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  • Travel Tips: Enjoy Your Hike With The Right Hiking Clothing

    TalesBlog
    Emma
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Choosing the right clothing is integral to the enjoyment of hiking and can really make or break a hike. The right hiking clothing is all about versatility and comfort when travelling in changing terrains. It can be difficult to know exactly what kind of clothing to take with you, especially in uncertain climates and seasons, but fortunately many specialist brands who are experts in their field have created specific clothing that solves these problems and, with the right preparation, hiking can be enjoyable in all weather and terrains. Don’t run the risk of ruining your hike by venturing…
  • Pst! Check Out the Coachman's Secret Menu (Told Through Instagram and Phone Pictures)

    The Joy of Drinking
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    After much debating back and forth about keeping it to ourselves, we're going to let San Francisco into one of our favorite little secrets: the secret menu at the Coachman in San Francisco's gritty part of SOMA. As if you needed another reason to check out their extremely creative program, someone allowed bar manager Johnny Codd near liquid nitrogen, fire, fireball, and a smoke machine, and this menu was the fantastic result. If you are at the bar and you ask for it, you'll be allowed to choose from a short list of these sippable wonders. They run for $14-$16 and are perfect to…
  • Carlton: Beer-town Tampa now ready for cocktails on the river

    Cocktails News
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Scenario No. 1: Imagine downtown Tampa, former gritty port town with a perpetual chip on its shoulder, transformed into a different sort of city - one cool enough that residents, out-of-towners, diners, bar patrons and concertgoers could stroll along its riverfront, sipping beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Frozen apple cider with apple bourbon and...

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    Mantitlement
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Frozen apple cider with apple bourbon and caramel vodka - it's a slushy for adults! (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 503: October 25, 2014

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This week's episode comes from Whiskey Live Dublin, and we'll be focusing on Irish whiskies this time around with some of the winners from Thursday night's Irish Whiskey Awards ceremony at Kilbeggan Distillery. We'll also get the details on the most expensive Irish whiskey ever released, the Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition...as well as the upcoming US debut of Yellow Spot. It won't be an all-Ireland show, though...we''ll hear from Chip Tate on his side of the Balcones Distilling dispute now that his gag order has been lifted, and while Bourbon's global boom is causing a boom…
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  • Travel Tips: Enjoy Your Hike With The Right Hiking Clothing

    Emma
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Choosing the right clothing is integral to the enjoyment of hiking and can really make or break a hike. The right hiking clothing is all about versatility and comfort when travelling in changing terrains. It can be difficult to know exactly what kind of clothing to take with you, especially in uncertain climates and seasons, but fortunately many specialist brands who are experts in their field have created specific clothing that solves these problems and, with the right preparation, hiking can be enjoyable in all weather and terrains. Don’t run the risk of ruining your hike by venturing…
  • Enchanting Egypt: Where to Find the Magic

    Emma
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Egypt is one of the world’s most spectacular destinations. Some women may be put off by the idea of traveling through Egypt alone, but the reality is that the country is safe, hospitable and fascinating for savvy travellers who take the time to learn about the culture. Flights to Egypt are frequent and affordable, and combined with a modest wardrobe, a good itinerary and a polite and informed disposition, visitors have all the requisite elements for a successful Egyptian adventure; one full of history, culture, and spectacular scenery. Here are some of Egypt’s very best additions to any…
  • What Every Girl Should Have in Her Car

    Emma
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:55 pm
    You look inside a guys car and you will find some car wash, perhaps a medical kit and a spare tire. Where us girls like to have something on hand for any situation that life may throw at us. Whilst sometimes we may have a little too much in there, here is my list of what every girl should carry in her car. If you’re looking for a new car (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?) why don’t you check what’s on offer with #guesswho. An umbrella There is nothing worse than looking your best, makeup perfect, hair looking great and you go to step out of your car, only to be…
  • Sailing Solo: What to Expect from a Solo Cruise Holiday

    Emma
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Travelling solo brings with it sweeping highs and crashing lows. It can push a person way beyond their comfort zone and at the same time form friendships that don’t tend to happen in the same way when travelling with friends. Cruise holidays are well suited to the solo traveller – here’s a look at what to expect: Beach Time The typical cruise itinerary transports passengers between beautiful white beaches on tranquil, peaceful islands. There are a number of beach resorts owned by cruise companies, such as Labadee, the Haitian paradise owned by Royal Caribbean cruises. Cities of Culture…
  • Top five winter destinations for all the family

    Emma
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    If you’re planning on enjoying a winter escape with the family, deciding on where to go can be a difficult task. In order to choose the best destination you need to consider exactly what you’re looking for. Here are the top five family winter destinations, with something to suit everyone’s preferences. 1. Florida: the ultimate winter sun destination If you’re looking for a luxury holiday destination with plenty of winter sun, Florida is an excellent choice. The weather stays around 30°C and there are plenty of family-friendly attractions. Head to Walt Disney World Resort for the…
 
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • Pst! Check Out the Coachman's Secret Menu (Told Through Instagram and Phone Pictures)

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:50 pm
    After much debating back and forth about keeping it to ourselves, we're going to let San Francisco into one of our favorite little secrets: the secret menu at the Coachman in San Francisco's gritty part of SOMA. As if you needed another reason to check out their extremely creative program, someone allowed bar manager Johnny Codd near liquid nitrogen, fire, fireball, and a smoke machine, and this menu was the fantastic result. If you are at the bar and you ask for it, you'll be allowed to choose from a short list of these sippable wonders. They run for $14-$16 and are perfect to…
  • Meet the Cocktails: Japanese, European, and American cocktail styles blend at Ramen Shop

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:05 am
    It recently came to our attention that we've known Chris Lane for, well, years.The early days of Heaven's Dog used to have what is now a bygone SF unicorn: $5 cocktails. Chris used to work at Heaven's Dog on Fridays, and as we'd while away the Friday evening, Chris would indulge us with crazy awesome cocktails of his own design, as well as an impressive list of classics and tiki (Scorpion please!). It may or may not have inspired Josh to even pen a blog post in the form of an ode to the Devil's Backbone, a deep, slow, and stirred Scotch drink that Chris eventually put on the Lolinda menu.
  • The World's First Taste of Glenrothes 1992

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

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

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

  • Carlton: Beer-town Tampa now ready for cocktails on the river

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Scenario No. 1: Imagine downtown Tampa, former gritty port town with a perpetual chip on its shoulder, transformed into a different sort of city - one cool enough that residents, out-of-towners, diners, bar patrons and concertgoers could stroll along its riverfront, sipping beer, wine and cocktails.
  • The Rum Line Opens November 6: Flaming Scorpion Bowls and Panther Coffee Cocktails

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    The Rum Line, the Caribbean-inspired bar that features rum-centric cocktails, opens on Thursday, November 6. The outdoor cocktail lounge, located adjacent to Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, is owned by New York City restaurateurs John McDonald, Joshua Pickard and Josh Capon of Mercer Street Hospitality . Lure Fishbar's Robert Ferrara will serve as bar director at Lure, who is charged with bringing classic cocktails like the Hemingway daiquiri, to life.
  • A Strip Mall Happy Hour Worth Your Time at Lyn 65: Burgers, Boozy Punch, Beer-and-a-Shot

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Crossing over from Minneapolis into Richfield used to mean that your eating and grocery choices dipped down severely in quality in a matter of blocks. Not so anymore.
  • 5 Horrifically Tasty Halloween Drinks

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:17 am
    Isn't it awesome that Halloween is on a Friday this year? Much easier for scary soirA©es. But while you want your Halloween party to be spooky and eerie, it certainly isn't going to be a memorable affair if your drinks are scary because of their bone-curdling taste.
  • 5 favorite cocktails for fall

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Stefan Huebner, bar manager and cocktail sensei at Heist Brewery, pours the Pecan Wood Smoked Manhattan into a smoky glass at Heist Brewery on Oct. 21. Stefan Huebner, bar manager and cocktail sensei at Heist Brewery, raises a smoke-filled glass while preparing the Pecan Wood Smoked Manhattan at Heist Brewery on Oct. 21. From a chilled-meets-smoked Manhattan to a sweet mix of cognac and a spiced honey liqueur, these five libations at local restaurants offer the perfect way to warm up the season's chilliest evenings. mixologist Andy Maurer began concocting his fall cocktail list, he and his…
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 503: October 25, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    This week's episode comes from Whiskey Live Dublin, and we'll be focusing on Irish whiskies this time around with some of the winners from Thursday night's Irish Whiskey Awards ceremony at Kilbeggan Distillery. We'll also get the details on the most expensive Irish whiskey ever released, the Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition...as well as the upcoming US debut of Yellow Spot. It won't be an all-Ireland show, though...we''ll hear from Chip Tate on his side of the Balcones Distilling dispute now that his gag order has been lifted, and while Bourbon's global boom is causing a boom…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 502: October 18, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Finland has a love-hate relationship with whisky. Finns love it, and the Finnish government hates it. Distilled spirits advertising is banned, and regulators went so far as to force the organizers of a Helsinki beer and whisky festival this coming weekend to drop "whisky" from the event's name or risk losing their permits. It's still legal to make whisky in Finland, though...and we'll find out more about Teerenpeli Distillery & Brewery and the Kyrö Distilling Company on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Chivas Brothers gives its new Speyside distillery a name, both sides…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 501: October 11, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:56 pm
    This week, we'll look at the growth of craft distilling through the eyes of Darek Bell and James Rodewald. Bell is one of the co-founders of Corsair Artisan Distillery, and has just published his second book. "Fire Water" looks at ways of producing uniquely smoky whiskies. Veteran drinks writer James Rodewald studied the boom in craft distilling for his new book "American Spirit." We'll also look at a bunch of new whiskies flooding the market from around the world, a flood at a distillery in Speyside, and a Manhattan mixologist teaches us how to make the perfect Manhattan. 
  • WhiskyCast Episode 500: October 6, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    This is a special episode of WhiskyCast - not only is it the 500th episode, but it's the second of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London! We're packing a lot into this episode, with news on new whiskies from Girvan, Kilchoman, and others, a re-start of production at Sweden's Mackmyra Distillery, and a look at some of the new whisky books just being published. Our main focus, though, is an in-depth look at whisky collecting, following yet another mainstream media story in Sunday's Telegraph touting the investment value of rare whiskies. We'll talk to some of the whisky…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 499: October 4, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    This is the first of two episodes this weekend from The Whisky Show in London, and we'll be looking at some of the new whiskies that made their debut this weekend at Vinopolis, home of The Whisky Exchange. Some of the newest whiskies are actually very old whiskies, including four special Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection single malts to celebrate the transition of the family-owned business to a new generation of Urquharts. Michael Urquhart, the last of the third generation members to retire, helped introduce the 57 to 63-year-old whiskies during a master class today in London. Another…
 
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    Nonjatta

  • Chichibu PX & Oloroso: 2 Single Casks for Modern Malt Market Tokyo 2014

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoAll of our reviews so far of single cask Chichibus have been of ex-bourbon ones. Last month, at Modern Malt Market in Tokyo, a pair of sherried Chichibu single casks were released – a “PX” (Pedro Ximenez) and an “Oloroso” – so we figured this was the perfect time to check how the Chichibu spirit interacts with ex-sherry wood.Chichibu 2010/2014 “Oloroso”, Spanish Oak Hogshead #2622, 59.8%abv (338btls.)Chichibu 2010/2014 “PX”, Spanish Oak Hogshead #2640, 59.7%abv (275btls.)On the nose, the PX is characterized by stewed fruits, porridge,…
  • Chichibu Single Cask for Sushi+Soul / Bar Zoetrope

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoDoesn’t happen every day: two of our favourite Japanese whisky hangouts joined hands and bottled a stunning Chichibu single cask together. They couldn’t be farther apart geographically (Sushi+Soul is in Munich, Germany; Bar Zoetrope in Tokyo, Japan), but their respective owners – Chris Herbst and Atsushi Horigami – share the same passion for Japanese whisky. Incidentally, this is the first time a single cask Chichibu was bottled for a European customer other than LMdW. Without further ado, let’s give it a try…Chichibu 2009/2014, 1st Fill…
  • New manga about Japanese whisky by Japan's financial news group

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Post by Chris BuntingThe NHK morning drama "Massan" is putting whisky history front and centre of Japanese popular culture at the moment. An interesting little sidelight on the interest this is provoking among the mainstream media is a new manga in Campanella, a web magazine run by Nikkei (Japan's equivalent of the FT or the Wall Street Journal).It's called "Whisky ni sasageta futari--Rita to Massan" (Roughly, "Two people who gave their lives to whisky--Rita and Massan") and the first installment starts off pretty much at the same point as the NHK drama, with Rita and Masataka Taketsuru's…
  • Nikka Single Cask Quartet for LMdW: 2014 Releases (2)

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoWe’re continuing our review of the new quartet of Nikka single casks for LMdW with their Yoichi and Miyagikyo offerings, both peated (heavily and lightly resp.).Miyagikyo 1996 (Lightly Peated), #66535, Remade Hogshead, 62%abv, 293btlsYoichi 1991 (Heavily Peated), #129459, Virgin Oak Puncheon, 62%abv, 423btlsOn the nose, the Miyagikyo is an explosion of fruit (apricot jam, pear drops, green apples, grape skin) but with lots of intriguing secondary notes floating by, too: pumpkin pie (with a good dose of nutmeg), smoked dried pineapple, maraschino…
  • Nikka Single Cask Quartet for LMdW: 2014 Releases (1)

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoIt’s that time of the year again: La Maison du Whisky’s quartet of Nikka single casks are almost upon us. Just like in previous years, it showcases the four different facets of Nikka’s whisky production: there’s one specimen from each of its malt distilleries (a Yoichi and a Miyagikyo), a Coffey grain, and a hybrid (something that would be impossible in Scotland) a Coffey malt, i.e. malted barley distilled in a continuous still. We’ll look at them pair by pair, starting with the Coffey offerings.Coffey Grain 1999, #209699, Bourbon Barrel, 63%abv,…
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  • The Ardmore Legacy: A (slight) Return of the Unsung Smoky Hero

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Writing is a wonderful thing. But, as with the apocryphal ‘tree in the woods’, if no one reads your words, have you really written anything at all?When, in 2008 we decided to start Caskstrength.net, it was to create a journal wherein we could keep a record of all the whiskies which had been shared with us, and we were sharing with other people... little did we know of the journey that it would take us on. The blog was not designed for mass readership nor praise, but a simple account of the joys of whisky, wrapped up in some irreverent ramblings.As we approach our 8th year of writing this…
  • Objects of Desire: The Diageo Special Releases 2014 Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    It is hard in a job writing about spirits, to not write regularly about Scotch. And, living in England and visiting Scotland on a regular basis, it is difficult to ignore the bagpipe-like noise of nationalism currently floating through the air, this time not coming from a kilt-wearing man standing on the corner of Princess Street in Edinburgh, but from the trunk of the rather large ‘elephant in the room’ that is the upcoming Scottish independence vote.As I live in England, I don’t get an official say as to the outcome of the situation, as I don’t have a vote. But I have been watching…
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  • If You Like Them, Drink Them. Just Know That They Have Nothing Whatsoever To Do With Whiskey

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Fireball, a hot cinnamon concoction, is the spirits fad of 2014. Of Canadian origin, it seemingly came from nowhere and has soared to massive popularity. There was a misunderstanding in Finland earlier this week about the product's ingredients, but that means Fireball is now sold in Finland.Meanwhile, Diageo has just introduced Pie Hole. According to the web site, Pie Hole is "a tempting blend of premium whiskey & delicious pie-flavored liqueur." There are now a million of these products. Diageo's Crown Royal has a new apple flavor. Honey is everywhere. Maple is nearly as ubiquitous.
  • Al Capone's House is For Sale

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is the house Al and Mae Capone bought in 1923. Capone lived there with his extended family for the rest of his life, when he wasn't downtown at the Palmer House Hotel, at his home in Florida, or at Alcatraz. The brick two-flat at 7244 South Prairie Ave., in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood, is four blocks east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, just north of 73rd Street. It is priced to sell at $225,000, but there have been no takers.Chicago doesn't know what to do with Al Capone and his legacy. He embodies Prohibition-era America for many Americans. He ruled not just Chicago's…
  • Come See Me in Cleveland Wednesday, November 5th, at Market Garden Brewery

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Come see me in Cleveland (land of my ancestors on my mother's side) Wednesday, November 5, at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W 25th St., beginning at 5:00 PM.The occasion is the official release party for Tom's Foolery Ohio Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It is co-sponsored by the Cleveland Bourbon Club. I'll be there to speak and sign copies of my new book, Bourbon, Strange.Tom's Foolery is a real-deal craft distillery in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. It is owned by Tom and Lianne Herbruck. They started out making apple brandy, later adding bourbon and rye.Their stills and other…
  • The Michter's Stills Are In

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    A little more than three years ago, when Michter's announced that it was coming to Louisville, the hullabaloo was about restoration of the Fort Nelson Building on Main Street, where Michter's would have a visitors center and small, demonstration distillery. They incidentally mentioned they planned to build a new, production-scale distillery in the Louisville suburb of Shively too.Since New York's Chatham Imports resurrected the Michter's brand it has been a non-distiller producer, acquiring its bourbon and other whiskey from one or more undisclosed distilleries. As the brand has grown, and…
  • In Which We Retreat and Declare Victory on ‘Craft Distilling’

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The latest issue of WHISKY Magazine has on its cover an artsy photograph of a fellow named Henry McWilliams shoveling malt at the Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.  The headline asks: “Is Craft an Expression of Skill?” The word ‘expression’ is emphasized. Beneath the headline is this pull quote: “Small distillers do not have a corner on ‘craft distilling.’ There are many larger spirits that are craft. There are also some smaller spirits that exhibit little or no skill or artistry.”The article inside, by Neil Ridley, continues along those lines.Do you sense battle…
 
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  • Midleton Very Rare 30th Anniversary Pearl Edition

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

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

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

    David Havelin
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    In the 22 years it has been owned by the Cleary family, the Temple Bar Pub has built up an extensive whiskey list. It has also developed a strong working relationship with Irish Distillers that culminated recently in the pub's own exclusive single cask, single pot still Powers whiskey. Quite the coup, only topped by having Midleton's Master Distiller Emeritus, Barry Crockett, launch it in Dublin on September 30th.It's 14 years old, distilled on 6th July 1999. It's the usual Powers pot still distillate, aged in a second-fill American bourbon cask which limits the wood influence and allows the…
  • Glendalough 7-Year Old Single Malt

    David Havelin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    From Glendalough Distillery - hitherto known for its poitíns - comes this 7-year old single malt whiskey: Glendalough is still warming up its brand new still so the liquid in this bottle comes from Cooley. It has been double-distilled and aged in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. It is unpeated and bottled at 46%.There are about 5,000 bottles for the Irish market, retailing between €47.50 and €50. Look for it in good independent off licences.Also due from Glendalough before Christmas is a small volume of a 13-year old expression and their first seasonal gin. If you follow Glendalough on…
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  • Live Blog - Bacardi Triangle, Puerto Rico - Friday

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    1340 EDT: I've just got back from a press briefing, held pool-side, with Palomino Island – the location for tomorrow evening's musical extravaganza – as a backdrop. We started off with a word from Dmitry Ivanov, Bacardi's senior global category director of rum. Ivanov was asked about this weekend's 'Bacardi Triangle' event here on Puerto Rico, specifically, why Bacardi had decided to throw such an event. “”We just like hosting cool parties,” the Russian replied. As if to back that up, next we were presented to Ellie Goulding, who is drawing to a close the touring…
  • Bacardi Triangle, try to see it from my angle

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    This weekend, Bacardi is hosting a three-day music event on the private island of Palomino just off the coast of Puerto Rico. 'Bacardi Triangle' sees 1,862 guests enjoy music, sunshine and hospitality for three nights, starting tomorrow. Reluctantly, I have accepted Bacardi's kind invitation, and will try to struggle through it all in what merry way I can. By way of inclusion, I'll do my best to keep you up-to-date in all my adventures over the weekend in a live blog here on just-drinks. That way, you won't miss a thing and you won't get sunburnt. Today is travel day, however, with a ten-hour…
  • The just-drinks Readers' Survey 2014 - We have a winner

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Warmest thanks to all of you who filled in our annual readers' survey this month. The results are very important for us to learn from and look to improve our service to you. Congratulations go to Laura Papi, administrative assistant at Brown-Forman's Italian division, who is the lucky winner of the iPad we offered as a prize to one entrant to the survey. And, thank you, Laura.
  • Jaegermeister shot culture in Portman Group firing line?

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Today's news that German spirits firm Mast-Jägermeister has joined UK responsible drinking organisation The Portman Group may raise eyebrows in some quarters. Whether it likes it or not - and recent sales suggest it just might - the company's namesake flagship liqueur brand, Jägermeister, is commonly drunk as a shot. The Portman Group's code of practice, however, warns companies that a drink's packaging “should not urge the consumer to drink rapidly or to ‘down’ a product in one”. It is unlikely that Portman may allow an exception to its rules, so…
  • Flavour stick "ages whisk(e)y three years in 24 hours"

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Whisk(e)y companies spend a lot of money and effort ageing their products for that premium taste.  According to the US makers of a new “flavour-enhancer”, they needn't bother. Whiskey Elements is a long, ribbed-like wooden stick that, when placed inside regular, everyday whisk(e)y, supposedly ages the flavour by three years in just 24 hours. The marketing calls it “accelerated transpiration through capillary action”, and believe it or not phrases such as that have persuaded people to stump up more than US$130,000 on Kickstarter to bring Whiskey Elements to market.
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  • The Label from Hell

    Robert C. Lehrman
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Meet the label from hell, as above. Just about every element raises another legal issue. I had the opportunity to discuss this hypothetical label at ShipCompliant’s Wholesale Gathering, in White Plains, last week, on a panel with Susan from TTB, Deb from Diageo and Jeannie from Brown-Forman. The label raises at least 30 legal issues that could trap the unwary, and it would not be difficult to add a few dozen more. One of the points is to show that, if a food or beverage label looks easy, you are probably not paying attention. How many issues can you spot, without prompting? The title…
  • Your New Friend, ARTAL, Part 2

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Wow! TTB’s list of Allowable Revisions to Approved Labels (ARTAL) is getting powerful. It is getting long and complicated — but it also provides a lot of good opportunities to avoid or cause a problem. On September 29, 2014 TTB announced about six new changes to the ARTAL list. They are: Change promotional sponsorship-themed material (festivals and sports references) Change ratings (#1 vodka according to Vodka Quarterly) Delete organic references Change the spelling on sulfites Change information about the amount produced Add serving suggestions (shake well) Also, TTB provided a…
  • The Tito’s Lawsuit: When Approval is Not Approval

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I just received my delta, and have a HUGE problem. Accidentaly entered into program mode, and can't edit any delta point. Now the tempering machine goes up to 42 and then tries to go down to 27.9 (incredibly low) of course I can manually change it when it does that but I cannot temper automatically anymore. Is there a way to reset settings to factory values?
  • Christmas 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    It's either early or late, depending on what you're doing. Here is part of what will eventually be dessert: Christmas pudding. The fruit (glace cherries, mixed peel, raisins, sultanas, currants) has spent about a month bathing in stout and brandy. Today I added just enough batter to hold the boozed-up fruit in place.  
  • North of South - dining in Pyongyang and regions thereabouts

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Let's open this topic.    I'll dredge through my photos from 2012, and we need to bear in mind that this was an organized tour, but there are interesting comments to be made on the public face of North Korean cuisine.
  • Restaurant investors - what do they want to see back?

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    I guess question #1 is, how should one go about attracting investors?  Has anyone here successfully found some funding that way?   Question #2, what do investors expect in return?  Is anyone here an investor?
  • Any experience with Belcolade Lait Selection?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Hiya,   I'm a newbie and hopping I'm not posting my question on wrong forum.   I was wondering if anyone had any exprience with Belcolade (35% Milk Chocolate) Lait Selection (O3X5/J). Particularly with moulds and in ganache recipes.   This Belcolade Lait Selection in UK is sold with the code O3X5/J. J represents 3 dot viscosity.     Any feedback is welcome.   Thanks.          
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  • Please help with Rev Delta

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I just received my delta, and have a HUGE problem. Accidentaly entered into program mode, and can't edit any delta point. Now the tempering machine goes up to 42 and then tries to go down to 27.9 (incredibly low) of course I can manually change it when it does that but I cannot temper automatically anymore. Is there a way to reset settings to factory values?
  • Christmas 2014

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:37 pm
    It's either early or late, depending on what you're doing. Here is part of what will eventually be dessert: Christmas pudding. The fruit (glace cherries, mixed peel, raisins, sultanas, currants) has spent about a month bathing in stout and brandy. Today I added just enough batter to hold the boozed-up fruit in place.  
  • North of South - dining in Pyongyang and regions thereabouts

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Let's open this topic.    I'll dredge through my photos from 2012, and we need to bear in mind that this was an organized tour, but there are interesting comments to be made on the public face of North Korean cuisine.
  • Restaurant investors - what do they want to see back?

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    I guess question #1 is, how should one go about attracting investors?  Has anyone here successfully found some funding that way?   Question #2, what do investors expect in return?  Is anyone here an investor?
  • Any experience with Belcolade Lait Selection?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Hiya,   I'm a newbie and hopping I'm not posting my question on wrong forum.   I was wondering if anyone had any exprience with Belcolade (35% Milk Chocolate) Lait Selection (O3X5/J). Particularly with moulds and in ganache recipes.   This Belcolade Lait Selection in UK is sold with the code O3X5/J. J represents 3 dot viscosity.     Any feedback is welcome.   Thanks.          
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  • Cocktail: Journalist

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This drink also goes by the name "Periodista", which is Spanish for "Journalist"
  • Cocktail: Cornwall Negroni

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Phil Ward got his inspiration for this drink after attending Gary Regan's "Cocktails In The Country", which were held in "Cornwall-On-Hudson" NY.
  • Cocktail: Eye Opener

    5 Feb 2014 | 8:16 am
    For a variety of reasons, it can be a difficult task forcing one's eyes to open in the morning. Fortunately, early on, our imbibing forefathers and mothers created smooth and delicious concoctions that might help gently lift our eyelids to greet the day.
  • Cocktail: Queen’s Park Swizzle Cocktail

    5 Feb 2014 | 8:12 am
    The traditional version of this Trinidad swizzle is made with the dark, smoky caramel tones of Demerara rum; the 80-proof bottling from Lemon Hart is recommended, and the Demerara rums from El Dorado are also wonderful. In 1946, none other than Trader Vic himself, apostle of rum, dubbed it "the most delightful form of anesthesia given out today."
  • Cocktail: Apricot Lady

    5 Feb 2014 | 8:05 am
 
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  • Something that happened in Los Angeles after too much mezcal

    ljclark
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    OK, there was a fair amount of wine involved, too. And in the beginning, pisco. At the very end, there might’ve been a Hanky Panky. Had there not been photographic evidence of me pinky-swearing with three other lapsed bloggers that we would post something on our respective sites by the end of October (and at least once a month thereafter, so they tell me), I would’ve merrily boarded a plane back to Boston from a little trip to LA and thought, ‘Wasn’t that a fun, consequence-free get-together with some West Coast friends! Tra-la-la-la!’ And then… Facebook.
  • Crafty Bastards trailer

    ljclark
    2 May 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day from Audissey Media on Vimeo. Huh? Yeah, they make trailers for books, it turns out. Here’s the one for my book, Crafty Bastards: Beer in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day. (Don’t worry, it’s wicked short — and really well done.) It was filmed at the Cambridge Brewing Co. Speaking of the Cambridge Brewing Co., it’s having its 25th anniversary this weekend, starting tonight and lasting through tomorrow night. There will be 25 beers on tap (including many from brewmaster Will…
  • What’s up, crafty bastards?

    ljclark
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Oh, hey. This old watering hole has been boarded up for a while. You may have passed by from time to time and wondered, ‘When’s someone going to do something with that place?’ I never could part with the liquor license, so to speak. And it’s a good thing, because I left a few half-empty bottles lying around, and I could use a drink. See, I had an adventure in Los Angeles. Then I drove back to Massachusetts with my Grammy Clark’s American Tourister Bag. Then I got the opportunity to write a book about beer history. Now I’m done, and the book’s coming…
  • Farewell, Boston!

    ljclark
    9 Jul 2011 | 10:47 am
    You probably noticed things haven’t been pouring around here lately. Sorry. I’ve been in the middle of a big transition that will, I’m sad to say, render drinkboston.com an artifact. This blogger is moving to L.A. It’s a day-job thing. My career in university communications has progressed despite my second “career” carousing Boston bars by night and writing about the goings-on in them during lunch. So, hello, University of Southern California! Luckily, my new employer is close to downtown L.A., home of such luxe watering holes as The Varnish and Caña. Will…
  • Gracias, los cócteleros!

    ljclark
    15 May 2011 | 12:13 pm
    Muchas gracias to everyone who turned up at last Sunday’s Cócteles Latinos! party at Trina’s Starlite Lounge. The drinks, the food, the music and the vibe were all tops. It’s not every day that you can sip on a Mountain Dew Fizz (made with Beija Cachaca) while nibbling on Peruvian potato salad and pulled-pork tortillas, listening to X and the Reverend Horton Heat (thanks, DJ Dave Cagle), and basking in a complete takeover of the Starlite’s main bar. Thanks to Beau and Trina Sturm for hosting this shindig with drinkboston, and to guest bartenders Ben Sandrof and Misty…
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  • A Potato Clock As A Cocktail Garnish

    Camper English
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Not that I don't have a life or anything, but I ordered a potato science experiment kit to play with since I was studying potatoes with Karlsson's Vodka.  The science kit wasn't as awesome as expected - many of the experiments were using a potato chip bag or a Pringles lid- but I did build a potato clock. And because I had so, so many potatoes around after measuring how many potatoes it takes to make a bottle of vodka, I decided to use some of the smaller ones to make a potato clock cocktail garnish.  It's not very practical, but it looks awesome if you're a dork. The basic science of a…
  • A Slew of New Scotch Whisky For the Fall, Most of It Blended

    Camper English
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Blue Hanger Blended Scotch Whisky, Second Edition This new variant of Blue Hanger, which is exclusive to the U.S., is comprised of one butt of Bunnahabhain 1987, one hogshead of Bunna Moine 2007, Mortlach 1997 and Bunnahabhain 1988, two hogsheads of Westport 1996, and three butts of a 2007 blended malt comprised of Bunnahabhain, Glenallachie, Glenfarclas, Glengoyne and Tamdhu. Blue Hanger was originally a blended Scotch whisky intended for the diplomatic export market in 1934, but disappeared for a period of time until 2003 when Doug McIvor, spirits manager, began his experiments in vatting…
  • The Other Very Important Cocktail Book Coming Out This Fall

    Camper English
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    This has been a tremendous year for cocktail technique books, with The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler out in the middle of the year and the Death & Co. book recently released.  I haven't yet seen too much chatter about another book that will likely have a massive impact on cocktails around the world: Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail by Dave Arnold. The book is due out November 10th. Dave Arnold was a teacher/writer for the French Culinary Institute and is the guy behind the cocktail program at Booker & Dax in New York. He was the person…
  • Potato Festivals Around the US and a Few in Other Countries

    Camper English
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    I probably should have looked at the number of potato festivals around America before I decided to start on a blog post listing them. There are a lot.  Most of these events take place in the fall, typically September.  Spring Valley, Ohio Potato Festival Barnesville, Minnesota Potato Days Nicholas County Potato Festival in downtown Summersville, West Virginia Munger Potato Festival, Munger, Michigain Mantua Potato Festival, Mantua, Ohio Ebensburg PotatoFest, Ebensburg, PA  North Carolina Potato Festival, Elizabeth City, North Carolina Edmore Potato Festival, Edmore, Michigain Lower…
  • Snap Shots: Field of Spuds

    Camper English
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    June 2011: A field of potatoes ready to be harvested for Karlsson's Vodka in Sweden. Read about my visit here.
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  • Does filtering cheap vodka through a Brita filter really work?

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Yeah because we all know vodka is never stored/sold in plastic bottles,,,good call lol.
  • Advice about opening a farm distillery in MD or PA?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    I was just looking into this today. I think you just need a commercial distiller's license and probably a wholesale sales license: http://forms.marylandtaxes.com/alcohol_forms/367.pdf
  • Gin: Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray and Beefeater?

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Very good suggestions for beginners. I like Bombay sapphire on the rocks with 4 olives on the side. I used to have three, but my granddaughter said, " Why only three?" So I now I have four. Tanguery is almost as tasty so I hate to mix it also, except for a very dry martini. What you sometimes get at the bar for a martini is bathtub gin with a lot of cheap vermouth, unless you are at a swanky place where you are also paying for the overhead. Since I am an old lady on social security I am happy with a Moderate priced gin for every day use. Gin and unsweetened tonic with lime is lovely for the…
  • Whiskies for Fall

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Good to note. I cannot say I've had the Black either. I have it on hand for cocktails, so I'll check it out before trying the Platinum.
  • Only Losers Ruin Their Scotch.. on the Rocks

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Reviving a long-dead debate . . . . So, is it "unacceptable," as in the Royal Scots Fusiliers are going to come kick down my door if I put an ice cube in my malt; or "unacceptable" as in your in-laws prefer their malt neat? For the record, except in the case of hot weather (when, admittedly, I'm more likely to opt for a gin & tonic) or if we're talking about an overproof whiskey, whenever I have a single malt, a Bourbon, or a Rye, I tend to drink it neat -- perhaps with a tiny addition of water (as do your in-laws). Canadian, Irish, and blended Scotch, however, I typically have with a single…
 
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  • Fun Wine Facts

    Cheri Loughlin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Fun Wine Facts, 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... Fun Wine Facts One survey concludes that women who consume 2 glasses of wine a day with regularity enjoy increased pleasure in sexual activity; more than their female counterparts who do not imbibe. Just another friendly reminder that drinking does a body good! A “cork-tease” is someone who talks about a wine they will open but…
  • National Chocolate Day Almond Joy Martini

    Cheri Loughlin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    You're reading National Chocolate Day Almond Joy Martini, 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... While the kids prepare for the sweetest day of the year, you can prepare for your own sugar fest. National Chocolate Day hits the calendar a few days ahead of Halloween. Coincidence? I think not. Call National Chocolate Day an adult trial run to sample a few Halloween candies. We have to make sure the […]…
  • Butterscotch Espresso Martini

    Cheri Loughlin
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    You're reading Butterscotch Espresso Martini, 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 Butterscotch Espresso Martini repurposes the classic coffee cocktail with butterscotch and creme de cacao. It brings out large espresso flavor and silky sweetened vanilla notes. Delicious! The post Butterscotch Espresso Martini appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Candy Cane Martini Dark Sumatra Martini…
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  • TABASCO – Welcome to the Hellmouth

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

    David Solmonson
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    There’s a time and a place for a serious drink.  That time and place isn’t Halloween — this is the time of year for a bit of fun, especially if you’re throwing a party.  In the past, we’ve turned a piña colada into slime, and this year we thought the perennial jelly shot could use a ghoulish makeover — as eyeballs. Google “gelatin eyeballs” or “eyeball jelly shots” and you’ll find enough recipes to start a blog dedicated to the subject.  For us, 99% didn’t cut it.  Be they too fake, too cutesy, or just not…
  • TABASCO – On the Bayou

    David Solmonson
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Around the 12BB household, we try to adhere to the belief that experiences are inherently worth more than possessions, and that the ultimate measure of “winning” is not collecting the most toys but rather having played with the most toys. From that perspective, launching this site has proven to be more successful than we ever could have hoped. Case in point: my trip to Avery Island, Louisiana this past spring. There are countless reasons I could give (and will give over subsequent posts) — the food, the drink, the scenery, and certainly the bent-over-backwards hospitality…
  • The Greatest Bar on Earth

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

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    We Should Know What’s In Our Alcohol This week the state run liquor stores in Finland pulled Fireball Cinnamon Whisky because it contains levels of propylene glycol that are “out of compliance with European regulations”. Both Sweden and Norway followed suit asking for the batches of of Fireball with propylene glycol to be recalled. Since Fireball is such a hot product, there was an immediate firestorm on the Internet, enough to cause Sazerac president Mark Brown to issue a statement about the recall. Truth be told, the EU has much stricter regulations on food and…
  • Great Halloween Cocktail Recipes

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Mott and Mulberry Cocktail Not too long ago we published the story Today is National Game of Thrones Drinking Game Day (or It Could Be), which slammed the all too common practice of liquor companies making up “official” drinking holidays for the sole purpose of selling their products. The truth is, there are a number of legitimate and established drinking holidays, and Halloween is one of them. Halloween has long been considered a party holiday, a time when people come together to celebrate and often drink. With the craft cocktail revolution, Halloween is increasingly becoming…
  • Review: Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish Whiskey Chris Morris’ Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection has always been a sandbox of experimentation for the brand. Each year, Morris riffs on the core Woodford whiskey by altering one of their “five sources of flavor“, including changing up the grain, water, fermentation, distillation, and aging. Some years the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection is a grand slam home run (i.e. Maple Wood Finish and 4 Grain) while others miss the mark (Woodford’s Classic Malt). Hit or miss, the Master’s Collection…
  • Book Review: GQ Drinks

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    GQ Drinks Cocktail Book When asked what all-around solid cocktail book we’d recommend, we often point to David Wondrich’s Esquire Drinks. The problem with Esquire Drinks is that it’s out of print and increasingly difficult to find. We also frequently reference King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff’s The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail, which are both excellent books. Simon Difford’s Cocktails: The Bartender’s Bible could have been a definitive tome were it not for recipes delineated by “shots” rather than ounces or milliliters. Into…
  • Review: Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila With the explosion in popularity of American Whiskey, other spirit categories have tried to ride whiskey’s coattails with crossover offerings aimed squarely at whiskey consumers. The most common way for non-whiskey brands to do this is with oak, namely via the now extremely pervasive “Black Barrel”.  Basically, by extra-aging a spirit in a deeply charred barrel, that spirit gets an infusion of strong oak and color, and seemingly, instant whiskey consumer friendliness. The list of brands to “go black” is fairly long and…
 
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  • It’s Time For Nutritional Information on Alcohol Labels

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    We Should Know What’s In Our Alcohol This week the state run liquor stores in Finland pulled Fireball Cinnamon Whisky because it contains levels of propylene glycol that are “out of compliance with European regulations”. Both Sweden and Norway followed suit asking for the batches of of Fireball with propylene glycol to be recalled. Since Fireball is such a hot product, there was an immediate firestorm on the Internet, enough to cause Sazerac president Mark Brown to issue a statement about the recall. Truth be told, the EU has much stricter regulations on food and…
  • Great Halloween Cocktail Recipes

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Mott and Mulberry Cocktail Not too long ago we published the story Today is National Game of Thrones Drinking Game Day (or It Could Be), which slammed the all too common practice of liquor companies making up “official” drinking holidays for the sole purpose of selling their products. The truth is, there are a number of legitimate and established drinking holidays, and Halloween is one of them. Halloween has long been considered a party holiday, a time when people come together to celebrate and often drink. With the craft cocktail revolution, Halloween is increasingly becoming…
  • Review: Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Woodford Reserve Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Finish Whiskey Chris Morris’ Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection has always been a sandbox of experimentation for the brand. Each year, Morris riffs on the core Woodford whiskey by altering one of their “five sources of flavor“, including changing up the grain, water, fermentation, distillation, and aging. Some years the Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection is a grand slam home run (i.e. Maple Wood Finish and 4 Grain) while others miss the mark (Woodford’s Classic Malt). Hit or miss, the Master’s Collection…
  • Book Review: GQ Drinks

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:21 am
    GQ Drinks Cocktail Book When asked what all-around solid cocktail book we’d recommend, we often point to David Wondrich’s Esquire Drinks. The problem with Esquire Drinks is that it’s out of print and increasingly difficult to find. We also frequently reference King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff’s The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail, which are both excellent books. Simon Difford’s Cocktails: The Bartender’s Bible could have been a definitive tome were it not for recipes delineated by “shots” rather than ounces or milliliters. Into…
  • Review: Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Hornitos Black Barrel Anejo Tequila With the explosion in popularity of American Whiskey, other spirit categories have tried to ride whiskey’s coattails with crossover offerings aimed squarely at whiskey consumers. The most common way for non-whiskey brands to do this is with oak, namely via the now extremely pervasive “Black Barrel”.  Basically, by extra-aging a spirit in a deeply charred barrel, that spirit gets an infusion of strong oak and color, and seemingly, instant whiskey consumer friendliness. The list of brands to “go black” is fairly long and…
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  • The Best Tequilas Under $30

    Kevin Gray
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Even in the midst of a craft tequila boom, the tequila category continues to offer some real bargains with many quality options priced under $30. And in some cases, these value buys are actually better than their more expensive, fancier-packaged shelf mates. So below, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite tequilas that you can regularly find priced at or under $30. Also see: Best Scotches Under $40 Tequila Tapatio Tequila Tapatio has been a Mexican treasure for nearly 80 years, but it didn’t hit the US market until 2012. Known for its earthy, peppery character, this highlands tequila…
  • A Trio of Halloween Cocktails

    CE Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Halloween is here, and it’s another occasion to drink some appropriately-themed cocktails. Sure you could go with a candy corn infusion, or make an eyeball from a cocktail onion. If that’s your thing, go for it. But below, we’ve got a few Halloween-inspired cocktails that are tested, approved and quite good. First up: a tequila cocktail featuring the just-launched Espolon Anejo. . Awake the Dead 2 oz Espolòn Añejo Tequila .25 oz coffee-demerara syrup* 3 dashes cherry bitters In an old-fashioned glass, add the bitters, coffee demerara syrup (*equal parts coffee and demerara…
  • The Macallan Rare Cask Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Earlier this month, The Macallan introduced The Macallan Rare Cask, a new single malt whisky that joins the brand’s core range of expressions. Rare Cask is aged exclusively in Spanish oak casks that held dry olorosso sherry for 18 months before being emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with whisky for an undisclosed amount of time. There’s no age statement here. Instead, the distillery and whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno, aimed to achieve a specific taste profile, not a specific age. The interaction of spirit and sherry-seasoned wood created a richly-flavored whisky with a ruby-red…
  • Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas, Makes a Couple Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    There’s a new vodka in town. It’s called Zodiac, and it’s distilled from potatoes at the brand’s Rigby, Idaho distillery. It’s then blended with water from the Snake River Aquifer, which runs beneath the distillery, and it’s filtered through Canadian birch charcoal. All that creates a clean tasting and naturally sweet vodka. For now, Zodiac is only available in Texas, but they’ll be expanding distribution to other states early next year. They will also introduce a potato-based Black Cherry flavored vodka in the next few months. In the meantime,…
  • Calvados Cocktails for Fall

    CE Staff
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Calvados. Now there’s a drink indicative of fall. The French apple brandy is always a fine drink on its own, but come fall, its apple backbone works nicely in a variety of seasonal cocktails. Here we’ve enlisted a couple bottles from the Spirit France portfolio–Calvados Boulard Grand Solage and Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.–that do especially autumnal things when paired with ingredients like pumpkin, ginger and cloves. Apple Fashioned (Fabien Maillard, Le Lab, Montreal) 2 oz Calvados Boulard Grand Solage 1 barspoon sugar 1 dash orange bitters 1 dash old fashioned…
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  • Beer Review – Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

    limpd
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The other day, I reached into the back of the beer fridge and pulled out a Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company. The only other Elysian product that I have tried is the Bête Blanche, a Belgian tripel. Always a fan of tripels, I enjoyed the Bête Blanche and thought while not quite a fan of pumpkin beers, I would give the one from Elysian a try. Elysian is a brewer from Seattle, WA that produces 6 year-round brews as well as some two specialty series (the Oddball and the Manic IPA) as well as six seasonals (including 4 pumpkin beers). What they say… A very drinkable pumpkin…
  • Beer Review Poetry – Fegley’s BrewWorks Devious Imperial Pumpkin Ale

    G-LO
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    When it comes to Pumpkin Beers, they boggle my mind. I really want to love them, but I rarely find the right kind. When I saw Fegley’s Devious, my curiosity was piqued, Cause their Insidious was delicious, and oh such a treat! When I filled up my glass, the color was ruby red, And the bubbles rose quickly to form a fluffy white head. The foam didn’t last, and left very little lacing, And when I took that first sniff, the aromas were bracing. Strong nutmeg and clove are all that I smelled, So I lifted the glass and said, “Oh what the hell!”. It’s boozy at first,…
  • Booze Review – Hush Spiced Apple Moonshine

    G-LO
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Several weeks ago, we received an email from Hush Moonshine asking if we’d like to sample some of their product for a possible review. While Moonshine isn’t something that we normally drink, when I noticed that Hush makes a Spiced Apple version, I just had to give it a try. You see, I’m a huge fan of FX’s Justified, and without a doubt, the best villain on the show was Mags Bennett, a marijuana dealer in Harlan County who was famous for her Apple Pie Moonshine (if you’re a fan of the show, then you know that Mags makes some killer hooch. Sometimes literally).
  • Beer Review – The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Mecktoberfest

    limpd
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The other day, I found myself on a layover in Charlotte, NC. I had about an hour to change terminals and grab dinner. Just outside my gate, I found the Carolina Beer Co. and grabbed a 22oz Mecktoberfest on tap. While not a big fan of the Märzen style, I thought since it was the season, and since I would probably not get a chance to try something from the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery anytime soon, why not? The OMB is the brainchild of John Marrino, a former advanced water treatment exec who noticed the absence of a brewer in Charlotte and sought to rectify the problem. Opened in 2009, OMB…
  • Whisky Review – SIA Scotch Whisky

    G-LO
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ve all had our “Aha!” moment with whisky at some point in our lives. For me it probably happened via a sip of Maker’s Mark or Johnnie Walker Black way back in my misspent youth. For Carin Luna-Ostaseski, the founder of SIA Scotch Whisky, her “Aha!” moment occurred via a sip of Oban 14 (that’s a pretty solid start if you ask me!). While my “Aha!” moment led to a never ending whisky journey that eventually led to me sharing my non-sensical and booze infused ramblings with you on our little corner of the blogosphere, Carin’s…
 
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  • Lagavulin 12 years (2014)

    Ruben Luyten
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    This is the latest 2014 edition of the Lagavulin 12 Year Old. No need to introduce it: a yearly special release, aged in refill American oak. And always among the most affordable of Diageo’s Special Releases.     Lagavulin 12 yo (54,4%, OB 2014, 14th release, 31.428 btl.) Nose: leafy peat with chalky notes, sour dough and hints of plastics. Sweet apples in the background, as well as some vanilla toffee. Lemon. Plenty of medicinal notes. Very much to the point, with fewer young notes than last year, I’d say. Mouth: oily, pungent, herbal and slightly rough but also surprisingly…
  • Balblair 2000 single casks

    Ruben Luyten
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Last night I had a chance to try three cask samples from Balblair distillery in an online Twitter tasting. Three single casks filled at the start of the Millennium. One of them was a classic ex-bourbon barrel (#1350), a second one #0191 was a bourbon cask as well, but one that had been used to mature peated whisky before. The last one was a first-fill sherry butt #1345, a sister cask of #1343 that was bottled exclusively for The Whisky Exchange about a month ago. Balblair doesn’t fill much sherry casks – the official Balblair 2000 vintage was entirely matured in first fill American…
  • Craigellachie 17 Year Old

    Ruben Luyten
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    As mentioned earlier, the Bacardi group has big plans for its five single malt distilleries, with new core expressions for each of them, as well as single cask releases and other high-end expressions next year.     We’ve already had the repackaged Aberfeldy 12 Years, now we’ll look at the brand-new Craigellachie range, which consists of a 13 Year Old, a 17 Year Old and a 23 Year Old. There’s also a 19 Year Old for travel retail. A 31 Year Old will be launched next year. So far we’ve only tried Craigellachie from independent bottlers. First up is this Craigellachie 17 Year…
  • Glen Scotia 1992 (The Whiskyman)

    Ruben Luyten
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The Whiskyman was already known for his ‘guitar label’ (among others) which featured ‘whiskyfied’ titles of legendary rock songs, like Sympathy for the Whisky or Peat fighting man. In the same tradition there’s now a brand-new series with black labels inspired by hard rock / metal songs. The first two releases refer to Iron Maiden: a Bowmore 2003 ‘Children of the Dramned’ and this Glen Scotia 1992 ‘Run to the Stills’.   Glen Scotia 1992 ‘Run to the Stills’ (51,3%, The Whiskyman 2014) Nose: old-fashioned whisky, with lots of leather and coal. Some ink and hints of…
  • BenRiach 1991 (Malts of Scotland for QV.ID)

    Ruben Luyten
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    QV.ID, the Belgian drinks shop between Leuven and Brussels, has a family history of 115 years, but the makeover and focus on whisky took place exactly five years ago. To celebrate, Koen selected an anniversary bottling, a Benriach 1991 from the Malts of Scotland stocks.   BenRiach 23 yo 1991 (50,8%, Malts of Scotland 2014, bourbon barrel, ref. MoS 14031, 177 btl.) Nose: quite a typical, fruity Benriach nose. Summer fruits: watermelon, peach, sweet pear. Hints of marshmallow. A coconut / vanilla combo. Honey and marzipan. A soft grassy / minty edge as well. Nice and clean, really…
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  • The Best Tequilas Under $30

    Kevin Gray
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Even in the midst of a craft tequila boom, the tequila category continues to offer some real bargains with many quality options priced under $30. And in some cases, these value buys are actually better than their more expensive, fancier-packaged shelf mates. So below, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite tequilas that you can regularly find priced at or under $30. Also see: Best Scotches Under $40 Tequila Tapatio Tequila Tapatio has been a Mexican treasure for nearly 80 years, but it didn’t hit the US market until 2012. Known for its earthy, peppery character, this highlands tequila…
  • A Trio of Halloween Cocktails

    CE Staff
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Halloween is here, and it’s another occasion to drink some appropriately-themed cocktails. Sure you could go with a candy corn infusion, or make an eyeball from a cocktail onion. If that’s your thing, go for it. But below, we’ve got a few Halloween-inspired cocktails that are tested, approved and quite good. First up: a tequila cocktail featuring the just-launched Espolon Anejo. . Awake the Dead 2 oz Espolòn Añejo Tequila .25 oz coffee-demerara syrup* 3 dashes cherry bitters In an old-fashioned glass, add the bitters, coffee demerara syrup (*equal parts coffee and demerara…
  • The Macallan Rare Cask Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Earlier this month, The Macallan introduced The Macallan Rare Cask, a new single malt whisky that joins the brand’s core range of expressions. Rare Cask is aged exclusively in Spanish oak casks that held dry olorosso sherry for 18 months before being emptied, shipped to Scotland and filled with whisky for an undisclosed amount of time. There’s no age statement here. Instead, the distillery and whisky maker, Bob Dalgarno, aimed to achieve a specific taste profile, not a specific age. The interaction of spirit and sherry-seasoned wood created a richly-flavored whisky with a ruby-red…
  • Zodiac Vodka Launches in Texas, Makes a Couple Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    There’s a new vodka in town. It’s called Zodiac, and it’s distilled from potatoes at the brand’s Rigby, Idaho distillery. It’s then blended with water from the Snake River Aquifer, which runs beneath the distillery, and it’s filtered through Canadian birch charcoal. All that creates a clean tasting and naturally sweet vodka. For now, Zodiac is only available in Texas, but they’ll be expanding distribution to other states early next year. They will also introduce a potato-based Black Cherry flavored vodka in the next few months. In the meantime,…
  • Calvados Cocktails for Fall

    CE Staff
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Calvados. Now there’s a drink indicative of fall. The French apple brandy is always a fine drink on its own, but come fall, its apple backbone works nicely in a variety of seasonal cocktails. Here we’ve enlisted a couple bottles from the Spirit France portfolio–Calvados Boulard Grand Solage and Calvados Père Magloire V.S.O.P.–that do especially autumnal things when paired with ingredients like pumpkin, ginger and cloves. Apple Fashioned (Fabien Maillard, Le Lab, Montreal) 2 oz Calvados Boulard Grand Solage 1 barspoon sugar 1 dash orange bitters 1 dash old fashioned…
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  • Ewen Mackintosh — In 140 Or Less

    Lew Bryson
    31 Oct 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. Ewen Mackintosh is the new managing director (CEO) of Gordon & MacPhail, the renowned independent whisky bottler based in Elgin on Speyside and owned by the Urquhart family. Ewen will be the first non-Urquhart for four generations to be running the company.    What’s the view from your office window? Today: beautiful blue skies and Boroughbriggs Football Stadium – home to Elgin City FC. No need to buy match tickets then.
  • Fire Water

    Lew Bryson
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    A while back I got a box from Darek Bell, the co-founder of Corsair Distillery. It wasn’t a big box, just about the size of a shoebox, and not that heavy. On opening, there was a lot of smoke-gray bubblewrap, a piece of paper, and ten little sample bottles of whiskey. The paper had a key to the contents of the bottles. Some had a fanciful name, like Smokejumper, Pyro, or Hydra, and each was whiskey, smoked with a different combustible: black walnut, pear, blackberry root, Hickory Amaranth, lemon balm, “5 Smoke blend.” I thought back to our 2012 Craft Whiskey of the Year, Corsair’s…
  • Balcones Founder Chip Tate Speaks Freely

    Lew Bryson
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    For the first time since the August 8 temporary restraining order, Balcones founder Chip Tate can talk about the legal battle with his investors. He’s been under a strict media gag order, while the 170th Texas State District Court sorts out the disagreement between Tate and his investors, who alleged Tate refused to attend board meetings and even threatened to shoot board chairman Greg Allen. Allen’s legal team changed the terms of the temporary restraining order, Tate says, and he spoke with Whisky Advocate writer Fred Minnick. By now, you’ve likely seen Allen’s side of the story.
  • 66Gilead: going up to the County

    Lew Bryson
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Crimson Rye is the latest whisky from 66Gilead, one of my favorite Canadian micro-distillers. This rural distillery takes its name from its street address in Ontario’s Prince Edward County. The distillery sits on 80 tranquil and beautifully maintained acres in the heart of this popular tourist destination. Year round, visitors smile for photos among a scattering of grey-weathered outbuildings. In summer they amble across the broad green lawns, accompanied by an ever-scurrying flock of multi-colored chickens. The main attraction at 66Gilead is clearly the frequently packed tasting room on…
  • Fall Bourbon and Rye Whiskey Limited Release Overview

    Lew Bryson
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s that time of the year again, when all the major bourbon and rye whiskey producers release their limited edition whiskeys, and consumers scramble to find a bottle before they disappear. Your time and money is valuable, so I thought I’d offer some guidance on which whiskeys you should concentrate on buying. I’ve tasted my way through the following whiskeys. My formal reviews will appear in the upcoming issue of Whisky Advocate, but here’s a quick overview of them, in no particular order. Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (All $80, in theory) My favorite of the line is the George T.
 
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  • Whisky Santa upgrades 1 in 10 Whisky Advent Calendars!

    The Master of Malt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    So - our Advent Calendar pre-order promotion is over, and we're sure that those of you who entered are dying to know the results. Well, you can wait for a bit, because there's a few videos of Muzzle-loading handguns to get through first... You see, Whisky Santa had a problem. He needed to select 1 in 10 of his feted Whisky Advent Calendars to be upgraded to the Premium version, but the problem is, like all supernatural beings (including The Flying Spaghetti Monster*, The Tooth Fairy and Elvis), Whisky Santa is Omniscient. Not wanting to skew the results of the selection in favour of those…
  • Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers!

    The Master of Malt
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Before we get started, yes, we know. We’re banging on about Christmas and it’s not even Halloween yet. Most of us at MoM Towers are only just putting the finishing touches to our costumes - this year I’m changing it up from my usual Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ cop and going as a horse with Jake. He’s kindly volunteered to be the back half (but he doesn't know that yet). However, the Drinks by the Dram Christmas Crackers were recently put up for pre-order and now we can’t but feel all Christmassy and whatnot. Just look at these handsome little rascals! Don’t expect to find any tiny…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Silver Lining

    The Master of Malt
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    For this week's #MasterofCocktails, we have a Silver Lining recipe. It's a twist on a whiskey sour using Licor 43 Cuarenta y Tres, which is one of those sort of inexplicable flavours, like Vimto or Dr. Pepper. But with the added bonus of making you better at telling stories, and really good at playing pool. It's sort of chocolatey, and also sort of vanilla-y. This drink is courtesy of Jim Meehan's PDT Cocktail Book. You should really all have this, it's a superbly curated compendium: Anywhoo - on with the show... You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 40ml of Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7…
  • David Beckham Haig Club Single Grain Whisky

    The Master of Malt
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    This is really a follow up to my previous post 'Will Grain Whisky be promoted to the Big League as David Beckham signs for Haig Club?', where I talk more generally about single grain and David Beckham as well as taste the Girvan 25yo. Since then a couple of things have happened. Firstly, the brand and the whisky are out there now - from teaser shots where you don't even get to see Becks' face back in July, to us having the whisky for sale on the site, to the Global Launch at the start of October through to the release of the UK television advert at the end of last week. The other thing that's…
  • Master of Cocktails - Gin & It

    The Master of Malt
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Hello again, time for another #MasterofCocktails, innit? Now this one's not a particularly common drink, but it's a recipe that's definitely worth having in your repertoire. We're going to make a 'Gin and It'. The 'It' being a contraction of 'Italian Vermouth', which makes up 50% of the drink. I've chosen to use St. George Dry Rye Gin as the gin for this drink - it's made from a much more flavourful spirit which, whilst it's not necessarily more authentic for the drink, it does lend it a punchy white-dog-esque flavour. You'll be needing these... List of Ingredients 35ml of St. George Dry Rye…
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  • Going Social: The Edinburgh Twitter List

    Guest
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    As the name suggests, Social and Cocktail is as much about enjoying great cocktails as it is about bringing people together. Even better, it’s about enjoying your time out and about in the cities you love!As our faithful friends will know, Edinburgh is one of those cities particularly close to our heart, so we’re delighted to have been included in Hotel Direct’s Edinburgh Top 20 Twitter List.The guys from Hotel Direct have been looking at ways of giving a bit of insider knowledge of the Scottish capital without the use (and cost) of a guide book. So they looked to Twitter to create a…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Beaufort Bar, London

    Rebecca
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    It seems like one of the most daunting challenges imaginable – opening a new bar in London, a place already alive and buzzing with watering holes that suit all tastes imaginable.Surely to have confidence that your endeavour is going to work then you need pizzaz; the wow factor that separates it from the crowd; that little bit of magic.
  • 5 Unmissable Spirits Flavours

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    The spirits world is evolving rapidly, with brand new products flooding onto the market at an impressive rate, and brands are competing harder to stand out from the crowd.This has brought about some truly remarkable new spirits flavours – some of which are fast becoming new favourites across the nation – and we want to try as many of them as possible Here’s some of the best we’ve discovered:1. Electricity flavour vodkaYes, this is actually a thing. Created by the ever-bonkers Oddka brand (we love them) this is the perfect spirit to serve as a classy end-of-the-night shot. It…
  • Top 5 Kooky Liqueurs

    Guest
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:47 am
    No matter what your tipple of choice is, sometimes we could all do with shaking things up a little bit, and trying something totally out of our comfort zone. Our friends over at Vinspire HQ are very big on exploring new drinks – no matter how unusual – and have discovered a selection of very interesting liqueurs that will be a talking point at the end of any dinner party. 1. NuvoIt’s pink AND sparkling AND full of vodka. What’s not to love? It’s good enough to replace a pre-dinner cocktail, for sure.And if you want to know what it tastes like, the answer is basically passion…
  • Cocktail Bar Review: Basement Sate, London

    Rebecca
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    ‘Shall we go out for dessert?’These are the words generally spoken by some trendy New Yorkers, usually in a rom-com where they will then accidentally bump into the future love of their life. The habit of finding a spot specifically to indulge your chocolate craving is something we’ve come to associate with our crazy American cousins, or perhaps those decadent Parisians.
 
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  • 10 Scary Good Halloween Cocktails to Try

    Alexander
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Halloween is one of my favorite drinking holidays. Everyone usually thinks of it as a kids holiday but as you get older the fun doesn’t stop. We gave our readers 8 Awesome drinking games for Halloween earlier in the week. If you missed it be sure to check it out. We made a nice guide to Halloween drinking for adults too, but maybe you’re staying home making drinks or maybe you’re a bartender working a shift and in need of some cocktail ideas. If that’s you, then maybe these recipes will help. I’ve made a small roundup of about 10 cocktails we received from…
  • Trick Or Treat with Laphroaig Scotch

    Alexander
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
      Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit with a new campaign that gets real-life opinions of Laphroaig, their latest video asks Halloween party-goers a question many a Laphroaig fan has likely asked in their lifetime: is it a trick, or a treat? The video offers humorous and 100 percent unscripted opinions on the most richly flavored of Scotch Whiskies, all with the spooktacular feel of Halloween. Reactions ranging from “dead leaves” to “it’s like you liquified an ash tray” and “I would literally bathe in this” show that there’s no one way to…
  • A Guide to Halloween Drinking For Adults

    Alexander
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Happy October everyone. Hopefully by now you’re enjoying some of that cool Fall weather that’s rolling in. I’m catching a break myself, glad to finally get away from all those 90+ degree days we get here in the Sunshine State. Halloween is few days away, and it’s probably my 3rd favorite holiday behind Christmas and Turkey Day. Whether you’re a kid, or an adult there’s a little something for everyone to do. We’re obviously focusing on the adult side of things here but as a kid Halloween is all about cool costumes, and getting chocolate wasted with…
  • 8 Awesome Halloween Drinking Games

    Alexander
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Halloween is this Friday, and hopefully by now you’ve got your plans in place. Lori and I’s college alma mater is having its Homecoming this Halloween (yes we still attend those), and while we usually would be all aboard, our little guy would much rather be trick or treating so that’s our day plans for now. Once nightfall hits then it’s time for some “other” fun. Who says Halloween is only for kids? Not me, and to prove it I’ve made a list of 8 of my favorite Halloween drinking games to try if you’re hosting a party or attending one. As always…
  • A Boozy Salted Caramel Milkshake

    Alexander
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Ok so a bit of a pre-warning… I rarely if ever encourage drinking bud light, or any of its products. As a former Miller Lite employee, I just got use to never trying the stuff. On top of that I’m not even a big beer drinker, but when I do I go for something  usually considered “craft” or snobby haha. BUT, A reader passed along this recipe they got from the folks at Bud Light and they absolutely loved it. In fact, she encouraged me to try it, and share it with others. I tried it, it was actually pretty damn good, and now i’m holding up my end and making sure you…
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  • FOU-DRÉ Vodka: The Original “Over Ice” Experience

    drinkadmin
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    An exceptional brand amongst traditional ultra-premium vodkas, FOU-DRÉ—a boutique vodka—has quickly risen to the coveted ranks of “top shelf.” Infused with pomegranate, ginger, kiwi, lime and lychee, you’ve never tasted anything like it. And, what’s more, there’s no sugar or artificial flavors inside. Using a patented, innovative filtration system called TerrePURE® proven to reduce unwanted congeners, FOU-DRÉ is not ‘distilled’ in the conventional sense. This process, which is completely natural, reduces the need for extensive aging or multiple distillations.  Before…
  • A Look at Chinaco Tequila from Tamaulipas, Mexico

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

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

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

    drinkadmin
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    After missing last year’s event, I was fortunate to return this year to New York City’s annual springtime whisky celebration, WhiskyLive, held at The Chelsea Piers. As the popularity of the brown spirit seems to grow by leaps and bounds every year, one thing that never ceases to amaze me is the number of players who wish to enter the manufacturing game, both nationally and abroad. While we have been long accustomed to whiskies from The United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland, recent years have seen other countries make their own offerings; by now, many whisky aficionados know well the…
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  • Very Olde St. Nick – 17 yr Ancient Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    For my money The Very Olde St. Nick – 17 yr Ancient Rye had it all and was my favorite of the night, but not everyone felt the same way. Which is good, because if everyone had the same opinion then we’d all be drinking the same thing and whiskey wouldn’t be as exciting and diverse as it is. Even though we didn’t agree on this being the best of the night, I did echo a similar sentiment to Sku’s and wondered if this came from the same distillery as the rest. Even though all of them had a similar butterscotch note to them, this one and the 18 came across more rye like than the rest…
  • Rare Perfection 16 year Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    The Rare Perfection brand is put out by those wonderful Willett folks the Kulsveens and was part of an epic set of tastings we did at the SoCal Whiskey Club where we went through almost all of the Very Olde St. Nick bourbon and rye lineup which is also done by the Kulsveens, which is why it was included. Over the years I’ve had quite a few of the Willett ryes and bourbons and each release I’ve had can be described in one of two ways. Good or great (especially the older bourbons… wowza). I’ve never had a glass of Willett that I didn’t want a bottle of and this Rare Perfection is no…
  • Very Olde St. Nick – 15 year Ancient Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The Very Olde St. Nick – 15 year Ancient Rye was the second VOSN we tried at the SoCal Whiskey Club tasting and tasting it next to the Many Summer’s Old there was an immediate and olfactory filling difference between the two when it comes to spice level. I don’t know what the mash bills of any of the VOSNs are, but I would really like to know if it’s all the same for their entire rye line up. One thing I found very interesting about all of the Very Olde St. Nick Rye whiskeys is how they are proofed. The Many Summers is 80 proof, this is 86, the Rare Perfection is 86 and then the…
  • Very Olde St. Nick Summer Rye Review

    Josh Peters
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    The Very Olde St. Nick Summer Rye was the second whiskey we tried that night, but the first VOSN of the evening and moving from the 4 yr. Willett to this was a palate shocker. Where the 4 yr. Willett screamed rye this made me initially think of bourbon with it’s sweetness and low rye spice. That’s not really a bad thing, just something interesting and worth noting is all. If you’re not familiar with them, the Very Olde St. Nick line is a group of bourbon and rye whiskeys that are created specifically for the Japanese export market. We know that their bourbons come from the legendary…
  • How George Dickel Is Made

    Josh Peters
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Ever wonder how that delicious delight we know as George Dickel is made? Well wonder no more because The Whiskey Jug has got you covered! We’ve been selected to be part of the Dickel Dirty Dozen which means we’re getting access to some exclusive content like the custom made video below where Dickel’s National Brand Ambassador, Doug Kragel (who I’ve met and is a very nice fellow), walks us through the process of making a batch of George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. So what’d you think? Pretty neat huh? I don’t know about about you, but being a whiskey nerd I…
 
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  • Bartenders Only: The Way Cool Rebirth of a Shot and a Beer

    Liza Zimmerman
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    It’s no surprise that some of the country’s better bartenders are opening venues that celebrate simpler times. After all, many years of the last decade were ticked off in foams and crisp rice cereal that coagulate in your mouth. Boilermaker, which opened in New York’s East Village last month, focuses on drinks that drove the working class engine during the Industrial Revolution. The beer and shot combo is a timeless concept, beloved by early 20th century dockworkers, “and we are all about anything that helps remind people of America’s rich history of brewing and distilling,”…
  • 3 Spooky Ice Creations for Halloween Cocktails

    Amanda Marsteller
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Got your Halloween bash planned down to the last motion-activated mummy? Great, but what about ice for that bubbling cauldron of witches’ brew? Boring bagged ice is a buzzkill. Don’t despair: There’s still time to freeze a trio of spooky cubes for filling your punch bowl. These bewitching ice creations don’t require fancy tools or sinisterly-shaped ice trays. A few drops of black food coloring, a beaker of blood-hued juice and an oversized edible eyeball are easy to prep and will give your guests—and their drinks—the chills as the night creeps on. Cubes fit for a cannibal’s…
  • The Joy Division

    Phil Ward
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With gin, cointreau and a touch of absinthe, this pleasure won't remain unknown for long.
  • The 11 Best Craft Mixers in the USA

    Cindy Augustine
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    1. P&H Soda Co This soda company based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, produces homemade syrups for at-home (or behind the bar) sodas and cocktail flavoring. The all-natural mixers with no additives or coloring come in flavors that include hibiscus, ginger and sarsaparilla. Cocktail creations range from a boozy margarita and cream soda (using hibiscus syrup) to Dark and Stormys (with ginger syrup) and Negronis and Bloody Marys (using lovage, a syrup featuring the celery-like herb). $10 at pandhsodaco.com 2. Fever Tree If there’s such a thing as a premium mixer, Fever Tree is it. It’s all…
  • 5 Rules For the Recently Legal Drinker

    David Spelman
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:37 am
    Let’s face it—you’ve quite possibly been drinking illegally for years. Your friend’s older brother overcharged you for a six-pack in high school, and your college bar simply did not require identification. But once you turn 21, that begins to change. Your days of drinking cheap beer and even cheaper liquor are numbered. We’ve all heard the old expressions like “experience can be merely the repetition of same error often enough” or “good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” There’s certainly some truth to these sayings, but…
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  • UTAH’S JACK RABBIT GIN AVAILABLE IN NINE NEW STATES

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    27 Oct 2014 | 7:55 pm
    SALT LAKE CITY and REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (October 23, 2014) — Beehive Distilling announced today Jack Rabbit Gin—the first gin made in Utah since 1870—is now available in nine other states through retailer K&L Wine Merchants. Residents of California, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wisconsin can order Jack Rabbit online at www.klwines.com. The 750-milliliter bottles listed at $29.99 are also available at California-based K&L’s brick and mortar stores in Redwood City, San Francisco and Hollywood. Additionally, DJK…
  • Porter’s Fire Cinnamon Whiskey being Released to Utah Liquor Stores

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    20 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Ogden, UT, October 18, 2014 — Ogden’s Own Distillery’s newest creation, Porter’s Fire, a cinnamon whiskey liqueur, will be shipped to the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for distribution throughout the state on October 23, 2014. Named for the man who served as a hit man and bodyguard to the leaders of the Mormon church, Porter Rockwell was the ultimate religious defender. Porter’s Fire Liqueur captures the passion of its namesake and the complex nature of the Utah’s early years. It’s flavored with smooth Canadian whiskey, natural cinnamon, and just a hint of…
  • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company Releases Pearousia

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    14 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    October 14, 2014, Purcellville, VA – To commemorate the five year anniversary of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, the Purcellville distillery is releasing twenty four hand-filled, hand-numbered bottles of seasonal “Pearousia” pear brandy with a full pear in each bottle. “This bottling is very special,” says Catoctin Creek founder, Scott Harris. “In 2009, Becky and I established the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since Prohibition, and the first alcohol we produced was pear brandy. The day our equipment was operational, we reached out to Doug…
  • Cut Spike Distillery To Release Cut Spike Barrel Aged Rum

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    14 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    LA VISTA, NE October 14th, 2014- Cut Spike Distillery, the sister company to Lucky Bucket Brewing Company, is pleased to announce the release of their third distilled spirit, Cut Spike Barrel Aged Rum. The new spirit will land on shelves in the metro Omaha and Lincoln market the week of October 20th, and will also be for sale at the distillery starting October 22nd. Cut Spike Distillery has been distilling in La Vista since 2008 and prides itself in producing only premium spirits. Cut Spike Barrel Aged Rum is made from the best quality cane sugar and molasses with limestone-filtered…
  • George Washington’s Apple Brandy to be Released October 24th, 2014

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    10 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    October 10th, 2014- The George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon has announced the release of an Apple Brandy on October 24, 2014.  Mount Vernon staff, working with the assistance of several craft distillers, produced this brandy based on traditional 18th-century methods. This apple brandy was double-distilled in copper pot stills heated by wood fires, the first apple brandy made on-site in over 200 years. The distillery’s historic ledgers indicate that Washington had small amounts of apple brandy produced in both 1798 and 1799. Washington maintained orchards on his estate and…
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  • How To Drink Wine Like A High Roller (Even If You Aren’t One)

    DrinkInsider
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Plus, five wines from Sherry-Lehmann that you won’t feel bad about dropping some serious dough on. If you, like me, are not a high roller (yet) but want to drink wine like one, there’s a good way to accomplish this feat: scrounge up the dollars to get into a VIP tasting at a wine event. Of course, it has to be the right wine event, but if you do your research properly you could be in for a night of unbelievable wines, and pretending that the Bentley out front is your weekend ride. Over the past few years I’ve pretended to be a high roller at a good number of VIP tastings, but one…
  • Blackjack and Beer: Kicking Off Fall With Mohegan Sun’s BrewFest

    DrinkInsider
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    There are a lot of great getaways in New England, but one of my favorites is a weekend at Mohegan Sun. It’s like the sinful stomping ground between New York and Boston where everyone can forget their allegiances and just let loose. I went earlier this year for Sun WineFest and had a blast. So, I decided to head back down to Connecticut again just a few weeks ago to check out the casino’s other major drink event, Sun BrewFest. Here’s the thing about these drink events at Mohegan, you’ve got to go with one thing in mind: fun. BrewFest is far from your geeked-out craft beer event. It’s…
  • Patrón Takes Premium Tequila To The Next Level…Again: Roca Patrón

    DrinkInsider
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:04 pm
    If you asked 100 drinkers to name a premium tequila brand, chances are the vast majority of them would say Patron. And there’s a good reason for that. Prior to Patron there really wasn’t a mainstream premium tequila industry in America. They created it, and they have remained at the very forefront of the category ever since; even as more and more great, high-end tequila brands have entered the market. Patron is, for all intents and purposes, synonymous with premium tequila. Photo by Patron It is also for that reason that I, personally, have never really felt the urge to drink Patron all…
  • Get Your Whisk(e)y Drinking Hats On, Boston: Three Can’t Miss Fall Events

    DrinkInsider
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    We all know that fall is Christmas for whiskey lovers when it comes to new releases. But, in Boston, it’s also about the events. In the next month, there are a number of big whiskey events happening as well as one multi-day spirits festival. Here’s the short on what’s going on, what to go to, and (most importantly) how to get discount tickets! Photo from WhiskyLive.com Whisky Live (Boston: October 24th) UK-based Whisky Magazine has been producing Whisky Live events since their Tokyo and London debut in 2000. In the past 14 years it has evolved into a global tour encompassing 35 cities.
  • The Transformation of Lunch Car 773: Historic Landmark Becomes A Haven For BBQ And Whiskey

    DrinkInsider
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Rosebud has been a part of Davis Square in Somerville, MA since 1941. The diner car was installed the same year that Citizen Kane was released, and the year that the US entered WWII. Yes, the Rosebud had already seen a lot by the time it entered my life in 2002 when I moved to the area. I was living in Davis at the time and it became one of my go-to spots for hungover Sunday morning breakfasts. There isn’t much in this world better for a rotten hangover than an endless mug of diner coffee and a heaping plate of eggs, sausage and baked beans all consumed within the shaky exterior of…
 
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  • 1792 Ridgemont Reserve – Review #55

    Mike Flaminio
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    1792 Ridgemont Reserve Background 1792 Ridgemont Reserve was introduced by Barton in 2002. It’s a small batch Bourbon that used to carry an 8 year age statement. That age statement was dropped in 2013. I actually have a couple bottles of the old stuff and, at least so far, I can’t tell a difference. Dropping age statements sometimes can be blown out of portion. Downside of course they may sneak younger Bourbon into to bottle and change the product, but it also can give companies more flexibility in when to dump a barrel. It could be ready before it’s officially 8 years old, in…
  • Unsolicited Advice from Whiskey Nerds

    Mike Flaminio
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    Josh from The Whiskey Jug asked a bunch of whiskey enthusiasts, myself included, what they would like to see from whiskey makers. The idea came from a passage in Chuck Cowder’s new book: “Whiskey marketers have had trouble wrapping their heads around the enthusiast phenomenon. They recognize it as an important market but they are still trying to figure out exactly what the enthusiast consumer really wants.” He got responses from 48 people from various outlets and social networks. Overall theme seemed to be honesty and transparency in their product. Check it out 48 Whiskey…
  • Creating a Barrel Proof Four Roses Small Batch Blend – Review #54

    Mike Flaminio
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Four Roses Small Batch Blend Background So, I’m a big fan of Four Roses. I can go back and forth on whether I like the Single Barrel better than the Small Batch. More times than not I’ll probably grab the Small Batch. I also really like their private barrel program. Stores can choose a barrel of one of Four Roses’ ten recipes and have them bottled up at full barrel strength for their customers. I’d argue these private barrels are one of the best thing going in Bourbon right now. At least for bottles that you actually find on the shelves. The idea of a Four Roses Small Batch Blend…
  • George T Stagg 2014 – Review #53

    Mike Flaminio
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:51 pm
    George T Stagg Background George T Stagg is of course the flagship release in the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. It’s pretty much right up there with the Pappy Van Winkle line in sought after bottles. George T Stagg for 2014 comes to us from a long slumber in Buffalo Trace’s Warehouses C, H, I, K, L, P, and Q. So, a wide variety of barrels, although still very constrained number of bottles. The good news, however, is starting with this year’s release there should be more bottles to go around as Buffalo Trace ramped up production of George T Stagg starting in 1997.
  • Parker’s Heritage Collection Wheat Whiskey – 8th Release (2014) – Review #52

    Mike Flaminio
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Parker’s Heritage Collection Wheat Whiskey  Background Parker’s Heritage Collection Wheat Whiskey is the 8th release in Heaven Hill’s Parker Heritage series. Released once a year, the series features a limited selection of barrels from Heaven Hill stocks. Last year Heaven Hill released Promise of Hope, which was a straight Bourbon that I really enjoyed. This year we have a straight wheat whiskey. Being wheat whiskey, vs a wheated Bourbon, this must be at least 51% wheat mashbill. That’s compared to the at least 51% corn for Bourbon and 51% rye for designation of rye…
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  • The Rum Delivered by Stormy Winds and Flying Fish

    Flaviar
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    On Flaviar's scoreboard of best-selling Rums, Tres Hombres is sitting right at the very top. Three Young Men and the Sea The story of this Flaviaristas’ favourite started in the spring of 2000, when three young men were sailing the Atlantic on board their three-masted Europa barque. Drifting quietly, driven onwards solely by the silent forces of nature, they glanced at the noisy and dirty cargo ships criss-crossing their route and consuming up to 50,000 litres of oil per day, thinking: “One day, we’ll build our own cargo sailing ship!” In 2009, their dream finally…
  • 5 Reasons why Absinthe Will be Your Next Obsession

    Flaviar
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Paris, 1888. The City of Light is blooming around les flâneurs walking tortoises along Haussmann’s new boulevards, railways are starting to criss-cross the city and the country and an emerging generation of dedicated seamstresses is dressing up the Tout-Paris ladies to look like a heavenly vision… Even that metal tower for next year’s World Fair is rising higher every day and it’s now visible from every corner of the city, from the Montmartre to Montparnasse, despite the many protests against it. The city is buzzing with students, the future scientists and…
  • Flaviar Lab Secrets: How do we Choose the Tasting Pack Drinks?

    Flaviar
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Where shall the flavour savours travel to this month? The windy roads of the Central European Alps? The warm Caribbean seas? Perhaps Speyside's rolling greenery? Travel the world and the seven seas, flavour is the something we're looking for. Once the finger drops on the right part of the globe (you did get we're not really into scenery that much, right?), it’s then time for some very serious R&D, involving, but not limited to, data-mining, field trips, and in-depth interviews. What drinks have we filed under “musts” during our previous travels?
  • A daily dose of Rum on the job spec? Oh, yes please!

    Flaviar
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The dream job with such a requirement is still there. It's just that the daily dollop of Rum isn't… however, as part of their job the sailors of the Royal British Navy were given a tot of Rum every single day right up until 1970. At around noon each day “Up Spirits” was the Boatswain’s call, signaling to the ship's company that it was time for the daily dose of morale building and spirit boosting. A teambuilding. This happened every day for over 300 years! And it was always a double issue before battle and after victory! (talk about incentives!) There was…
  • Congratulations! You helped create this Scotch.

    Flaviar
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    No one knows it better than you what kind of drink makes your taste buds happy. That’s exactly why we let you taste first and buy later. So how should we not like the idea of one of the Highlands’ dearest, Glenmorangie, that went all the way and let their fans make decisions in creating the distillery's latest release? Glenmorangie’s The Tagtha, meaning The Chosen One in Gaelic, was created by the Whisky lovers who participated in distillery's Cask Masters programme. It all started in March 2013 when Glenmorangie organized a series of international events for their…
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