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  • Top Places To Visit in Europe for a River Holiday

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    Emma
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Europe is a lovely place to explore, whether you choose to do so by train, bus, car or boat. There are a number of rivers throughout Europe that make it a perfect destination for visiting on a river cruise. Many small, quaint towns are built around the rivers in Europe and traveling by river cruise is a unique way to see a different side of Europe. Many places you’ve been before can feel very different when you explore them on enchanting European river cruises. For some suggestions of the best places to enjoy a river cruise, read on.  Paris to Prague: Prague and Prague are extremely…
  • A Glorious Range of Gins Showcased at Bourbon Steak's Juniper in July

    The Joy of Drinking
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    There's a left to do it! For a quick escape this month, Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak is featuring some gorgeous gins in its Juniper in July special. Located in the classic St Francis Westin in Union Square, the airy, cathedral-like steakhouse with high ceilings, classic arches, and roman columns offers a civilized spot for diners looking for a chance to try expertly crafted classic martinis with a unique selection of gins.Steered by bar manager Adam Reaume, the menu is comprised of martinis ($14) with made from eight different gins, mostly locally distilled. These include Barr Hill,…
  • Floating on troubled waters - Thursday, 31 July 2014 01:00

    Cocktails News
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    On any given summer Sunday, the Clackamas River from Barton to Carver parks is packed with boats, rafts, inner tubes, pool toys, air mattresses and, well, just about anything that floats.
  • The Rum Daisy Cocktail — a modern twist on a...

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    kitchenriffs
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:29 pm
    The Rum Daisy Cocktail — a modern twist on a 19th century American original (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 489: July 25, 2014

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    Mark Gillespie
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Tasmania's distillers have been making some unusual and incredible whiskies in recent years, but many of them are flying under the radar of whisky lovers. Belgrove Distillery is one of those underrated distilleries, but when WhiskyCast listener Matt Wooler told us we had to check it out, we did. Peter Bignell built the distillery from the ground up on his farm, where he grows his own grain, makes his own whisky, and even fills and labels each bottle by hand. He's also making what may well be one of the few peated rye whiskies in the world, and shares his story with us on this week's…
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  • Top Places To Visit in Europe for a River Holiday

    Emma
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Europe is a lovely place to explore, whether you choose to do so by train, bus, car or boat. There are a number of rivers throughout Europe that make it a perfect destination for visiting on a river cruise. Many small, quaint towns are built around the rivers in Europe and traveling by river cruise is a unique way to see a different side of Europe. Many places you’ve been before can feel very different when you explore them on enchanting European river cruises. For some suggestions of the best places to enjoy a river cruise, read on.  Paris to Prague: Prague and Prague are extremely…
  • Exploring Egypt and the Great Pyramids

    Emma
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:50 pm
    There are few places featured more often on travel logos and brochures than Egypt and the Great Pyramids. The mere images bring to mind the ideas of exotic and exciting world traveler status. This incredible area has been a travel destination for centuries and allows a peak into one of the earliest civilizations of the world where you stand and wonder how it would be possible to create such things like the Pyramids and Great Sphinx even today, much less thousands of years ago without benefit of machines. It is also one of the places where no amount of pictures in the world can ever do justice…
  • Best Ways to See Norway

    Emma
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Norway is a country full of breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscapes; despite its sometimes unwelcoming climate. There are many weeks that see temperatures well below zero with very little chance of thawing out. However, don’t let this stop you because teh arctic weather has formed magnificent glaciers, fjords, parks and mountains with unique panoramas that simply aren’t replicable. You certainly don’t want to visit Norway and then find out that you’ve missed out on seeing something spectacular like the Northern Lights, the Norwegian fjords or a glacier park. So…
  • Top Tips for Staying in Touch

    Emma
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Traveling can be challenging for a great number of reasons, from exploring new countries to dealing with homesickness and being far from friends and family. One thing I’ve found that really helps to combat homesickness is to stay in touch regularly with those I miss most. Thankfully, gone are the days of ridiculously expensive international calling rates; if you plan ahead, you can save a lot of money and effort in international calling. There are a lot of international calling services available, so find the ones that suit your lifestyle and budget best: Using Your Smartphone to call…
  • 5 Tips For Paying Your Loan Off Quickly

    Emma
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Like it or not, most of the people out there cannot go about without having to take at least one loan during their lifetime. It may be their student loan, their mortgage or even their small personal loan – it does not matter, they are all loans. And, ultimately, they all have to be repaid. One of the major issues with loaning and lending money in this world is that a lot of people put off their repayments by as much as they can. In truth, although such a move can give you a bit more time now, it can ruin your finances for the future and it can bring you on the brink of collapse. Still, how…
 
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • A Glorious Range of Gins Showcased at Bourbon Steak's Juniper in July

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

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

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Not too many people know that A16, one of San Francisco's favorite Italian joints, has a sister restaurant in Oakland, walkable from the Rockridge BART station. A16 Rockridge has all the class and atmosphere of the San Francisco location plus one more thing: a cocktail program. The space is beautiful––a sunny indoor spot those of us who want to get away from the foggy San Francisco summers. The bar is primarily a neighborhood bar, which you'll feel when you walk in. The staff is warm and hospitable, which makes you feel part of the in-crowd right off the bat.Blessed Thistle: Plymouth,…
  • Meet the Cocktails: The Dream of the '80s Is Alive at The Square

    16 May 2014 | 7:51 pm
    North Beach is one of San Francisco's most iconic, historic neighborhoods. When you're in North Beach, you feel like you're in a place with history. And Claire Sprouse's new bar program at the Square––an aptly named new restaurant across from Washington Square Park––it embraces North Beach. Claire didn't shy away from the 1970s and '80s style cocktails that were once (and in some places still are) so popular in North Beach. In fact, she took them in. She specifically designed her program to be a place North Beach locals would be proud to call their own.(Read more about Claire's…
  • Meet the Cocktails: British-inspired drinks with San Francisco flair at The Coachman

    8 May 2014 | 12:46 am
    The Coachman's bar program opened with huge shoes to fill. After Heaven's Dog closed down last year, we honestly figured that whatever became Heaven's Dog 2 wouldn't live up, and we'd come to peace with that. After tasting bar manager Johnny Codd's drinks and hanging out at the SOMA spot for awhile, I realized that The Coachman didn't try to fill Heaven's Dog's shoes at all. Instead, Johnny just did his own thing. Which happens to be a super creative and quite delicious bar program.There's a lot to bring people to The Coachman, Charles Phan's new project modeled after a British steakhouse.
 
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  • WhiskyCast Episode 489: July 25, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    Tasmania's distillers have been making some unusual and incredible whiskies in recent years, but many of them are flying under the radar of whisky lovers. Belgrove Distillery is one of those underrated distilleries, but when WhiskyCast listener Matt Wooler told us we had to check it out, we did. Peter Bignell built the distillery from the ground up on his farm, where he grows his own grain, makes his own whisky, and even fills and labels each bottle by hand. He's also making what may well be one of the few peated rye whiskies in the world, and shares his story with us on this week's…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 488: July 18, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Celebrity-branded spirits are a big trend these days, and the whisky world is no exception. Last week, we reported on the lawsuit filed by John Wayne's heirs against Duke University seeking to protect the family's trademark rights to produce a "Duke Bourbon" featuring the late actor. It's a little easier when the brand is based on a character instead of the actor, though...and this week, we'll hear from two entrepreneurs who have done just that. Michael Howard of Prairie Creek Beverages in Dallas is behind the J.R. Ewing Bourbon named after the legendary "Dallas" villain, and Ed Caan of…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 487: July 11, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Glenmorangie's Dr. Bill Lumsden wanted to push the envelope 16 years ago when he got his hands on some French Oak barriques from an undisclosed Bordeaux wine chateau, and see just how long he could put a whisky away for finishing. He got his answer a couple of years ago when five of those barriques yielded the Glenmorangie Pride 1978 single malt that was released this week. We'll discuss that process with him on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth, and he'll respond to Ardbeg lovers who claim the Islay landmark's current releases don't quite match up to those old classic Ardbegs, but still want…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 486: July 4, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Corn farmers have a saying "knee high by the Fourth of July" to gauge whether their crop will be a good one, and we'll look at the grains that go into making "America's Native Spirit" with veteran Bourbon distiller Dave Pickerell on this Independence Day episode. Corn, rye, wheat, and barley each add their own unique character to a Bourbon, along with many of the exotic grains distillers experiment with, and Dave will break them down for us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Glasgow leaders give their blessing to a new distillery along the River Clyde, and we'll have more on new…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 485: June 27, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Michael Urquhart is retiring from Gordon & MacPhail in September, but the leader of the family-owned business calls it a natural "changing of the guard." However, his successor is the first person from outside the Urquhart family to lead Gordon & MacPhail in its 120-year history. We'll talk whisky and family with Michael and Ewen Mackintosh on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, there's another retirement as Bruichladdich's Duncan McGillivray wraps up his 40-year career, the Bourbon Capital of the World is getting another new distillery as the Bardstown Bourbon Distillery…
 
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  • 5th Ghost: Karuizawa ‘4 Decades’ Auction

    8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoAs of today, interested parties can bid on a unique Karuizawa release. It is a special vatting of malt distilled over the course of 4 decades – from 1960, right through to the final vintage (2000) – which was married for several months. Only 24 bottles were produced of this, and it truly is liquid history… the history of Karuizawa distillery merged into a single dram. For detailed information about this release, please check this post.One of the things that makes this release very special for us, is that all proceeds (save for government taxes and…
  • 2 New Nikka Anniversary Releases: Taketsuru 21 NC and ‘Rita’ Apple Brandy 30yo

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoNikka keeps pumping out limited edition variations on their standards in this, their 80th anniversary year. Details have just been announced of two interesting new bottlings, both of which will be released on July 2nd, the anniversary day of the company. One is a non-chillfiltered version of their Taketsuru 21yo Pure Malt (48%abv), the other an apple brandy named after Taketsuru’s Scottish wife, Rita, matured for over 30 years (43%abv).The non-chillfiltered Taketsuru is, in a way, a follow-up to the well-received Taketsuru 17 Non-Chillfiltered, which was…
  • 4th Exclusive Nonjatta ‘Ghost Series’ Bottling: Kawasaki 1980/2014

    18 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoToday, we’re thrilled to be able to announce details of the fourth release in our series of bottlings of rare Japanese whiskies featuring prints from the great Yoshitoshi’s “New Forms of 36 Ghosts”. As always, it is a really special release: a 1980 single cask grain whisky from the mysterious Kawasaki distillery.Lost in the mists of time, all that is known about Kawasaki distillery is that it used to provide the backbone for Sanraku Ocean’s blends in the 70s and 80s. The distillery vanished at some point during the bubble years (nobody knows…
  • Two New Chichibu Single Casks

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:42 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo© Stefan Van EyckenJust in time for Father’s Day (which is next Sunday in Japan), our favorite department store in Tokyo has launched two brand new Chichibu single casks. One is drawn from a French oak cask (2009/2014, #2357, 63.1%abv), the other from a so-called ‘chibidaru’ (literally ‘wee cask’, Chichibu’s original quarter cask; 2010/2014, #877, 61.5%abv). They just went on sale today and it looks like they won’t be around for very long, in spite of the ever-increasing prices (16,000 and 14,000 yen resp.). We had the chance to quickly try…
  • Hakushu Exclusive for Whisky Shop W.

    8 Jun 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoPhoto courtesy of Whisky Shop W.In the run up to father’s day (next Sunday in Japan), the people at Whisky Shop W. – Suntory’s flagship store in the HQ building in Osaka – have released their 6th exclusive mini-bottle. We’ve written about this series before : it is aimed at people who are interested in trying high quality malt, but may be reluctant to shell out 10,000 yen for a bottle. By offering special vattings in 300ml bottles, Suntory is hoping to encourage people to take the leap without having to break the bank. It seems like the…
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  • I Come From The Land Of The Ice And Snow: Benromach Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Snow Joke: My Trip To BenromachOne of the scariest drives I have ever done in my life was early one March morning from Perth to Forres, a small town near Inverness. It was a Monday and I was up around 4am with the aim of arriving at the Benromach distillery at 8am, to start a day working at the distillery to learn about how the distillery works and document it for an article in Whisky Magazine. Benromach in the SnowHowever, just after waking I threw back the curtains to see somewhere in the region of 36 inches of snow clogging up the path below. Scurrying outside, I quickly dug a path for my…
  • All Hail The Cooper: Glenfiddich Excellence Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:32 am
    The great author Jonathan Swift once wrote that “he was a bold man who first ate an oyster”. It is this sort of gastronomic experimentation which has given us such great delights as a human race, tickling our taste buds with incredible innovation.I often wonder who it was that first invented the meringue; they must have been the Heston Blumenthal of their day, but probably didn’t get the fame their invention should have rewarded them with, let alone a Michelin star or even their own range of cookware.And it is this need to create, to always push the boundaries, that man has…
  • Hug A Hoodie: Quick Fire Ramblings: Highland Park Dark Origins & Bowmore Tempest Batch 5

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Well, it's bloody hot today. At this time of the year in the UK, it's clearly impossible to predict any kind of temperature in advance. A day ago, I was sheltering from the howling gale and rain under a tree (wearing a hooded top) beside a tennis court, thinking why did I decide to peruse such a stupid outdoor pastime.  In an hour, I shall be slipping into the comfort (!) of a woollen dinner suit and bow tie for an evening event. Why?? Damn You Mother Nature!Anyway, with such complete contradictions afoot, it's probably a good time to review some arguably un-summery whiskies that we have…
  • Employee Of The Month: American Maturation at Heaven Hill

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    To Dream, The Impossible Dream...America: land of dreams and opportunity. Visiting is always a joy (despite ever increasing security checks at Heathrow- yawn) and it highlights one of the great things about being UK based- our closeness to the US and to Europe. We really do occupy a funny middle ground between our friends on the other side of the Atlantic, and those just across the Channel. Having recently returned from another trip to the States, it is easy to draw on the similarities (language, popular culture, most foods, sense of humour, etc) to feel very much at home, but to look at the…
  • The Guide to Home Smoking: Ardbeg Kildalton

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Blimey, that was a swift three weeks!  Our recent inactivity over the aforementioned period was largely down to travelling, spiritual enlightenment and a mixture of other interferences, but we return to our desks a little more well travelled, a little more enlightened and a little more interfer.... whoops... that didn't work did it....Anyway, with the current clutch of whisky releases (Highland Park Dark Origins, Tomatin Cu Bocan 1989 and Kininvie 23 year old - which will all be reviewed in due course) we turn ourselves to another tasty titbit, which follows on nicely from our previous…
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  • Chris Fletcher, Asst. Master Distiller at Jack Daniel's, Is a Good Righthand Man with a Good Right Arm

    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As Assistant Master Distiller at Jack Daniel's, Chris Fletcher is Master Distiller Jeff Arnett's righthand man. His right arm is pretty good too, as he demonstrated Thursday at Wrigley Field in Chicago, throwing out one of the ceremonial first pitches before the Cubs-Padres game.Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's pitch was better, but he is a professional athlete, and his whole team was watching. (They played a friendly with the Chicago Fire last night.) Fletcher's throw was at least as good as that of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.Fletcher's job as part of the distilling team at Jack…
  • Gus Griffin, Formerly with Brown-Forman, Is New MGPI CEO

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    On Thursday, the Board of Directors of MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq/MGPI) announced the appointment of beverage alcohol industry executive Gus Griffin as their new president and CEO.MGPI is a company that makes beverage alcohol and other products from grain. Its distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, which makes whiskey, has become a very important vendor to the non-distiller producer community.Griffin also comes to MGPI after a period of heavy corporate turmoil, that culminated in the ouster of his predecessor seven months ago.Encouraging for fans of MGP's whiskeys, Griffin is a marketing and…
  • How to Become a TTB-Certified Chemist

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The following information comes from the U. S. Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, better known as TTB. TTB is the principal national regulator of beverage alcohol. This may be of interest if you are a producer and wish to sell your products outside the United States._______________Many foreign governments require a laboratory report of chemical analyses of exported wine, distilled spirits, and beer before the products enter their countries. Many importing countries require government laboratories of the exporting countries to perform these chemical analyses or…
  • Bourbon Inventory Tops 7.5 Million Barrels for First Time in 40 Years

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    According to a press release yesterday from the Kentucky Distillers' Association (KDA), more than 5 million barrels of bourbon are aging in Kentucky warehouses. It's the first time bourbon stocks have reached that level since 1977.Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels last year, the most since 1970. Production has skyrocketed more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in 5,294,988 aging barrels at the end of 2013. Add to that 2.2 million barrels aging at Jack Daniel's in Tennessee, for a total of 7.5 million barrels.Other key facts from KDA:Bourbon isn't the…
  • There Is a Difference Between 'Craft' and 'Crafty'

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As reported by Amy Hopkins in The Spirits Business last week, Diageo North America president Larry Schwartz recently declared to investors at a conference: “We’re going to be the number one craft distiller in North American whiskey in the US. Why? Because we have the whiskies.”Schwartz was talking about the Orphan Barrels program, which so far consists of three bourbons called Old Blowhard, Barterhouse, and Rhetoric. Diageo calls them 'craft.' Others have called them "an insult to American whiskeys and the people who drink them."The person Hopkins calls "Ewan Moran" is…
 
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  • Whiskey and politics

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

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

    David Havelin
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Irish Distillers have just released this year's edition of Midleton Very Rare. It's the 30th anniversary of Midleton Very Rare but it's also significant because this is the first to bear the signature of Master Distiller Brian Nation. He succeeded to that role when Barry Crockett retired in 2013.Master Distiller Brian Nation. Photo courtesy of Irish Distillers.Midleton is a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys, matured in lightly-charred ex-bourbon American oak casks for between 15 and 22 years. I expect it will retail for about €150 in Ireland.Official tasting notes:NoseRich, with vanilla…
  • Teeling Single Cask Single Malt 2007

    David Havelin
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
    I wrote yesterday about a "new" Teeling single cask, single malt whiskey bottled exclusively for Irish Whiskeys, an online retailer in Germany. I slipped up a bit there because that was, in fact, released last year. I didn't document it then so better late than never.What I should have been writing about is their actually new, just released, single cask, single malt Teeling. It was double-distilled in 2007 and matured in an ex-bourbon cask until 2014. Mareike Spitzer, the company founder, selected the cask herself.324 bottles have been produced, at 46%, without chill-filtering or colouring.
  • Teeling Single Cask 11 Year Old

    David Havelin
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Update: this was, in fact, released last year (though it's still available). I meant to write about this Teeling single cask, single malt.A new Teeling whiskey has surfaced in Germany last year. It's a single cask, double-distilled, single malt bottled exclusively for Irish-Whiskeys.de, an online seller of Irish whiskey based near Frankfurt.Distilled in August 2001, it matured in a bourbon cask for almost 12 years, until July 2013. It is bottled at the cask strength of 57%. It is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.Tasting Notes (from IrishWhiskeys.de):NoseVanilla, peach, apricot, grass,…
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  • I've got the brains, you've got the water. Let's make lots of money

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Do you have a water source in your garden? By which, I mean a spring, rather than an outside tap. If you do, then you may be sitting on a (metaphorical) gold mine. The British Bottled Water Producers has partnered with Zenith International to produce this fact sheet on how to set up a bottled water plant. I am available to help in an advisory capacity, by the way.
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    On just-drinks last week: The soft drinks giants led the way, with The Coca-Cola Coand PepsiCo releasing their half-year results within 24 hours of each other. Blue leads red in the year so far, with analysts much happier with PepsiCo’s performance than with Coca-Cola’s. Meanwhile, Dr Pepper Snapple Group also reported its half-year numbers. We also released the second part of our exclusive interview with PepsiCo’s chief scientific officer, Dr Mehmood Khan. SABMiller’s Q1 interim statement flagged the volume pressures facing the larger…
  • The real stars behind supermarkets' Scotch success

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    There was a big media focus on supermarkets and their Scotch offerings this week when a couple of own-brand malts scooped top awards at the International Wines and Spirits Competition (IWSC).  The UK's Waitrose received a “gold outstanding medal” for its eight-year-old blend while Germany's Lidl won the same for the Queen Margot eight-year-old blend. What the press failed to note, however, is that the undoubted quality of the liquids has less to do with the supermarkets than the distillers behind the blend, which in the case of Waitrose's Scotch offerings is Ian Macleod…
  • San Francisco's 21st Amendment breaks ground on new site - video

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    You can't seem to move at the moment for news of US craft brewers expanding.  Just this week, California's Stone Brewing Co confirmed a move to launch a US$25m brewing facility in Germany. Fellow Californian brewer Sierra Nevada has also this year set up a new site in North Carolina, while numerous other craft brewers are boosting their operations.  One of these, San Francisco's 21st Amendment, has released a heart-warming video to commemorate the start of construction work on its planned US$21m facility in San Leandro. We reported on the plans back in February.  The video can…
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    On just-drinks last week: The Coca-Cola Co’s latest attempt to crack the mid-calorie CSD market came under the just-drinks microscope. Soft drinks commentator Richard Corbett cast his eye over Coke Life as the variant prepares to navigate the mid-calorie carcasses that have come - and gone - before. Elsewhere, is the soft drinks industry becoming the new tobacco... but in a good way? Deputy editor James Wilmore met the outspoken head of Australian Vintage, Neil McGuigan, earlier this year: The fruits of their time together can be enjoyed here. Meanwhile, the latest…
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  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    As of this date and writing, we have 168 good surveys. Almost all of them are submitted by people with relevant experience; 77% of the respondents have more than two years of work experience in the alcohol beverage field. The term “craft” has become crucially important to thousands of producers and millions of consumers in recent years.  And yet it has no agreed meaning.  We intend to change that within one year from launch, and fill the term with meaning in a fair, flexible, enforceable, modern way, to save it from abuse. - Craft Beverage Association, July 19, 2014 These surveys…
  • Help TTB Break the Logjam (Free the Labels)

    admin
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    In this blog, every now and then, we talk about how the label and formula system at TTB can be quite slow, despite various TTB efforts to streamline things. Some top examples are here:  101 Days (to get a spirits label approved); Streamlining; Sen. Schumer Says Labels Take Too Long; more streamlining. It is not a pleasure to observe that it can take more than five months to get an ordinary French Vodka approved (30 or so days at the TTB Lab, then 60 or so days to write up the formula approval, then 60 or so days for label approval — to say nothing about potholes and glitches along the…
  • Coke Gets Served (and Pommelled)

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision, Pom v. Coca-Cola, is not just about juice. It has massive implications for small brewers, big distillers and all other alcohol beverage marketers. It shows that TTB rules and other agency rules set a floor, not a ceiling, on how companies need to market their products. It shows that the government is only a part of the web of review, in concert with competitors. Just as we predicted that Pom would win this case, we now predict that some alcohol beverage companies will soon take legal action against others, even though such cases, other than trademark…
  • TTB Eases Way Up on Formulas for Many Beers

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:44 am
    There is some big news from TTB, via dcbrewlaw. TTB has recently decided to ease up on the formula requirements for malt beverages made with common ingredients and processes such as some barrel aging, as well as various fruits and spices. This should help considerably with TTB’s overwhelming workload, and the related delays. At dcbrewlaw, Dan reports: There is good news for brewers who are tired of waiting for formula approvals from TTB (currently 74 days):  you may not need it. On June 5, 2014, TTB issued a fairly significant ruling, Ingredients and Processes Used in the Production of…
  • 101 Days

    admin
    28 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    A short while ago I went to see why “that easy label” is still pending, after filing it while snow was still on the ground and waiting well past spring, into summer. I was shocked* and horrified to see the above. The average processing time for spirits labels is now, as of today, way past a month or two. I am startled to see it’s past 100 days. I don’t recall it ever getting past 45 days or so, back in the days of shutdowns, Rep. Gingrich fighting with President Clinton, Tea Partiers fighting President Obama, and so forth. I find myself talking about the same pending…
 
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  • Suarez is successfully promoting corkscrew

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Since Luis Suarez bited Chiellini in 2014 Brazil World Cup, he's been one of the most hot topic now(He have bited someone before but this time with a larger effect). My friend's birthday is comming now. He loves playing soccer ball an Luis Suarez is his idol. I would like to send him a gift, but don't know which one corkscrew is better. Any suggestions? http://tinyurl.com/ohbgvng http://tinyurl.com/p89mm7d http://tinyurl.com/o6kz3t6 It's absolutely vivid when you use it for beers..
  • New Lays Potato Chip Flavors

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Has anyone tried the 4 new customer suggested flavors of Lay's Potato Chips? I did and I like them all. Quite different range of flavors! Mango Salsa, Bacon Mac and Cheese, Wasabi Ginger, and Cappuccino.
  • Ron Zacapa 23 rum: old bottle vs "sistema solera"

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
      I read recently on the Whisky Exchange site:   "Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim - the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera."   We recently picked up a bargain bottle of Ron Zacapa 23, and the above made us think we should compare this new "sistema solera" 23 with an old bottle pre-Diageo, which we happened to have in the bar.  Our old bottle is really old--perhaps over 25 years…
  • [Modernist Cuisine at Home] Pressure-cooked Chickpea Salad (p. 172-173)

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Hello,   I tried myself on the MCaH Pressure-cooked Chickpea Salad tonight. I followed the recipe in every detail and got some great results with the chickpeas, the dressing and the "toppings" all for themselves. When I tossed it all together as instructed, though, I got a significant different result from what I could make out on the pictures to the recipe, due to the huge amount of dressing.   The delicate ingredients are all coated with a thick layer of the mayonnaise-like dressing which results in a very overpowering vinegar-lemon taste.    I'm kinda confused: as the…
  • Grill Pan for Electric Range

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    I don't have an outdoor grill in my apartment, and have been thinking about getting a grill pan to use on my electric range.  How well do these pans work on electric burners?  Any caveats?    What are the pros and cons of this pan style http://smile.amazon.com/Lodge-L8SGP3-Pre-Seasoned-Cast-Iron-10-5-inch/dp/B0000CF66W/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1406739734&sr=1-1&keywords=lodge+grill+pan vs this…
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  • Suarez is successfully promoting corkscrew

    31 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Since Luis Suarez bited Chiellini in 2014 Brazil World Cup, he's been one of the most hot topic now(He have bited someone before but this time with a larger effect). My friend's birthday is comming now. He loves playing soccer ball an Luis Suarez is his idol. I would like to send him a gift, but don't know which one corkscrew is better. Any suggestions? http://tinyurl.com/ohbgvng http://tinyurl.com/p89mm7d http://tinyurl.com/o6kz3t6 It's absolutely vivid when you use it for beers..
  • New Lays Potato Chip Flavors

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Has anyone tried the 4 new customer suggested flavors of Lay's Potato Chips? I did and I like them all. Quite different range of flavors! Mango Salsa, Bacon Mac and Cheese, Wasabi Ginger, and Cappuccino.
  • Ron Zacapa 23 rum: old bottle vs "sistema solera"

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:29 pm
      I read recently on the Whisky Exchange site:   "Interestingly, now that industry giants Diageo are distributing Zacapa, the '23 years old' age statement has suddenly been dropped and replaced with a somewhat more plausible claim - the rums used are aged between 6 and 23 years old and are blended together in a solera."   We recently picked up a bargain bottle of Ron Zacapa 23, and the above made us think we should compare this new "sistema solera" 23 with an old bottle pre-Diageo, which we happened to have in the bar.  Our old bottle is really old--perhaps over 25 years…
  • [Modernist Cuisine at Home] Pressure-cooked Chickpea Salad (p. 172-173)

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Hello,   I tried myself on the MCaH Pressure-cooked Chickpea Salad tonight. I followed the recipe in every detail and got some great results with the chickpeas, the dressing and the "toppings" all for themselves. When I tossed it all together as instructed, though, I got a significant different result from what I could make out on the pictures to the recipe, due to the huge amount of dressing.   The delicate ingredients are all coated with a thick layer of the mayonnaise-like dressing which results in a very overpowering vinegar-lemon taste.    I'm kinda confused: as the…
  • Grill Pan for Electric Range

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    I don't have an outdoor grill in my apartment, and have been thinking about getting a grill pan to use on my electric range.  How well do these pans work on electric burners?  Any caveats?    What are the pros and cons of this pan style http://smile.amazon.com/Lodge-L8SGP3-Pre-Seasoned-Cast-Iron-10-5-inch/dp/B0000CF66W/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1406739734&sr=1-1&keywords=lodge+grill+pan vs this…
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    Paul
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a ridiculous career. A little over nine years ago, I started The Cocktail Chronicles as a way to document and keep track of my experiments and explorations of cocktails — and, with fingers crossed, as a way to build up a portfolio of my drinks-related writing that might, someday, lead to paid writing […]
  • Holiday Drinks that *Still* Don’t Suck, December 8, 2013

    Paul
    23 Nov 2013 | 8:43 pm
    As much as I hate it when department stores (and hyper-festive neighbors) break out the Xmas decorations well before Thanksgiving, I need to figuratively stand before you for a moment with my Santa hat in hand, to beg a bit of your attention for something coming up quick on the calendar. It’s been two years […]
  • A look back at whisk(e)y season, Part II

    Paul
    5 Apr 2013 | 8:55 am
    Yesterday, I launched into a wandering and long-overdue meditation on the whiskies that, for me, made the long, grisly winter of ’12-’13 endurable. Yesterday’s post covered bourbon; today, it’s all about the Scots and the Irish. When looking back on brown-booze season, it wasn’t all a bourbony blur around here. These are a few approachable, […]
  • A look back at whisk(e)y season, Part I

    Paul
    4 Apr 2013 | 9:06 am
    Some people — okay, me — are of the mindset that brown booze is a year-round sort of thing, the kind of drink you keep in your glass on winter’s darkest evenings as well as summer’s brightest afternoons. But there are also people — okay, me again — who think that whiskey and other aged […]
  • MORE Holiday Drinks that Don’t Suck, December 8 at Rob Roy

    Paul
    27 Nov 2012 | 4:07 pm
    What, again?! It was only a year ago that I spent a December afternoon at Rob Roy, igniting the contents of a punch bowl and dispensing Tom & Jerry as I did my best to dispel the bibulous bogeymen of ignoble holiday drinks. The drinks were delicious (thanks to Rob Roy owner Anu Apte, who […]
 
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  • New Booze: Five New Single Malts from Glenglassaugh Distillery

    NewBoozer
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Anchor Distilling Co. & The Glenglassaugh Distillery introduce five new single malt scotch whiskies to the U.S. First opened in 1875, Glenglassaugh Distillery stands at the east end of Sandend bay overlooking the North Sea in Scotland’s Speyside region. Originally built by local entrepreneur and businessman James Moir, Glenglassaugh returns to its glory under the current guardianship of whisky veteran Billy Walker and the BenRiach Whisky Company, which purchased the distillery in 2013. Through U.S. importer, Anchor Distilling Company in San Francisco, Americans will get their first…
  • Good Booze, Bad Booze: You Won't Remember How Much You Drank

    Camper English
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
     One day science says drinking will make you live forever. The next day science says it will kill you tomorrow. Good Booze, Bad Booze is an Alcademics category where I put all these stories together. 7/30/14: Heavy Drinkers Are Prone to Memory Problems in Old Age [link]  From the Wall Street Journal: "People who have a history of drinking problems by the time they are middle-aged are more than twice as likely to exhibit memory problems in later life as those who don't, according to a study that followed 6,500 Americans for two decades." Previous Good Booze, Bad Booze 7/15/14: Moderate…
  • Recap: Brian Means Wins SF Regionals of Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Comp 2014

    Camper English
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last night I helped judge the Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition for San Francisco. The winner, who was Brian Means of Dirty Habit, will go on to the national finals in Las Vegas.  My other judges were Marcovaldo Dionysos of Smuggler's Cove (representing the USBG as the technical judge), Johnny Codd of The Coachman, and Adrian Biggs from Bacardi. While Marco and I were sitting in front of the bartenders, Johnny and Adrian were judging blind from the back room. These were honestly some of the most creative and yes, imaginative, cocktails I've ever tasted in a…
  • New Booze: Laphroaig Select Scotch Whisky

    NewBoozer
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Laphroaig announces Laphroaig Select Laphroaig, Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, introduces its newest expression, Laphroaig Select Scotch Whisky. This new expression brings the distinct styles of the Laphroaig portfolio together to create a new expression brought about by marrying various maturation styles and different oaks.   The liquid is selected from casks representing Laphroaig's Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks. There is a final maturation in new American Oak casks, rarely used in Scotch Whisky maturation. During the last six months of aging,…
  • Snap Shots: Mexican Delight

    Camper English
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    The day I visited the La Cofradia distillery where Casa Noble Tequila is made, they were doing a photoshoot so I snapped this shot of a woman through the agave. 
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  • When do you send a drink back?

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Well this was back in the early 1980s so maybe they dropped their claim at some point. My teacher was quite the expert on all things alcohol (not saying you're not either, of course!) I do know that when it is made with any other coffee liqueur, it is just not the same; almost every recipe you see does call for Kahlua. That's the one thing most bars seem to agree on, as opposed to White vs Black Russians.
  • Cognac from Uruguay?

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Yes, it is right. Uruguay is the only place on the world that making cognac. I drink it and is better than french cognac. Regards from Uruguay.
  • Creme de Violette / Maraschino liqueur

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Thanks so much for your super-fast responses. I am in N.J. but if it is available in the U.K., I can ask someone to bring it for me. I didn't find it on Rakuten. Will try to get the Tempus from a store in CT. Cheers!
  • Help me streamline this drink

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Oh, egg white and seltzer don't always play well together.
  • Fermented alternative to tequila for margaritas?

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    http://www.premiumblend.com/types/hard-liquor-substitutes/ its made like wine or tequila just not distilled to the higher proof. Think mikes hard lemonade. http://www.blueagavewine.com/why-agave-wine.html
 
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  • Victory Champagne Quote

    Cheri Loughlin
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Victory Champagne Quote, 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... “In victory you deserve champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Unknown All content ©2014 Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. All Rights Reserved. Chat with Cheri @Intoxicologist on Twitter and facebook.com/Intoxicologist or str8upcocktails@gmail.com The post Victory Champagne Quote appeared first on The Intoxicologist.
  • Broken Shed Vodka

    Cheri Loughlin
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Broken Shed Vodka, 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... Broken Shed Vodka is a product of New Zealand. The company announced their launch into the United States market in June of 2012. This vodka is four times distilled from natural whey product. Whey product is the excess sugar or … Continue reading → The post Broken Shed Vodka appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related…
  • Honeydew Me Daiquiri

    Cheri Loughlin
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    You're reading Honeydew Me Daiquiri, 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... The Honeydew Me Daiquiri gets its light green hue from fresh honeydew melon. That is exactly where it gets its fun name, too! The flavor is fresh and fantastically light. The Honeydew Me Daiquiri is ideal for spring and summer. … Continue reading → The post Honeydew Me Daiquiri appeared first on The Intoxicologist.
  • Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco

    Cheri Loughlin
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    You're reading Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco, 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... As luck would have it this little gem arrived on an appropriate day of the week; Wine Wednesday. I’m looking forward to chilling and pouring in my glass for a relaxing evening tonight! Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco Tasting Notes Prosecco is … Continue reading → The post Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco…
  • Fresh Melon Mojito

    Cheri Loughlin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Fresh Melon Mojito, 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... This Melon Mojito uses fresh seasonal fruits and herb for a superb fresh market cocktail flavor experience. Sipping this makes you feel like you’re drinking exceedingly fresh and healthy. Though, I am not making any claims to alcoholic drinks being … Continue reading → The post Fresh Melon Mojito appeared first on The…
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  • Wild Scotsman Cigar and Scotch Pack now available

    The Wild Scotsman
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Wild Scotsman Cigar and Scotch Pack now available by Jeffrey Topping What happens when a master blender of Scotch whisky and a world famous cigar company gets together? Lots of goodness. Wild Scotsman whisky was already producing a signature Blended Malt Scotch whisky specifically engineered to be enjoyed with the creators favorite cigars. With the help of Rocky Patel Cigar Company a very limited release of 340 boxes of the Wild Scotsman Cigar was realized. Each box contains 3 Toro cigars made from a Maduro Connecticut broad leaf wrapper with a filler and binder produced from Nicaraguan…
  • Wild Scotsman Cigar Release with The Party Source

    The Wild Scotsman
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    Wild Scotsman Cigar Release with The Party Source by Jeffrey Topping Join me on Tuesday June 10th at River Rock Bar and Grill for the Party Source Cigar Night featuring the brands of Rocky Patel Cigar and Wild Scotsman. Wild Scotsman Limited edition of 340 boxes and Wild Scotsman Black Label Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 200ml bottle set just in time for father’s day. My passion for scotch is only equaled by cigars and this set is one of a kind. The whisky is my signature cigar malt but in a 200 ml bottle. The cigars are 6×52 ring gauge, Connecticut Maduro Broad leaf wrapper with…
  • Flag of my father- Remember our troops both past and present.

    The Wild Scotsman
    26 May 2014 | 6:05 am
    Flag of my father- Remember our troops both past and present. by Jeffrey Topping I would like to thank all of the forum members , their friends, and families for their service to their country. In the USA we celebrate Memorial Day as a weekend celebration to honor the fallen and the living. To never forget the past so as not to re-live it in the future. A special mention for my father deceased active duty Captain Douglas C. Topping, 1976. Catain Douglas Topping, USAF, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of…
  • A few local Dunfermline lads enjoying their first…

    The Wild Scotsman
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A few local Dunfermline lads enjoying their first Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured cigar… instagram.com/p/nBerLCo-TG/
  • Enjoying my first #kentuckyfirecured in #scotland…

    The Wild Scotsman
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Enjoying my first #kentuckyfirecured in #scotland brilliant start to my afternoon #wildscotsman… instagram.com/p/nBebN9I-Sb/
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  • Welcome to 12BB v3.0

    David Solmonson
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    It’s a whole new day for the old 12 Bottle Bar.  Today, we’re unveiling what is essentially the third major version of the site since we launched in 2009.  With each version, we try to make things a little more useful and better looking.  Hope you like what you find. It also happens to be exactly 2 weeks until our book, The 12 Bottle Bar, is released.  We’ve been working on this baby for 3 1/2 years, and we not only hope that you’ll pick up a copy, we also hope that you truly enjoy it. So, what’s changed?   New Bottles – We’ll be posting in…
  • Rum Rickey

    ljsolmonson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    The White Rum Rickey sprang from our online friendship with FUSSYlittleBLOG.com founder Daniel Berman. When we first met Fussy, we were inspired to create a drink for him, an overwrought watermelon rum shrub thingie that was far more complex than the concept called for, Years later, when we asked for a contribution to the book, his response was the rum rickey, a lesson in simplicity if ever there was one. Rum Rickey 12345 Votes: 2 Rating: 4.5 You: Rate this recipe! Rum Rickey 12345 Votes: 2 Rating: 4.5 You: Rate this recipe! Clean, crisp, the essence of drink simplicity. Ingredients 2 ounces…
  • Mojito

    David Solmonson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    Just like you can’t be sad when you listen to banjo, you can’t frown when you are handed a mojito. That luscious herbal-meets-sweet/tart mixture with a bubbly fizz on top is magic in the full heat of the summer months. In terms of muddling, the limes take a bit of pressure to release their juice and blend with the sugar, but the mint leaves can be pressed gently to coax, not pulverize their aromatics. Awhile back, we took to grating a bit of lime rind on top of the drink, so that you are hit with an extra whiff of citrus as you drink. Mojito 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this…
  • Daiquiri

    ljsolmonson
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    While Hemingway’s version added maraschino and cut back on the sugar due to his diabetes, Papa wasn’t wrong about the glory of the daiquiri. Rum, lime and a teaspoon of sugar are shaken until icy and poured lovingly into a simple coupe glass. Powerful and bracing, but with enough sweetness not to attack you, the daiquiri will ever disappoint. Daiquiri 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Daiquiri 12345 Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Powerful and bracing, but with enough sweetness not to attack you, the daiquiri will ever disappoint. Ingredients 1/2 ounce…
  • Cosmopolitan

    ljsolmonson
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    We readily admit that the Cosmo is, in many ways, a cocktail from another age (even if it’s only ten years ago). But we also have learned that sometimes people just want what they want. Just like there are folks who will only drink a Martini or an Old Fashioned, there are others who simply can’t let go of their beloved vodka-cranberry, etc. The Cosmo falls into the sour category, but the addition of orange liqueur amps up the complexity a bit. When made correctly, the Cosmo is a lovely little sweet-tart tipple and it has proven its worth in the cocktail hall of fame. Since one of…
 
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  • Review: Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA…
  • Review: Roca Patron Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Patron Roca When it comes to premium tequila, there’s no brand more dominant than Patron. The brand singlehandedly revolutionized the tequila segment, converting American drinkers from cheap, fiery mixto tequila to premium tequila made from 100% agave. Now, with literally hundreds of offerings in the premium tequila space, it’s hard to imagine a time when a liquor store might carry just a handful of brands. In the intervening years, Patron has expanded their offerings through innovation. At the lower end they’ve introduced a line of tequila-based coffee and chocolate…
  • Flavored Vodka Goes Too Far: UV Sugar Crush Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    UV Sugar Crush Flavored Vodka Late last year, we at Drink Spirits heralded the end of the flavored vodka boom, saying that Ivanabitch Tobacco Flavored Vodka was the “canary in the coal mine” for the category. Since that time we’ve seen flavored vodka lose much of its gusto in the marketplace with brands desperately scrambling to capture growth. The general desperation in the flavored vodka space couldn’t be more clear than the release from Phillips Distilling Company of UV Sugar Crush Vodka. UV Sugar CrushVodka is being billed as: The first and only tropical…
  • Review: Yukon Shine Winter Vodka & AuraGin

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Yukon Shine Winter Vodka & AuraGin Yukon Shine Distillery is a small craft distillery located in Whitehorse, the capitol and largest city in Yukon, Canada. Yukon Shine probably would have been one of many small distilleries in Canada (including the Pemberton Distillery) that few people in the United States really know about, were it not for its appearance on Canada’s version of Shark Tank, CBC Dragon’s Den. Distillery owner and Distiller Karlos Krauzig struck a deal with Jim Treliving on the show, but it was ultimately Arlene Dickinson, a self-made millionaire and CEO of…
  • Review: Solbeso Cacao Spirit

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Solbeso Cacao Spirit Here at Drink Spirits we get a dizzying array of new products. Most of them fit neatly into fairly established spirit categories, but once in a while we get something that doesn’t really fit anywhere. This is the case with Solbeso, a new spirit that’s made from cacao fruit. Solbeso’s formal classification is “Cacao Spirit with natural flavor” (we imagine that the TTB had absolutely no idea what to do with this one). It would be a complete misnomer to say that because Solbeso is made from cacao fruit that it’s a chocolate spirit.
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  • Review: Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    Laphroaig Select Single Malt Whisky With stocks of older whisky becoming more scarce and valuable, many whisky producers in Scotland have begun to supplement their offerings with non-age statement releases that are less focused on the age of whisky in the bottle and more on a specific flavor profile or character. Laphroaig has been a leader in this space, first with their extremely popular Laphroaig Quarter Cask release and then with a series of whiskies that explore the impact of different finishing casks on single malt whisky, including Laphroaig PX Cask, Laphroaig QA…
  • Review: Roca Patron Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Patron Roca When it comes to premium tequila, there’s no brand more dominant than Patron. The brand singlehandedly revolutionized the tequila segment, converting American drinkers from cheap, fiery mixto tequila to premium tequila made from 100% agave. Now, with literally hundreds of offerings in the premium tequila space, it’s hard to imagine a time when a liquor store might carry just a handful of brands. In the intervening years, Patron has expanded their offerings through innovation. At the lower end they’ve introduced a line of tequila-based coffee and chocolate…
  • Flavored Vodka Goes Too Far: UV Sugar Crush Vodka

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    UV Sugar Crush Flavored Vodka Late last year, we at Drink Spirits heralded the end of the flavored vodka boom, saying that Ivanabitch Tobacco Flavored Vodka was the “canary in the coal mine” for the category. Since that time we’ve seen flavored vodka lose much of its gusto in the marketplace with brands desperately scrambling to capture growth. The general desperation in the flavored vodka space couldn’t be more clear than the release from Phillips Distilling Company of UV Sugar Crush Vodka. UV Sugar CrushVodka is being billed as: The first and only tropical…
  • Review: Yukon Shine Winter Vodka & AuraGin

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Yukon Shine Winter Vodka & AuraGin Yukon Shine Distillery is a small craft distillery located in Whitehorse, the capitol and largest city in Yukon, Canada. Yukon Shine probably would have been one of many small distilleries in Canada (including the Pemberton Distillery) that few people in the United States really know about, were it not for its appearance on Canada’s version of Shark Tank, CBC Dragon’s Den. Distillery owner and Distiller Karlos Krauzig struck a deal with Jim Treliving on the show, but it was ultimately Arlene Dickinson, a self-made millionaire and CEO of…
  • Review: Solbeso Cacao Spirit

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Solbeso Cacao Spirit Here at Drink Spirits we get a dizzying array of new products. Most of them fit neatly into fairly established spirit categories, but once in a while we get something that doesn’t really fit anywhere. This is the case with Solbeso, a new spirit that’s made from cacao fruit. Solbeso’s formal classification is “Cacao Spirit with natural flavor” (we imagine that the TTB had absolutely no idea what to do with this one). It would be a complete misnomer to say that because Solbeso is made from cacao fruit that it’s a chocolate spirit.
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  • VDKA 6100 Review

    Kevin Gray
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    That’s not a typo. It’s really spelled VDKA, and it launched in early 2014. VDKA 6100 hails from New Zealand, and it has the unique distinction of being distilled from whey. You can distill vodka from most anything with fermentable sugar–some popular options being wheat, potatoes and even grapes–but whey is rarely the distiller’s choice.In this case, VDKA 6100 is comprised of just two ingredients: 1) whey is produced from grass-fed cows’ milk, and 2) natural spring water. It’s distilled three times and filtered through carbon.On the nose, VDKA 6100 is…
  • Fight Hangovers with Toniiq Hangover Prevention

    Kevin Gray
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The hangover. Nature’s way of reminding you that you are not, in fact, invincible. It’s a beautiful thing, really. An unbiased admonishment of your previous night’s behavior that simply and fairly judges your body’s ability to process the terrible things you did to it. Hell, if drinking were easy, everyone would do it.Hangovers aren’t exactly consistent, though. There are those adorable little hangovers that merely laugh at you until you take that first sip of a bloody mary at brunch. Others that require some water, a mild painkiller and a bit more sleep. And others still that…
  • Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beers

    Son Pham
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    From left to right: Toasted Oak IPA, Rum Aged, Original Scottish AleThe origin story of Innis & Gunn is an interesting one. Their unique beers were born from ales that they originally used to season barrels destined for whiskey. The plan was to trash the beer after giving the barrels what they needed. However, some brewers spoke up and thought the beer was pretty damn good. So soon after, the Innis & Gunn Original Scottish Ale was born, and the brand has progressed ever since.The folks at Innis & Gunn were nice enough to send us some of this very beer, along with a couple other…
  • Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

    Kevin Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    July 24. Big holiday. Yep, the totally-not-made-up National Tequila Day. Now, we’ve never required an excuse to drink tequila, but a full 1/365th of a year dedicated to the stuff is just fine in our book. So naturally, we took to mixing up a few cocktails to celebrate. Of course you can go with a simple margarita or paloma, but how about a not-so-simple margarita or paloma? We’ve got those below, plus a riff on a tequila sour that’s just delightful.First up we’ve got that easy-drinking tequila sour, which features a heavily oak-aged reposado.Cherry Valance1.5 oz…
  • A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

    Kevin Gray
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    One of our favorite activities at Tales of the Cocktail is attending a spirited dinner. Neither as festive as the brand-sponsored parties nor as hectic as the tasting rooms, a spirited dinner is typically a relaxed affair that allows you to really delve into the featured spirit. Of course, sometimes those dinners also involve strip teases and a harrowing display with nails, but we’ll get to that later.We joined a few dozen diners at Tivoli & Lee for a dinner put on by Mezcal El Silencio. We were treated to some seriously delicious food, plus mezcal tastes, mezcal cocktails and some…
 
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  • I Bought Some Craft Beer Bombers Sight Unseen. Did I Get a Good Deal?

    limpd
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently, on a quick stop at Kress Liquors (my better half needed a bottle or two of Magners Pear Cider), I was taken by the unique packaging of a three pack of bombers. Rather than put the three bottles on special, I was greeted by a plain brown bag that was labeled as a “Mystery Bag of Brews”. Always a sucker for the packaging, I was intrigued by the idea that I was getting $35 of beer for $29.98 and that I could be getting a diamond or two in the bag. Suffice it to say, that almost as soon as I saw the bag, I was hooked (and ready for the gaff and the net; hope they’ve…
  • Beer Review Poetry – Sixpoint RAD

    G LO
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a faint smell of beer, When you put your nose near, But it’s the citrus bouquet That takes you away. Blood oranges, grapefruits, and maybe some lime. I’d list a few others, if I had some more time. The citrus is big when you take that first sip, Like a San Pellegrino Blood Orange Soda has just passed your lips. Though it starts off a bit sweet, it quickly gets tart. I really like citrus, so it’s winning my heart. My only regret is it’s REALLY subtle beer flavor, But on a really hot day, this would be something to savor (though it’s really easy to…
  • Three Sapporo Beers Reviewed: The Light, the Premium, and the Reserve

    G LO
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    G-LO: So here’s the plan! You get the kids to go play in your yard and pester the wives, while I head inside to grab some glasses, my camera, and those Sapporo beers that we need to review. Sound good? Limpd: That sounds perfect! Five minutes later… G-LO: Wait. Why are these kids still here? Go away boys! We have serious work to do here. My boys burst into tears while Limpd’s boys just glare at me. They eventually go away… Limpd: Nicely done G-LO, though I could have done without the crying. They sound just like you do when you’re having that last dram from a…
  • Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer. An Alternative Summer Refresher?

    G LO
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    While I have never ever mowed my lawn (I don’t even own a lawnmower!), I do understand the concept of a lawnmower beer. It’s boiling hot outside and you’re sweaty, parched, and in search of something cold and refreshing to quench the thirst that you developed from spending over an hour manicuring your precious greenery. Sure, you could grab a glass of water, or maybe even a Gator or Powerade, but since you’ve spent a healthy chunk of your spare time working on the lawn in addition to working hard all week at your day job, you deserve something refreshing AND soothing.
  • Thirsty Thursday Times for July 17, 2014

    G LO
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Below are a few of the more interesting press releases that landed in our inbox this week… Click the pic to visit the Pastrami Basket Shoppery! “It’s just the booze dancing…” Gear Now Available on the Pastrami Basket Shoppery! For the fourth anniversary of this here blog, we reached out to Jon of the Pastrami Basket blog and asked if he could do a bit of artwork for us. What he came up with is a literal interpretation of “It’s just the booze dancing…”. Personally, I love it! Last Friday, Jon announced that some of his artwork would be available for…
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  • Glen Grant 1948 66 years old Review

    Miguel
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    Wealth Solutions has raised the bar one more time. If the Glenfarclas 1953 was fantastic and the Karuizawa 1964 was something worth of trying once in a lifetime, this group of Polish investors with a special passion for fine spirits has bottled something unique. With the help of Gordon & MacPhail they have source the cask #1369 of a Glen Grant whisky that has been there for a whopping sixty six years. So… Are you interested in knowing how good this is whisky? “Powerful. Unfathomably old. A torrent of old oak, candies and flowers on a sixty six years old malt. This whisky…
  • Arran Hidden Jewels: #ArranWhisky Twitter Tasting

    Miguel
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Finally I found the time and peace of mind to write my review of the #ArranWhisky tasting that was on June, 30th with Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire and a good amount of fellow whisky lovers. I really like a lot Arran whiskies so this chance of tasting the new 17 years old was a thing I could’t reject. And well… the other expressions were also quite exciting specially the Miss Black bottle that was specially bottle for Miss Black’s wedding. So let’s review the whiskies… Arran 10 years old “Quite floral and sweet... a really interesting introductory malt…
  • Syndicate 58/6 12 years old Review

    Miguel
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:36 am
    “Nose is quite nice with a wonderful sherry note but the taste is light, too light for my taste. The kind of blends that I don't enjoy” 87 This dram has a amber-like color. Nose (89): more than average. honey, cocoa, vanilla, citrus, spices, wood. Palate (86): powerful, oily. honey, citrus, spices, salt, cocoa. Finish (87): longer than average. honey, citrus, spices. So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this Syndicate 58/6 12 Year Old with 87 points over 100.
  • The Bomb Oloroso Cask Finish

    Miguel
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:32 am
    Another boutique whisky from yet another blender… but ka-boom! This stuff is really nice. Not sure why but The Whisky Lounge went totally under the radar for me. “Maybe 10 to 12 years and a bit over the limit on the sherry side. All what you can expect from a sherry bomb. I like” 90 This dram has a treacle-like color. Nose (90): more than average. honey, leather, raisins, wood, cinnamon, citrus. Palate (90): . honey, raisins, cocoa, wood, citrus, leather, wood, spices. Finish (90): longer than average. honey, leather , wood. So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I…
  • anCnoc Peter Arkle 4th edition Review

    Miguel
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:31 am
    I quite enjoyed the first and second batches of this whisky… so let’s try this 4th edition to see what they have done… “I love anCnoc whiskies and this Peter Arkle has a little touch of sherry that turns it into something quite interesting” 90 This dram has a gold-like color. Nose (90): more than average. honey, peaches, salt, citrus, vanilla, spices. Palate (90): powerful, oily. honey, vanilla, citrus, spices, plums, wood, toffee. Finish (91): longer than average. honey, spices, raisins, vanilla. So based on other whiskies I have already tasted I rate this…
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  • Images of Ayrshire (Malts of Scotland)

    Ruben Luyten
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The last time this blog featured the independent bottler Malts of Scotland was exactly one year ago. Somehow they weren’t brought to my attention, but I’m happy to have tasted a couple of new releases again.   Images is a relatively new series. The distilleries aren’t mentioned on the label because most casks were intended for the blending industry. However each bottle bears a characteristic image of the production region and this is sometimes enough to narrow down the possibilities. Ayrshire doesn’t have a lot of active distilleries and the link with Ailsa Bay was easily made.
  • Benromach 1976 vintage

    Ruben Luyten
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    After the excellent surprise that was the Benromach 10 Year Old, we’re now trying another release from the same distillery (Speyside’s smallest operational distillery by the way). It’s the Benromach 1976, part of the Heritage collection which also includes the 30 Year Old and a 1969 vintage. Benromach vintage 1976 was matured in first fill and refill sherry hogsheads. Obviously it was produced by the previous owners and even made with different equipment – Gordon & MacPhail installed new stills when they reopened the distillery.   Benromach 1976 (46%, OB 2012) Nose: creamy…
  • Glen Elgin 1995 (Liquid Art)

    Ruben Luyten
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Liquid Art is a project that originated in Mol, Belgium. Although their mission statement also includes beer and regional specialties, the first three releases are whisky bottlings. The first one is this single cask Glen Elgin 1995, selected by Bert Dexters and Serge Reijnders of whisky club Cask Six. The label is designed by Raymond Minnen and features a stag beetle, a native of the Lowlands but a nice hint towards Scotland as well. Glen Elgin is not a big name – it’s mostly known as the base malt for the legendary White Horse blend. By the way, did you know the distillery was powered…
  • Jura Origin

    Ruben Luyten
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Jura Origin is the base malt from this distillery. It is 10 years old and aged in ex-bourbon casks.   Jura 10 yo ‘Origin’ (40%, OB 2014) Nose: a malty sweetness up front, with hints of caramel and baked apples. Some honey and toffee. Also drier notes, say dry leaves and hay, as well as a little musty oak. Relatively young but decent complexity already. After a while there’s a subtle orange blossom note coming through. Mouth: some fudge and sweet barley again. Quite creamy and pretty smooth. Oranges and other – hardly defined – fruits. Honey. A faint salty edge. Not bad, but the…
  • Littlemill 1991 (Eiling Lim)

    Ruben Luyten
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    A new Littlemill 1991, bottled by Eiling Lim. The fourth release in her series. Yes, a second Littlemill already, in just four bottlings, but it’s different enough from the previous one.   Littlemill 22 yo 1991 (47,2%, Eiling Lim 2013, 40 btl.) Nose: all sorts of lemon really. Lemon juice, lemon candy, lemon balm, lemon yoghurt… Right, grapefruit as well. Some apple peelings and honey. Evolves to lemon marshmallow, nice. Hints of muesli and dried grass on a second level. Some gravel and dust after a while. Mouth: same story, lemon all over. Sharper zesty notes, crystallized lemons,…
 
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  • VDKA 6100 Review

    Kevin Gray
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    That’s not a typo. It’s really spelled VDKA, and it launched in early 2014. VDKA 6100 hails from New Zealand, and it has the unique distinction of being distilled from whey. You can distill vodka from most anything with fermentable sugar–some popular options being wheat, potatoes and even grapes–but whey is rarely the distiller’s choice.In this case, VDKA 6100 is comprised of just two ingredients: 1) whey is produced from grass-fed cows’ milk, and 2) natural spring water. It’s distilled three times and filtered through carbon.On the nose, VDKA 6100 is…
  • Fight Hangovers with Toniiq Hangover Prevention

    Kevin Gray
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    The hangover. Nature’s way of reminding you that you are not, in fact, invincible. It’s a beautiful thing, really. An unbiased admonishment of your previous night’s behavior that simply and fairly judges your body’s ability to process the terrible things you did to it. Hell, if drinking were easy, everyone would do it.Hangovers aren’t exactly consistent, though. There are those adorable little hangovers that merely laugh at you until you take that first sip of a bloody mary at brunch. Others that require some water, a mild painkiller and a bit more sleep. And others still that…
  • Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beers

    Son Pham
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    From left to right: Toasted Oak IPA, Rum Aged, Original Scottish AleThe origin story of Innis & Gunn is an interesting one. Their unique beers were born from ales that they originally used to season barrels destined for whiskey. The plan was to trash the beer after giving the barrels what they needed. However, some brewers spoke up and thought the beer was pretty damn good. So soon after, the Innis & Gunn Original Scottish Ale was born, and the brand has progressed ever since.The folks at Innis & Gunn were nice enough to send us some of this very beer, along with a couple other…
  • Tequila Cocktails for National Tequila Day

    Kevin Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:17 am
    July 24. Big holiday. Yep, the totally-not-made-up National Tequila Day. Now, we’ve never required an excuse to drink tequila, but a full 1/365th of a year dedicated to the stuff is just fine in our book. So naturally, we took to mixing up a few cocktails to celebrate. Of course you can go with a simple margarita or paloma, but how about a not-so-simple margarita or paloma? We’ve got those below, plus a riff on a tequila sour that’s just delightful.First up we’ve got that easy-drinking tequila sour, which features a heavily oak-aged reposado.Cherry Valance1.5 oz…
  • A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

    Kevin Gray
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:16 pm
    One of our favorite activities at Tales of the Cocktail is attending a spirited dinner. Neither as festive as the brand-sponsored parties nor as hectic as the tasting rooms, a spirited dinner is typically a relaxed affair that allows you to really delve into the featured spirit. Of course, sometimes those dinners also involve strip teases and a harrowing display with nails, but we’ll get to that later.We joined a few dozen diners at Tivoli & Lee for a dinner put on by Mezcal El Silencio. We were treated to some seriously delicious food, plus mezcal tastes, mezcal cocktails and some…
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  • Craft whiskey in the mountains: Berkshire and Catskill

    Lew Bryson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    I got a chance to visit two craft distillers in the Northeast last week: Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Catskill Distilling. I took a day off and drove up to Boston for the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Beer Company (the brewers of Samuel Adams), and realized I could easily stop in to see some whiskey being made on my way back. It was a gorgeous day, and after I’d cleared the Boston traffic, a great drive west out the Mass Pike, past lakes, marshes, and forests, then into the rolling folds of the Berkshires. I got off the Pike, headed south, and watched as the roads my…
  • Paul McDonagh of Bon Accord – In 140 Or Less

    Lew Bryson
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another in our occasional series of Tweet-style interviews. As always, it’s 140 characters or less (we don’t count the spaces) in the answers from Paul McDonagh. Paul is passionate about his Scotch whisky and the owner of Glasgow’s finest whisky bar, the Bon Accord. A man who’s enjoying the bar life. What’s the view from your office window – if you have one? I don’t have one but I do have some nice bottles of whisky to look at. Good answer! How long have you been owner at the Bon Accord? This is my 14th year but it seems like only yesterday that I took over. Am having a…
  • Nomad: sherry maker González Byass ventures into whisky

    Lew Bryson
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The other night I was sitting at a bar, a hushed, handsome space awash in wood and leather, tucked behind an unmarked door upstairs from a more raucous joint dominated by a flat screen blaring the World Cup and gals in too-tight dresses. I could have been in a speakeasy-style lair anywhere in the world, except I was in Taipei, at Alchemy, in the slick Xinyi district. It is here that I watched a large group of dolled-up friends, tipsy from a wedding, keep the party going by passing around a bottle of the Macallan and greedily sipping it like water. Soft and sweet, the Macallan, I learned a few…
  • Five new releases — no, make that six!

    Lew Bryson
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Truly the whisky gods have smiled on me. Great are their blessings, as I bring you tidings of five (yes, five: read it and weep) interesting new releases that I have tasted recently on your behalf. To be even-handed, I’ll mention them in alphabetical order. First up, then, is the Balvenie Single Cask 15 Years Old expression, the second in Balvenie’s Single Cask line. Drawn from a sherry butt, cask number 16293 (not that any of us would know the difference, but it lends corroborative detail to the label), this full-flavored 47.8% dram drew me in with its rich, warming color, and then…
  • Mossburn And Mathieson: a different distillery startup story

    Lew Bryson
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:33 am
    Another day, and another Scotch distillery project appears. No doubt funding will come from an issue of founders’ bonds or future cask sales, and a diverse group of private investors, while early income will be predicated on sales of gin and new-make spirit. You get the picture. So we look at the case of Mossburn Distillers Ltd. with a slightly seen-it-all-before eye. We chat with chief executive Neil Mathieson, who outlines two distillery projects, one on the Isle of Skye and another near Jedburgh, in the Scottish Borders. Talk turns to likely expenditure; and Mathieson mentions that the…
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  • The Importance of Cats in the Workplace (Specifically in Distilleries)

    The Master of Malt
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Earlier this week, Amy Hopkins over at the Spirits Business posted a fantastic article that really spoke to us here at Master of Malt, all about the most famous mousers at distilleries around the world. If you had any doubts about cats being the best animal ever, then these brave feline warriors ought to cement their place at the top of the "Best Animal Podium". (If you were wondering, pugs are a close second, followed by bumblebees.) But why does a distillery need a cat? You can understand other job roles like Master Blender, Maltster and Warehouse Manager being vital for the day to day…
  • Michael Owen Signs for SPEY Whisky

    The Master of Malt
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    We're a little late to this one (busy 'n' that), but yet another footballm'n has in fact entered the whisky world. Following Haig Club's signing of 'Sir' David Beckham, SPEY have now snapped up his old England team-mate Michael Owen! (Meanwhile, Sven has wine covered - surely it's only a matter of time before we're hit with a Rio Ferdinand Cognac...) I'll cover the interesting history of SPEY whisky below, but first allow this to sink in for a second: Michael Owen is the Global Brand Ambassador for a single malt Scotch whisky. We've even heard that SPEY are planning to bring out a limited…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Japanese Cocktail

    The Master of Malt
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:40 am
    Right then ladies and gentlemen - for this week's #MasterofCocktails we made a Japanese Cocktail. It's one of those oft-forgotten classics that really does work very well indeed if made with decent ingredients. Before we get onto that though, we need to do some prep for next week's drink. Or rather 'drinks'. See, with all this amazing weather we've been having, I'm going to show you how to make an amazing bowl of Punch. You'll be needing these... (LHS for Japanese Cocktail, RHS for next week's Punch prep) There's nowt better than being able to have your guests serve themselves amazing punch.
  • Our International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Winnings

    The Master of Malt
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    The folks here at MoM Towers aren’t going to win the World Cup anytime soon. Our team, Bitter Bastards FC, are just a few players short of a full squad and therefore wouldn’t qualify, so the German team has nothing to be worried about… Yet. We’re also not going to win Wimbledon, despite a small subset of us being pretty gosh-darn good at squash (they’re basically the same sport, one just has more passive aggressive connotations and a wall). Oscars? Probably not. Grammys? Unlikely. Nobel Peace Prize? Doubtful at best. Medals for making stunning drinks? Now you’re talking! That’s…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Sazerac

    The Master of Malt
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Another classic for this week's #MasterofCocktails, the Sazerac. Now this really is a very, very simple drink, but, like the Mojito from a few weeks ago, one that people love to overcomplicate. The most common over-complication is the belief that you need to stir a sugar cube with the whiskey forever and a day... Luckily enough though, some bright spark has invented this stuff. It's called Sugar Syrup. You may have heard of it. Sugar Syrup, it’s a thing. You’ll be needing these... List of Ingredients 60ml FEW Rye Whiskey 5ml Sugar Syrup Couple of shakes Peychaud's Bitters Glug of St.
 
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  • Rooftop Rum and Festival Fun with Sailor Jerry and VISIONS

    Rebecca
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    A weekend spent on an East London rooftop, sipping on spiced rum while a DJ with lots of K’s and  *’s in his name spins uber-cool tunes and everyone admires the body-art of the other attendees – it sounds like the making for the ultimate day festival. Could it get any better? Well, if you fancy chowing down on a Rib ‘O’ Beef while waiting for a wet-shave this coming Saturday 2nd August then yes, maybe.This not-so-classic but tempting combination comes courtesy of Sailor Jerry, that Caribbean spiced rum that we all know and love. Who hasn’t got tiddled on a drop at the…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Hide Bar, London

    the Cocktail Geek
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Oftentimes the very first impressions of a bar turn out to be reliable markers of the overall experience. Like when you walk in to be greeted by a shady-looking character behind the bar stocking the chilled Jager fridge, and your about-turn is impeded by the grip the sticky floor has on your shoes; you know you won’t be finding you new favourite cocktail there. Or when you walk in and the bartender stops what he is doing, having observed your parched state, to quietly pour you a glass of chilled water before you’ve even removed your jacket; quality service is a solid bet. But…
  • My Favourite Edinburgh Cocktail Bars

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    By Lynne at Cocktails and DaydreamsAs you can probably tell by my blog name, I am partial to a cocktail or two! Luckily for me I live in Edinburgh where there is a plethora of cocktail bars on offer.  There’s pretty much something for everyone, from classy hotel bars, to quirky pubs, and we’ve even got a prohibition era style speakeasy!  As such, it was quite a difficult task narrowing it down to my all time favourites but I just about managed it.1)DragonflyLocated just off the Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s historic old town, Dragonfly is an intimate cocktail bar serving some…
  • What you should be doing this Friday night…

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Loves Company – The Toast of Shoreditch TownCocktails in East London on a Friday night – what could be nicer? Er, how about cocktails and toasties?This magical and frankly flawless combination has been thought up by Russell and the team behind new bar Loves Company. A stone’s throw from Old Street Tube, Loves Company is definitely going to be a solid contender for those looking for a good night out in Shoreditch. The décor is fabulous reto-chic, and they’ve embraced the creative vibe by asking artists to draw directly on the walls. The result is a cool and unique space that is…
  • My Favourite Brighton Cocktail Bars

    Guest Author
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:39 am
    Fran at The Graphic FoodieThe party town of Brighton is certainly not short of a place or two to drink. Saying that, the majority of bars cater for the influx of stag and hen parties and mainstream clubbers that want their drinks cheap and cheerful. But if you prefer your poison refined and a little more exclusive then these bars are worth noting for your black book. 1)PlateauDon’t let the fact that Plateau is primarily a small plate French restaurant put you off. In the evening, the vibe is stylish yet relaxed and the small bar to one side of the venue is definitely worth…
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  • 12 Things We Loved at Tales of the Cocktail 2014

    Alexander
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Tales of the Cocktail 2014 is in the books, and as usual we had a blast. It’s been 6 days since we returned from New Orleans and our bodies are almost back to normal. Each year for one week the industries best brands, bartenders, and industry professionals get together and put cocktail culture on display. Educational seminars, amazing cocktails, and epic parties are just some of what goes on. Oh and let’s not forget this is a non-profit, so proceeds go to charity. Sounds like a good deal right? I wish we could recap everything that went down, but the fact is we couldn’t…
  • Adult Popsicles: Watermelon Mint Acai Popsicles

    Alexander
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    As July is ending and we creep into August, we’ll be hitting the hottest point of the Summer. If you’re in an area off a lake or ocean it’s not that bad, but it can be almost unbearable here in the center of Florida. I’m always looking for new ways to cool off, and if I can mix in some booze too it’s like hitting the lottery. I saw this recipe for some boozy adult popsicles and I just HAD to make them. I only describe a handful of things as “crack”: 4Rivers Smokehouse BBQ, Harolds Fried Chicken, a frozen irish coffee from Erin Rose Bar , and now…
  • Alcoholidays: National Tequila Day July 24

    Alexander
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:34 pm
    We’ve started to go a bit overboard with the unofficial holidays here in the U.S., but if it gives me another reason to drink you won’t see me complaining. Tomorrow is National Tequila day, and that means shots and margaritas will be a plenty. For many, tequila reminds them of questionable nights in college where they did a lot of things their ashamed of. For me, it’s one of my favorite spirits to substitute in a classic drink that traditionally use rum or vodka. It gives it a whole new taste. We’ve written about this alcoholiday a few times in the past, and I usually…
  • Coming Soon: P.Diddy Announces New Ciroc Pineapple

    Alexander
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Ciroc Just a few days ago, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs announced the release of Ciroc Pineapple, the newest flavor to the brand. The flavored vodka craze has definitely seen a slow down in 2014 both in releases and sales, but that doesn’t mean that releasing the right flavor with good marketing  and a quality product can’t still be a huge success. Ciroc is a perfect example. Combs has made a fortune with his marketing of Ciroc vodka as their Brand Ambassador, and while other brands are spending time pushing flavors that provide mostly shock value, Ciroc and…
  • We’re Headed To Tales of the Cocktail 2014

    Alexander
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Talesofthecocktail.com If you’ve been following us since we began, you would know that past couple of years we’ve been invited to, and attended Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s premier cocktail festival. It’s held every July in New Orleans [The perfect city might I add], and hosts brands, bartenders, media, and industry professionals from around the world. This is our 3rd year attending and we’re excited as usual. We wanted to let all our readers know that we won’t be adding any new content while we are away, but if you would like to…
 
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  • New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law

    Scott Gibson
    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 [...] The post New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • Buy Johnnie Walker Green Label

    Scott Gibson
    2 May 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Since being discontinued, it’s been quite difficult to buy Johnnie Walker Green Label. However, it is still being sold by The Whisky Exchange – the best online source for single malt and blended whiskies. Green Label by Johnnie Walker was definitely one of the best blended whiskies that Johnnie Walker produced. [...] The post Buy Johnnie Walker Green Label appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • New Johnnie Walker Whisky Profiler

    Scott Gibson
    1 May 2014 | 11:37 pm
    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 you find your perfect whisky, you can [...] The post New Johnnie Walker Whisky Profiler appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • The Best Whisky in 2014 | Not Scotch Whisky!

    Scott Gibson
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:03 pm
    It may come as a complete surprise to many, but the best whisky in the world for 2014 has come, not from the home of single malt whisky, but from Tasmania. Actually here at singlemaltwhiskyshop.org we have already blogged about the fantastic whisky from Tasmania (click here to see [...] The post The Best Whisky in 2014 | Not Scotch Whisky! appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • Mortlach – The Heart of Johnnie Walker Whisky

    Scott Gibson
    7 Dec 2013 | 11:00 pm
    Mortlach has usually only been found in blended whiskies like Johnnie Walker. Last week, however, Diageo announced a massive investment in this whisky distillery, which is nestled in Speyside – the heart of whisky production in Scotland. Now from 2014 the distillery will produce four expressions of it’s single malt [...] The post Mortlach – The Heart of Johnnie Walker Whisky appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
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  • Monkey Rum Adventure Quest New York City July 17th-19th

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

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

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

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

    drinkadmin
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    With Father’s Day is right around the corner, there’s no better way to celebrate dad than with the gift of super premium scotch, bourbon, or Irish Whiskey. These gifts are guaranteed to be appreciated—and more than just another tie to add to his collection!  On June 15th, give dad something to “talk about” by gifting him with one of these premium selections below. We’ve included some great background on each of these, so you can be sure that what you choose will be the perfect gift for dad. What’s more is that each of these can be found at your favorite premium liquor…
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  • Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Review

    Josh Peters
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    The no-water-added cask strength brother of the mighty Laphroaig 10. Clocking in at a whopping 114.4 proof this bruiser of whisky is as close as you can get to tasting it straight from the barrel in the comfort of your own home. However this is not a single barrel. They still take a bunch of barrels and blend them together to create each batch (like Wild Turkey Rare Breed), they just don’t add any water to cut it down to the 43% ABV of the regular Laphroaig 10. In addition to being cask strength it also seems to be non-chill filtered. Laphroaig doesn’t expressly state that it’s NCF, but…
  • Laphroaig 10 Review

    Josh Peters
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
      When the flagship product tastes this good, you know you’re dealing with a quality brand. The distillery got it’s start in 1815 by Donald and Alexander Johnston and was run by the family till 1954 (139 years) when the last member of the family died without an heir. This lead to it brand changing hands several times over the years and is Currently owned by Suntory, who now owns Beam. Beam has owned Laphroaig since 2005 when it was called Fortune Brands. Though through all of this one thing has remained the same and that is quality. In addition to being almost 200 years old (I’m…
  • Glenlivet Archive 21 Review

    Josh Peters
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Brass tacks, The Glenlivet Archive 21 is among my favorite, readily accessible, single malt scotches and everything about it makes me feel giddy inside. There is a subtle poetry to this whisky. The balance, the taste, the smell, the feel. Everything about it makes me happy I have taste buds and a working olfactory system. I’m dead serious when I say this is one of those must have drams in life. The liquid inside of this bottle is a mix of various casks in the Glenlivet warehouse that range anywhere from 21 to 40 years old. These casks can include ex-bourbon, sherry (obvious from the…
  • Glenlivet Nadurra Review

    Josh Peters
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    The first time I had Glenlivet Nadurra was at my farewell party when I left my job at a search agency and despite being one of many drinks that evening I could distinctly remember liking it. The second time I sipped on some Nadurra I was at a friends house and we drank it from shot glasses (though we were not shooting it) while playing board games and again it stood out amongst the 5 or so we were sipping on that night too. I now finally have a bottle to call my own and am damn happy I do. The Glenlivet Nadurra is a non-chill filtered, no color added, cask strength beast whose name is derived…
  • Glenlivet 18 Review

    Josh Peters
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    My most memorable experience with Glenlivet 18 started with the image above. Some work friends and I secured the company’s beach house for a day and a half of remote working and relaxation. We arrived at about 3 p.m. on a Thursday and by 1 am that bottle was killed by the 3 whisky drinkers in the house. We got to know a lot about each other by the end of that trip, but I also got to know this whisky as well. I use Evernote to write all of my reviews and also to keep notes “in the field” when I don’t have one of my physical notebooks with me and here at the beach house…
 
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  • VEEV Collins

    VEEV Spirit
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Give the classic Collins cocktail an update with a measure of VEEV Spirit.
  • Watch Out, Vodka: VEEV is Coming for You… | Partner Tip

    Crystal Sykes
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Vodka, you had better watch your back. Because the new VEEV is beating you at your own game. VEEV is still born in Brazil and handcrafted in the USA, but it is now a 70-proof, premium spirit with notes of all-natural, organic açaí, prickly pear and acerola cherry to deliver a dynamic, well-balanced taste and aroma unique only to VEEV. See, VEEV is more versatile and mixable than vodka. So VEEV is not only a viable substitute for your favorite vodka, it one-ups poor vodka. Discover why the new VEEV will change the way you drink.  VEEV debuted its new, vodka-trumping Cheat on Vodka…
  • Bartenders Only: Is This the World’s Greenest Bar?

    Liza Zimmerman
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Time to face the compost bin: Bars, by their very nature, are wasteful. The team of Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths, respectively the owner and operations director at London’s not-even-a-year-old White Lyan, have compiled some creative ways to lower their bar’s carbon footprint. It all started with a little green bus. WASTE NOT, DRINK NOT: White Lyan, which just took home the title of Best New International Cocktail Bar at the 12th annual Tales of the Cocktail awards, uses no fresh fruit or ice in its drinks. The bar throws away less than two dozen bottles a week, along with…
  • Turn of the Century

    Crystal Sykes
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    Like Manhattans? Try this.
  • Let Cachaça 51 Save Your Summer | Partner Tip

    Crystal Sykes
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    The world has started taking deep breaths again now that a certain quadrennial international sporting competition involving a black-and-white ball has come to a close. During the fraught festivities, the word on everyone’s lips has been “cachaça,” that fine Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane. Well, Cachaça 51 would like to remind you that just because the tournament has wrapped, that’s no reason to stop drinking cachaça. The sun is out, summer is in full swing, nature is out in force, and there’s nothing that goes with the hottest months of the year quite like a well-made…
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  • Thumb Knuckle Distillery to Open Soon

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    July 21st, 2014- An abandoned Hazel Park lumber yard will be home to a vodka, rum, gin and whiskey distillery in a few short months. Thumb Knuckle Distillery LLC is expected to open in 12,000 square feet at 24310 John R Road north of East Woodward Heights Boulevard in October, said brewery founder Doug McElroy. Although he still needs licenses to distill the spirits and occupy the space, he’s moving full-steam ahead with at least $250,000 in renovations to the building, abandoned for about seven years. The total investment is expected to be less than $1 million. The front of the…
  • Disobedient Spirits Now Producing

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 pm
    July 21st, 2014- Vodka is flowing at Disobedient Spirits, a craft distillery set to open in Homer City after months of dealing with bureaucracy, protests and building renovations,. Distillery President Bob Begg, a retired Indiana University of Pennsylvania geography professor, said he and “master distiller” Bob Sechrist, who teaches geography at IUP, plan to offer tours and tastings several times a week beginning next month. Days and times to see the 9,000-square-foot facility at 30 S. Main St. have not been set. The pair hope to hold a grand opening in October or November. “I think…
  • Black Draft Distillery

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    July 21st, 2014 – Black Draft Distillery located in Berkeley County West Virginia ts the only licensed distilled spirits producer in the County and provides some great moonshine. Inside a converted horse barn on Glen and Tara Price’s small farm south of Martinsburg, their beloved 13-year-old mare’s, Biscuit, watering trough now plays a key role in the production of “First Harvest Moonshine,” a legal, 100-proof corn whiskey. The family-owned craft distillery recently began distributing their first product after clearing state and federal regulatory hurdles and…
  • Central Standard Craft Distillery to Open

    admin
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:37 pm
    July 15th, 2014-  On July 2nd Central Standard Craft Distillery opened the doors of its 2000 square foot space. After coming up with the idea to open a distillery two years ago, co-founders Evan Hughes, Brandt Foster and Pat McQuillan is a labor of love. The Distillery is located next door to Milwaukee Brewing Co. With the help of head distiller, Brian “Blaze” Blazel, former Milwaukee Brewing Co. brewer, Central Standard produces a variety of spirits which include a rye-based vodka, white wheat-based gin and an oat-based white whiskey aged six to eight months. Two different types of…
  • Proof Washington Distillers Festival

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:34 pm
    July 10th, 2014- The Washington Distillers Guild is proud to announce the second annual PROOF event for the 40 craft distilleries that make up the Washington Distillers Guild, the largest of its kind in the nation. Located at Fremont Studios, PROOF attendees will have the chance to sample award-winning spirits, and meet the craftsmen and women who are putting Washington on the map. PROOF: Washington Distiller’s Festival is the largest craft distillery festival in the United States, and 40 craft distilleries from around Washington will be giving out samples of their spirits. You can meet the…
 
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  • The Pinot Heartland of America: Oregon’s Willamette Valley

    DrinkInsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    This is the first post in a three-part series about Willamette Valley wine. On a hot afternoon in early July, I walked down Third Street in McMinnville, Oregon, toward R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar. It had been an amazing first day of wine tasting in Willamette Valley and I was looking forward to meeting up with R. Stuart’s proprietor, Maria Stuart, to get an insider’s glimpse into the area. If there’s one way to learn about a wine region fast, it’s by sitting down with a local winery/bar owner over a glass of Pinot. R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar in Downtown McMinnville The…
  • Beware, Session Beer Drinkers on the Loose in Massachusetts

    DrinkInsider
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Edit 7/25, 12:45pm: Rumor has it that the ABCC may not have called this Cambridge bar out on trying to host a liter beer party, after all, and that there were no laws in question. The ABCC claims that it was a hoax. That said, I don’t know who to believe, and irregardless of this particular incident, there are still plenty of archaic alcohol laws in MA that need to be addressed. Thus I’m leaving this article as is (only with this short edit as a precaution). Massachusetts, home of the most annoying Bud Light-drinking sports fans in the world, made a fool of itself yet again when…
  • Best of Portland, Oregon: Breweries, Brewpubs and Beers (Part II)

    DrinkInsider
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Per capita, Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city in America, and DrinkInsider has taken the PDX challenge head-on to narrow down the best of the best. In Part II, we’ve got five more breweries: Hopworks, The Commons, Lompoc, Pfriem, and Deschutes. Check out Part I here! Hopworks Urban Brewery Walking into HopWorks BikeBar in Northeast Portland, it becomes instantly clear that this is where all of the city’s hipster bikers go to drink. But fear not my fellow non-hipster biker friends, because Portland’s bike community obviously has good taste in beer. In fact,…
  • Best of Portland, Oregon: Breweries, Brewpubs and Beers (Part I)

    DrinkInsider
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I’ve been told by quite a few Portlanders that their city has the most strip clubs per capita in the US. And while this statistic is both impressive and true, I wonder why they fail to mention that Portland is also the city with the most craft breweries per capita in the US. It seems that the latter, at least to me, is the statistic most worth bragging about. Then again, I write a blog about beer, not strip clubs, so perhaps my judgement is skewed. Anyway, regardless of how you feel about Portland’s status as a strip club hot spot, there is no doubt that Portland is, hands down, one…
  • Let the Wine Flow! Massachusetts Ends Archaic Ban

    DrinkInsider
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I don’t usually write about news, or Massachusetts. But, it’s Friday and this is big. Finally, after years and years of hard fought battles, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the latest budget bill, which includes provisions allowing for limited, regulated winery-to-consumer shipments. This will go into effect January 1, 2015; after which Massachusetts residents 21+ will be able to purchase wines directly from wineries licensed by the state to ship. There are some really stupid laws in Massachusetts regarding alcohol. Like, for instance, that bars can’t host happy…
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  • To The Bottom! Old Crow Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    Proof: 80 Age: 3 years old Distillery: Jim Beam Master Distiller: Fred Noe Season: Doomsday I wont remember writing this article. Old Crow bourbon has that effect. Last night, I ran out of my old standby, Elijah Craig 12 Year Old, and I didn’t want to tap into my Booker’s reserve, so I made a store run. On a budget, I grabbed one of the bottles on sale near the front counter. Old Crow. I am of the opinion that there are no “bad” bourbons, just some that aren’t as good as others. Besides, Old Cow bears the namesake of a bourbon legend, Dr. James C. Crow, the 19th…
  • 3 Best Summer Bourbon Cocktails

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    Who said the best time to drink bourbon is the wintertime! Any real Bourbonite cant enjoy a pour year-round, but when the 90 degree, 100% humidity of summer hits, you need a more refreshing way to enjoy America’s Finest. Bourbon purists, be at ease! These recipes are made to please! Honey Bourbon Tea   Ingredients 4 cups water 4 cups lemonade 4 black tea bags 1 cup fresh basil leaves ½ cup Wild Turkey Bourbon 1 ½ cups American Honey Build In a large saucepan, boil 2 cups water. Remove from heat; add 4 teabags of black tea. Steep 8 minutes; discard teabags. Add 2 cups cold water…
  • Pure Kentucky versus Kentucky Vintage Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Proof: Pure Kentucky – 107 proof, Kentucky Vintage – 90 proof Age: No Age Statement on Either Distillery: Both Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Ltd. Bardstown,KY Master Distiller: Drew Kulsveen Season: Both Summer I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a Kentucky Proud bourbon flight at Louisville’s Down One Bourbon Bar. Down One is quickly becoming a main attraction on the bourbon scene. The food is amazing, the bourbon selection rivals that of Silks Jockey Lounge in the adjoining Galt House Hotel, and the bartenders know their stuff. Thanks to the staff for providing us with…
  • Kentucky Tavern Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Proof: 80 Age: 4 Years Old Distillery: Barton Distillery (Under Sazerac) Bardstown, Kentucky Master Distiller: Drew Kulsveen Season: Summer Introducing Kentucky Tavern Bourbon! I was looking for a decent pub or restaurant to enjoy the World Cup 2014 matches and wound up at J. Gumbo’s on the campus of the University of Louisville. Being the multi-tasker that I am I figured what better time to do a bourbon review? Denise, our bartender, introduced herself cordially. “Whats the worst bourbon you have?” I asked “This stuff in the well, its $3″ Apparently”this…
  • Lexington Bourbon Review

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    18 Jun 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Proof: 86 Age: No Age Statement Distillery: Three Springs Bottling Company Master Distiller: Unknown Season: When Hell Freezes Over Introducing Lexington Bourbon Whiskey I had been eying the bottle of Lexington Bourbon Whiskey sitting on the shelf of my favorite watering hole for quite some time. The bottle reminded me of Woodford Reserve’s annual Derby bottles – and rightly so: The horse on the bottle is a portrait of Lexington, the stallion that sired the Duke of Magenta. For you horse-racing fans out there, In 1878 the Duke of Magenta won the Preakness Stakes, the Withers…
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  • Angel’s Envy Bourbon – Review #47

    Mike Flaminio
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Angel’s Envy Background Angel’s Envy was launched by Lincoln and Wes Henderson after he spent 39 years at Brown-Forman. He started at Brown-Forman as a chemist and worked his way up to Master Distiller. He’s credited as helping to bring major products to market such as Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack. After he retired, he and his son Wes started the new brand Angel’s Envy. Angel’s Envy is a unique startup. They source this Bourbon and then barreled it in port casks for Portugal. The Bourbon is finished for about 6 months after aged 6-7 years in American…
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Review #46

    Mike Flaminio
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Kentucky Spirit Background Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit takes claim of the second modern single barrel Bourbon. Blanton’s is the first, although there were most likely earlier bottles from a single barrel. But for practical purposed within the realm of modern Bourbon as we know it, they’re #1 and #2. Kentucky Spirit has the same bottling proof of Wild Turkey 101. The different would seem to be barrel selection and age. Wild Turkey 101 is a bottling of barrels blended together with ages of 6, 7 and 8 years old. Kentucky Spirit is a little older at 8-9.5 years old. And that barrel…
  • Henry McKenna Single Barrel – Review #45

    Mike Flaminio
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Henry McKenna Single Barrel Background Henry McKenna was a Kentucky farmer who began making whiskey in 1855. He brought his recipe with him when he emigrated from Ireland and after his death his sons continued the family distillery. Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Old is a tribute to Henry, but that is all. It’s made today by Heaven Hill as a bottled-in-bond product. In fact, Heaven Hill claims it’s the only “extra-aged” BIB single barrel Bourbon on the market. Bottled-in-bond means legally the Bourbon must come from a single distillery, in the same season,…
  • Rhetoric 20 Year Bourbon – Review #44

    Mike Flaminio
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Rhetoric 20 Background Diageo’s Orphan Barrel is back with its third bottling in a 20-year-old Bourbon called Rhetoric. I previously looked at Barterhouse, which was also a 20 year old Bourbon, and the third was Old Blowhard. Rhetoric 20 is a straight Kentucky Bourbon pulled from the famous Stizel-Weller warehouses. It was distilled at both the old and new Bernheim distilleries between 1990 and 1993. Barterhouse was distilled at the new Bernheim and also aged at Stizel-Weller. Rhetoric 20 apparently has some older barrels distilled at the old Bernheim, which might be why it’s $10 more…
  • Stagg Jr Batch 1 & Batch 2 – Review #43

    Mike Flaminio
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Stagg Jr Background George T Stagg bourbon needs no introduction. It’s a part of the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and arguably the king of the bunch. Since the first released in 2002 the series has been going strong. So strong, Buffalo Trace geared up to launch a Stagg Jr companion product that last August came to age and hit shelves. Stagg Jr is touted as a younger version of George T Stagg. Where George T Stagg is aged 15-16 years, the new Stagg Jr is aged 8-9 years, typical of many of the Bourbons reviewed here. Time does wonders to higher proof Bourbon, so the big question is…
 
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  • Reply To: Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014

    TwoDollarBaller
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:24 pm
    By the way, this is at K&L for $100 with a 1 bottle limit.
  • Glenmorangie Ealanta Private Edition

    TwoDollarBaller
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Full disclosure, this wasn’t my bottle of scotch and I am not very good with tasting notes. All I can say it was damn good whisky! Most of the of members were there when this bottle was consumed (don’t worry the owner has more). Hopefully, other members will chime in with some better tasting notes… Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Ealanta Private Edition:
  • Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014

    TwoDollarBaller
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Ok… Ok… I know this isn’t an extremely rare whiskey as most of our current members have a bottle of this great bourbon, but I thought I’d be the first to throw up a pic. Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014 (Barrel Strength) Kentucky Bourbon:
  • Angel’s Envy Cask Strength (2013)

    TwoDollarBaller
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey from the 2013 bottling year. From Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, this is one amazing bourbon! Acquired at the end of 2013 right before Mr. Henderson’s passing.
  • Stagg Jr. Back On Shelves!

    PimpTurkey
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    Stagg Jr. is back on the shelves of many stores in NYC area… Amsterdam Wine Co. $54
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  • How to Pronounce Scotch Names - in Video!

    Flaviar
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    So you like Scotch…If you don’t drink it alone (which you shouldn't), chances are, you’ve already had the conversation on how to pronounce all those tongue-breaking names of Scotch brands. We've selected a few to start with and paired them with Esquire's video instructions by Scottish actor Brian Cox. ★ AUCHENTOSHAN This Lowland distillery is the only one in Scotland that triple distills every drop of its Whisky. This is the reason for their New Spirit to have strong fruit and citrus notes and making Auchentoshan smooth and delicate.
  • Furry Guards to the Rescue: Your Whisky is Safe

    Flaviar
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mice are never far from a place that stores tons of grain, distilleries being no exception. To protect their precious stocks of barley, they had been turning for help to rodents’ natural enemies - cats. Having a cat around used to be a tradition in all Whisky producing regions, from Scotland to Kentucky. Although the distilleries are now no longer permitted to rely on the assistance of the furry guards, many of them still keep them as an official mascot, welcoming visitors. Some of the distillery cats from the past even became legendary, like Towser, Official Mouser from Glenturret…
  • Tasting Spirits Made you Hungry? Try This Yummy Snack!

    Flaviar
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A few days ago we were doing what we love most – having friends over for a tasting. After enjoying a few drams, hunger started to creep in. Luckily, we have a tried-and-tested recipe in place for moments like this. A few basic ingredients that can be found in almost any fridge, plus it makes a great spirits pairing. To treat your friends to this snack, you will need: → Baguette → Duck liver pâté → Jam (we use fig jam) → Oil → Spirit to pair Add a few drops of neutral-taste oil to the pâté and stir thoroughly to get creamy and light…
  • 7 Tips to Get the Best Flavour from a Not-so-fantastic Wine

    Flaviar
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Life is unpredictable and no matter how hard you try to keep your wine rack well stocked, you might end up with a need to pour something in your glass and nothing but a bottle of a far-from-spectacular Wine. When faced with a situation like this, use the tricks to get the best of it.  1. Chill it down As temperatures drop, flavours become muted. Most of us drink our worthy white wine too cold, but just-above-freezing is the perfect temperature for lesser bottles. 2. Mix it into a spritzer or sangria. 3. If it’s red, drink it with mushrooms For reasons that wine-world…
  • Different Occasions Call for Different Whiskies. Top San Francisco Bar Manager Shares his Perfect Pairings

    Flaviar
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Brian MacGregor is Bar Manager at Wingtip, private club and a one-stop-shop for the modern gentleman in San Francisco. He runs a bar with over 300 Whiskies and he loves them all: “I don't have a favorite. I have many! Variety is the spice of life, and there are different Whiskies for different occasions. There are times when you’re looking for a nice sweet and baking spice warmth of a good Bourbon, other times the slap in the face of a good Rye, or the smoky peaty goodness of an Islay Single Malt. Either way, there’s a Whisky for every occasion.” Listening to this…
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