be better quality and less likely to cause a hangover. Tests conducted at Iowa State showed Smirnoff vodka has eight impurities, Absolute has 16 and Grey Goose has 14. The OZ Spirits company was started in 2012 by Johannes Van Leeuwen after he developed the process for creating…
 
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  • FEW Spirits: The Pursuit and Passion of Distilling Craft

    DrinkInsider
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Rome wasn’t built in a day. And nor was the craft spirits industry. In fact, looking at the landscape today, it’s hard to imagine what twists and turns lie ahead for craft spirits. Will the industry follow in the footsteps of craft beer? Will it have a shake out and a rebuilding? Will craft spirits companies become more transparent with their production sources? Will the overall quality of craft spirits rise as knowledge expands? There are many questions yet to be answered. But, if one thing is clear, it’s this: The craft spirits industry today is all over the place. And with hundreds…
  • Fall Whiskey Is In The Air! Here’s What To Look Out For

    DrinkInsider
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Fall is a beautiful time of the year. The weather starts cooling off, the leaves start changing, apple cider donuts come back into fashion… oh, yeah, and all of the best American whiskeys get released. Man I love the fall. Except for the pumpkin beers. You can keep those. If you’re a big American whiskey fan you know that most of the annual releases come out in September and October. Many of them are getting increasingly hard to find, and even harder to find at suggested retail prices. So, here’s my take on what to buy, what to spend your time and energy hunting down, and what to…
  • A Journey Through the Wines of Alsace

    DrinkInsider
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Every time I drink a wine from Alsace it reminds me how stupid I am for not drinking more wines from Alsace. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. The reality is, Alsace is one of the world’s great wine regions; unpretentious and sophisticated, yet often overlooked… even amongst wine geeks. And maybe that’s because Alsace is in France, and purely by this geographical designation, it must share the French stage with Burgundy and Bordeaux (and Loire, Rhone, Languedoc, etc.). Or, perhaps, it’s because its tumultuous history — getting pulled back and forth…
  • Announcing the First Brewdown Pop-Up: Harpoon Brewery & Ball and Buck

    DrinkInsider
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    As some of you may know, I have a full time gig that is not this (unfortunately, this whole blogging thing isn’t exactly paying for a lavish lifestyle of drinking and luxury just quite yet). I work at a marketing agency, GYK Antler, where I lead digital strategy and social media. Prior to GYK Antler, I founded Antler (which was later acquired by GYK… hence the name GYK Antler). Anyway, that’s not really the point. The point is that when my business partner and I started Antler we wanted to do something cool that celebrated our love of craft beer (and gave us an excuse to brew beer in…
  • Off to Maine for Beer Camp! And, of course, Allagash

    DrinkInsider
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    I took last Friday off from work to head up to Portland, Maine because, well… beer. More specifically, Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America had finally made it to the great Northeast and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to witness this little piece of craft beer history. Seven stops, thousands of breweries, and a bus full of some of the industry’s biggest names making its way across America. Yeah, that’s what you call a no brainer. I decided to go up early and swing by Allagash before the festivities kicked off. They were one of the 12…
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  • Calories in Alcohol - Should You Care?

    Flaviar
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “I don’t drink, because there are so many calories in alcohol!” Even if just hearing this sentence sparks off your automatic eye roll, you’ve probably also had a little moment when you wondered to yourself if your Friday after-work drinks are the reason for your six-pack gradually becoming a one-pack. Let's see if they are... Good news or the bad news? While there are some calories in alcoholic drinks, there’s no reason to fear you'll be putting on pounds just from having an occasional drink or two. Add to this the fact that because of the way our bodies…
  • Are These the Most Unusual Vodka Flavours?

    Flaviar
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Classics like strawberry and peach have been around for a while, but in the last few years, Vodka producers have let their imagination go wild and here are some of their weir… err, most innovative creations. While we're not necessarily fans of this kind of drinks, we do respect the flavour imagination of their creators - let them inspire you, too: ★ Georgi Bubble Gum Flavored Vodka  You know, the soft pink one that makes biiiiig bubbles. ★ Oddka Fresh Cut Grass  Crisp and citrusy, like freshly cut grass. ★ Stoli Salted Karamel Desserts, ice cream…
  • Do You Know You Conduct a Scientific Experiment Every Time You Drink Absinthe?

    Flaviar
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Green Fairy is not only the most mysterious of drinks, but also a scientific phenomenon. When it's served with a few drops of water added to it, the clear green Absinthe turns milky white. And this so called louche is exactly where the physical-laws-breaking mystery happens: Once Absinthe gets cloudy, it doesn't get clear again after a few minutes, but remains cloudy for months! It's about as weird as if you were to toss a handful of sand into a swimming pool and the pool stayed cloudy for the entire summer, Serious Eats explains. Scientists call this phenomenon…
  • What a complete load of balls!

    Flaviar
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    And quite literally too – ice balls that is. And they’re making quite a… ahem… ‘stir’ at the moment in the fine drinks world. The reason is simple: if you bought a performance sports car, would you put diesel in the fuel tank? No, you wouldn’t. So when you order some of the world’s finest drinks served in some of the world’s finest vessels, is it right to get half-melted ice or semi-slush dunked into it? What Makes Ice Balls Better?  First up is pure math: The reduced surface area of ice means less melt and the ice-ball is frozen…
  • You’ll Probably Never Love Shopping. But Stores in New York Now Try to Make You Feel You Walked into a Bar.

    Flaviar
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We’re not usually the ones to give you shopping advice for other than what you should get for your liquor cabinet. This time, however, we’ll be making an exception. It came to our ears that good fellas in New York are adding lovely selections of liquid treats next to their racks of clothes. A few men's stores in Manhattan have paired their retail spaces with bars: rows of glasses and a selection of craft Beers and Liquors you can sip on while trying on new pair of shoes, Details report. They have been doing it for a while now and it looks like things are working out for them…
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