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  • A-Z of Camping in Devon

    TalesBlog
    Emma
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    We might have already dried and packed away the tents for 2014, but the ever-prepared camper is plotting his or her next adventure for spring 2015. If you’re considering where to head to next year, Devon has to be close to the top of your list. It’s a beautiful region with a diverse environment – ranging from the wild and rocky moors, to the soft and rolling countryside, and not forgetting – of course – the stunning coastline to be found in both the North and South of the county. You will be spoilt for choice about where to stay because of the wonderful array of campsites in…
  • Yonkers Offers Festive Cocktails To Put You In Good Spirits

    Cocktails News
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    'Tis the season of giving, and, as part of that, the City of Yonkers is offering a series of festive cocktails from some of the area's top restaurants. The promotion, which includes a sweepstakes, is part of a GenY campaign launched earlier this year.
  • This cocktail reinforces the cooked agave...

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    abarabove
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    This cocktail reinforces the cooked agave flavor of reposado tequila with agave nectar. Add in some lime juice, egg whites and beer and you have a fun, fragrant cocktail. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Episode 512: December 20, 2014

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Each year, the Malt Maniacs honor some of the world's best whiskies with the Malt Maniacs Awards. This year, for the first time, the overall winner didn't come from Scotland or Japan..but from Taiwan's King Car Distillery, which took the top two spots with Kavalan Solist sherry cask bottlings. Only four gold medals were awarded in the competition, and we'll discuss the results with Maniacs Peter Silver and Robert Karlson...two of the 10 judges on this year's judging panel. In the news, Diageo wins a trademark lawsuit in Houston against the maker of "Crown Club" whiskies, while giving Texans…
  • Suntory Announces Major Price Hikes from April 2015

    Nonjatta
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoYesterday, Suntory officially confirmed rumours that had been circulating for a while, i.e. that it would raise prices for 6 of its major brands (Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakushu, Macallan, Balvenie and Laphroaig).The price hikes will affect 39 expressions – across the aforementioned 6 brands (constituting 8% of Suntory Liquor’s total sales). Cheap whiskies, like Torys or the iconic Kakubin, will not be affected.The last time Suntory raised prices for its domestic whiskies was in September 2008 (a less dramatic increase than this time round). Since then, the…
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    TalesBlog

  • A-Z of Camping in Devon

    Emma
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    We might have already dried and packed away the tents for 2014, but the ever-prepared camper is plotting his or her next adventure for spring 2015. If you’re considering where to head to next year, Devon has to be close to the top of your list. It’s a beautiful region with a diverse environment – ranging from the wild and rocky moors, to the soft and rolling countryside, and not forgetting – of course – the stunning coastline to be found in both the North and South of the county. You will be spoilt for choice about where to stay because of the wonderful array of campsites in…
  • Making the most of the airport

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Do you enjoy the airport, or do you loath it? There are people that fall into both camps, with a few in the middle that are quite indifferent about the whole palaver! Whichever side you’re on, I always think it’s best to try and enjoy every single drop of your time away, from the moment you leave the house, to the moment you return. If you’re one of those people who constantly worries about problems with travel plans, then it’s a good idea to reassure yourself before you leave the house. How can you do that? Well, it’s easy, simply head online to check your flight status in the…
  • All Happening in Dubai

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:14 pm
    A city known for its outlandish buildings and world-class shopping, Dubai is strewn with world-challenging concepts. There’s the Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s highest building, but if that weren’t enough, you can ascend to admire the view encased in the world’s fastest lift. If you prefer your hotel suites a little more opulent, the Burj al-Arab will sort you out, with its Royal Suite which is one of the most expensive in the world. Then there’s the Mall of the Emirates, which can claim the world’s largest indoor ski slope. But what really makes this city exciting is that it’s…
  • Traveling the Easy Way: Home Exchanges

    Emma
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Whether you’re traveling around your state, or traveling around the world, you will need to find a decent place to rest your head at night. While most are usually aware that traveling isn’t cheap, some only allot a certain budget for accommodations. However, there have been some ingenious ways that travelers have come up with in order to save money in this aspect. One such way is known as a home exchange. Now while a home exchange is generally regarded as a low-cost alternative to hotels, in order for it to work, a traveler must own a home. This is why home exchanges are more optimal for…
  • Best ice rinks around the UK

    Emma
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Well it’s official, winter has officially hit the Northern hemisphere and we are now in the month of Christmas. There is something so exciting about the month of December, as Christmas displays fill the shop windows, the smell of fresh pine fills the air, and everything is lit up with Christmas lights. One of my favourite things about a winter Christmas is the good old past time of ice skating and the UK has some amazing rinks.  Flybe have a range of domestic UK flights to get you wherever you need to go this Christmas and if you feel like getting your skates on, I’ve rounded up some of…
 
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    Cocktails News

  • Yonkers Offers Festive Cocktails To Put You In Good Spirits

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:05 pm
    'Tis the season of giving, and, as part of that, the City of Yonkers is offering a series of festive cocktails from some of the area's top restaurants. The promotion, which includes a sweepstakes, is part of a GenY campaign launched earlier this year.
  • A Yusho bartender makes a recreational cocktail with Robitussin

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Donnie Krause of Yusho is familiar with the intoxicating effects of Robitussin, the ingredient with which Matchbox bartender Graham Courter challenged him to create a cocktail. "Growing up in Joliet, I might have had some experiences with it in high school," he says.
  • Holiday Foods and Cocktails

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    We visit Clarks Summit's Ryan Fonash, sommelier from Vintage Imports , who demonstrates how to prepare a sumptuous Ricotta Cheese Crostini Appetizer, unique holiday cocktails, and choosing perfect wines for your celebration. You may email ryan at: rfonash@vntgimports.com Combine milk, cream, and salt in heavy saucepan.
  • Mount Kisco Cocktail Expert Offers Holiday Recipes And Suggestions

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    Marina Vataj knows cocktails. As the Digital Editorial Manager for Mount Kisco-based Wine Enthusiast Magazine, she tastes a lot of beverages in order to find the best drinks for her readers.
  • A stocking stuffer sale with Santa, Krampus and cocktails

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:12 am
    Take one of downtown Mobile's most artful and playful boutiques, mix with one of downtown's most hip and sophisticated bars, and you've got one buzz-worthy night of holiday shopping. The Haberdasher will host Lunatix & Co.
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    Liqurious

  • This cocktail reinforces the cooked agave...

    abarabove
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    This cocktail reinforces the cooked agave flavor of reposado tequila with agave nectar. Add in some lime juice, egg whites and beer and you have a fun, fragrant cocktail. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Pomegranate Champagne Sangria, such a fun and...

    thecookierookie
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Pomegranate Champagne Sangria, such a fun and festive holiday cocktail. Cheers! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Hot Buttered Rum Nog

    HungryCoupleNYC
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:40 am
    Hot Buttered Rum Nog (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • This vibrant and delicious Pomegranate...

    selfproclaimedfoodie
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    This vibrant and delicious Pomegranate Cosmopolitan made with vodka and Grand Marnier is easy to make and will be the talk of any holiday party. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • Cranberry and Vodka with a twist! Great drink...

    dinnersdishesanddesserts
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Cranberry and Vodka with a twist! Great drink for the holidays (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • Episode 512: December 20, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Each year, the Malt Maniacs honor some of the world's best whiskies with the Malt Maniacs Awards. This year, for the first time, the overall winner didn't come from Scotland or Japan..but from Taiwan's King Car Distillery, which took the top two spots with Kavalan Solist sherry cask bottlings. Only four gold medals were awarded in the competition, and we'll discuss the results with Maniacs Peter Silver and Robert Karlson...two of the 10 judges on this year's judging panel. In the news, Diageo wins a trademark lawsuit in Houston against the maker of "Crown Club" whiskies, while giving Texans…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 511: December 13, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Amrut got whisky lovers used to the idea of single malt whiskies from India, and now, Paul John is challenging Amrut's standing as the leader in Indian single malts. John Distilleries has been making single malt whisky in Goa for the last 10 years, but only started exporting it to the UK and Europe in 2012. The Paul John whiskies have now arrived in Australia, and are expected to enter the US market in 2015. Krish Kumar of Paul John explains the distillery's story on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Maker's Mark is now facing a court challenge over its claims of being "handmade",…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 510: December 8, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:37 pm
    As we reported on our last episode, Balcones Distilling founder Chip Tate has accepted a buyout agreement from the majority owners of the Waco, Texas distillery. Tate will not return to the distillery he built in 2009, and sold his 27% ownership stake in Balcones for an undisclosed amount. In this bonus episode of WhiskyCast, we'll have complete interviews with Tate and Balcones chairman Greg Allen - in his first interview on the dispute. Of course, we have much more than just that to bring you. We'll have the details on the start of construction on The Macallan's $168 million distillery and…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 509: December 6, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:46 pm
    In the first of this week's two episodes of WhiskyCast, we'll travel to Sweden to look at two of the country's whisky distilleries. Mackmyra is Sweden's oldest distillery...even though it's only 15 years old, and matures its malts in a former mine 50 metres underground. The Box Distillery has just released its second single malt four years after beginning production in a former power plant, and both releases sold out within hours at Sweden's state-run liquor monopoly. In the news, Chip Tate has accepted a buyout offer from Balcones Distillery's majority owners and has left with plans to start…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 508: November 29, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Irish Whiskey has been leading the global growth in whisky sales for the last several years, posting double-digit gains every year. That growth is being reflected in the number of new distilleries under construction or being planned in Ireland, and distillers from both sides of the border have come together to form the Irish Whiskey Association. Peter Morehead of Irish Distillers was elected the association's first president, and joins us to discuss the state of Irish Whiskey on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, former Bruichladdich managing director Mark Reynier is getting back…
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    Nonjatta

  • Suntory Announces Major Price Hikes from April 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoYesterday, Suntory officially confirmed rumours that had been circulating for a while, i.e. that it would raise prices for 6 of its major brands (Hibiki, Yamazaki, Hakushu, Macallan, Balvenie and Laphroaig).The price hikes will affect 39 expressions – across the aforementioned 6 brands (constituting 8% of Suntory Liquor’s total sales). Cheap whiskies, like Torys or the iconic Kakubin, will not be affected.The last time Suntory raised prices for its domestic whiskies was in September 2008 (a less dramatic increase than this time round). Since then, the…
  • Whisky Festival in Tokyo 2014: Japanese Whiskies

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoA few weeks ago, we spent the better part of the day at the annual Whisky Festival in Tokyo. Organized by the Scotch Whisky Research Centre, this has quickly become one of the most anticipated whisky events of the year in Japan. With TIBS/Whisky Live leaving the real whisky aficionado somewhat wanting this year, we heard many people comment that the Whisky Festival in Tokyo was what they had been waiting for all year long.The festival bottlings: Caperdonich 1994 (l) and Blair Athol 1991 (r).© Howard WeitzmanRather than do a comprehensive review of this…
  • Nikka Whisky Reference Guide Update

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoA few weeks ago, we ran into Hajime Asano, who loyal readers (check here) and/or Nikka-fans will remember as the unofficial archivist of all things Nikka. He self-published the first version of his comprehensive list of all Nikka whisky releases at the end of 2012, and has just published an updated version, including not only new releases since then (some of them gracing the cover) but also containing many additions and clarifications. The list of single cask releases is particularly useful, and there’s even a section on canned highballs released by…
  • New Japanese SMWS Codes & Bottlings

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoThe Scotch Malt Whisky Society in the UK and Australia have just released some brand new Japanese bottlings. Not only that, three new distillery codes have been added to their list: G11 and G12 (Nikka Coffey Grain and Coffey Malt resp.) and G13 (Chita, i.e. Suntory’s grain distillery in Aichi prefecture).The line-up consists of the following bottlings:Yoichi: 116.20 "Fascinating complexity and finesse" (26yo, virgin oak puncheon)Yamazaki: 119.13 "Fathoms deep" (11yo refill bourbon barrel)Yamazaki: 119.14 "Raspberry imperial stout" (11yo, sherry…
  • Breaking News: New Malt Whisky Distillery to be opened in 2016 in Japan

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoPhoto: Hokkaido by Chi King (CC BY 2.0)News has just come out that Japan will get its 9th malt whisky distillery next year. It is a project of Tokyo-based export/import company Kenten Jitsugyou (who import raw food materials into Japan and export liquor), but the actual distillery will be in Hokkaido.It will be the second distillery in Hokkaido (after Yoichi) but the first one in the Doutou area (i.e. the east of Hokkaido). Kenten Jitsugyou submitted its construction request to the town office of Akkeshi, a town known for its oysters, yesterday (25…
 
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    www.caskstrength.net - whisky blog

  • Guest Post: The Science of Drinking and Shopping this Christmas by Tim Ridley

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Hello festive friends. This week, our good friend Tim Ridley (no relation) has penned this superbly constructed discussion on the science of flavour and the psychology of choosing the right thing to buy this Christmas. Tim has made considerable waves in the artisanal coffee world is a founder of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.  If you have yet to explore the world of coffee like you have your spirits,  Tim is your sherpa through the world of beans, blends and single estates.   QUALITY AND ALL THAT CARRY ON: A GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR CHRISTMAS DRINKS As the festive…
  • The Ultimate Christmas Spirit - Part 1

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:57 am
    Apologies for the lengthy absence. Both of us have been travelling extensively, all in the name of Spirits Exploration and we have come out the other side, blinking in the December sunlight, filled with knowledge from the world of fine, well crafted spirits. As it’s the first of the month (assume you all have your Master Of Malt Advent calendars… if not, get cracking and play catch up!) we’ve decided to take a leisurely look at the spirits you should be drinking this Christmas.  We start off with a definitive winter warmer; something to ease you into the month helping banish…
  • Salud! TequilaFEST Is Coming To London - Win Tickets!

    7 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Wow, what a month for spirits November is turning out to be...This week has seen us already attend the launch of a brand new gin from French masters G'Vine, (more on this next week) as well as the expansion of Sipsmith, one of London's finest craft gin distillers.  In addition we had our whisky hats on for the launch of Diageo's Special Releases (which you can read about here) and Neil was in action on the BBC's International News programme, discussing the state of world whisky making today. You can watch the broadcast below if you haven't already seen it.  Neil Discussing World…
  • The Ardmore Legacy: A (slight) Return of the Unsung Smoky Hero

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    From Caskstrength.netEveryone loves an underdog, don't they. Be it the minnows in the World Cup, or the most unlikely victors (recently Leicester City, known as the Foxes, beat the once mighty Manchester United 5-3, after coming from 3-1 behind) there's something to truly celebrate when a small time player comes from nowhere and trounces the competition. Now, without patronising a clearly great distillery, The Ardmore, one of only a handful of malt distilleries on the mainland of Scotland to use peated barley in its production, never seems to be on anyone's radar when discussing the best…
  • The Sound Of Aberlour (or 'Aberlou(de)r')

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Hey hey!  Both Joel and I find ourselves at an unusual point this month. Our new book, Distilled is finally out and we're really delighted with the reaction so far. It's been a hugely rewarding ride into the world of spirits and we look forward to many more years to come, writing about and enjoying great spirits in the company of great friends.  Last week, we had a slight return to our roots back in the music business, albeit as part of a fun and engaging tasting masterclass for The Whisky Show. In fact, it was a superb opportunity to reminisce about 'the old days' of making records…
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    The Chuck Cowdery Blog

  • New Bourbon Documentary Hides Ugly Secret

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    KET, Kentucky’s public television network, debuted a new bourbon documentary earlier this week. It is called “Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business.”The one-hour program is a series of short snippets from dozens of on-camera interviews, illustrated with historic images and beautiful contemporary views of distilleries, including spectacular aerial shots. The interview subjects often speak very personally and emotionally about their families and their love for the bourbon business. It is touching and informative, beautifully shot and edited, everything about it is first…
  • Chip Tate and the Plight of Creative People

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you haven't been following the saga of Texas micro-distillery Balcones and its founder, Chip Tate, I won't try to bring you up to speed here. The Waco Tribune has covered the story very well from the beginning, for which we should all be grateful. Their most recent story, which reports the conclusion of the current chapter, is here.I say 'current chapter' because Balcones will continue and Tate will be back. His new manifestation will be in Waco, he says, so the story should stay interesting.Balcones under Chip Tate has been one of the leaders of the young micro-distillery movement. Its…
  • Thank You For Your Support

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I have four books out about American whiskey. Three are available in both print and electronic editions, one is electronic only. Click here to learn more.Although you can buy the print books directly from me, most of my sales come through Amazon. As you can imagine, this is my busy season. Amazon reports sales daily. They should peak this coming week but have been very gratifying so far.I'm about as small as a small business gets but in my marketing career I have worked with many giants. There are some ways in which all businesses are alike, regardless of size. One is new products. I don't…
  • Jim Beam Announces Louisville Visitors Center

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Beam Suntory announced yesterday its plan to open a "unique new visitors experience in the heart of Louisville’s 4th Street entertainment district in 2015." The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse will include a small working distillery, a bottling line, a tasting experience, and a variety of branded merchandise available for sale.  “The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse will be a must-stop destination in the heart of Louisville that will complement the experience offered at our Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont,” said Kevin Smith, Vice President, Kentucky Beam Bourbon Affairs. “In…
  • Heaven Hill Names Denny Potter Co-Master Distiller

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Denny Potter, currently plant manager, has joined Craig Beam as the Co-Master Distiller at Heaven Hill, the company announced today.Heaven Hill distills its whiskeys at the historic Bernheim Distillery on the west side of Louisville. They are aged at various locations, but primarily at the company headquarters in Bardstown.Potter has spent 13 years in distillery operations. He came to Heaven Hill from Jim Beam, where he was Operations Manager at the Frankfort bottling and maturation facility. Prior to that, Potter was General Manager at Beam's Cruzan Rum distillery in St. Croix, USVI, and…
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    Liquid Irish

  • Makers & Brothers Select Reserve Glass

    David Havelin
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you're anything like me, you'll be thinking about getting around to buying Christmas presents one of these days. If the intended recipients of those presents are anything like me, you won't need to stray much further than the Makers & Brothers pop-up shop on Dame Lane in Dublin.I visited the shop recently and several items caught my eye that would delight the spirits drinker.Select Reserve Whiskey TumblerThis was the initial draw that lured me to the shop. I met Midleton's Master Blender, Billy Leighton, back in October and he told me some of the qualities in his ideal whiskey glass.
  • Writers Tears & The Irishman Cask Strengths 2014

    David Havelin
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Walsh Whiskey announced this week that Duggan Lynch of Kilkenny will be building their new distillery in Royal Oak. Completion by Spring of 2016 is the plan, though the spirit should already be flowing from late 2015.The company continues in the meantime to dip into Irish Distillers' warehouses for its Writers Tears and Irishman brands. This year, as usual, we are treated to a new Cask Strength version of each.They come with very similar descriptions: a vatting of single pot still and single malt, all triple-distilled and aged in ex-bourbon casks. They are non-chill filtered and…
  • Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

    David Havelin
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    For three decades now, Midleton Very Rare has marked the passage of time with an annual vintage release. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first bottling in 1984, Irish Distillers has produced a very, very rare Midleton Very Rare Pearl Edition. It's a collaboration between Master Distillers present and former, Brian Nation and Barry Crockett, the bottle carrying the signatures of both.Back in 1984, the new Midleton distillery had been producing for just nine years, so the first Midleton VR was relatively young (the latest edition, in contrast, contains components between 15 and 22…
  • The Irish Whiskey Awards 2014

    David Havelin
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The second annual Irish Whiskey Awards took place in Kilbeggan Distillery last night. I couldn't be there which was unfortunate as I thoroughly enjoyed the first one.The awards are organised by Ally Alpine of the Celtic Whiskey Shop and judged by the members of the shop's Celtic Whiskey Club and the Irish Whiskey Society. Everything is tasted blind and I know the number of samples participants had to get through was huge so it seems comprehensive too.The runners-up are listed on the awards website. I mention only the winners below.Overall Best Irish Whiskey 2014Redbreast 21 Year Old…
  • Jameson Caskmates

    David Havelin
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    This is a fun one. The story begins with a pub conversation somewhere in Cork between Midleton's Master of Science, David Quinn, and Franciscan Well's founder, Shane Long. Shane asked if he might lay his hands on a few spare whiskey casks to age his beer in. He wasn't holding out much hope but it turns out that sometimes all you gotta do is ask. Franciscan Well released its first Jameson cask-aged stout in time for Christmas 2012.When the most recent batch of twelve casks came back to Midleton, the distillery figured they might as well try their own experimental maturation. The casks had only…
 
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  • Putin's Coca-Cola dig misses the mark

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 am
    The Coca-Cola Co has had its fair share of critics this year, from health campaigners to investor David Winters, who this week called for CEO Muhtar Kent to be replaced. Now the company can add Vladimir Putin to the list. In his annual press conference yesterday, the Russian president and former KGB head took a swipe at Coca-Cola's namesake CSD, reportedly saying: “I don't know whether Coca-Cola is a harmful drink... Many experts say it is.” The sly dig was in response to a journalist’s complaint he couldn't find any kvas, a traditional Russian fermented beverage, in his…
  • Season of goodwill? Not if you're the UK health lobby

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The UK health lobby is always very vocal on alcohol at this time of year, predictably so, and this year is no different.  But drinks firms will be particularly disappointed at one of Alcohol Concern's latest missives, which carries the headline: "Alcohol industry 'can’t be trusted' to promote moderate drinking". The charity's press release points to three examples - involving Diageo, Carlsberg and SABMiller - where they accuse the companies of going against their stated objective of promoting moderate consumption. You can get all the details here. “Given the obvious…
  • Carlsberg builds new life from Copenhagen brewery

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    “Ah, yes, you've hit upon a very sensitive area,” says Thomas, my guide at the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen last Friday. We are in the brew house at the New Carlsberg Brewery, a majestic cathedral to beer built in 1901, and I ask about the decision to close it down in 2008. All production was moved out of the city, meaning that for the first time since 1847, no Carlsberg was brewed in Copenhagen. Thomas says the closure was a wrench, and not just to the employees it affected - Carlsberg's CEO at the time of the decision, Nils Andersen, said it was one of the hardest he had…
  • Scotch whisky firms learn the value of leftovers

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Experimentation has long been a watchword in the Scotch whisky industry. It is what has given consumers the huge range of ageing options, from refill hogsheads to virgin oak to Sherry butts. But the innovation has also left warehouses full of unused stock, leftovers from experiments that came to nothing or are still ongoing.  This liquid can hardly be described as unwanted as it often retains unique characteristics. The problem facing the big firms is how to monetise it as there's often not enough volume to sell in commercial quantities.  It appears some companies are getting to…
  • Coca-Cola courts controversy over milk ad

    5 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Advertising can be a strange beast. And so it has proved again this week, with a Twitter furore over a new milk brand - Fairlife - a JV between the Coca-Cola Co and dairy firm Select Milk Producers. The product isn't even being released until early next year but already it has caused a storm. Ads for Fairlife have been branded sexist by some, as they show women in dresses made of milk, with one even standing on a set of scales. Twitter users argued the images were demeaning to women. In a statement on its website, Fairlife responded by saying that the campaign had been "retired" in…
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  • Sous Vide bags for oven cooking - max safe temperature rating?

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I've oven cooked before with Turkey bags. I'm interested in purchasing some sous vide bags for low temperature oven cooking, but it's hard to find information on the max safe temperature rating of bags.   What I've learned so far: The "safest" bags are high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene From wikipedia, the melting point of low density polyethylene is 239F+ as is the melting point of Polypropylene is 266F+ ... but I'm not sure if that's the same as the maximum safe cooking temperature   What I"m looking for is a FoodSaver compatible food bag…
  • Cooking with an Italian mag, need some clarification

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Hello Everyone-   I'm cooking out of the November issue of Sale e Pepe.   can someone clarify "riso originale"?  I live near a large Italian neighborhood so I'm sure I can find it, I'm just a little confused about what to ask for. Also,   I understand that there are US ounces and UK ounces.   what is the difference?  If anyone can suggest a reliable list of Italian cooking terms and where I can find such, I would appreciate it.   Thanks and have a wonderful holiday
  • Modifying a gas stove: bad idea?

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I'm fascinated by what people do to modify their cooking tools.  Example: I filed down the front edge of my aluminum pizza peel to sharpen it so it now slides under pies much more smoothly.   But I'm hesitant of a much bigger hack that nonetheless tantalizes me...   I read in a wonderful old New Yorker story that Kenny Shopsin, of "Shopsin's", drilled out the jets in his gas cooktop to get more heat in his old restaurant location.  Probably a seriously bad idea for a home kitchen, but darn it, I'd like to get more heat, a lot more heat.  I feel…
  • Tiramisu in individual portions- gelatin or no gelatin

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Hey guys just looking for some advice on doing simple individual tiramisu. I have previously made them for a wedding hall and never felt the need for gelatin while my exec. said be prefers the stability of an added gelatin. I think if the zab is correctly set it should hold and then you cool it to add remaining ingredients much like a mousse. So does anyone think I should give the gelatin a shot? If you have a favorite recipe I would appreciate it if you sent it my way and I am also not a pastry chef but I can dabble with sweets! Have a great day thanks!
  • "Pointy" Channel Knife/Cutter?

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    So, I've been wanting to be able to cut V-grooves in canrrots and other things, so that crosscuts will yield little stars or sunburst-shaped slices.  I already have a channel knife, but its apex is a lot more U-shaped than V-.   Any Garnish Gurus have an angle on a deep V one?   Thanks!
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  • Sous Vide bags for oven cooking - max safe temperature rating?

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I've oven cooked before with Turkey bags. I'm interested in purchasing some sous vide bags for low temperature oven cooking, but it's hard to find information on the max safe temperature rating of bags.   What I've learned so far: The "safest" bags are high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene From wikipedia, the melting point of low density polyethylene is 239F+ as is the melting point of Polypropylene is 266F+ ... but I'm not sure if that's the same as the maximum safe cooking temperature   What I"m looking for is a FoodSaver compatible food bag…
  • Cooking with an Italian mag, need some clarification

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Hello Everyone-   I'm cooking out of the November issue of Sale e Pepe.   can someone clarify "riso originale"?  I live near a large Italian neighborhood so I'm sure I can find it, I'm just a little confused about what to ask for. Also,   I understand that there are US ounces and UK ounces.   what is the difference?  If anyone can suggest a reliable list of Italian cooking terms and where I can find such, I would appreciate it.   Thanks and have a wonderful holiday
  • Modifying a gas stove: bad idea?

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    I'm fascinated by what people do to modify their cooking tools.  Example: I filed down the front edge of my aluminum pizza peel to sharpen it so it now slides under pies much more smoothly.   But I'm hesitant of a much bigger hack that nonetheless tantalizes me...   I read in a wonderful old New Yorker story that Kenny Shopsin, of "Shopsin's", drilled out the jets in his gas cooktop to get more heat in his old restaurant location.  Probably a seriously bad idea for a home kitchen, but darn it, I'd like to get more heat, a lot more heat.  I feel…
  • Tiramisu in individual portions- gelatin or no gelatin

    21 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Hey guys just looking for some advice on doing simple individual tiramisu. I have previously made them for a wedding hall and never felt the need for gelatin while my exec. said be prefers the stability of an added gelatin. I think if the zab is correctly set it should hold and then you cool it to add remaining ingredients much like a mousse. So does anyone think I should give the gelatin a shot? If you have a favorite recipe I would appreciate it if you sent it my way and I am also not a pastry chef but I can dabble with sweets! Have a great day thanks!
  • "Pointy" Channel Knife/Cutter?

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    So, I've been wanting to be able to cut V-grooves in canrrots and other things, so that crosscuts will yield little stars or sunburst-shaped slices.  I already have a channel knife, but its apex is a lot more U-shaped than V-.   Any Garnish Gurus have an angle on a deep V one?   Thanks!
 
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  • Snap Shots: Big Moat, Small Castle

    Camper English
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    August 2011: Ellinge Castle, a small castle near Malmo, Sweden where Purity Vodka is distilled in the former stablehouse. Read more here.
  • Snap Shots: Sunset in Stockholm

    Camper English
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    June 2011: On a trip to Sweden with Karlsson's Vodka, we spent a night out in Stockholm. This picture was taken from Eriks Gondolen. 
  • New Booze: Barrel-Aged Sloe Gin, Rum from Grenada, 5-Year-Old Tequila, Rose Liqueur

    Camper English
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Spirit Works Reserve Barrel Sloe Gin Spirit Works has released a limited edition barrel aged sloe gin – the first of its kind in the US. To produce their Reserve Barrel Sloe Gin, they began with their Spirit Works Sloe Gin, made with real sloe berries, and Spirit Works Gin, then allowing the blend to rest in new American Oak for several months.  This barrel-aging process allows the spirit to breathe through the wood, rounding the sweetness and the spices.  Spirit Works Reserve Barrel Sloe Gin is currently available exclusively in Northern California at a suggested retail price of…
  • Two Travel Cocktail Kits to Keep you Liquored Up in Transit

    Camper English
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    For a quick post on Details.com I wrote about two new travel cocktail kits. The first one is above. The second one is the Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit: Read about them both here. Happy trails!
  • Snap Shots: The Soils of Grande Champagne

    Camper English
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    September 2009: A look at the chalky soils of the Grand Champagne region of Cognac.  This was on a visit to Hennessy that you can read about here.
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  • Raki from Turkey?

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Looking for a gift; is it commonly available in US? I am in Michigan. Anything I need to know? Thanks.
  • Extra charge for rocks or neat

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Danger! Danger! Warning, Will Robinson -- Thread Drift Approaching . . . . Question for you, if I may. >>> It kinda pissed me off so I deducted the ice charge from the tip (I'm usually a very good tipper: 25 or 30%).
  • Highland Park 12 question

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Interesting how laying off of something awhile and coming back to it, it seems different. I had a 10YO Laphroaig the other night after a number of years drinking other things and it was much softer than I recalled. Nice. Yes, I notice a trace of smoke in HP12, a lovely whisky.
  • So What "Old School" Cocktails Should I serve for Christmas?

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I am in a rut, but it is a pleasant one. I vote for oboe foxes (old fashioneds) and martinis. To me Christmas calls for the junipery assertiveness of regular Bombay and a vermouth that is willing to stay in the background, like Dolin. 4:1 shaken really well. Maybe with some oysters on the half shell with a squirt of lemon and a twist of pepper.
  • Someone Likes JW Gold Label Reserve

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    http://blog.sfgate.com/mlasalle/2014/12/18/4559/
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  • Angel Face Classic Cocktail

    Cheri Loughlin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Angel Face Classic Cocktail, 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... There is something about gold hued cocktails. They glow like beautiful brushed copper under soft bar lights. When I stumbled across this Angel Face drink recipe, I knew it was a must try kind of drink. Calvados and apricot brandy pair beautifully as is; add gin to the mix and there’s sure to be a […] The post Angel…
  • Snowflakes and Cream Coffee

    Cheri Loughlin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Snowflakes and Cream Coffee, 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... Warm up from the inside out with this delicious Snowflakes and Cream coffee. A little coconut vodka, Irish cream and steaming hot coffee are all you need for a “take me away” moment. The post Snowflakes and Cream Coffee appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Hot Coffee Recipe Suggestions Capetown Coffee…
  • Chocolate Chai Tea

    Cheri Loughlin
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Chocolate Chai Tea, 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... Chocolate Chai Tea made with frozen tea cubes, reminds me of chocolate orange candy only available during holiday time. This time with spiced chai twist. The post Chocolate Chai Tea appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Peanut Butter Cup Hot Chocolate German Chocolate Cake in a Mug National Chocolate Day Almond Joy…
 
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  • TABASCO: The Eye Opener

    David Solmonson
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:29 am
      Quick — name a drink that uses TABASCO. I’m going to take a wild guess and say you offered the Bloody Mary. Possibly the Snapper or the Caesar. Or, if you’ve built an appreciation for cockailia arcana, you might have conjured up a Bullshot or Praire Oyster. Whatever your choice was, it certainly had something in common with all other famous TABASCO drinks, beyond the hot sauce itself, of course. Your choice was a restorative. In our previous post, we talked a bit about the stomach-settling, appetite-promoting qualities of the chili pepper family. It should come as…
  • TABASCO – One Drop Works Wonders

    David Solmonson
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    I am stuffed; stuffed like a turkey. If you ask me, we have Thanksgiving all wrong. Sure, we remember to be grateful for the people and things we have — that takes little effort. It’s the meal that’s always puzzled me.   If your family boasts 10 or more, a large feast makes sense. Perhaps. I just have trouble appreciating all the days of cooking and all the days of cleaning that a traditional holiday meal entails — just for a fleeting half hour or so of enjoyment followed by longer-lasting gastric discomfort. For the most part, it’s the heaviness of the food…
  • Izze Neargroni

    David Solmonson
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:31 am
    With a name like 12 Bottle Bar, you’d think people would understand what it is we do around here. The concept’s not that difficult to grasp — 12 bottles and some mixers. Indeed, you would think. Still, on a daily basis, we get pitched all manner of vile concoctions (“Vodka made from celebrity’s doggie chew toys!” — no, not really), and the process of a polite decline has slowly turned to active ignoring. We don’t want your pie-flavored anything (except for pie-flavored pie, because that would be ridiculous to refuse).   Got it? Having vented…
  • Product Review: One Juicer to Rule Them All?

    David Solmonson
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
    A few months back, the kind folks at Canada’s Vintage Kitchen Appliance sent us a sample of “The Press”, their homage to the classic discontinued Wear-Ever juice press. Today, however, we’re going to talk about the Land Rover North American Specification (NAS) Defender 110 instead, because we have a point to make. At least, we hope we do. Released to the States for the single year of 1993, the NAS Defender was ripped straight from the pages of road-less (or never)-traveled adventure porn.   Offered in just one color — Alpine White — and factory-stocked…
  • TABASCO – Welcome to the Hellmouth

    David Solmonson
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:20 am
    TABASCO doesn’t tip-toe around being spicy. On the contrary, they take pride in the fact that they produce a pepper sauce for people who like things quite a bit hotter than normal. Sure, there’s a “Sweet & Spicy” variety as well as the “Milder” Green Jalapeño sauce, but even those provide the requisite kick. No, TABASCO means spicy like McLaren means fast. We’re about a little more than half-way through our TABASCO journey here at 12BB and we’ve dedicated each of these posts to one of the core components that make up the grandpappy of…
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  • Review: Barrell Bourbon Batches 1, 2, and 3

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Barrell Bourbon Whiskey When a whiskey producer puts their whiskey in a barrel, they are making an informed bet. They are betting that what will come out of that barrel will be a whiskey that matches the flavor and character profile of their product line and that the whiskey will age “as expected”. Distillers have a deep understanding of the journey that whiskey takes in a barrel through its aging process, what stages it goes through, and what destination it should reach. The problem, of course, is that even though we understand how aging works, it’s not something that can…
  • Review: Q Drinks – Tonic, Soda, Ginger, and Kola

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Q Drinks Mixers It makes no sense: imbibers often spend a great deal of time and money to acquire quality spirits, and then throw them into a glass with a commercial mixer that’s full of crap (i.e. high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavorings). Jordan Silbert, founder of Q Drinks, recognized the opportunity to deliver higher quality mixers made from natural ingredients and sweetened with agave. His line includes core cocktail mixers Q Club Soda, Q Tonic, Q Ginger Ale, Q Ginger Beer, and Q Kola. The Q Drinks line was designed to be mixed in cocktails, so they aren’t…
  • How To Craft: The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler Perhaps one of the most vital ingredients in the Craft Cocktail Revival has been the open sharing of information.  It’s well known that you can’t really copyright a cocktail (although the names of a few dictate specific ingredients), but the techniques you use to create complex and innovative drinks can very much be kept secret and used to a competitive advantage. Fortunately for fans of cocktails and the craft industry, the culture of craft hasn’t been to keep these things under wraps, but to share them with others. This has helped make…
  • Review: Casamigos Anejo Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Casamigos Anejo Tequila The spirits industry is a lot less glamorous and a lot more difficult than many celebrities anticipate. With high profile celebrity-backed spirits like P. Diddy’s Ciroc selling massive volumes, and Sammy Hagar making a mint for selling Cabo Wabo Tequila, celebrities are often lured in with the hope of making a quick buck, doing something fun, and extending their brand. Unfortunately, most celebrities find out very quickly that the spirits industry can be a lot less profitable or fun than they ever imagined. For every Ciroc or Cabo Wabo Tequila, there are a…
  • Review: Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22 Year Old Kentucky Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet Whiskey When it comes to the super premium American Whiskey space, Diageo is in an interesting position. While Bulleit does amazing business for them, it’s contract distilled at Four Roses and MGP, making it difficult to pull old, rare, barrels from the back of the warehouse and release them as a limited editions. Diageo’s George Dickel does produce their own whiskey (and excellent whiskey at that), but the market for super premium American Whiskey seems to be much more interested in bourbon or Kentucky Whiskey than Tennessee Whiskey. It would be an…
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  • Review: Barrell Bourbon Batches 1, 2, and 3

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Barrell Bourbon Whiskey When a whiskey producer puts their whiskey in a barrel, they are making an informed bet. They are betting that what will come out of that barrel will be a whiskey that matches the flavor and character profile of their product line and that the whiskey will age “as expected”. Distillers have a deep understanding of the journey that whiskey takes in a barrel through its aging process, what stages it goes through, and what destination it should reach. The problem, of course, is that even though we understand how aging works, it’s not something that can…
  • Review: Q Drinks – Tonic, Soda, Ginger, and Kola

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Q Drinks Mixers It makes no sense: imbibers often spend a great deal of time and money to acquire quality spirits, and then throw them into a glass with a commercial mixer that’s full of crap (i.e. high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavorings). Jordan Silbert, founder of Q Drinks, recognized the opportunity to deliver higher quality mixers made from natural ingredients and sweetened with agave. His line includes core cocktail mixers Q Club Soda, Q Tonic, Q Ginger Ale, Q Ginger Beer, and Q Kola. The Q Drinks line was designed to be mixed in cocktails, so they aren’t…
  • How To Craft: The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler Perhaps one of the most vital ingredients in the Craft Cocktail Revival has been the open sharing of information.  It’s well known that you can’t really copyright a cocktail (although the names of a few dictate specific ingredients), but the techniques you use to create complex and innovative drinks can very much be kept secret and used to a competitive advantage. Fortunately for fans of cocktails and the craft industry, the culture of craft hasn’t been to keep these things under wraps, but to share them with others. This has helped make…
  • Review: Casamigos Anejo Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Casamigos Anejo Tequila The spirits industry is a lot less glamorous and a lot more difficult than many celebrities anticipate. With high profile celebrity-backed spirits like P. Diddy’s Ciroc selling massive volumes, and Sammy Hagar making a mint for selling Cabo Wabo Tequila, celebrities are often lured in with the hope of making a quick buck, doing something fun, and extending their brand. Unfortunately, most celebrities find out very quickly that the spirits industry can be a lot less profitable or fun than they ever imagined. For every Ciroc or Cabo Wabo Tequila, there are a…
  • Review: Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet 22 Year Old Kentucky Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    Orphan Barrel Lost Prophet Whiskey When it comes to the super premium American Whiskey space, Diageo is in an interesting position. While Bulleit does amazing business for them, it’s contract distilled at Four Roses and MGP, making it difficult to pull old, rare, barrels from the back of the warehouse and release them as a limited editions. Diageo’s George Dickel does produce their own whiskey (and excellent whiskey at that), but the market for super premium American Whiskey seems to be much more interested in bourbon or Kentucky Whiskey than Tennessee Whiskey. It would be an…
 
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  • Amarula Cream Liqueur Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    We’re sitting here with a bottle of Amarula Cream. It’s the second largest selling cream liqueur in the world, behind only Bailey’s, yet it’s not a common sight behind American bars. That might change though, as the brand looks to push stateside awareness of this interesting product, which unlike most cream liqueurs is produced from a distilled fruit base, rather than the traditional whiskey or brandy. Amarula is made from the marula fruit, a small, yellow, oval-shaped fruit indigenous to South Africa. The hand-picked fruit is fermented, double distilled–first in…
  • Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last month Old Forester announced the launch of their new Whiskey Row series, a lineup of whiskeys that highlight the brand’s significant milestones and production innovations over the course of its history. The initial release is called 1870 Original Batch, and it commemorates the year Old Forester introduced the first “batched” bourbon. Before its release, bourbon was sold by the barrel, which created variance in the taste profiles and quality. And while today single barrel bourbons are prized for their uniqueness, Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown was a…
  • Seven Stills Kickstarts a Bitters Line

    Julia Tunstall
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Dozens of new cocktail bitters have launched in the last few years, but one San Francisco duo is proving that there’s room for more. Tim Obert and Clint Potter from The Seven Stills of SF distillery are branching out into bitters, using the power of Kickstarter to fund the enterprise. And already their line of unique bitters comprised of local ingredients and sporting beautiful label artwork is resonating with the cocktail community. Tim and Clint originally started the distillery to make whiskey from craft beer. After finding some success with their whiskey portfolio, they began to…
  • The Cocktail Enthusiast Holiday Gift Guide

    Kevin Gray
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Another holiday season is upong us, which means… yeah, you’ll probably have to buy some gifts this year. Sorry. But assuming your friends and family are the kinds of people who appreciate a bottle of whiskey in their stocking, then we’ve got you covered. So below: seven gifts for the cocktail enthusiast in your life. Yes, it can be you. CUTTY SARK HI-TOP LA-based Generic Surplus has teaming up with Cutty Sark to create this pair of limited edition hi-top sneakers. Designed with a bartender in mind, this comfortable shoe features a black leather upper and an off-white canvas…
  • Ungava Canadian Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Canadian Gin. That’s not something you hear too often, but the category has become more populated and more impressive in recent years. And here we are with a bottle of Ungava, a new gin that’s produced by Quebec-based Domaine Pinnacle. It’s comprised solely of Canadian-grown botanicals, but the most unusual characteristic of Ungava would be its color. Yellow. Ungava gets that color from rose hips, one of six botanicals that also include: Arctic Blend, Cloudberry, Labrador Tea, Crowberry and Nordic Juniper. Those botanicals–along with a neutral spirit made from locally…
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  • Beer Review – Labatt Brewing Company Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale

    limpd
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As we were winding down to Turkey-Day, my coworkers and I found ourselves a bit parched. That was soon remedied with an icy cold six of Labatt’s Prohibition Series Bourbon Barrel Ale. Despite the rather long title, this is a move to capitalize on the appeal of aging beer in various types of barrels. We have had a number of beers from Innis & Gunn aged in Bourbon,  Irish Whiskey, or Rum barrels as well as Bourbon aged offerings from Anderson Valley, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing, Founders, and Goose Island. So, our experience with barrel aging has been limited to smaller,…
  • 45 Hours in LA, Part I: The LA Whisky Extravaganza

    G-LO
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Back in mid-September, opportunity knocked via an invitation from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America (SMWSA) for two Boozedancers to attend one of their Fall Whisky Extravaganza events. Unfortunately, unlike the past 6 or 7 years, there would be no Philadelphia Whisky Extravaganza. At first I was majorly bummed, but then I had an idea… Instead of letting these media passes go to waste, I immediately contacted the West Coast Office (WCO) and asked if he’d be interested in attending and covering the Los Angeles Whisky Extravaganza for our little corner of the blogosphere. His…
  • Book Review – Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Cocktails and Stories from the World’s Hippest Borough

    G-LO
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Though we’ve dabbled in the occasional cocktail concoction, the Boozedancers are simple men when it comes to drinking (some might even go so far as to call us simpletons. I’m looking at you, Madame Rouge and Benita!). If a libation involves more than just pouring it into a glass and adding ice and/or water to it, then we probably won’t bother making it, and will instead pour ourselves a glass of Craft Beer or Whisky. This is not to say that we don’t appreciate a beautifully crafted cocktail. We do! Bring on the Margaritas, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Daiquiris,…
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Whisky Season

    aaron197172
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Can you feel it? Can you smell it in the air? It’s that season where adults become bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like the happy-go-lucky children we once were. It’s that time of the year that transports us back to a world of innocence like no other. Yes, it’s WhiskyShow time. It does seem to come earlier and earlier every year, doesn’t it? I remember the days when the season came in the early winter when it was…cold…outside. But, boy, have times changed! So, on the 80° frozen tundra of Los Angeles, we happily welcomed WhiskyLive into town. The lovely Missus…
  • Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Boomerang IPA

    limpd
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    While off to LA for Jersey Week. I sought out libations and found a Sierra Nevada “Snowpack” at the local Target. In the Sierra Nevada “Snowpack”, you get their India Pale Ale, their Boomerang IPA, their Porter, and the Coffee Stout. Since I’m a big fan of stouts and porters, this sampler was right in my wheelhouse. I also enjoy the India Pale Ales (as does my better half), and while I hadn’t had the Boomerang, I thought that as a “thrown-in” in the case, I wouldn’t be disappointed. Sadly, the Boomerang was enjoyed late at night in the…
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  • Inchgower 1975 (Maltbarn)

    Ruben Luyten
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    This Inchgower 1975 was bottled in 2013 but it hasn’t been released by Maltbarn until just now. It’s a strategy we saw before from this bottler, avoiding the moment when everyone seems to launch them and selling it when it’s not available any more.   Inchgower 38 yo 1975 (47,3%, Maltbarn 2013, bourbon cask, 54 btl.) Nose: starts waxy, with paraffin, linseed oil and polished oak, as well as some mint. Green apples, later also warmer fruits like melon, pear and pineapple. Soft passion fruits too. Hay. Subtle flowery notes. I love this kind of profile. Mouth: rather mellow and creamy.
  • Rare whiskies and rums (Pierre Marcolini)

    Ruben Luyten
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The other day I was given I was given an early Christmas gift by my lovely parents: a box of chocolates by the famous Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. The selection is called Rare Whiskies and Rums – it includes six different chocolates with a filling based on whisky and rum. The starting idea is that liqueur-filled chocolates are always based on a nameless spirit, probably not the best one around, which is a shame when you’re working with top quality chocolate like Marcolini. This time, a lot of effort was put into matching a specific whisky / rum to a specific type of chocolate.
  • Balblair 1983

    Ruben Luyten
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Balblair 1983 replaced the popular 1975 vintage at the end of 2013. It was matured in ex-bourbon barrels.   Balblair 1983 (46%, OB 2013, 1st release) Nose: a nicely fruity, almost tropical nose. Fresh banana, sweet quinces and apricots, as well as a sourish hint of pineapple and passion fruit. Bright floral notes. Albariño comes to mind. Vanilla ice cream. Very subtle hints of old oak and almonds. Excellent. Mouth: quite lovely again. There are warm fruity notes (pears, plums) balanced by the same juicy acidity (kiwi) and soft, elegant spices (ginger, clove). Liquorice and cinnamon.
  • Caol Ila 30 Year Old (2014)

    Ruben Luyten
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    This Caol Ila 1983 is the first official 30 Year Old (as far as I know), bottled as part of the Special Releases 2014. We’ve had a whole list of early 1980’s releases from independent bottlers, so we’re curious to see how the official release compares. It is a mix of refill American and European oak.     Caol Ila 30 yo 1983 (55,1%, OB 2014, Special Release, 7638 btl.) Nose: a maritime / medicinal version at first sight. Iodine impregnated gauze, seaweed, with some leather and soot. On a second level, there are rounder, fruitier notes: sweet lemon, melon and sugared almonds.
  • Aberlour a’bunadh (batch #49)

    Ruben Luyten
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Aberlour a’bunadh is the cask-strength expression matured exclusively in Oloroso sherry casks, released in different batches (usually 5 or 6 a year). It is said to contain different profiles, from casks ranging between 5 and 25 years old. I tried quite a few in 2008-2009 but later on I seemed to turn to other heavily sherried expressions. Today we’re trying the latest batch (if I’m not mistaken), batch n°49.   Aberlour a’bunadh (60,1%, OB 2014, batch n°49) Nose: quite open and very sherried. It’s a modern kind of sherry maturation, with some winey overtones. Raspberries and…
 
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  • Amarula Cream Liqueur Review

    Kevin Gray
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    We’re sitting here with a bottle of Amarula Cream. It’s the second largest selling cream liqueur in the world, behind only Bailey’s, yet it’s not a common sight behind American bars. That might change though, as the brand looks to push stateside awareness of this interesting product, which unlike most cream liqueurs is produced from a distilled fruit base, rather than the traditional whiskey or brandy. Amarula is made from the marula fruit, a small, yellow, oval-shaped fruit indigenous to South Africa. The hand-picked fruit is fermented, double distilled–first in…
  • Old Forester 1870 Original Batch Bourbon Review

    Kevin Gray
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last month Old Forester announced the launch of their new Whiskey Row series, a lineup of whiskeys that highlight the brand’s significant milestones and production innovations over the course of its history. The initial release is called 1870 Original Batch, and it commemorates the year Old Forester introduced the first “batched” bourbon. Before its release, bourbon was sold by the barrel, which created variance in the taste profiles and quality. And while today single barrel bourbons are prized for their uniqueness, Old Forester’s founder George Garvin Brown was a…
  • Seven Stills Kickstarts a Bitters Line

    Julia Tunstall
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Dozens of new cocktail bitters have launched in the last few years, but one San Francisco duo is proving that there’s room for more. Tim Obert and Clint Potter from The Seven Stills of SF distillery are branching out into bitters, using the power of Kickstarter to fund the enterprise. And already their line of unique bitters comprised of local ingredients and sporting beautiful label artwork is resonating with the cocktail community. Tim and Clint originally started the distillery to make whiskey from craft beer. After finding some success with their whiskey portfolio, they began to…
  • The Cocktail Enthusiast Holiday Gift Guide

    Kevin Gray
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Another holiday season is upong us, which means… yeah, you’ll probably have to buy some gifts this year. Sorry. But assuming your friends and family are the kinds of people who appreciate a bottle of whiskey in their stocking, then we’ve got you covered. So below: seven gifts for the cocktail enthusiast in your life. Yes, it can be you. CUTTY SARK HI-TOP LA-based Generic Surplus has teaming up with Cutty Sark to create this pair of limited edition hi-top sneakers. Designed with a bartender in mind, this comfortable shoe features a black leather upper and an off-white canvas…
  • Ungava Canadian Gin Review

    Kevin Gray
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Canadian Gin. That’s not something you hear too often, but the category has become more populated and more impressive in recent years. And here we are with a bottle of Ungava, a new gin that’s produced by Quebec-based Domaine Pinnacle. It’s comprised solely of Canadian-grown botanicals, but the most unusual characteristic of Ungava would be its color. Yellow. Ungava gets that color from rose hips, one of six botanicals that also include: Arctic Blend, Cloudberry, Labrador Tea, Crowberry and Nordic Juniper. Those botanicals–along with a neutral spirit made from locally…
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  • 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Award: Distiller of the Year

    Lew Bryson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Beam Suntory Who knows whether Shinjiro Torii, when he opened his Torii Shoten store in 1899 in Osaka, envisaged his family firm becoming the world’s third-largest drinks group? Or that, in pioneering whisky distilling in Japan and creating a style that was recognizably Japanese and not a scotch copy, he would excite the world’s palates; that the values he laid out would have lasted for over a century. A few years ago I met with his grandson, Shingo Torii, Suntory’s vice-president and master blender. Then, among other things, we discussed the philosophy which, he felt, helped define…
  • 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Award: Lifetime Achievement

    Lew Bryson
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have two Lifetime Achievement Awards this year, for two men who have made their careers in the Scotch whisky industry. Colin Scott has served as the master blender for the prestigious Chivas Regal and Royal Salute lines of blended whisky; Duncan McGillivray has wrestled with the Victorian-era machinery of Bruichladdich and brought it to heel. We salute their achievements and dedication. Colin Scott, Chivas Brothers Chivas Brothers’ master blender Colin Scott has spent 41 years working in the Scotch whisky industry, having been brought up next to Highland Park distillery on Orkney.  Both…
  • 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Award: Lowlands and Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky of the Year

    Lew Bryson
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Rosebank 1992 21 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2014), 55.3%, $500 The late Michael Jackson described the demise of Rosebank as “…a grievous loss,” and it remains one of the most mourned of silent distilleries, almost in the same league as Brora and Port Ellen. There have been some very good independent bottlings of the triple-distilled Rosebank in recent times, but arguably the best  expressions have been Diageo’s 2011 and 2014 Special Releases ‘house’ bottling of Rosebank, both offered at 21 years of age. The 2014 Special Release was distilled during 1992, just a few months…
  • 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Award: Highlands and Islands Single Malt Whisky of the Year

    Lew Bryson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl III The Fiendish Finale, 53.4%, $130 John Grant of Glenfarclas distillery once told me that in his opinion no really top-quality single malt whisky had been produced in any Scottish distillery built since the Victorian era. Scanning the list of 20th century distilleries, he may have a point, but if one gives the lie to Grant’s premise, then it is surely Isle of Arran. Established in 1993, Arran has matured as a whisky-making operation as the years have passed, from the slightly panicky, scattergun approach of many cask finishes to the calm, assured, and…
  • 21st Annual Whisky Advocate Awards: Islay Single Malt of the Year

    Lew Bryson
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Signatory (distilled at Laphroaig) 1998, 60.8%, £100 Another toughie. The best have been small batches this year: Lagavulin’s Feis Ile bottling, Bruichladdich’s Bere Barley, and the coming of age of Port Charlotte. The winner however was that rarity, Laphroaig in sherry. I know that the official line is that Laphroaig is best suited to American oak casks; they give the whisky a sweet element to balance its tarry, seaweedy depths. They work, no doubt about it, but you know there’s just something about this big bruiser of a single malt that works when given longer-term maturation in…
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  • Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 22: Mackinlay’s Shackleton Rare Old Highland Malt

    The Master of Malt
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Antarctica? Pah. They have land beneath their ice and snow, that's cheating. And all those penguins that a certain retailer seems to think have something to do with Christmas!? No, no, no. The Arctic, that's the place for me. Polar bears, reindeer, narwhals and Father Pugmas. North side massive. In fact, it wasn't until Ranulph Fiennes popped by for tea a few years back that I gave much thought to the likes of Ernest Shackleton, who always seemed to have an unhealthy obsession with the wrong pole for my liking. Chose a great whisky for his men back in 1907 though did ol' Ernest, so I was…
  • Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 21: Mortlach Rare Old

    The Master of Malt
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Time for us all to open the 21st window of our Whisky Advent Calendars! And inside it's... a new look single malt Scotch whisky from Dufftown in Speyside. A whole new expression from Mortlach to be precise, a distillery that was founded back in the 1820s and you may know best from their 16yo 'Flora & Fauna' release featuring a Goldeneye duck. (James Pond, anyone?) With past distillery releases few and far between, Mortlach (or 'duck massacre') now has its own shiny new core range! Time to jump in with Rare Old, which has a greater bourbon cask influence than you may expect alongside the more…
  • Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 20: Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps

    The Master of Malt
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Day 20! There's really not long left before Christmas, is there? Hopefully you've been enjoying your Whisky Advent Calendars day by day and are ready for another lovely single grain Scotch whisky! Today it's the turn of The Girvan Patent Still No.4 Apps from William Grant & Sons. I've got quite a sweet tooth, and as such quite enjoy this dram. It's not quite as sweet as a Penguin (biscuit) or a Snowball (cake???), which I do quite enjoy finding left out for me on Christmas Eve, but I think I'd rather a glass of this. And there's never been a better time to buy (or win) one than today... How…
  • Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 19: Timorous Beastie

    The Master of Malt
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    'Twas six nights before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse! Not just the situation in Jake from Master of Malt's home, but also in the homes of all those with Whisky Advent Calendars. In the latter case though, the mouse in question is fortunately none other than Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie! A tongue in cheek name for a corker of a Highland blended malt that's created by the jolly folk behind one of my other favourites, Big Peat at Christmas. (Plus, I like his beard.) Timorous Beastie is made exclusively with malts from Highland…
  • Whisky Santa's Whisky Advent Day 18: Arran - Batch 4 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

    The Master of Malt
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Followers of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's batches of Arran single malt Scotch whisky will know that the label features Boutique-y illustrator Emily Chappell stranded on a desert island. Not the most festive of scenes, perhaps, except if you look carefully at Batch 4 you'll see that she's actually put up her Christmas tree! An appropriate choice for day 18 of the Whisky Advent Calendar then! There's even some festive spice and warming rye-style notes in this batch, although it's very much still a charming Arran, and I'm rather partial to a charming Arran... How to get involved with Whisky…
 
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  • It’s time to get fully festive with a trip to a wintery ski-lodge – in the heart of London!

    Rebecca
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Perhaps you’ve fully embraced the season of Santa Claus, and been rocking your comedy jumper for weeks now. Or maybe you’re not quite there on the festive front, and need a little push before you’re humming carols on the tube. Whichever it might be, we have the perfect place to visit that is sure to add that extra bit of sparkle into your life.What’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas? How about grinning snowmen, mulled wine, falling flakes and a cheerful reindeer?And, courtesy of the Ski Lodge at Montague on the Gardens, there’s now no need to invest in an alpine holiday…
  • Discovering the Delights of Benedictine in Normandy

    Rebecca
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    We are standing in the courtyard of the Palais Benedictine, scarves wrapped around our throats to ward off the chill December air of coastal Fecamp, Normandy. The majestic stairs, turrets and rooms designed by Camille Albert stretch towards the powder-white sky.This impressive building is the sole place in the world where Benedictine liqueur is produced – the well known and much-imitated drink which has sparked so many counterfeits that, inside one room of the Palais, there is a wall dedicated to the fakes. It is a superb digestive, goes wonderfully with brandy, and is loved by cocktail…
  • Cocktail Advent: Day 15 – Monk`s Punch

    Rebecca
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    Well, it seems here at Social and Cocktail we’ve missed a week of Advent Calendar Cocktails (too busy trying them out rather than writing about them, perhaps…), but we are now back on track and ready to count down the next ten days until a very merry Christmas day is upon us.And to celebrate the 15th day we’re giving you the recipe for a rather delicious cocktail you can make at home with the aid of that much-loved liqueur Benedictine.The Monk’s Punch was created by Shaker & Company’s mixologist, Tim Garratt, and is a twist on the classic mulled, heated…
  • Cocktail Advent: Day 10 – Sugar & Spice

    Rebecca
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    For day number 10 we recommend this new offering from Drake and Morgan. Sugar and Spice, is a very merry combination of Chairman’s Spiced Rum, Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, rich pomegranate molasses, old-fashioned bitters, sugar and prosecco, with a citrus orange twist.This delicious libation is the cocktail equivalent of a jolly festive wreath, so chuck on your comedy Crimbo sweaters and get sipping.
  • Cocktail Advent: Day 9 -The Larder Batch

    Rebecca
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    For our ninth cocktail we’re getting into the ecclesiastical ‘spirit’ with a visit to Reverend JW Simpson.Their winter cocktail list is a festive furore of warming tipples and heavenly creations that include seasonal favourites such as port, dark rum and a bit of spice.The Revered present to you here the Larder Batch – a merry combination of Small Batch Bourbon stirred with Pinot Noir reduction and seasoned with pink peppercorns, spiced cardamom and Angostura bitters, all served with a snow – sorry, ice – ball.
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  • Grey Goose Spiced Apple Martini

    Alexander
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Still searching for that perfect holiday cocktail to serve at this years Christmas dinner? We found the perfect one. It’s a spiced apple martin courtesy of Grey Goose and has a refreshing flavor that line sup perfectly with this time of year. Its only got 4 simple ingredients so anyone can make it. Check out the recipe below and give it a try tonight. Don’t forget to let us know what you think! 2 Parts GREY GOOSE® La Poire 1/2 Parts Fresh Lemon Juice 2 Parks Sparkling Apple Cider 1 Tbs Cinnamon Sugar First rim your chilled martini glasses by rubbing a lemon wedge on the outside…
  • Review: Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

    Alexander
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    Happy holidays everyone. Hopefully you’re finishing up all your Christmas shopping and can finally sit back and enjoy a drink (or two). This week we’ve got another great review for you, reviewing Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey. In light of the Holiday season we’re also teaming up with Jack Daniels to sponsor an AWESOME giveaway coming up later this week. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Don’t miss out on your chance for a really cool giveaway but for now check out our review. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey is a blend of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey and a unique…
  • Egg Nog or Coquito: Something for Everyone

    Alexander
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Every family has a tradition around this time of year. For me it’s making a large batch of Coquito, a Puerto rican creamy rum drink thats pretty legendary in the PR community. For years you couldn’t convince me there was anything better than egg nog this time of year and then I met my wife’s family that put me onto their Coquito recipe and I’ve been making it every Thanksgiving and Christmas ever since. We wrote about egg nogs around the world a few years back and it opened my eyes. Every culture has some version of egg nog and they’re all delicious. What’s…
  • Review: Baileys Chocolate Cherry

    Alexander
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:03 am
    I made a random stop into ABC Fine Wine & Spirits near my house yesterday and I swear I was going to just be in and out. Just grab a 6 pack of Mckenzies Pumpkin Cider and be out. Then I made the mistake of walking down the cordials aisle.  And this sexy new display was calling my name, it was Baileys Chocolate Cherry. I like Baileys but it isn’t even in my top 5 for cream liqueurs. I’ll save that for another post one day if you want to know which means I love. But although Baileys original is nothing to scream about I generally like the flavor expressions they’ve made…
  • 10 Liqueurs to Bring to Your Company Christmas Party This Year

    Alexander
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Happy Holidays. Only 17 more shopping days until Christmas. Last week we got an email from Melissa in Ohio looking for recommendations for holiday liqueurs she could buy and either serve out of the bottle or make cocktails with pretty quick at her upcoming company Christmas party. It inspired me to write this post today. I’m sure many of you have a company christmas party coming up and might be dreading drinking with the boss but we like to take uncomfortable situations and turn them in our favor. This year instead of showing up in your ugly sweater and tie and spend the night avoiding…
 
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    Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online

  • Single Malt Whisky with No Age Statement

    scottyg
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Many will have noticed a growing trend in the single malt whisky market to produce whiskies with no age statement. So what’s behind the thinking of this? Will whisky drinkers find this more appealing? Single Malts With No Age Statement More and more single malt whisky producers admit that [...] The post Single Malt Whisky with No Age Statement appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Inspirational Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Site

    scottyg
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:14 am
    Single malt whisky producers, Glenfiddich have always been at the forefront of whisky marketing and production. They were the first Scotch whisky producers to market single malts in a box or tin. They also have their iconic triangle shaped bottle. So it comes as no surprise that [...] The post Inspirational Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky Site appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Scotch Whisky Giants Glenfiddich Change Branding

    scottyg
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    Glenfiddich has been making Scotch whisky since 1886 and is now the top seller of single malt Scotch whisky worldwide. Glenfiddich literally means “Valley of the Deer” in Gaelic. So it’s fitting that Glenfiddich single malt whisky is known by the stag logo.   The New [...] The post Scotch Whisky Giants Glenfiddich Change Branding appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law

    scottyg
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:46 pm
    A new film to promote Johnnie Walker whisky is set for release on 30th July. The film stars British actor and star of the film Alfie, Jude Law and is directed by Ridley Scott’s son Jake Scott. Johnnie Walker is sold online by the Whisky Exchange [...] The post New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • New Johnnie Walker Whisky Profiler

    scottyg
    1 May 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Johnnie Walker Price – Blended Whisky Profiler Finding the perfect whisky for you to drink can be a bit of a challenge. Although the prospect of tasting many different single malt whiskies and blended whiskies may not seem like a laborious challenge, it can be quite expensive and take a long time. After all, once [...] The post New Johnnie Walker Whisky Profiler appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
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  • Jameson Black Barrel Review

    Josh Peters
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I like Jameson. I buy it, I drink it, I mix with it, I share it with friends, but I can’t say that I’ve actually LOVED a bottle of Jameson… till now. The Jameson Black Barrel is fantastic stuff. It’s not quite as monumental as the Barry Crockett Legacy, but it’s working it’s way up there and as far as blended Irish whiskey goes it just might be my favorite, readily accessible, blend on the market. Like the main Jameson releases, and as previously stated, the Black Barrel is a blend, but it’s comprised of a much higher amount of single pot still whiskey which is aged in…
  • Trader Joe’s Blended Scotch Review

    Josh Peters
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Just like there is no Trader Joe’s distillery in Kentucky there is no Trader Joe’s distillery or blending facility in Scotland. They are a NDP and they source this blend from another blender / bottler in Scotland and then put their own label on the bottle and sell it as theirs. Which I have nothing against since they’re clearly not trying to claim they distilled, blended and bottled it themselves. Since it’s all done through 3rd parties and doesn’t seem to be a relabel of something like Famous Grouse there’s not a whole lot of info online about it, but I can tell you this. It’s…
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy Review

    Josh Peters
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy is a single pot still whiskey (malted and unmated barley) that is triple distilled in the traditional Irish fashion and then “exclusively matured in American bourbon barrels”. It is a NAS whiskey and while they don’t disclose what the youngest whiskies in here are, the oldest in this bottle is 25 years which is where some of the light woody notes come from. So who is Barry Crockett and why does he get a whiskey named after himself? With no apparent relation to the infamous Davy Crockett, Barry Crockett is the 2nd generation master distiller at Midleton…
  • Bank Note 5 Year Blended Scotch Review

    Josh Peters
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Bank Note Blended Scotch is in that cadre of blended scotches that carry an age statement. In this case it’s 5 years, which means that every whisky (including the grain whisky) in this blend has been aged for a minimum of 5 years. Another key feature is the 40% malt and 60% grain whisky in this blend. It’s a fairly common ratio (Johnny Walker red & black use the same ratio), but some bottom shelf blends use as little as 20% malt so it’s good to see it’s on the higher side. Put out by the NDP house A.D. Rattray it’s a mix of single malts from the Speyside and Highland regions…
  • Tin Cup American Whiskey Review

    Josh Peters
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Tin Cup American Whisky is MGP bourbon that is bottled in Colorado and put out by a man named Jess Graber. If Graber’s name sounds familiar that’s because he was instrumental in creating Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. After being sent this bottle for review I did some research which opened up a lot of questions like “Why is it called an American Whiskey instead of a bourbon?” and “Why does the mashbill for Tin Cup not match any of the ones listed on MGP’s site?” To answer these I got on a call with Jess himself to get the full inside scoop on Tin Cup Colorado whiskey.
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  • Ocean Mist

    Kevin Mabry
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    The tequila-based Ocean Mist is shaken with apricot liqueur, lemon, sea salt and an egg white, and when poured over blue curaçao, the cocktail transitions from blue to aqua to sea foam green, with a crest of white foam—an homage to the New England coast.
  • Homemade Blue Curaçao

    The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    The Kirkland Tap & Trotter is crafting its own house-made blue curaçao—a practice rarely seen in cocktail programs. Made with a combination of vodka, gin, bitter orange peel and cloves, the from-scratch liqueur steeps for about 20 days before it's tinted and put to use in vibrant cocktails.
  • Leaps and Bounds

    The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    This bold highball of blanco tequila, orange liqueur and mint-infused simple syrup gains its vibrant color from The Kirkland Tap & Trotter's housemade blue curaçao, created with a combination of vodka, gin, bitter orange peel and cloves.
  • The Lady in Blue

    Eron Plevan
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    A variation on a White Lady (a New Orleans Sour), this gin-based coupe carries crème de violette, orange flower water and edible flower petals, but blue curaçao is its crown jewel. It’s poured last to complete the cocktail—a tribute to the long-term ghostly guest of Louisville's Seelbach Hotel.
  • Taylor Precedent

    Meaghan Dorman
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Strut your sparkling wine stuff with the over-the-top Taylor Precedent. Crémant de Jura, the term for sparkling wines from the Jura region of eastern France, infuses this flute with a bright acidity that contrasts the warmth of applejack and spiced tiki bitters.
 
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  • One Eight Distilling Announces Grand Opening

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    One Eight Distilling Announces Grand Opening and 1/8 Preview Event- Independent Distillery’s First Spirits Include D.C.’s First Vodka and Whiskey Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2014) One Eight Distilling – only the second distillery to open in Washington, D.C. since prohibition – will officially open its doors on Saturday, January 10, 2015, offering public tours, sampling, and spirit sales from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the distillery’s northeast D.C. facilities. Customers will be invited for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at One Eight’s 7,500 square production space, and given the…
  • Few Spirits

    E-man Booze
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The Distillery of the Month for December is… Few Spirits December 1st, 2014  by E-man Booze As the number of artisan distilleries rises, media outlets continue to further the cause of the craft spirits revolution. Much has been written about the success of FEW Spirits. A simple internet search yields countless articles, interviews and critical reviews highlighting the triumphs of this small Evanston, Illinois based distillery.  To dispense with rehashing much of the same information, I seek to shed light on some of the lesser known certainties. FEW’s founder and Master…
  • New Craft Distillery to Open in Fargo North Dakota

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    November 24th, 2014- North Dakota’s largest city is about to have a homegrown liquor. Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze. “It’s all about supporting being local,” said Joel Kath, who is leading the project. “Even the barrels are from right next door in Minnesota. We can get everything we need within 75 miles from…
  • Wicked Dolphin releases Coconut Rum

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:22 pm
    November 20th, 2014- Florida craft rum producer Cape Spirits has released Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum, which  is now available through the Republic National Distributing Company and at the Wicked Dolphin Distillery in Cape Coral. The rum is described by JoAnn Elardo, founder of WD, as an American authentic coconut rum with real coconut ingredients and a great tropical taste, say says: “We have worked on our Wicked Dolphin Coconut Rum for over two years getting the taste just right. I started by using natural ingredients from Florida and the coconuts in my backyard and came up with great…
  • Whitesburg Kentucky to get a legal moonshine distillery

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:18 pm
    November 19th, 2014- A Whitesburg Kentucky distillery is a go again after the city council voted 4-3 Tuesday evening to lease a historical building on Main Street to a would-be moonshine maker. In September, the council rejected Letcher County businessman Colin Fultz’s plans to use a former car dealership garage for a distillery. The building is near Whitesburg First Baptist Church, which opposed the plan. Fultz said Wednesday that support from the community persuaded the city council to revisit the issue, with the understanding “it wasn’t going to be a bar. It’s a…
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  • A New Era for Harpoon, and for Craft Beer Independence

    DrinkInsider
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    As someone who has started and run several businesses, stories of entrepreneurship, stand up leadership and independence will always inspire me. What Harpoon did this year in turning the ownership over to their employees and passing the leadership torch was a bold move. My hat is off to them for establishing this new path, and to Charlie Storey who is leading the company into the new era. -TL And now, this… It was a late summer night in Boston and Charlie Storey and I had just finished lugging kegs into a basement storefront on Newbury Street. A crowd had gathered inside and was…
  • 10 Great Gifts For People That Like To Drink

    DrinkInsider
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Welcome to DrinkInsider’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! For my fourth annual guide to giving during the holidays, I’m diversifying the lineup to include a variety of gifts—all under $100—for the drink lover in your life. Whether you’re looking for something for an occasional drink enthusiast or a serious aficionado, I think you’ll find something here to make them happy. Cheers! A Great $30 Bourbon If you’ve only got about $25-$30 to spare, but you want to buy someone a bottle of good whiskey, rest assured that there are a number of great options out there. However, there are…
  • Bourbon’s Virginia Home: A Visit To A. Smith Bowman Distillery

    DrinkInsider
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Bourbon is that it has to be produced in Kentucky. Bourbon doesn’t have to be produced in Kentucky—it just so happens that the vast majority of the best Bourbon is produced there, but that has nothing to do with the actual legal requirements around what makes Bourbon, Bourbon. In fact, there is some damn fine Bourbon being produced outside of Kentucky, in other parts of the United States. If you asked me to name the distillery that’s producing perhaps the best Bourbon outside of Kentucky, I may just be inclined to say A. Smith…
  • Bourbon County Black Friday: Because Beer Is Better Than Shopping

    DrinkInsider
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:39 pm
    What are you doing the morning after Thanksgiving? Are you going shopping? Trying to find a killer deal on a new TV? May I make a recommendation? If you’re going to exert any energy at all on Black Friday it really should be spent trying to track down this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County releases. If you’re not going to do that, you should probably just stay at home, drink beer and soothe your turkey day hangover with leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes. But, for those of you who are ready to venture out into the first day of holiday mayhem, know that Goose Island is once again…
  • Talking Laphroaig’s 200th and Cairdeas Amontillado with Master Distiller John Campbell

    DrinkInsider
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Laphroaig’s Distillery Master, John Campbell, has had a pretty full plate as of late. In addition to the release of a number of new whiskies in the past few months — including this year’s Cairdeas and a new entry-level spirit called Select – he’s spent the last few weeks traveling around the US, being the face of the brand at events like WhiskyLive. I caught up with John in Boston, to talk about some of these new releases and the distillery’s upcoming 200th anniversary that’s just around the corner. John Campbell at Whisky Live, Boston 2014 Every year,…
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  • Cuban Cigars Now Legal – Smoke Em If You Got Em!

    Demitrius
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Cuban cigars have long been considered the best in the world. Unfortunately, it has also been illegal for an American citizen to smoke Cubans anywhere in the world, until now. Obama’s Administration has been less than stellar to say the least (but lets keep politics out of it). One thing we can all get behind is the administration’s recent decision to re-open relations with Cuba. Effective today, Americans can once again enjoy some of the finest tobacco on the planet. How Cuban Cigars Became the Best Why is our newfound ability to buy Cuban cigars so celebratory? Cuban cigars are…
  • Bourbon and Cigar Pairing Made Simple

    Demitrius
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Bourbon and cigars are a match made in heaven. Few things are more satisfying, from a palate pleasing point of view, than pairing your favorite cigar with a suitable libation. But not all fine bourbons and fine cigars pair well, and a bad pairing choice can ruin the experience of both. Sure,  you could just drink whatever and smoke whatever,  but some cigars just make the drink open up and come to life. Instead of using trial and error to find a bourbon and cigar pairing that works for you, use some of the suggestions below to help you get the most out of the experience. Know Your Stogies…
  • Show It Off! How to Build A Respectable Home Bourbon Bar

    Demitrius
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    So you have got your home bar stocked up with the perfect bourbon collection, huh? Now its time to show it all off! Building  a respectable home for your bourbon is a nice way of showcasing your collection and giving guests something to talk about. Your set up doesn’t need to be too fancy or complex, but you should invest in a few preliminaries. Namely, you will need a platform to display your finery, some basic tools of the trade, and a few interesting accessories. The Platform Your ‘platform’ is the surface and the storage space that you will use to show off your bourbon…
  • 3 Reasons Everyone Should be a Maker’s Mark Ambassador!

    Demitrius
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    My name is Demitrius, and I am Maker’s Mark Ambassador #1545768. I can say without a doubt that the Makers Mark Ambassador program is one of the most innovative and incredible fan clubs of all time! Doe-Anderson, a Louisville-based marketing firm behind the program has created a one-of-a-kind program that everyone loves! Here are three reasons that I believe EVERY bourbon lover should join the Maker’s Mark Ambassador program… Free Christmas Gifts (!) Each year, Makers Mark sends out neat little Christmas gifts to its Ambassadors. This year, Ambassadors received small bourbon…
  • Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish

    Demitrius
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Proof: 90.4 Age: 4 – 7 years old Distillery: Brown Foreman Distilleries Master Distiller: Chris Morris Season: Late Fall…i.e. Halloween Introducing the Woodford Reserve 2014 Master’s Collection Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish Christmas comes early for bourbon lovers in the fall! This is the time of year when the epic Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) drops, when Heaven Hill reveals its successor to the Parker’s Heritage Collection of the previous year, and when Old Forrester blesses us with its birthday bourbon! This year also heralds the arrival of the next…
 
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  • Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof Background Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel ProofColonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof is the big brother in the new-ish Taylor Jr line from Buffalo Trace. Current Bourbon releases also include Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch and Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel. There’s also a Colonel EH Taylor Jr Rye out there.There have been three releases of Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof and I’m looking at the last two. The first release was 134.5-proof (67.25%), second was 135.4-proof (67.7%), and the third for 2014 is 129-proof (64.5%). I never got a chance to…
  • Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch – Video Review

    Mike Flaminio
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch is part of a line of Colonel EH Taylor Jr bottles from Buffalo Trace Distillery. This video review talks about the history of the brand, Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch, and compares Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch to Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel.Blog Review: Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch  The post Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch – Video Review appeared first on Whiskey Lately.
  • Maker’s Mark Cask Strength – Review

    Mike Flaminio
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Background Marker’s Mark Cask StrengthMaker’s Mark Cask Strength is a full strength bottling of the classic Maker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is uncut and non-chill filtered Bourbon that basically turns up the volume on the standard Maker’s Mark.For decades Maker’s Mark basically only offered its iconic wax dipped bottle filled with Bill Samuels Sr’s family wheated Bourbon recipe. In 2010 his Bill Jr was thinking about his legacy, but they had a problem. They didn’t have capacity and perhaps too time to launch a new product.
  • Lost Prophet Bourbon – First Look Review

    Mike Flaminio
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    Lost Prophet Background Lost Prophet Bourbon from Orphan BarrelThe next release from Orphan Barrel is Lost Prophet. This is the fourth release in the series with Bourbons of Old Blowhard, Barterhouse, and Rhetoric 20. Lost Prophet is a 22-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon that was originally distilled at George T Stagg Distillery in 1991. The Stagg Distillery is the former name of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, and this makes Lost Prophet unique to the other Orphan Barrel releases. The other releases came from either the old Bernheim Distillery or the rebuilt new Bernheim Distillery. The…
  • Holiday Gift Guide for Bourbon Drinkers (2014)

    Mike Flaminio
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    Bourbon Gift Guide 2014The holidays are upon us and it’s hard to beat the gift of booze. I broke this guide down into three price ranges to fit budgets from a  secret Santa to that special someone. Also, and most importantly, you should be able to find nearly all bottles at any well stocked booze monger, with exceptions where regulations may complicate things. I also added a bonus item that might be a little tougher to find, but the intention is not to send you hunting for a Pappy Van Winkle or some other nonsense.I also  wanted to offer a variety of both types of Bourbon and makers.
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  • Cocktail Trend You Don't Want to Miss: Mezcal Cocktails

    Flaviar
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Mezcal is one of the most versatile additions to the cocktail world and its presence on cocktail menus across the world vouch for that statement. If you’re looking for something new to serve at your holiday party, this could be it.  Why Mezcal? Bartenders love flavour and are mostly really bored with standard mixing spirits like Vodka and Gin, because they tend towards the flavour lite spectrum. Mezcal brings a very distinctive full-bodied flavour to a cocktail, which can anchor the body of a cocktail or be used as an accent; that thing where you think the whole is greater than its…
  • We'd Like You to Meet Japanese Whisky. You're Going to Love it.

    Flaviar
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    They have been on the rise for a while, but after Japanese Whisky recently won World Whisky of the Year, you’re probably asking whether you should be drinking more of it.   The Land of the Rising Dram Despite not having the ability to claim centuries of history like its Scotch counterparts, in the 90 years-ish since Japanese whisky production started they have risen from exotic alternative to world-beating whisky of choice the world over. Nowadays there are eight Japanese whisky distilleries, but the history of production in Japan can be traced to the Yamazaki distillery who set…
  • The Macallan Has Good News: There’s Going to be More of It

    Flaviar
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What do 007 James Bond and many Flaviaristas have in common? You can’t say no to The Macallan. Join us as we take a closer look at it. Small Stills, But Lots of Whisky Dating back to 1824, The Mac allan distillery in Speyside was one of the first in the region to legally distill spirit for the purpose of ageing and creating Whisky. The Macallan’s current distillery outputs is around 9.5 million litres of spirit a year from its 14 "curiously small spirit stills," making it the third largest producer of spirit in Scotland, behind Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. If…
  • Old Fashioned Recipe Straight From Whiskey Heaven

    Flaviar
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Old Fashioned is a cocktail classic everyone (yes, we're looking at you) should know how to make. When we were chatting about Bourbon with Erik Adkins of Hard Water (also referred to as "Whiskey Heaven" among its clientele) the other day, he was kind enough to share a recipe for his favourite cocktail - the Old Fashioned - as he prepares it in one of the best Whiskey bars in America. "The Whiskey Cocktail has always been one of my favourite mixed drinks. It is a contemplative drink and one that can be slowly savoured. This drink originated at the beginning of the 19th…
  • Is Cognac a Brandy? And How Does Armagnac Compare to it?

    Flaviar
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If you get confused hearing these names, you shall now be puzzled no more, dear Flaviarista. Brandy in general means any kind of distilled spirit, made from fermented fruit juice. The fruit in question is often grapes, but there are a number of Brandies based on apples, pears and other sweet fruits. So yes, being produced by distilling wine, Cognac is a type of Brandy, only a very specific one. To make it slightly more difficult, different types of Brandy from different parts of the world each have their own names. And while apple-based Calvados from Normandy, Spanish Brandy, Italian…
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  • Best Christmas ad of the year 2014

    Greg
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    Quite literally the best Christmas ad this year. Forget Sainsbury’s, M&S, Lidl and all the other highstreet retailers and even Apple’s tearjerker.  This. Is. Christmas. Thanks Laphroaig. The post Best Christmas ad of the year 2014 appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Top GreatDrams Articles of 2014

    Greg
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    That time of year again when it is appropriate to look at the stats (like I don’t do that every week anyway…) and see how each article is doing and which are getting the most reads. I hope you enjoy the top GreatDrams articles of 2014, I hope to welcome you back to GreatDrams in […] The post Top GreatDrams Articles of 2014 appeared first on Great Drams.
  • REVIEW: The Angels’ Share Whisky Glass and Dropper

    Greg
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    REVIEW: The Angels’ Share Whisky Glass and DropperExperience77%Packaging62%Notes / instructions70%Enjoyability73%Willingness to buy again84%73%Hand-CraftedReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%We all know and love the Glencairn Glass but are there other options? Absolutely. Are they interesting? Absolutely. Are they fun? Absolutely. Welcome, The Angels’ Share Whisky Glass and Dropper. The Angels’ Share Whisky Glass As we all know, I’m […] The post REVIEW: The Angels’ Share Whisky Glass and Dropper appeared first on Great Drams.
 
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