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  • Europe’s 6 Weirdest Christmas Traditions

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    Emma
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    For most people, Christmas is about family, great food and lots of presents; however, it can also be the opportune time to escape to a beautiful location. Experiencing Christmas in another country – whether with a group such as Albatross Tours or winging it on your own – can be a chance to see different cultures celebrate and find out how many wacky traditions are actually out there. Below is just a snapshot of some of the weird and wonderful Christmas traditions Europe has to offer. 1. A Bewitching Celebration If you thought St Nick was the only one bringing presents on Christmas, then…
  • Cocktails in Florence: Fusion

    The Joy of Drinking
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    We didn't set out to try cocktails in Florence, but we weren't about to pass up an opportunity. The guys at Ditta Artigianali raved about Fusion, and especially a guy named Marco. After a brief stroll on the river, Noelle and I made our way to Fusion Bar and Restaurant at the Gallery Hotel Art.It's a bit surreal to walk into the hotel. You're immediately bombarded with enormous portraits of American celebrities and a luxury interior. As you enter the restaurant, you find yourself in a nice Asian fusion restaurant with hip jazz music playing. Not what you expect in a medieval city, to say the…
  • Inspiration for beautiful bars

    Cocktails News
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:56 pm
    My mother, Mary Lou, sage philosopher that she is, used to say, "The only difference between a good dinner party and a bad one is three cocktails!" Thankfully, Mom is a good cook , so no one needed a gin and tonic just to get through her dinner parties. While I won't deny that I love a good cocktail at a party, I am even more drawn in by my hosts' beautifully styled bars.
  • Savory and smokey flavored vodka perfect for...

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    cookswithcocktails
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    Savory and smokey flavored vodka perfect for making Caesars or Bloody Mary's. (Still thirsty? See Liqurious)
  • WhiskyCast Episode 550: August 29, 2015

    WhiskyCast
    Mark Gillespie
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Kieran Folliard is a native son of Ireland, but calls Minnesota his home now. While running a group of Irish pubs in Minneapolis, he and his staff decided they should sell their own special Irish whiskey. Two Gingers became so successful in the pubs that Folliard decided to sell his stake in the pubs to his staff and make a go of Two Gingers, which was named for his mother and aunt back in Ireland. He wound up selling his brand to Beam, while retaining control over the day-to-day management. We'll hear more from this Irish entrepreneur on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Heaven…
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  • Europe’s 6 Weirdest Christmas Traditions

    Emma
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    For most people, Christmas is about family, great food and lots of presents; however, it can also be the opportune time to escape to a beautiful location. Experiencing Christmas in another country – whether with a group such as Albatross Tours or winging it on your own – can be a chance to see different cultures celebrate and find out how many wacky traditions are actually out there. Below is just a snapshot of some of the weird and wonderful Christmas traditions Europe has to offer. 1. A Bewitching Celebration If you thought St Nick was the only one bringing presents on Christmas, then…
  • Different Sleeping Habits Around the World

    Emma
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Most people realise that where they’re from affects so many different aspects of their life, from what language they speak, to even the accent the speak it in. It can affect the living standards, the opportunities you’ll have and even how you’ll think about the world. One interesting thing I bet most of us haven’t considered, is how where you’re from affects your sleeping habits. Different countries around the world have very different sleeping habits, and its very interesting to consider the differences and how it affects the culture. For example, in Mexico only…
  • Save Money with Good Organizing Skills- Start from The Fridge Now!

    Emma
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Are you surprised at the amount of money you spend on energy bills each month? Don’t be! Take one good look at the way you have organised your fridge and the answers to bringing down the costly bills would be staring at your face- here’s how! Organize your fridge An organised fridge can help you save a lot of money, and the little things that count now would go a long way into making you save. Most of us would think of big savings when buying our FMCG products and daily needs, which is why buying only what you need and not overstocking the fridge makes sense. Coming back to the importance…
  • A Guide to Buying your First Home

    Emma
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    If you’re considering buying your first home, you may be wondering exactly what you need to do to ensure the process goes smoothly. There are a number of things you need to watch out for in order to ensure you have the best experience possible. First, you need to understand how much you can afford. You need to work out what your budget is, and then have this backed up by a lender so you can determine how large of a mortgage you can have, and the type of mortgage which is best for you. A mortgage is a loan which is attached to your house, and you’ll need to prove to the bank that you can…
  • Is it time to Buy a New Home?

    Emma
    9 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    If you’re interested in moving house, you may be wondering when the right time is to buy a new home. Here are some ways you’ll know it’s the right time: Youre lusting over a particular neighbourhood or school district If you’ve decided you want to live in a particular area, it could be a good idea to think about moving house. If you want your family to be living in a specific part of town, or want to send your kids to a good school, you may want to move now and create stability for your family’s future. Your family size will change Sometimes people decide to buy a new home because…
 
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    The Joy of Drinking

  • Cocktails in Florence: Fusion

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:28 am
    We didn't set out to try cocktails in Florence, but we weren't about to pass up an opportunity. The guys at Ditta Artigianali raved about Fusion, and especially a guy named Marco. After a brief stroll on the river, Noelle and I made our way to Fusion Bar and Restaurant at the Gallery Hotel Art.It's a bit surreal to walk into the hotel. You're immediately bombarded with enormous portraits of American celebrities and a luxury interior. As you enter the restaurant, you find yourself in a nice Asian fusion restaurant with hip jazz music playing. Not what you expect in a medieval city, to say the…
  • A Peek at Dominic Alling's Secret Bird Menu at Beretta [photos]

    13 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    I imagine that it is within every reasonable person's fantasy to sidle up to a long wooden bar, lean over to the bartender, and whisper hoarsely, "I'll have the secret bird menu." Because honestly: 1) Secrets! 2) Birds. 3) Cocktails. I don't see much not to love here.Well, it's your lucky day because this can be you, too. Bar manager Dominic Alling offers this illustrated Field Guide to the Birds menu at the much-loved San Francisco restaurant and bar Beretta (which I wrote about a little while ago for Eater).  This selection of 11 drinks is not advertised, but if you ask for it in a…
  • Petit Crenn Opens in Hayes Valley Tonight

    11 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Star chef Dominique Crenn opens her highly anticipated sophomore restaurant, Petit Crenn, tonight in Hayes Valley. Unlike her other avant garde two-Michelin restaurant Atelier Crenn in the Marina, Petit Crenn will focus on dishes from Crenn's home in Brittany. This means the kitchen will serve up mostly vegetables and seafood, using local California produce with French techniques inspired by her mother and grandmother's cooking.There are no cocktails at this cozy new spot, but the menu will feature a curation of French and local ciders, as well as natural wines from France. You can see the…
  • Where to Drink in Italy: Ditta Artigianale, a surprising gin and coffee bar in Florence

    30 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    I went to Florence because it was the birthplace of the Renaissance. I wanted to see Brunelleschi's famous and world-changing dome. I wanted to walk the medieval streets and take in some art. But then I stumbled on Ditta Artigianale: a coffee roaster and, for some reason, an epic gin bar. Sorry, Michelangelo's David, I've got some gin to imbibe.The funny thing about Ditta Artigianale is that, on the surface, it seems like any speciality coffee place in San Francisco or Austin. They roast their own beans and sling pour overs—the works of which you'd find at any self-respecting hipster coffee…
  • Where to Drink in Italy: Nottingham Forest, molecular mixology in Milan

    8 Jun 2015 | 3:49 pm
    At a certain point, all cocktail bars start to look (and feel... and taste) alike. Whether you're in London, Paris, Copenhagen, or San Francisco, you can rest assured that there will be a solid array of well-executed classics and a relaxed ambiance. Sure, it's good, but routine.That's why I didn't expect much from Nottingham Forest, widely hailed as the best cocktail bar in Milan. That is also why I was totally unprepared for the mad molecular mixology taking place there.The bar describes itself as "a mercurial oasis where you can hear the echo of the world." A place where "Water can become…
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    Cocktails News

  • Inspiration for beautiful bars

    4 Sep 2015 | 4:56 pm
    My mother, Mary Lou, sage philosopher that she is, used to say, "The only difference between a good dinner party and a bad one is three cocktails!" Thankfully, Mom is a good cook , so no one needed a gin and tonic just to get through her dinner parties. While I won't deny that I love a good cocktail at a party, I am even more drawn in by my hosts' beautifully styled bars.
  • Dessert First: Banana Fritters and "Oreo" Pudding at The Clever Koi in Phoenix

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Saving room for dessert is tough at The Clever Koi . Wading through multiple courses of dumplings, steam buns, kushiyaki, and ramen will leave you feeling satisfied.
  • Portland Bar Scene: Division Bell at the Bit House Saloon

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:34 am
    At the Bit House Saloon they know how to make several of those, carefully composed and beautifully constructed, appealing to the visual senses long before they make it to the lips. The Bit House is a fascinating place, a wicked sharp blend of an old-time saloon, a great place to meet and greet, and a top-notch bar, with perhaps one of the finest bar crews ever assembled in Cocktail Town.
  • Uncle Bonsai trio to perform original songs in cabaret-style ...

    4 Sep 2015 | 4:24 am
    PORT TOWNSEND - Uncle Bonsai is not just one guy. No, this is a threesome of singers and social commentators, and they're headed to town for a cabaret-style concert Saturday night.
  • Beast + Bottle + Happy Hour Equals a Fine Time on 17th Avenue

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:19 am
    From Park & Co . to P17 to Ace Eat Serve , a lot of my happy-hour adventures have taken place on East 17th Avenue.
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 550: August 29, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Kieran Folliard is a native son of Ireland, but calls Minnesota his home now. While running a group of Irish pubs in Minneapolis, he and his staff decided they should sell their own special Irish whiskey. Two Gingers became so successful in the pubs that Folliard decided to sell his stake in the pubs to his staff and make a go of Two Gingers, which was named for his mother and aunt back in Ireland. He wound up selling his brand to Beam, while retaining control over the day-to-day management. We'll hear more from this Irish entrepreneur on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, Heaven…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 549: August 22, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Many American craft distillers produce single malt whiskies, but Seattle's Westland Distillery is one of the few that only produces single malts. The distillery in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood also produces one of the few peated American single malts, and while Westland is currently importing peated malt from Scotland, that's about to change. The distillery has exclusive rights to one of the only harvestable peat bogs in the Pacific Northwest, and is working with Skagit Valley farmers and a local malting house to produce Washington-grown peated malt for distilling. We'll visit the distillery…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 548: August 17, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:23 pm
    The "Bourbon Boom" has led to a corresponding boom in the publishing industry, with almost as many new Bourbon books as there are Bourbons on the market. Fred Minnick's second whisky book, "Bourbon Curious" not only shares some of the history behind many Bourbon brands, but breaks down many of them by flavor characteristics to help new Bourbon fans find the whiskies they're most likely to enjoy. Fred's based in Louisville, and keeps a close eye on the Bourbon industry. On this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth, we sat down over drams to discuss his book and the state of Bourbon today, including the…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 547: August 8, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:08 pm
    This week, we're on location at the M.B. Roland Distillery in Pembroke, Kentucky for a special benefit to raise money for the Lifting Spirits - Jay & Kyle Rogers Support Fund. Jay and Kyle were critically burned in the April 24th still explosion at the Silver Trail Distillery in Hardin, Kentucky, and while Kyle died of his injuries two weeks later, Jay is well on the road to recovery. He and Silver Trail founder Spencer Balentine will share their stories of that tragic day and the weeks since then with us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. We'll also hear from M.B. Roland co-founder Paul…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 546: August 1, 2015

    Mark Gillespie
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Scotland's Bladnoch Distillery will be 200 years old in 2017, but for more than a year, it was fair to question whether one of the oldest Lowlands distilleries would be around for that milestone. The questions about Bladnoch's future have been answered with the distillery's sale to Australian entrepreneur David Prior, who's making a "substantial investment" in equipment upgrades with plans to resume distilling in 12 to 18 months. We caught up with Prior in Bali during a combination business and surfing trip to discuss his plans for Bladnoch, including a release this fall of vintage casks…
 
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  • Whisky Live Tokyo 2015 (2): The Lowdown

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoA few more weeks, and Whisky Live Tokyo 2015 is upon us. For those who were living on a different planet the past few months: it’s Saturday, 19 September at Akiba Square in Akihabara, Tokyo from 12 noon to 6pm.It promises to be an incredible show, and since it’s only one day this year rather than two, it’s a bit of a risk to wait too long to book your tickets. Hold on… one day? Isn’t it two? Well, no, not really. There’s been a little confusion about the event to do with the fact that it’s being organized in conjunction with Modern Malt…
  • New Yoichi & Miyagikyo Expressions

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoSeptember 1 marks the start of a new chapter in Nikka history. Two new NAS expressions will replace the entire range of Yoichi and Miyagikyo single malts. There’s bound to be a bit of confusion because both distilleries already had a NAS expression and people will probably raise an eyebrow or two thinking Nikka just slapped a new label on the old bottles and raised the price. That is not the case. To reiterate, they are new expressions and they are in fact closer to the old 10yo Yoichi and Miyagikyo (in terms of flavor profile and composition) than to…
  • Whisky Live Tokyo 2015 (1): Dave Broom Comes Alive!

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:13 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoPhotos © Julen Esteban-PretelIn a few weeks’ time, Dave Broom will be back in Japan for Whisky Live Tokyo (September 19, noon-6pm, Akiba Square) – after being sorely missed for more than two years. He’ll also be hosting the pre-Whisky Live party at the Park Hotel the night before (so that’s, September 18, 7:30-9:30pm). Ahead of his return, we picked his brain about various developments on the whisky scene since the last time he was here… and there’s a funny road story, too, so do read all the way to the end.It’s been a while since…
  • Woodford Reserve arrives in Japan: a chat with Chris Morris

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, Tokyo & Pictures provided by Brown-FormanWoodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris was in Japan for a couple of days recently to mark the – long overdue! – launch of the brand in Japan. We sat down with him and started by asking him about the five sources of bourbon flavour that contribute to the profile of Woodford Reserve.Chris MorrisWhat are the specifics of the grain recipe for the standard Woodford Reserve?Most great whiskeys of the world have been around for generations. Woodford Reserve – we are very proud – is a very recent, a…
  • New Release: Fujikai 10yo Single Malt

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:25 am
    Post by Stefan Van Eycken, TokyoIt seems to be raining new releases of Japanese whisky lately – even though August is traditionally a quiet month on the whisky front – and we’ve just received news of yet another limited release coming out of Japan: Fujikai 10yo Single Malt.Produced by Monde Shuzo, in partnership with their European distributor Les Whiskies du Monde, it’s been matured in ex-bourbon casks for 10 years and bottled at 43%abv. It comes in a 50cl bottle and is limited to 8,808 bottles. “Fujikai” refers to Mt Fuji and “Kai-no-kuni” which is the old name for…
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  • Cool Video, Old News

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    This video is all over the internet today. It's amazing, well worth watching, but it's not news, and much of what is being said about it is wrong.First, it happened in 2003, twelve years ago. Second, lightning didn't ignite a leak from the factory. Lightning struck a warehouse, at least that's the conclusion reached by investigators at the time. It couldn't have been a 'leak from the factory' because the two Beam distilleries are each about 15 miles from where this occurred, at a separate maturation facility just north of Bardstown off Withrow Court. The lake into which the burning whiskey…
  • The Accelerated Aging Challenge

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Once again, as we see every few months, someone has hired a publicist to generate coverage of a new system to accelerate the aging of whiskey. No names, claims, or descriptive details are needed. You've seen it all before. It's another one just like the other ones. They come and they go, which means this one will soon go too. There is no reason to be disturbed by it.Publications with space to fill and little or no editorial integrity will provide the publicity. A few people, recently disembarked from the turnip truck, will get excited. Others, the hopeless optimists, will mutter that perhaps…
  • Owensboro Distillery Is Now O. Z. Tyler

    16 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Aerial view of Owensboro's O. Z. Tyler Distillery. O. Z. Tyler Distillery is the new name for an Owensboro distillery long associated with the Medley family. It was acquired last year by Terressentia, a South Carolina company that claims to be able to accelerate the aging of whiskey and other products using its TerraPURE process. Orville Zelotes ('O. Z.') Tyler III was the co-inventor of the TerraPURE process, along with his son. O. Z. died last year at the age of 81.Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear participated in the July 30th dedication ceremony.Terressentia says it is investing $25…
  • The Strange Story of 'Whiskey' Versus 'Whisky'

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In honor of Bourbon, Strange approaching its first anniversary next month, I thought I would share a few excerpts, starting last week. This is the last one, at least for now. The bit below is from the chapter, "The Spelling of ‘Whiskey’ and Other Weighty Matters." To just buy the book already, click here.____________________‘Whiskey’ is one of those English words, like ‘aging,’ ‘center,’ ‘color,’ and ‘maneuver,’ that Americans and Brits spell differently. There are hundreds of them. In most cases, Canadians side with Great Britain, though sometimes they're with…
  • The Strange Story of Bourbon Collecting

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    In honor of Bourbon, Strange approaching its first anniversary next month, I thought I would share a few excerpts over the next few days. The bit below is from the chapter, "How to Collect American Whiskey." To just buy the book already, click here.____________________A trend that has accompanied the rising popularity of American whiskey is American whiskey collecting. The voyeuristic fascination with hoarding, a staple of reality television, leads naturally to the question of where the line between a healthy pastime and an unhealthy obsession lies.There are many people whose whiskey…
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  • Dan Kelly's Whiskey Cask-Aged Cider

    David Havelin
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Previously on Liquid Irish...If you recall, I ended a post a couple of months back on quite the cliffhanger. Oak casks had been used to ferment cider, emptied, then filled with Irish whiskey for a few months. The whiskey subsequently appeared on the shelves as a Cider Cask Finish. But what happened to the cider??Cut to the present day...Enter Dan Kelly's "Full Steam" Cider at last weekend's Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin. The blackboard in the photo below tells the story of the apples, the cider, the whiskey and the casks a lot more succinctly than I'm about to. (Click on photos to…
  • Tullamore Dew Trilogy 15-Year Old

    David Havelin
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:32 pm
    The latest Tullamore Dew is a lethal combination of gorgeous and affordable. A bottle was kindly sent to me four days ago and I haven't been able to stay out of it since. Lest I run out during the rigorous "sampling" phase I've already been to the Celtic Whiskey Shop to purchase another and I'm assailed by regret that I didn't just hoover up whatever they had in the stockroom.From time-to-time I'm reminded how good Irish blended whiskey can be, and it's often Tullamore Dew doing the reminding. They have made the "triple blend" their own, meaning a combination of grain, malt and pot still…
  • Kalak Vodka

    David Havelin
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Vodka MartiniOne part vermouthSeven parts Kalak vodkaA strip of lemon peelA stick of cinnamonA week ago I had yet to taste my first martini. Now I'm ready to elbow James Bond aside at the bar to demand it be made just so.Until recently I had the usual whiskey drinker's prejudice about vodka: that all the flavour had been intentionally distilled out of it. But the recipe above goes light on the vermouth, leaving Kalak to carry the martini. Which it does, easily. Kalak is a vodka with substance.The big vodka brands (Grey Goose and Absolut, for example) are typically made from wheat. A couple of…
  • Tullamore Dew Cider Cask Finish

    David Havelin
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:11 pm
    "More apples, dammit!" The Director of Product Strategy paused to chomp deeply on a Cox's Orange Pippin. "We've made whiskey that smells of apple. We've served it up with apple juice. We're really close on this, people. We just need a touch more apple."... That is how I imagine the challenge was laid out for the boffins at Tullamore Dew HQ last summer. The solution they came up with: the cider finish.About 100 casks were assembled near the end of October in a warehouse in Clonmel. They were filled with freshly pressed Irish apple juice which was allowed to ferment naturally. The…
  • An Púcán / Teeling Single Cask Single Malt

    David Havelin
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The revival of Irish whiskey is usually quantified as the number of working and planned distilleries. One indicator I'd like to hear is the number of whiskey bars in Ireland, where a "whiskey bar" would have a minimum of, say, 100 whiskeys on the shelf. (And, of course, bar staff who can explain the virtues of each.)The supply of whiskey is assured into the distant future but we have hardly begun to stimulate a matching demand. As the fresh spirit is laid down, we need to be forging new whiskey drinkers ready to soak it up.The small craft producers will need a local fan base to support their…
 
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    Olly Wehring's beverage industry blog - from just-drinks.com

  • just-drinks technical issues - 24 August

    25 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    We had some technical problems with the just-drinks site yesterday. Consequently, many of our registered users did not receive our daily email, for which we apologise. Also, the site was the subject of a maintenance outage for part of yesterday. Again, our apologies for the inconvenience. All systems are now normal.
  • P Diddy vs 50 Cent in vodka wars

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    No self-respecting rapper is without some affiliation to a booze brand. Vodka is de rigueur, thanks to P Diddy and his eight-year tie-up with Diageo and Ciroc. Now, Diddy is known to walk a tightrope between humour and arrogance when it comes to promoting his brand - as viewers of that bubble bath video will no doubt attest. And, his latest snipe at the opposition sees 50 Cent's olive branch, in the form of a case of Effen vodka, snapped and used for kindling. 50 Cent, who is a spokesperson for Beam Suntory's Effen, and P Diddy often use social media to spar with each other about…
  • Beer and breakfast DO go together

    13 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Is this the true breakfast of champions? A craft brewer in Minneapolis has teamed up with Wheaties maker General Mills to launch a Hefeweizen beer called HefeWheaties. According to Fortune, there's nothing of the breakfast cereal in the beer, nor is this a large undertaking. It's a limited-edition for the Minnesota area and only came about because the co-founder of the brewer used to work for General Mills. But it should give beer makers pause for thought. If a UK brewer can hook up with heavy metal band Iron Maiden and make solid enough sales for Queen to get in on the action, then…
  • Is this the worst drinks ad of all time?

    12 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    We are well served in the drinks industry by quality advertising campaigns. Some make you laugh. Some make you think And some feature Arnold Schwarzenegger playing table tennis But, unfortunately, the latest campaign from the UK's Premier Estates Wine doesn't do any of that. It just makes you cringe. Seemingly dreamed up by a couple of teenage boys let loose in the marketing department, 'Taste the Bush' is truly as bad as the tagline suggests (note the position of the glass and its contents - very funny, guys). Indeed, the only thing worse is the obviously-Australian…
  • When one beer festival just won't do - welcome to London Beer Carnival

    12 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    This week, London's Kensington Olympia is home to the Campaign for Real Ale's Great British Beer Festival. It's largely a UK affair with some 350 brewers from up and down the country, pedalling their wares. There are some international brews and an American cask beer bar, but the overall emphasis has always been British real ale (with some cider and perry) in all its wonderful forms. This is a great week, then, for another company to launch London Beer Carnival. The folk behind a small chain of beer bars, the Craft Beer Co, have launched what they call 'London's first…
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  • Cannabis Labeling

    Robert C. Lehrman
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    Is it just a matter of time before TTB is scutinizing cannabis labels — for sneaky references to — wine? I hope so. That would be great. This article about cannabis beer got me to thinking about all manner of cannabinoid-related issues. Did TTB approve the label yet? Not that I can see. I don’t find any Indica label approved for this Colorado brewery so far. But I do find this Dank label, which is pretty close. The label mentions a run-in with “the man” and pounds of resinous west coast Cannabacae. Dad and Dudes (the brewer) did a wonderful job of securing some…
  • Quick, Name an Australian Beer(?)

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    Who did not see this coming but should have? Hey Christopherson, who says beer and wine are closely related/un-related for trademark purposes? Hey Messinger thanks for telling me about this. It is common knowledge that the beer field is crowded, when it comes to trademarks. But many steps further, even the beer-fish-trademark field is crowded, it appears. Dogfish Ballast Point Yellowtail Sculpin Roosterfish Shark Attack And so on. NPR noted: American trademark law lumps breweries together with wineries and distilleries, making the naming game even chancier. A widely circulating rumor has it…
  • Here is the Bare

    Robert C. Lehrman
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    Here is the bare minimum anyone in the beer business should know — about beer trademarks. Click below to see a video, from yesterday, by Dan Christopherson, a trademark lawyer at Lehrman Beverage Law in the Washington, DC area. Go ahead and fire away with any additional questions, and I will try to cajole Dan into answering them here. Many thanks to ShipCompliant, and Alex Oxford in particular, for making this happen. * This, for anyone disappointed about the headline. Related Posts: Rye Beer (1) Wine Trademarks in China (1) When Does Wine = Spirits? (0)
  • For Jim Beam, Puff is Enough, and No Safe Harbor is Required

    Frank Knizner, Law Clerk
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:06 pm
    A federal judge in California dismissed a class action suit against Jim Beam on August 21, 2015. The suit—Welk v. Beam Suntory Import Co.—concerned whether Beam’s use of the term “handcrafted” on its Bourbon labels is misleading to consumers. The court’s holding—that it is not misleading—and the case’s dismissal mark yet another win for Beam in a series of consumer fraud suits that have been brought against it (as well as a host of other alcohol producers) since 2014. Beam also did very well in this similar case, concerning Maker’s Mark. Welk began back in February…
  • Does this Look Like Bud?

    Robert C. Lehrman
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    I have been a lawyer for almost 30 years now. We don’t handle a lot of litigation — but this controversy du jour raises a question. Do not court claims need to pass some red face tests? Can we allege just about anything we want, if we have a PC and a filing fee? AKA:  Does this (above) look like Bud to you? If not, should legal theories be so divorced from reality that a multinational company should be able to tell a tribunal that it does? Bud has recently alleged that the above labeling and theming tends to confuse people about how closely this beer relates to “The King of…
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  • Tired of the options? Generate your own Brooklyn menu.

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:47 pm
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  • Sous vide creme brulee

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:39 am
    I made creme brulee using sous vide for the first time, and I am not quite satisfied with the result.   Recipe that I used:   - 2 cups of single cream (I cannot find double cream) - 4 large egg yolks - 4 tbsp white sugar - 1 tsp vanilla extract   I was using small "Weck jar" (160 ml) as container, which I can submerge it in the sous vide pan.   I warmed up the cream a little bit. And I used blender to blend all the ingredients. Then I strained it into the jars.   Anova set to 82C and I sous vide for 45 minutes.   Store in the refrigerator for 12 hours.   The…
  • The Grape and Olive Wine & Martini Bistro Orillia

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:40 am
    Anyone eaten there recently? Comments? What choices were good or bad? p
  • Ideas for PMCA courses for Artisan Chocolatiers

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Mark Heim, who was one of our star educators at the Confectionery Workshop this year, is a member of the PMCA's (Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners Association) education committee.    I have attended a couple of PMCA courses for professionals over the years - Panning, which was held at Madison, WI, Premium Chocolate Centers (with Peter Greweling), as well as attending the PMCA annual production conference in Hershey, then in Lancaster, PA more times than I can count.   Up until now the PMCA has offered courses mainly aimed at folks who work in the large confectionary…
  • Doughnut Glaze Question

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    I made some apple fritters awhile back.  I decided to glaze them and used a recipe that called for 1 cup apple cider, 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup.  They were delicious – especially fresh and warm, but I wasn’t satisfied with the glaze.  It made them a bit soggy – I was hoping for a more glazed doughnut-like glaze – the kind that dries solidly and flakes off when bitten into.  This just kind of soaked into the fritters.  I’m wondering if the culprit was the corn syrup.  What do you all think?
 
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  • Tired of the options? Generate your own Brooklyn menu.

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:47 pm
    http://www.brooklynbarmenus.com
  • Sous vide creme brulee

    4 Sep 2015 | 2:39 am
    I made creme brulee using sous vide for the first time, and I am not quite satisfied with the result.   Recipe that I used:   - 2 cups of single cream (I cannot find double cream) - 4 large egg yolks - 4 tbsp white sugar - 1 tsp vanilla extract   I was using small "Weck jar" (160 ml) as container, which I can submerge it in the sous vide pan.   I warmed up the cream a little bit. And I used blender to blend all the ingredients. Then I strained it into the jars.   Anova set to 82C and I sous vide for 45 minutes.   Store in the refrigerator for 12 hours.   The…
  • The Grape and Olive Wine & Martini Bistro Orillia

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:40 am
    Anyone eaten there recently? Comments? What choices were good or bad? p
  • Ideas for PMCA courses for Artisan Chocolatiers

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Mark Heim, who was one of our star educators at the Confectionery Workshop this year, is a member of the PMCA's (Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners Association) education committee.    I have attended a couple of PMCA courses for professionals over the years - Panning, which was held at Madison, WI, Premium Chocolate Centers (with Peter Greweling), as well as attending the PMCA annual production conference in Hershey, then in Lancaster, PA more times than I can count.   Up until now the PMCA has offered courses mainly aimed at folks who work in the large confectionary…
  • Doughnut Glaze Question

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    I made some apple fritters awhile back.  I decided to glaze them and used a recipe that called for 1 cup apple cider, 2 cups of confectioner’s sugar and 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup.  They were delicious – especially fresh and warm, but I wasn’t satisfied with the glaze.  It made them a bit soggy – I was hoping for a more glazed doughnut-like glaze – the kind that dries solidly and flakes off when bitten into.  This just kind of soaked into the fritters.  I’m wondering if the culprit was the corn syrup.  What do you all think?
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  • Cocktail: Shifting Sands

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:52 am
    This is a refreshing drink that was created by Sasha Petraske
  • Cocktail: Harvard Fizz

    9 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    The original version of this drink was known as the "Harvard Cocktail" from 1895, which had a slightly different recipe. This "Fizz" version of it evolved from that one and is served as a traditional "Fizz" instead of in a cocktail glass. The original Harvard Cocktail recipe was: "One dash gum-syrup, three dashes Angostura bitters, half-jigger Italian vermouth, half-jigger brandy in half a mixing-glass of fine ice. Mix, strain into cocktail-glass, fill up with seltzer."
  • Cocktail: Penicillin

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
  • Cocktail: Bramble

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    One of the early "new modern classic" cocktails to come out of London, from famed bartender Dick Bradsell.
  • Cocktail: French Pearl

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    This elegant modern classic provides a delightful tribute to the French Beaux-Arts movement from the late 1800's when Absinthe and afterwards Pastis were all the rage. The term "Pearl" refers to the opalescent louching effect that occurs when pastis and cold water mix.
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  • MxMo C: Who, me?

    Paul
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Ah, the twists and turns of time. It seems like only yesterday the boozy blogosphere was bouncing along in its stroller, its fat cheeks still rosy with the blush of gin (and youth). But today, the online bar world is showing every sign of age, its bald spots and love handles collected over the course […]
  • San Francisco book-release events, July 6 & 7

    Paul
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The hometown crowd at Rob Roy treated me right on Sunday for the special preview of The Cocktail Chronicles — but San Francisco, now it’s your turn. I’ll be in the Bay Area for two back-to-back book events next week. No tickets required, no reservations needed — just show up, knock back some drinks, pick […]
  • The Cocktail Chronicles book preview, June 28

    Paul
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Ten years in the making, The Cocktail Chronicles is now at the printer, with the first copies headed to bookstores and other retailers in early July. But readers (and drinkers) in Seattle will have a head start — because some of the first batch of books coming off the press will be express-shipped directly to […]
  • The Cocktail Chronicles: 10 Years On

    Paul
    16 May 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Ten years ago today, I was bored. And probably a little buzzed. That’s nothing new on either front, but on May 16, 2005, instead of putting on a movie or goofing around online or frittering away my time in some other unproductive way, I decided on a different alternative. I’d been collecting cocktail books for a couple […]
  • Thanks

    Paul
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a ridiculous career. A little over nine years ago, I started The Cocktail Chronicles as a way to document and keep track of my experiments and explorations of cocktails — and, with fingers crossed, as a way to build up a portfolio of my drinks-related writing that might, someday, lead to paid writing […]
 
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  • How Fizzy Carbonation Tablets like Alka-Seltzer Work

    Camper English
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:02 am
    For a seminar on Prehistoric Cocktail Technology that I gave at Tales of the Cocktail in 2015, I explained how self-carbonating tablets work. I also conducted a lot of home experiments with various fizzing ingredients.  Let's look a the ingredients in common fizzing tablets. Alka-Seltzer: Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate.  Berocca: Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulphate, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Sodium Carbonate NUUN (an electrolyte tablet that's great for hangovers): Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Carbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Sulfate Bonne O Carbonators…
  • Cocktail Citratres: What, Why, and Where?

    Camper English
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    At the Tales of the Cocktail convention, I attended a seminar hosted by Ira Koplowitz and Nick Kosevich of Bittercube Bitters called On Creating Cocktail Citrates & Elixirs.  The seminar lead up to the point that if you want to make lasting kegged (and often carbonated) cocktails, you might need to use citrates.  One of the presenters smartly called kegged cocktails "the new punch," and interestingly, like vintage punch, citrates start with oleo saccharum then add some science.   Citrates are an approximation of sour mix: sugar and citrus combined, but in a form that is predictable,…
  • World's 51-100 Best Bars List Launched and Here are the US and Canadian Bars on It

    Camper English
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    The World's 50 Best Bars list comes out in October. The bars have been notified if they made it into the top 50, but not at what number they have come in.  Today Drinks International, which publishes the list (note: I am the voting chairperson for North America, choosing the voters and collecting their votes) has for the first time ever released the 51rst through the 100th Best Bars in the World, as chosen by more than 400 international expert voters. The list is here, but for my US friends, here are the bars that made it (this doesn't include the ones in the Top 50,. which have not been…
  • How Drinking in 1948 was like Drinking in College, or in 2005

    Camper English
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    Recently I was speaking on a panel based around the era of David A. Embury's book The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, first published in 1948.  Then, they were coming out of Prohibition that ended in 1933 and World War II that ended in 1945.  He notes what coming out of an era of bad drinks into a good one is like:  Most of the present generation learned to drink and most of the present-day bartenders learned their profession during the past thirty-seven years. The first fourteen years of this period were devoted to the famous ‘experiment, noble in purpose,’ and the remaining years have not…
  • Making Clear Ice Balls with Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds and a Cooler

    Camper English
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    We already know that you can make perfectly clear ice balls using a round silicone ice mold and an insulated mug. (Read about all the ice experiments on Alcademics by following the link to the index.) Now Alcademics reader Jason F. has refined the process using larger Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds and a cooler. The equipment is specifically the: Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds Rubbermaid 10 qt. Victory Personal Cooler  If you're new to the ice experiments on Alcademics, it might help to read the top stories linked to from the Index of Ice Experiments on Alcademics.  This ice ball process is similar to…
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  • What's the best inexpensive scotch out there?

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I imagine our budgets are far apart still; when I say handle, I mean 1.75L. My goal is under $20 for that size, although Cutty on $25 sale (and doctored like OS as described above) and the higher-proof HB at somewhat more toe my line. Grant's, which as I say I use for adding a touch of smoke, is also avail on sale for $25 or less. NH just had FGrouse sale for $27, IIRC, crazy rare. Oh yeah, Grand Macnish 1.75L was just on sale in NH for low $20s, but as with Duggan and others, I generally prefer OS to it.
  • Bailoni Gold-Marillenlikor [moved from Los Angeles board]

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:42 am
    I definitely can help you out! Are you looking for the liqueur or the schnaps? Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA has a shipping license and sells the liqueur. I work closely with them and if you are interested in the schnaps I will work with them to get you the product. http://www.holidaywinecellar.com/search.aspx?searchterm=Bailoni If you send me an e-mail of where you are located in CA I can reach out to our sales reps and see if there are any retailers near you. info@hpsepicurean.com
  • Work begins on new Glenlivet site

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:40 am
    Next, you'll tell me that the Barclay brothers are out to "modernize" Sark....
  • Spanish Vermouth

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Hi Stacey - Happy to help. If possible please go to faselshenstone.com and submit an email through there. It will be forwarded to me. Just let mw know what city you are in and we can take it from there. Best, Leith
  • Does booze cause you GI distres

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:14 pm
    When it comes to chemotherapy, I am a firm believer in self-medicating with anything that contains alcohol -- I personally demand Guinness Stout and vodka in all of my IVs.
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  • Five 3 Ingredient drinks for 3 day weekends

    Cheri Loughlin
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Five 3 Ingredient drinks for 3 day weekends, 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... Enjoy 5 simple, yet satisfying 3 ingredient drinks during the 3 day Labor Day weekend. Each drink is 2 to 3 ingredients plus garnish. Pour, stir, enjoy! The post Five 3 Ingredient drinks for 3 day weekends appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Labor Day: Labor Free 2 Ingredient Cocktails 12…
  • 5 frozen drinks to try before summer’s end

    Cheri Loughlin
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading 5 frozen drinks to try before summer’s end, 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... Drink up! Summer’s almost gone, but the drinks are still flowing. So soak up the sun while it lasts and enjoy a few refreshing frozen drinks. These fresh, fruity and oh, so easy drinks are just the ticket to keep the good times rolling. The post 5 frozen drinks to try before summer’s end appeared first on…
  • Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum Lighthouse Punch

    Cheri Loughlin
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    You're reading Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum Lighthouse Punch, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... Lighthouse Punch contains multi-layered flavor with light cherry almond notes peeking through. Lighthouse Punch was so named due to the four historic lighthouses in Barbados. The post Pusser’s Gunpowder Rum Lighthouse Punch appeared first on The Intoxicologist. Related posts: Pirate’s Punch Pusser’s Rum…
 
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  • Review: Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since Diageo launched their Orphan Barrel series, which has had five releases: Lost Prophet 22 Year Old,  Barterhouse 20 Year Old,  Old Blowhard 26 Year Old, Rhetoric 20 Year Old, and Forged Oak 15 Year. On balance, these Orphan Barrel releases have done fairly well in the marketplace, especially Old Blowhard, which quickly became a hot commodity. Now Diageo is extending their Orphan Barrel strategy with what it’s calling an “annual…
  • Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey Jack Daniel’s has had monstrous success with their flavored whiskeys, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, but they’ve struggled to find the same level of success with their high-end releases. Most people don’t know that Jack Daniel’s has a Single Barrel Select release and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select missed its mark. With competitors like Maker’s Mark doing well with their barrel proof editions, Jack Daniel’s is giving…
  • Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish Cask finished releases are extremely common in the Scotch Whisky category, especially among single malt whiskies. While many Scotch Whisky blends use a variety of cask-aged spirits to construct their flavor profile, very few releases actually discuss or focus on the finishing process. It’s noteworthy then that Johnnie Walker, one of the largest blended whiskies in the world, would jump into this space with a new line of limited edition blends acutely focused on cask finishes. The first in the Johnnie Walker Select Cask series is a…
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  • Review: Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Whiskey

    Geoff Kleinman
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Orphan Barrel Rhetoric 21 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full year since Diageo launched their Orphan Barrel series, which has had five releases: Lost Prophet 22 Year Old,  Barterhouse 20 Year Old,  Old Blowhard 26 Year Old, Rhetoric 20 Year Old, and Forged Oak 15 Year. On balance, these Orphan Barrel releases have done fairly well in the marketplace, especially Old Blowhard, which quickly became a hot commodity. Now Diageo is extending their Orphan Barrel strategy with what it’s calling an “annual…
  • Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey

    Geoff Kleinman
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey Jack Daniel’s has had monstrous success with their flavored whiskeys, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, but they’ve struggled to find the same level of success with their high-end releases. Most people don’t know that Jack Daniel’s has a Single Barrel Select release and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select missed its mark. With competitors like Maker’s Mark doing well with their barrel proof editions, Jack Daniel’s is giving…
  • Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish

    Geoff Kleinman
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish Cask finished releases are extremely common in the Scotch Whisky category, especially among single malt whiskies. While many Scotch Whisky blends use a variety of cask-aged spirits to construct their flavor profile, very few releases actually discuss or focus on the finishing process. It’s noteworthy then that Johnnie Walker, one of the largest blended whiskies in the world, would jump into this space with a new line of limited edition blends acutely focused on cask finishes. The first in the Johnnie Walker Select Cask series is a…
 
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  • The Glenrothes Reserve Collection

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    The Glenrothes produces a lineup of fine vintage single malt whiskies, and now they’re introducing three new non-age statement expressions dubbed The Reserve Collection. This includes the Sherry Cask Reserve, Bourbon Cask Reserve and Vintage Reserve. Each whisky is a blend of rare and limited vintages aged in a distinct manner. Here’s a visual aid: And here’s the rundown: Sherry Cask Reserve This is the first Glenrothes expression that is aged exclusively in first-fill sherry casks, and it’s matured predominantly in European oak, which gives it lots of that resinous,…
  • Easy Labor Day Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Labor Day, by definition, is a day we’re not supposed to do any work. That’s what makes it one of our favorite days of the year, and that’s also why the below cocktail recipes are exceedingly easy. No infusions, no housemade syrups, no muddling or even shaking. Everything you see below can be whipped up with just a couple ingredients and minimal effort. Because Labor Day is chiefly meant for relaxing in a hammock. And maybe some grilling. But mostly the hammock. PRESBYTERIAN It’s tall, it’s refreshing, and it’s scotch. That’s a winning combo. 2 oz…
  • Grander Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Grander Rum is a new, independently owned spirits brand that’s producing an eight year old Panamanian rum. The process begins in the sugar cane fields of Herrara, Panama, where the sugar cane is hand-harvested and turned into Grade-A molasses. After fermentation, that molasses is distilled at Ingenio San Carlos Distillery in copper plated column stills. It’s then aged for eight years in barrels that once held Kentucky bourbon. It’s completely unadulterated–just rum in a barrel–before being cut with water to a formidable 90 proof. Panama produces a few of our…
  • Fight Malaria with 1897 Quinine Gin

    CE Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    There’s a new gin in town, and it goes by the name 1897 Quinine Gin. 1897 is the year that Sir Ronald Ross made a breakthrough discovery that laid the foundation for fighting malaria. And the gin itself utilizes cinchona bark, the traditional source of quinine, which has been used to treat malaria for centuries. 1897 Quinine Gin is produced via a cold-distillation process to extract the cinchona bark, which adds plenty of flavor and floral aromas to the mix. The gin also calls upon 13 traditional botanicals like juniper, coriander, angelica, cassia and licorice, which are distilled in a…
  • Plantation Launches Pineapple Stiggin’s Fancy Rum

    Kevin Gray
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    It’s not often that a flavored rum grabs our attention, but in this case, yes. Because this one comes courtesy of Plantation, one of our favorite rum producers. And also because this one is Pineapple Stiggin’s Fancy Rum, a nineteenth century spirit favored by the likes of Charles Dickens. And here it’s been recreated by Maison Ferrand (the cognac house that owns Plantation) proprietor and master blender, Alexandre Gabriel, and everyone’s favorite booze historian, Dave Wondrich. It goes like this: The rinds of ripe Queen Victoria pineapples are infused with Plantation 3…
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  • Whisky Review – The Exclusive Malts Batch #8, Part 2

    limpd
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Back in May, we received six whisky samples from Impex Beverages. The collective name for these whiskies is The Exclusive Malts Batch #8 which includes a Balmenach 2007, Laphroaig 2005, Invergordon 1984, Irish Whiskey 2002, North Highland 2005, and Speyside 1991. Rather than share the samples and compare notes, G-LO and I decided to split up the samples between the two of us. G-LO took the Irish Whiskey, North Highland, and Laphroaig while I took the Balmenach, the Invergordon and the Speyside. Regrettably, G-LO got his homework in on time while I’m trying to finish summer school in…
  • Whisky News Flash: Fall 2015 Whisky Extravaganza Schedule and a Promotional Code!

    G-LO
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    As most of you are well aware, we are big fans of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America, and have attended the last seven Fall Extravaganza events in Philadelphia, Spring Extravaganza event in New York in May of 2012, and the Fall Extravaganza event in LA in November of 2014. For Fall 2015, the Society has scheduled six events across the country. The first event will be held in Chicago on Thursday, October 8th and the last event will be held in Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday, December 3rd. Below is some general information from the Society about this event, as well as a promotional code…
  • Beer Review – Rock Art Brewery’s The Vermonster

    limpd
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Well, it’s that time of year where we sneak in a last break before school starts up again (Yay! School is finally on the horizon). This time around, we headed north to Vermont and spent a week in the great outdoors at Smugglers’ Notch. As a means to wash away the days spent swimming, hiking, canoeing, and human foosballing (yes, that’s a thing), I found several liquid refreshments to restore my strength. One such bottle was the Vermonster, an American barley wine from the Rock Art Brewery. Rock Art Brewery was founded in Matt Nadeau’s basement in Johnson, VT in 1997.
  • Whisky Review – Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey

    G-LO
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Heaven Hill’s Pikesville Straight Rye is the second whiskey that Limpd and I sampled on that fateful night in mid-August when I once again darkened his door with my bag o’whiskey in hand (given my rather average stature, it’s amazing that I can darken any door. Or maybe he’s just calling me fat in a very roundabout way? Hey now!). Before we get to our review, here are a few things that I was able to find out about it: A bit of history from the Pikesville Rye website: First produced in Maryland in the 1890s, the brand, along with the rest of the once-booming Maryland…
  • Booze Review – Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky

    limpd
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Once again, G-LO darkened my doorstep (it seems I start a lot of posts with this). Truth be told, I invited G-LO over for a short session. When I queried if it was to be whiskey or beer, he suggested that we do some research. This is his not-so-subtle way of saying that I haven’t shouldered my load and that it was time I got something in the blog queue. He arrived with our homework (two whiskies from our friend, Mark Gillespie) and two new bottles. I see; we’re using a bit of the carrot and the stick approach. This is something new since he usually just goes with the hammer and a…
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  • Bowmore Mizunara cask finish

    Ruben Luyten
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:14 pm
    With the recent boom of Japanese whisky and the direct connection of Bowmore with Japan (they are owned by Beam Suntory), we now welcome a new Bowmore Mizunara Cask finish. Mizunara oak only grows in specific parts of Asia and although it grows slowly and it is a little difficult to work with, Mizunara casks have always been used in Japanese whisky production to induce some unique aromas. Suntory only produces around 100 casks per year and this is the first time an Islay whisky is finished in these casks (which are probably refill Yamazaki casks).   Bowmore Mizunara cask is officially…
  • Auchentoshan 1994 (Whisky Agency)

    Ruben Luyten
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:53 pm
    It seems the latest batch of Whisky Agency releases passed by with a little less fuss than we’ve come to expect. They’ve been on the market for a while, but I’ve only been able to try two or three. Here’s the Auchentoshan 1994 from the Circus series.     Auchentoshan 21 yo 1994 (54,8%, The Whisky Agency 2015, refill hogshead, 216 btl.) Nose: rather naked, with some nice fruity notes (unripe pineapple, green banana, greengages) and light grassy notes. Slightly less common notes of menthol. Some flinty hints, as well as some waxy lipstick notes. Nice and simple. After some…
  • Irish single malt 1988 (The Nectar)

    Ruben Luyten
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Any shopkeeper will tell you a lot of people are anxiously waiting for new independent Irish whiskey, especially these (officially undisclosed) Bushmills casks that seem to have been brought to the market by the Teeling brothers. This is a brand-new one, already sold out in most places.     Irish single malt 27 yo 1988 (49,5%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2015, joint bottling with LMdW) Nose: another generously exotic nose (guava, tinned pineapple, kiwi, passion fruits). Rather warm and honeyed, maybe a little less of the acidity that you find in other examples, but more redcurrant…
  • Highland Park 1995 (GM for The Whisky Mercenary)

    Ruben Luyten
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    The Whisky Mercenary selected his newest bottling from the Gordon & MacPhail stocks. Twenty years old indie Highland Park. We’re not complaining!     Highland Park 20 yo 1995 (50%, Gordon & MacPhail Exclusive for The Whisky Mercenary 2015, refill bourbon hogshead #1485, 325 btl.) Nose: sweet heather honey and zesty notes at the same time. Green apple, white peach and lemon candy. Slightly youngish banana and pear. Subtle coconut notes and a touch of mint / menthol. Very soft peat smoke and limestone. A rather summery version of Highland Park, thanks to the bourbon oak.
  • Laphroaig Lp6 (Elements of Islay)

    Ruben Luyten
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Enough old treasures for a while. This week we’ll focus on more mundane new releases. Elements of Islay Lp6 is a first-fill matured Laphroaig, the latest in the Elements of Islay series from The Whisky Exchange (or rather its sister company Specialty Drinks).     Laphroaig Lp6 (51,3%, Elements of Islay 2015, 50 cl) Nose: classic Laphroaig elements (profound smoke, dried kelp, iodine, eucalyptus) but also elegantly mixed with honey and vanilla. Nice hints of aromatic Szechuan pepper. Some peaches. A relatively mild nose. Mouth: again some tarry smoke but also plenty of rounder…
 
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  • The Glenrothes Reserve Collection

    Kevin Gray
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    The Glenrothes produces a lineup of fine vintage single malt whiskies, and now they’re introducing three new non-age statement expressions dubbed The Reserve Collection. This includes the Sherry Cask Reserve, Bourbon Cask Reserve and Vintage Reserve. Each whisky is a blend of rare and limited vintages aged in a distinct manner. Here’s a visual aid: And here’s the rundown: Sherry Cask Reserve This is the first Glenrothes expression that is aged exclusively in first-fill sherry casks, and it’s matured predominantly in European oak, which gives it lots of that resinous,…
  • Easy Labor Day Cocktails

    Kevin Gray
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Labor Day, by definition, is a day we’re not supposed to do any work. That’s what makes it one of our favorite days of the year, and that’s also why the below cocktail recipes are exceedingly easy. No infusions, no housemade syrups, no muddling or even shaking. Everything you see below can be whipped up with just a couple ingredients and minimal effort. Because Labor Day is chiefly meant for relaxing in a hammock. And maybe some grilling. But mostly the hammock. PRESBYTERIAN It’s tall, it’s refreshing, and it’s scotch. That’s a winning combo. 2 oz…
  • Grander Rum Review

    Kevin Gray
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Grander Rum is a new, independently owned spirits brand that’s producing an eight year old Panamanian rum. The process begins in the sugar cane fields of Herrara, Panama, where the sugar cane is hand-harvested and turned into Grade-A molasses. After fermentation, that molasses is distilled at Ingenio San Carlos Distillery in copper plated column stills. It’s then aged for eight years in barrels that once held Kentucky bourbon. It’s completely unadulterated–just rum in a barrel–before being cut with water to a formidable 90 proof. Panama produces a few of our…
  • Fight Malaria with 1897 Quinine Gin

    CE Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    There’s a new gin in town, and it goes by the name 1897 Quinine Gin. 1897 is the year that Sir Ronald Ross made a breakthrough discovery that laid the foundation for fighting malaria. And the gin itself utilizes cinchona bark, the traditional source of quinine, which has been used to treat malaria for centuries. 1897 Quinine Gin is produced via a cold-distillation process to extract the cinchona bark, which adds plenty of flavor and floral aromas to the mix. The gin also calls upon 13 traditional botanicals like juniper, coriander, angelica, cassia and licorice, which are distilled in a…
  • Plantation Launches Pineapple Stiggin’s Fancy Rum

    Kevin Gray
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    It’s not often that a flavored rum grabs our attention, but in this case, yes. Because this one comes courtesy of Plantation, one of our favorite rum producers. And also because this one is Pineapple Stiggin’s Fancy Rum, a nineteenth century spirit favored by the likes of Charles Dickens. And here it’s been recreated by Maison Ferrand (the cognac house that owns Plantation) proprietor and master blender, Alexandre Gabriel, and everyone’s favorite booze historian, Dave Wondrich. It goes like this: The rinds of ripe Queen Victoria pineapples are infused with Plantation 3…
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  • Whiskey Label Transparency: How to Do It

    Lew Bryson
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    Just a quickie here. We subscribe to the BottleBlueBook TTB updates, mostly out of curiosity. They send out a daily update on COLAs filed with the TTB. Heh. What’s that mean? As some of you know, the TTB is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau of the U.S. federal government, the descendant of the old ATF, and responsible for approval of spirits labeling, among other things, and a COLA is a Certificate/exemption Of Label/bottle Approval, the form the TTB gets from companies looking to get a new label approved. Note that the filing of a COLA doesn’t mean the product…
  • Record-breaking Karuizawa at Auction

    Lew Bryson
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    Karuizawa has earned the title of the most expensive 700 ml bottle of whisky ever auctioned. Bonhams, Hong Kong set the record with a hammer price of HK$750,000 ($96,774) for the Karuizawa 1960 52 year old ‘The Cockerel’ 51.8%, on August 28th 2015. The record hammer price represents an appreciation of greater than 500% over the original retail price of £12,500. Japan took the honor from a single malt Scotch whisky. Bowmore held the 700 ml record for 680 days following the charity sale of the Bowmore 1964 48 Years Old. Christie’s sold that one-off Bowmore for £61,000 in October…
  • How “Store Exclusive” Barrels Get Selected at a Craft Distillery

    Lew Bryson
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:21 am
    We see more and more of the “store bottlings” coming up. Liquor stores are taking the time and making the investment to go to distilleries and select a single barrel to be bottled and labeled for sale at their store only; bars are starting to do it as well. We thought you might be interested in just how that happens, and when I was contacted about such a selection, it seemed like a good time to do that. I got an email from Nick Taylor, who runs the scotch and whiskey department for Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors in Massachusetts (they have several stores in the Boston…
  • Whisky Advocate’s Fall 2015 Issue’s 10 Highest-Rated Whiskies

    Lew Bryson
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Fall 2015 issue of Whisky Advocate magazine will be hitting the newsstand in early September. Here’s a sneak preview of the issue’s Buying Guide reviews; the 10 highest-rated whiskies of the issue.   #10 – Wild Turkey Master’s Keep, 43.4%, $150 A very pricy (for Wild Turkey) 17 year old whiskey honoring master distiller Jimmy Russell. Nose is hot for the proof, with oak, dried barrel drool, warm dried corn, tobacco barn, and teaberry. Entry is not hot; rather, a thread of sweet syrup spreads out into thoroughly integrated corn and oak. Finish slides into drier…
  • More About Portland Distilleries — Part 2

    Lew Bryson
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We ran a piece by Geoff Kleinman on Portland, Oregon’s “Distillery Row” in the current issue (“Beer and Whiskey”, Summer 2015). It’s a good piece, but Geoff had a lot more material, so we decided to run it here. This is the second part, about New Deal Distillery. Enjoy! There’s a bumper sticker commonly seen in Portland, Oregon that reads “Keep Portland Weird”. Although weird is a relative term, as one tours the many craft distilleries in Portland, it’s clear that each marches to the beat of its own drum. Portlanders aren’t…
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  • Public Voting Open Now! - IWSC Online Retailer of the Year Award

    The Master of Malt
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    Readers of this blog and those who follow us on social media will know that we've been fortunate enough to win an astonishing number of awards over the last few years, many of them retailer awards within and even beyond the drinks industry. When we do, we always make sure to thank you all. Quite simply, without you - our customers - none of it would be possible. Last year we were able to make the shortlist for Online Retailer of the Year Award at the International Wine & Spirit Competition as a direct result of your votes. We then went on to take home the inaugural Online Retailer Trophy,…
  • Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 2 - Adnams

    The Master of Malt
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Welcome back to my Around The World In 80 Drams journey, which kicked off last week from the East London Liquor Co., unsurprisingly in East London. I left you with something of a riddle at the end of the last post, leaving hints as to where I’m off to next: sun, sea, superb beer and how it would take me 23 hours to travel there by pug (pugs run at an average of 3-5 miles per hour). Of course, I’m off to Adnams in Southwold! Now, when I said I’m bad at geography and that this series will help me learn things, I meant it. If you had asked me where Southwold was before I looked at a map,…
  • Around The World In 80 Drams - Week 1 - East London Liquor Company

    The Master of Malt
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    I’m bad at geography. I’m not a proud man, I’ll own own up to my faults and I definitely suck at geography. Recently I told a good friend that there couldn’t be more than around 70 countries and even bought a map to prove it. Boy was my face red. So now I own a map for the first time in my life, and I figure I should use it to rectify my lack of geographical expertise. How, you ask? Drinks, obviously. I plan to travel the world, like the great (fictional) Phileas Fogg before me. However, I will be doing so via the medium of delicious spirits and probably Wikipedia to find out a bit…
  • New Product: 1897 Quinine Gin - supporting Malaria No More UK

    The Master of Malt
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Something really very special here. An innovative new London Dry Gin - launching today - which is not only delicious but will also help save lives. 1897 Quinine Gin is made with cinchona bark (the natural and traditional source of quinine) as well as fresh citrus peels cold distilled under vacuum to extract flavours that remain full of vitality and freshness. In the case of the cinchona bark this means ethereal and floral notes that contribute heavily to the overall flavour profile of the finished gin. As well as being a truly stunning spirit, 1897 Quinine Gin supports a fantastic charity in…
  • Buying Whisky in the USA just got cheaper (and clearer)

    The Master of Malt
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    Good news everyone… Buying whisky in the USA just got cheaper (and clearer). As many of you will know, here at MOM we've been selling things at the same price in the US and UK for a long time, in both cases incorporating the cost of the local taxes into the price of the whisky so you could always see exactly what you were going to be charged on the product page before you even got to the checkout, without any “hidden extras”. Of course, there was still the shipping cost to add on, but everyone already knows shipping is a thing, so it’s not exactly a shock when you get to the checkout.
 
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  • காலிஃபிளவர் வடை

    Praveen Kumar
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:10 am
    ஒரு ருசியான மற்றும் எளிய மாலை சிற்றுண்டி. தேவையான பொருட்கள் காலிஃபிளவர் – அரை கப் (சுடு தண்ணீரில் போட்டு சுத்தம் செய்து, பொடியாக நறுக்கியது) கடலை மாவு – இரண்டு டீஸ்பூன் கசகசா – கால் டீஸ்பூன் கொத்தமல்லி – சிறிதளவு (பொடியாக…
  • Masala Thattai

    Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:10 am
    Thattai is a crunchy, deep-fried snack popular across South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. Prepared during festivals and special occasions, they are also an ideal teatime/evening snack. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 1 cups Bengal Gram Flour (Besan) – 1/4 cup Bengal Gram – 2 tblsp, soaked in water for 15 minutes Urad Dal – 1/4 […]
  • Gopalkala

    Praveen Kumar
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Gopalkala is a delicious and easy to make Krishna Janmashtami special recipe made with soaked poha, cucumber, yogurt and spices. Offered to Lord Krishna as a prasadam, this dish gives a refreshing and cooling effect. Ingredients: Poha (Aval/Beaten Rice) – 125 gms Coconut – 1/2, grated Cucumber – 1/4 cup, chopped Green Chilli – 1, […]
  • Bombay Sweet Potatoes

    Praveen Kumar
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:44 am
    Sweet Potatoes are a healthy and nutritious vegetable rich in vitamins, fiber and anti-oxidants. This Bombay Sweet Potatoes recipes is a perfect accompaniment to your main course – rice or roti. Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes – 125 gms, chopped Garlic – 1 small clove, peeled, chopped Onion – 1 small, chopped Garam Masala Powder – 1 […]
  • Thattai

    Vaijayanthi Srinivasan
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    Thattai is a very popular South Indian crispy and deep fried snack. A delicious anytime snack, there are many variations of this available and is often made during festive/special occasions. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 500 gms Urad Dal – 50 gms Roasted Gram – 1 tsp, powdered Bengal Gram Dal – 1 tblsp Salt – […]
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  • Cartizze Negroni

    Rebecca
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Cocktail trends come and go – one minute everyone’s all over rye; then people get passionate for pisco; the next moment Mezcal is all the rage.But one cocktail that seems to currently be having a resurgence in popularity is the Negroni – and I for one couldn’t be happier.Not that the negroni is a new drink – it’s been around since 1919, ever since Count Camillo Negroni wanted an extra-strong tipple. The amber coloured libation, made from equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari then garnished with orange peel, has been a favourite aperitif due to its wonderfully herbaceous,…
  • Ping Pong – Dim Summer Cocktails

    Rebecca
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    In my opinion, oriental flavours lend themselves perfectly to cocktails. Whether it’s the heat of chilli, the unique fragrance of lemongrass, or the exotic burst that comes from dragon fruit or lychee, then imbibing anything with an Asian influence is bound to go down well with me.Which is why I always enjoy a trip to Ping Pong, the increasingly popular (and rightly so) mecca for those that want to get their fill of delicious steamed dumplings. It’s a favourite place of mine to spend a few hours with friends, catching up over dim sum, but luckily the cocktails are also top quality. So it…
  • The Artesian – New Menu is a Surrealism dream

    Rebecca
    18 Jul 2015 | 9:24 am
    It’s not every day that ones drink arrives hanging suspended in a scented net, or riding high atop a futuristic Lego-constructed elephant – but then it’s not every day that one is trying out the new menu at the World’s Best Bar. Yep, those trailblazers of the cocktail universe have done it again, producing a show-stopping new selection of libations that are as much fun to take photos of as they are to drink.Whereas last year’s list was based on Unfolding and Exploring, the new menu is inspired by Salvador Dali and his Les Diners de Gala – a rare cookbook that embraces and…
  • Allachburn Care Home, Aberdeenshire

    Iain Gorman
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    On Thursday 25th June Social and Cocktail Events brought its Community Cocktails project to the North East, with a cocktail party in the Allachburn Care Home in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.The Social and Cocktail team arrived at 2pm and began to set up in the main lounge of the care home, in which many of the elderly care home residents had already arrived. The resident were visibly excited about the party and were keen to see the menus featuring the cocktail and mocktails the bartender would be serving. The bar was set up and banners and props displaying scenes from 1920s prohibition America were…
  • Noir W1

    Rebecca
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Sometimes thinking of a bar to grab some cocktails when you’re in Central London can be a pain. You want someplace that’s easy to get to, but nothing that has become a tourist trap. Equally, you want fun and inventive cocktails that are going to be worth the money you pay for them. And, if it’s a Friday night and you’re like me, you want somewhere that has an atmosphere combining chilled-out cool with chic surroundings.Enter Noir W1 – located just West enough to be classed as Mayfair, and exuding all the slick style one would expect from such geographical partiality.  The exterior…
 
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  • An Excuse To Drink: National Lemonade Day

    Alexander
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:59 pm
    August 20th is National Lemonade Day! Don’t worry, no one expected you to know that, but consider this your excuse to drink. The only thing more refreshing than a cold glass of lemonade is a cold glass of spiked lemonade so we’re sharing a few good recipes to help you celebrate. We love when brands send us recipes, but we love when they send us booze even more. Several of the brands we’ve sampled this Summer are included in the recipes below so feel free to give them a try. If week day drinking is a bit much for you, feel free to postpone the festivities until the weekend…
  • End of Summer Giveaway with Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey

    Alexander
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Wow, is it really the middle of August? I feel like I fell asleep in June and just woke up to all these back to school ads everywhere. If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little bit slow around here the past couple of months, and I’m fine with that. 2015 has been all about less stress, less work, and more fun for me and my family. We’ve been doing lots of traveling, several trips to the beach, hanging around the pool and just trying to live a little. This was our first year we DIDNT go to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail, and yes I was a little sad, but…
  • Devotion Vodka and Uber Team Up: Don’t Drink and Drive

    Alexander
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Ok, i’ll be up front in admitting I’ve NEVER had Devotion vodka. I’ve heard of it, I’ve seen it on the shelf, but nothing about its price or bottle made me want to devote any of my time to it. See what I did there? But my ears did perk up a bit when I came across news that Devotion Vodka and Uber, aka every cab companies worst nightmare, were teaming up this Summer to help you make a MUCH better choice which is to not Drink and Drive. During this Summer, first time users of UBER can actually visit DevotionVodka.com for a promotional offer code that will earn them a…
  • Review: BOTECO Vodka

    Alexander
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:20 pm
    This week we’re reviewing BOTECO Vodka, an ULTRA Premium Vodka that’s relatively new to the market, and comes imported from Brazil. I’m sure you’ve heard this story before, boutique vodka pops up, slaps “ultra premium” on their label, charges a boatload, and really isn’t anything special. Then you go back to buying your Ciroc or Grey Goose, or even worse back to Smirnoff. Not so fast. This isn’t your typical vodka. The majority brands on the market today use wheat or potatoes as a base to their vodka which can sometimes be harsh and leave you…
  • Introducing Bacardi Tangerine

    Alexander
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Nothing says Summer like Rum, unless you’re a tequila fiend, but I’m a rum kind of guy so I love this time of year because we tend to see a lot of awesome products hit the shelves. Bacardi Rum is keeping that trend going with the announcement of their newest flavored rum, Bacardi tangerine. It’s infused rich tangerine flavors to create a really tangy but fresh taste, inspired by the brands Caribbean heritage. I’m interested to give it a try mostly because I was a fan of Bacardi O, their orange rum, for years, which I’m not sure if it’s going away or not.
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  • Investing in Single Malt Whisky | Whisky Exchange

    Scott Gibson
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Here at scotwhisky.com we’ve written articles in the past about investing in single malt whisky exchange (click here). It seems that the trend to exchange whisky for investing in continuing. International broker Rare Whisky 101 reports that the demand for rare bottles of whisky, especially single malt whisky, is “accelerating at an extraordinary [...] The post Investing in Single Malt Whisky | Whisky Exchange appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Pinching Butts in Spain – A Story of Whisky Barrels

    Scott Gibson
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:28 am
    It’s well know fact that Scotch whisky has to be matured in oak barrels. But it’s an interesting story on how sherry butts came to be used. (By the way, a ‘butt’ is a 500 liter barrel). Winemakers in Spain often joke that they are on the lookout for Scotsmen who are trying [...] The post Pinching Butts in Spain – A Story of Whisky Barrels appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Ardbeg Whisky Distillers Produce First Whisky Vapour For Cocktails

    Scott Gibson
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:16 am
    Islay single malt whisky distillers, Ardbeg create a whisky vapour. It’s created in a special carafe. Special droplets in the carafe turn the whisky to vapour when vibrated. Always looking to come  up with something new, single malt whisky makers – Ardbeg have produced the first whisky vapour. The special mist is whisky [...] The post Ardbeg Whisky Distillers Produce First Whisky Vapour For Cocktails appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • China Whisky Fund to Boost Scotch Whisky Sales

    Scott Gibson
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Members of the Single Malt Club China (SMCC) have created a £3m fund so that Chinese whisky connoisseurs can invest in some of Scotland’s rarest single malts. The fund will facilitate the buying of rare and valuable single malt whiskies, such as limited editions released by distilleries or bottles from single caskets. The [...] The post China Whisky Fund to Boost Scotch Whisky Sales appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
  • Glenfiddich Director Gives Interview

    Scott Gibson
    14 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    William Grant and Sons, the company behind the Glenfiddich range of single malt Scotch whisky, is still family-owned. Glenfiddich has been making Scotch whisky since 1887 in the Speyside region of whisky production. Recently director, Peter Gordon, gave an interview to a US based TV show The Street. Glenfiddich has published a [...] The post Glenfiddich Director Gives Interview appeared first on Single Malt Scotch Whisky Online.
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  • Old Grand-Dad 80 proof Review

    Josh Peters
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:27 am
    Old Grand-Dad 80 proof came into existence in 2013 when Beam decided to cut the 86 proof version down to 80 proof in order to stretch out how many bottles of whiskey they could get out of a barrel. If this doesn’t make much sense to you I’ll explain in the next paragraph. If it makes perfect sense to you then you might as well skip to the review. When it comes to straight bourbon the only thing that can be added to it is water. When whiskey comes out of the barrel it’s sitting somewhere between 50-70+% ABV (100 – 140+ proof) depending on how long it’s been aging for and under…
  • 1980s Old Grand-Dad 86 proof Review

    Josh Peters
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:21 pm
    This particular 200 ML bottle of 1980s Old Grand-Dad 86 proof comes from the later end of the 80s as it has a bottle stamp of ’87. That doesn’t mean that the whiskey itself was put in the bottle in ’87, just that the bottles itself was created 1987. It’s an important distinction because I see some people using that as a solid date, but as far as I know bottle makers don’t double as clairvoyants; knowing when the bottle will be filled. Besides just looking rather neat this bottle of 1980s Old Grand-Dad 86 proof is interesting because it comes from National Distillers who owned the…
  • Old Grand-Dad 86 proof Review

    Josh Peters
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:12 pm
    This bottle of Old Grand-Dad 86 proof is from about 2003 (’03 stamp on bottle) which was about 10 years before they cut the proof down to 80. The 86 was cut down to 80 so that Jim Beam could get more bottles of whiskey out of each barrel they produced and it subsequently made for a lighter whiskey since cutting proof means they’re just adding more water. Even though the 86 proof was no shining prize, it was better than what the current 80 is and it’s a shame that it’s not still around since it’s one of the three proof levels OGD has been bottled at for decades. The other two proofs…
  • Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Launching in October

    Josh Peters
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:32 am
    (Lebanon, Ky.) September 1, 2015 – Limestone Branch Distillery introduces Yellowstone Limited Edition, set to hit the market in October. With only 6,000 bottles produced, this ultra-premium bourbon is the marriage of a seven-year rye, a seven-year wheated and a 12-year rye – a combination that creates an exceptional depth of flavor and complexity. “I hand-selected the barrels of the 12-year bourbon to add just the right notes and create a truly distinct, well-rounded flavor profile,” says Steve Beam, president and distiller of Limestone Branch Distillery. “Given our partnership with…
  • The Black Grouse Review

    Josh Peters
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    The Black Grouse is a peated version of The Famous Grouse. Being a blend they didn’t actually peat the barley specifically used for this whisky, like with a single malt, but instead have taken fully matured Islay whisky and blended it with some Famous Grouse. Originally created for the Swedish market, The Black Grouse was released in 2007. There is some speculation about where the peated Islay whisky comes from with some folks thinking it’s Laphroaig, others thinking it’s Caol Ila and I even saw a post or two saying it was Ardbeg or Lagavulin. We can safely eliminate Ardbeg and…
 
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  • 7 Adult Lemonade’s for National Lemonade Day

    Spirited Gifts Team
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    National Lemonade Day is August 20th and we have some boozy recipes to help you celebrate the end of summer. Representing all the different types of alcohol you are sure to find a recipe to your taste. Cheers! Tito’s Vodka Lonestar Lemonade 1 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka 1 oz limoncello 1 oz sweet and sour mix 1/2 oz agave nectar 2 lemon wedges Fill a mixing glass to the rim with ice. Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, limoncello and sweet and sour mix. Squeeze one lemon wedge into mixing glass and then discard. Shake three times and pour into a sugar rimmed Poco Grande glass.
  • 7 Classic American Cocktails for the Fourth

    Spirited Gifts Team
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    We took seven classic cocktails and modernized them using Craft Spirits from the USA. The Manhattan Remade with Breuckelen Distillery Whiskey, this classic is now a Brooklyn. The Brooklyn 3/4 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth 2 1/2 oz Breuckelen Distilling 77 Local Rye and Corn Whiskey 1 dash Fee Brothers Bitters 1 maraschino cherry 1 twist orange peel White Russian This classic is usually made with Kahlua but when we tried the new St George NOLA Coffee Liqueur we knew we had a winner on our hands. Whether white or black this is a classic in the making. Americano White Russian 2 oz Hangar One Vodka 1…
  • Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule

    Spirited Gifts Team
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    See our Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule and make sure your gift is sent in time! | SPIRITEDGIFTS.COM The post Mother’s Day Shipping Schedule appeared first on Spirited Gifts | Blog.
  • Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon for John Wayne

    Spirited Gifts Team
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    Relived John Wayne’s legacy through Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon   Another addition to Duke Spirits is the Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon. The birth of this brandy is to honor John Wayne, a legend in American Film history whose real name is Marion Mitchell Morrison. Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon is produced by Monument Valley Distillers of California to have similarities with John Wayne’s favorite bourbon during the 60’s. Remember, last 2013, Duke Spirits released a $350 worth per bottle of the limited edition brandy. Good news is that, Duke Kentucky Bourbon SRP…
  • Move over green beer. Here are our top 10 Irish Whiskies for St Paddy’s Day

    Spirited Gifts Team
    11 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
      Did you know Irish whiskey was once the most popular spirit in the world? No one ever thought of true quality Irish Whiskey becoming extinct until the 19th century when its popularity waned. From the late 19th century until the 1990’s Irish whiskey brands and distilleries slowly disappeared until there were only about seven left in all of Ireland. Seven. Fortunately for this generation Irish Whiskey has been making a steady comeback, with sales growing by twenty percent each year and prompting the expansion and opening of many distilleries. What this means for you is a higher…
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  • This Week in Drink News: The Return of KMF, Deschutes Looks East, and Aurora Point

    DrinkInsider
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:08 am
    Return of the Kosmic Mother Funk Sam Adams this week re-released their limited-edition Belgian style ale, Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) Grand Cru. This marks the second annual release of the beer, which is now heading out on the road for a Tasting Tour across the country. I was on hand at the brewery in Boston for the launch party this past Wednesday and shared a few beers with founder Jim Koch. This year, Sam Adams bottled up a very small batch of the beer, which will be available only for a short time at the brewery (in fact, it may already be sold out). For those who aren’t able to pick…
  • Drinking New England: Summer Farm Sipping in Westport, MA

    DrinkInsider
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:05 pm
    There are a lot of great drink-worthy “day trips” and getaways for beer, wine and spirits fans in New England. And I decided it was about time to start writing about them.  If you drive about an hour and a half south of Boston you’ll reach the town of Westport, Massachusetts. It’s one of these little hidden gem drink destinations that is the perfect summer New England getaway/day-trip. You’ve got the water (river and bay). You’ve got beautiful farmland, dotted with farmsteads and quiet country roads with corn and (in the right place, grapes) as far as the eye can see.
  • Compass Box’s Hedonism Quindecimus: Grain Whisky, Evolved

    DrinkInsider
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Hedonism Quindecimus.  Hedonism. Quindecimus. Say that ten times over. Okay, don’t say that ten times over. Just look at her awe. Stare longingly into it her beautiful eyes and be transported to some strange land that whiskymaker/mad whisky scientist John Glaser has dreamt up in his factory of sensory delight. Holy s%^t this bottle is stunning. I’ve always loved Compass Box label art and package design, but this one takes it to another level. (Sorry, I’m an agency guy and I geek out on these kinds of things). Yes, I know you are more interested in the liquid… I am too. And we’ll…
  • This Week in Drink News: Pot Beer, Wine Stock and The Bee

    DrinkInsider
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    Is it 4:20 yet? Dude’s Brews, the packaged beer arm of a Colorado-based brewpub, will be releasing the world’s first line of high CBD, cannabis-infused craft beer starting in fall 2015. The first beers to be introduced under the Canna-Beer series are Sativa IPA andIndica Double IPA. Because potheads like choices to, you know. A sneak peak of these weed-infused brews will be available during the 2015 Great American Beer Festival. Read more. Ever dreamed of owning a winery? Well, now you can (kind of). Willamette Valley Vineyards is offering stock to fund two new Oregon wineries…
  • WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey: Cask-Finished Goodness

    DrinkInsider
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Since WhistlePig first released their 10 year 100 proof straight rye in 2010, the Vermont-based whiskey company has quickly become one of the preeminent producers of 100% rye in the US. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying most of their releases to date, including the excellent batch of limited edition Boss Hog’s which came to market in 2013 and 2014. WhistlePig’s latest release represents the producer’s continued pursuit of experimentation, but their first official foray into cask finishes. Old World is a 12-year straight rye finished in Madeira, Sauternes and Port casks.
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  • Red State Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    Proof: 80 Age: No Age Statement Distillery: Heaven Hill Master Distiller:Denny Potter (with Craig Beam consulting) Season: Trump Season Introducing Red State Bourbon! So here’s the thing – this bourbon was released in 2012 for the Presidential faceoff between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Unlike the Red States during that election, this bourbon is not a winner. I tend to do my bourbon tastings in the same bar, and my bartender knows when I get a bad pour because I am out after the first sip This was not a bad pour. But it wasnt a good one either. Good thing that I paid $3 bucks…
  • Easily Cut Your Bourbon Bottles for Fun and Profit

    Demitrius
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Dont throw that empty bottle away! We have finally found ways to create great looking bottle art without shipping your empty bottles off to an industrial designer (or cutting yourself). The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter is a cheap, safe, and easy to use tool that creates perfect cuts every time. Not only can you really trick out your home bar and house decor with the bourbon bottles that you love, you can also get creative and sell your creations on Etsy, Amazon, and elsewhere. Take a look. If you own a bar or restaurant, its time to step your table game up. Keeping, cutting, and using beer,…
  • Old Weller Antique 107 Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Proof: 107 Age: 7 Years Old +/- Distillery: Sazerac/ Stitzel-Weller Distilling Company at Buffalo Trace Master Distiller: Harlen Wheatley Season: Late Summer / Fall Introducing Old Weller Antique 107 Proof! This review has been a long time coming. W.L. Weller is a spectacular value and a fantastic bourbon in an overcrowded field of generally unimpressive bourbons. I freakin’ love W.L. Weller, and any real bourbon enthusiast shares my enthusiasm with good reason: W.L. Weller has the exact same wheated mash bill as Pappy Van Winkle. Not that being associated with the most overhyped…
  • Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon Review

    Demitrius
    22 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Proof: 114 Age: No Statement Distillery: Old Grand-Dad Distillery, Jim Beam Master Distiller: Fred Noe Season: Any Introducing Old Grand-Dad 114 ! Look at that majestic glow, baby! Here is a little fun fact that you may not have known: the bust on the front of the bottle is of a distiller named Basil Hayden. Hayden passed his recipe down to his son who then passed it down to his son, who paid homage to his “Old Grand-Dad” with both the bourbon’s namesake and the portrait of Old Grand-Dad himself on the bottle. One might also note that the author Charles Bukowski was a big fan, and…
  • It is Official. 30 Days To Derby.

    Demitrius
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:37 pm
    Don’t expect much to get done around here! The post It is Official. 30 Days To Derby. appeared first on Bourbon of the Day.
 
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  • See what happens when you get out of your comfort zone. Do it today!

    Flaviar
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Get out of your comfort zone! Today is the day to do it. It will make you spit, laugh and sweat... but think of all the stories you’ll get to tell. BuzzFeed crew shows how it’s done…  Bottoms up!  
  • How Ron Jeremy Lost his Rumginity

    Flaviar
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    “Ron means Rum in Spanish and who is the most famous Ron? Ron Jeremy of course, we should make Rum with him!” The idea struck Jouko Laune and Olli Hietalahti, two advertising creatives from Finland, 10 years ago while relaxing with a bottle of beer after a long day at work. We invited Olli for a chat and asked him to share more details on what happened next.   Jouko sketched the bottle on the bar napkin and Ron de Jeremy was born. They had just founded an ad agency at the time and didn’t have the time to work on the Rum. But the idea of Ron de Jeremy remained and some 5…
  • Hakushu: Japanese Whisky from the Forest

    Flaviar
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    After 3-hour travel from Tokyo with three different trains, the cab that we took for the last few miles of the trip, finally drops us on the big parking lot at the entrance to Hakushu Distillery site. The Power of a Soap Opera In the recent years, Japanese Whisky has been peaking in popularity not only in the world but also in Japan. This is due to a few reasons. One of them, surprisingly, is a local soap opera called Massanabout the beginnings of Japanese Whisky production that is reportedly watched by 1 out of 5 people in Japan. The “Kardashian effect” that followed…
  • Meet Hven, Organic Whisky from the Swedish Flavour Expert

    Flaviar
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    IKEA, meatballs, ABBA, and tons of blonde and tall representatives of the human species are only some of the great things Sweden gave to the world. But even when it comes to Whisky, the country should not be overlooked. Tiny island of Hven is just a short sail away from the Danish coast. It's home to 371 inhabitants, but also to The Spirit of Hven, mini hotel, restaurant and most importantly distillery, producing organic tipples: Whisky, Vodka, Aquavit, and Gin.   Hven's Master Distiller and owner Henric Mollin is chemist by profession, especially interested in flavours and…
  • 6 Things that Make Rum Awesome

    Flaviar
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rum is one of the key cocktail ingredients and sipping Rums will blow your world. Its image in your head just needs to recover from the jaws of cliche. There's that pirate song, all the associations with drunken island vacations, and cocktails that no one wants to order any longer. But there are at least 6 reasons why you should make Rum part of your normal bar habits. #1 Rum is the result of a genious idea on how to use leftovers Most people would say Rum is distilled sugar cane but it's stranger than that. Rum is traditionally distilled from molasses and the byproducts of producing…
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  • Reviewing The Personal Barber

    Greg
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:24 am
    The re-emergence of manly pursuits; how the wet shave has risen again Gentlemen, assuming that you are gentlemen, do you ever look at yourself and just wish you had the time to go to a real barber? Do you ever stare at the five o’clock shadow forming on your masculine jawline and just wish you […] The post Reviewing The Personal Barber appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Press release: BOWMORE MIZUNARA CASK FINISH BRINGS TOGETHER TWO OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS WHISKY ISLANDS

    Greg
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:11 am
    CREATING AN INDUSTRY FIRST, BOWMORE LAUNCHES A SINGLE MALT WHISKY FINISHED IN THE HIGHLY REVERED JAPANESE MIZUNARA CASKS Only 2,000 bottles of Bowmore Mizunara Cask Finish available globally from Harrods, Selfridges, The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop ABV 53.9% | 700ml | RRP from £650 THE WORLD’S TWO MOST FAMOUS WHISKY ISLANDS COLLABORATE London, England, […] The post Press release: BOWMORE MIZUNARA CASK FINISH BRINGS TOGETHER TWO OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS WHISKY ISLANDS appeared first on Great Drams.
  • Review: Fettercairn Fior Limited Release

    Plato
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:11 am
    Fettercairn Fior Limited Release  Foot of the mountain. That’s what Fettercairn means. And it is probably a very accurate name for the Highland village of Fettercairn, that gave it’s name to the Fettercairn distillery.  Fior, which is the whisky that I’m tasting today, means pure or true.  Purity seems to have been an inspiration for […] The post Review: Fettercairn Fior Limited Release appeared first on Great Drams.
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  • The Ups and Downs of Moonshine

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    September 4, 2015 – When you put “mainstream” next to “moonshine”, the renegade spirit loses some of its cachet.  However, since most of us can’t access a local moonshiner but would like to experience white whiskey, mainstream is the way to go.  It is also safer.  No risk of ingesting antifreeze, lead and methanol, all of which are hazardous to one’s health. The word in the industry via Shanken News Daily which keeps tabs on things like this, is that moonshine’s rapid growth is slowing down somewhat to the point where some big players are exiting or suspending their efforts…
  • BRANDY & COGNAC: GROWING POPULARITY

    admin
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:16 am
    Courtesy Beverage Dynamics www.beveragedynamics.com BY JACK ROBERTIELLO   While much talk lately in the spirit business has been about the surge of whiskey sales in the U.S., the other brown spirit — brandy and Cognac — has managed to rebound quite nicely from the economic turmoil of a few years ago and even build on a solid growth trend here. Bolstered over the past few years by a steady growth trajectory, the major Cognac houses have produced line extensions incorporating contemporary ideas in aging, taste and marketing, and spruced up the look of many of their traditional…
  • Louisville –a New Bourbon Tourism Destination

    admin
    28 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    December 29, 2014 – Louisville’s 4th Street Live entertainment district will have a new attraction in 2015 with the planned opening of a 4,300 square foot visitor center by Jim Beam. The Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse will include a working pot still, a bottling line where guests can fill their own bottle, a tasting area and a merchandise sales area. The company says it will complement the visitor experience offered at its Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, Kentucky. The $5.2 million center will be located beneath existing office space occupied by Beam Suntory, which also owns Maker’s…
  • Anchor Old Tom Gin – A Gin for Gin-Lovers

    admin
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:31 am
    November 7, 2014 – If you’ve no idea what the Old Tom designation means, don’t feel bad.  You weren’t around in 18th Century London at the height of its popularity and it has only very recently been rediscovered by a handful of distillers.  Mixologists are excited as it makes its way into craft cocktail consciousness. Old Tom is smoother and silkier than regular gin and a new favorite of mixologists who appreciate its subtlety.   Our go-to gin has been Tanqueray for years so we conducted a taste test and the difference is amazing both on the nose and the palate. Tanqueray…
  • Whiskey Becoming #1 Spirit Supplanting Vodka

    admin
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    November 1, 2014 – Vodka, long the best-selling spirit, is about to be replaced by whiskey, possibly by the end of this year, as the biggest selling spirit in the U.S.  The increase in sales of whiskey, especially the made-in-America variety, has been confirmed by the industry trade group DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States). It is also the view of the many mixologists we talk to who all say they still sell “a ton of vodka” but that whiskey is becoming increasingly more popular.  Why is this? There are several factors, one being the cyclical nature of drinking…
 
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  • Kilchoman 10th Anniversary

    Thomas Øhrbom
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    Kilchoman 10th Anniversary, NAS, 58,2 % Kilchoman Distillery, the young newcomer on Islay, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To commemorate this they release the Kilchoman 10th Anniversary at the Feis Ile 2015 festival earlier this year. This is a limited edition of 3000 bottles. It is a vatting of whisky from casks filled between 2005 […] The post Kilchoman 10th Anniversary appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • RoughStock Montana Spring Wheat Whiskey

    Thomas Øhrbom
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    RoughStock Montana Spring Wheat Whiskey, NAS, 45 % Back in 2005, when distiller Bryan Schultz founded RoughStock Distillery, this was the first legal distillery in Montana in over 100 years. That is always a nice starting point when you want to tell the story of your distillery. RoughStock Distillery is located near Bozeman, and is today joined […] The post RoughStock Montana Spring Wheat Whiskey appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Glenlivet 1974 (2011) Gordon & MacPhail

    Tone Øhrbom
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:38 am
    Glenlivet 1974 (bottled 2011) Gordon & MacPhail, 43 % The independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has released a lot of whiskies from Glenlivet distillery, many of which have been bottled at 40 % or 43 %. This Glenlivet was distilled in 1974 and bottled in 2011. It is a part of the bottling series George & J.G. Smith’s. It is […] The post Glenlivet 1974 (2011) Gordon & MacPhail appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • Nordic Whisky #55 – Mackmyra Svensk Ek

    Thomas Øhrbom
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    Mackmyra Svensk Ek, NAS, 46,1 % The product Mackmyra Svensk Ek (Swedish Oak) is surrounded with a bit of controversy. This is in fact a re-launch of the previous product Mackmyra Första Utgåvan (The First Edition), although the composition of the whisky has also been slighty adjusted (so not simply a name change). The controversy […] The post Nordic Whisky #55 – Mackmyra Svensk Ek appeared first on Whisky Saga.
  • New whisky releases Norway – September 2015

    Thomas Øhrbom
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
      A total of 45 whiskies are released in the Vinmonopolet monopoly stores on Friday September 4. In the list below we have linked to our reviews for the ones we have already tested. Very interesting this month are the Arran 18 YO, Bruichladdich Octomore7.1, Miltonduff, Knob Creek Rye, and the Scallywag Cask Strength. Amrut 2009 […] The post New whisky releases Norway – September 2015 appeared first on Whisky Saga.
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    A History of Drinking

  • National Whiskey Sour Day

    Gregory Priebe
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:48 am
    August 25th is Whiskey Sour Day and today we salute the most famous of the sour family, the humble whiskey sour! By definition, a sour is any drink that contains a base spirit (or liqueur), lime or lemon juice, and a non-alcoholic sweetener. The category can be further subdivided by the “Daisy” which is a... Read More » The post National Whiskey Sour Day appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Walter P. Chrysler and the Chrysler Cocktail

    Gregory Priebe
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    An Excuse To Drink – August 18, 1940: The Death of Walter P. Chrysler 75 years ago today, Walter P. Chrysler, American engineer, car manufacturer and industrialist, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Forker House, his home in Kings Point, Long Island, New York. Walter is best known as the founder of the Chrysler Corporation. Although not directly named... Read More » The post Walter P. Chrysler and the Chrysler Cocktail appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • National Rum Day 2015

    Gregory Priebe
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Of all the spirits in your home, rum is the most romantic” – James Beard, 1956 National Rum Day 2015 It’s National Rum Day! Summer may winding down, but there’s still time to celebrate one of the world’s oldest and most prolific spirits with these great rum-based cocktails!! To start the weekend off right, our... Read More » The post National Rum Day 2015 appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Go Out or Stay In – National Rum Day 2015

    Gregory Priebe
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Sunday, August 16th is National Rum Day! Looking for a way to close out the summer with your favorite rum drinks? Whether you want to hit the trendiest bars in town or enjoy a drink made in the comfort of your own home, we’ve got some National Rum Day options for you… “Aruba Ariba” recipe and image courtesy... Read More » The post Go Out or Stay In – National Rum Day 2015 appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
  • Dalek Day Drink Recipes

    Gregory Priebe
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dalek Day Drinks Today we mark the birthday of  screenwriter and novelist Terence Joseph Nation on what would have been his 85th birthday. Nation worked on such series as The Avengers, The Saint and more recently MacGyver, but is best known for the 1970’s sci-fi series Blake’s 7 and the creation of those iconic pepper-pots-of-destruction, the”Daleks” in... Read More » The post Dalek Day Drink Recipes appeared first on A History of Drinking. More after the jump
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  • The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Shakers

    Will Shenton
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Knowing when to shake and when to stir a drink can be tricky, but we make it easy in our newest home bartending guide. The post The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Shakers appeared first on Bevvy.
  • How to Make the Perfect Margarita

    Will Shenton
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Maybe the most popular tequila cocktail in the world, the Margarita has suffered from sub-par ingredients for decades. Here's how to make one the right way! The post How to Make the Perfect Margarita appeared first on Bevvy.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Muddlers

    Will Shenton
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Just back from the farmers market and looking to make some fresh, fruity drinks? You're going to need a muddler, and we'll show you how to pick one. The post The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Muddlers appeared first on Bevvy.
  • The Sordid History of the Moscow Mule

    Will Shenton
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    From the savior of failing businesses to the subject of Red-Scare political attacks, the Moscow Mule has certainly been around the block. The post The Sordid History of the Moscow Mule appeared first on Bevvy.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Strainers

    Will Shenton
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    We give you the rundown on the best cocktail strainers out there, and how to improvise your own in a pinch! The post The Ultimate Guide to Cocktail Strainers appeared first on Bevvy.
 
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    The Whiskey Wash

  • Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century Whiskey Coming In October

    Nino Marchetti
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Legendary singer and all around bad ass Frank Sinatra, had he still been alive today, would be closing in on his 100th birthday this year. Jack Daniel’s, aiming to celebrate this special birthday and at the same time pay homage to one of its most famous drinkers, is set to release what has to be one of its most prestigious, and expensive, whiskies ever in the form of Sinatra Century. The upcoming Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Century, according to those behind it, is an extremely limited release drawn from just 100 barrels “handpicked by master distiller Jeff Arnett.” It was bottled at 100…
  • Speyside Beinn Dubh One Very Black Scotch Whisky

    Nino Marchetti
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Speyside Distillery has unveiled a new extremely dark colored Scotch whisky that’s named after a high mountain called Beinn Dubh in the Cairngorm mountain range. It is the Gaelic translation of the peak’s actual name, Ben Macdui, and has a bit of an interesting back story as to why it ended up being called as such. Speyside Beinn Dubh, according to the distillery, was so named “to recreate the essence of the black mountain in a bottle.” The phrase was originally floated by one Professor Norman Collie after his solo climb to the summit in 1891, and its a reference to the…
  • Whiskey Review: Temperance Trader Chinato Barrel Bourbon

    Tish Lester
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article. With new distlleries popping up almost as fast as new cell phone apps, it may seem as though everything that can be done has been done before.  Bull Run Distillery in Portland, Oregon, however, has proven there are still avenues left to explore.  Their latest innovation: Temperance Trader Chinato Barrel Aged Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Hand crafted and bottled at almost 90 proof,…
  • Springbank Longrow Red Scotch Finished In Pinot Noir Casks

    Nino Marchetti
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    Scotland’s Springbank Distillers, among its various whisky lines, has its popular Springbank Longrow Red series. Described as being matured in red wine casks, previous bottlings have included Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Port casks so far. It is now on its fourth iteration, this time being drawn from Pinot Noir casks. Longrow Red, Fresh Pinot Casks, makes use of wine barrels from New Zealand, having spent a final year of finishing in them. It is bottled at a cask strength of 52.9% ABV, and only 9,000 bottles are being made available across the world. You can find a bottle of this whisky…
  • Whiskey Review: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old

    Joshua St. John
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:40 am
    Editor’s Note: The Whiskey Wash welcomes Joshua St. John to our writing staff. Also, this whiskey was provided to us as a free sample to review by the party behind it. The Whiskey Wash, while appreciative of this, did keep full independent editorial control over this article. One would be hard-pressed to find a liquor department without a representative of the Glendfiddich line. The world’s best-selling single malt is among the most recognizable offerings gracing store shelves. Ironically, the brand can get lost in this position with many adventurers looking for more exotic labels.
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    Tipsy Bartender

  • THE HOT TURK SHOT

    Skyy john
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:50 pm
     1/2 oz. (15ml) Jagermeister1/2 oz. (15ml) Fireball Whisky1/2 oz. (15ml) Bacardi 1511/2 oz. (15ml) Apple Juice
  • Our Savior Sober Christ

    Skyy john
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:30 pm
  • Labor Day Weekend

    Skyy john
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:30 pm
  • GIANT GUMMY BEAR COCKTAIL

    Skyy john
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:50 pm
     Each bears weighs 26 lbs, has 32,000 calories and can hold a liter of booze. ---Orange Bear---Captain MorganMalibu Coconut RumMidori Melon LiqueurBlue Curacao Sweet & SourPineapple Juice OrangesStrawberries ---Red Bear---Vanilla VodkaBaileys Irish CreamAmarettoMalibu Coconut RumVanilla Ice CreamChocolate Ice CreamChocolate SyrupWhipped CreamStrawberries
  • It's Never Enough

    Skyy john
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 pm
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    Words of Whisky

  • Glendronach 21yo Parliament

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:09 am
    You could buy a single cask from the mid-nineties, but the Glendronach 21yo Parliament is a lot cheaper, and probably just as good. The post Glendronach 21yo Parliament appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Nikka Taketsuru 21yo

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:35 am
    An old blended malt whisky, the Taketsuru 21yo was named after the founder of Nikka. Sweet nose, spicy palate. The post Nikka Taketsuru 21yo appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Laphroaig 18yo (2013)

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Sadly discontinued, the Laphroaig 18yo will be missed. A great showing from the Islay distillery. The post Laphroaig 18yo (2013) appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Kavalan Sherry Oak

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    This baby brother of the Kavalan Solist Sherry is a good enough dram in its own right. The post Kavalan Sherry Oak appeared first on Words of Whisky.
  • Glen Moray, A Warehouse Visit To Remember

    Thijs @ Words of Whisky
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    Would I recommend visiting Glen Moray? Yes. If you've never been to a distillery, then this is an excellent one to pop your cherry. And even the more experienced distillery visitor will enjoy the warehouse experience. The post Glen Moray, A Warehouse Visit To Remember appeared first on Words of Whisky.
 
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    Drunk Passion

  • The Six Cycle Cocktail

    Brandon Boswell
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Six Cycle Cocktail cocktail is a delicious little beauty that will have your customers wondering if you’re an artist in your spare time. So pretty and so tasty!!! 1 1/2 oz. Rum 1/2 oz. Maraschino Liqueur 2 1/2 oz. Orange Juice 1/2 oz. Grenadine 2 1/2 oz. Champagne 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao To make this sexy little drink you first want to take the Rum, Maraschino Liqueur, and the Orange Juice and pour them all into a shaker tin. Do not use any ice. Shake away. After you’ve had enough of the sexy shaking pour the mix into a wine glass. Add the Grenadine. In a separate shaker tin…
  • The Little Mermaid Cocktail

    Brandon Boswell
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    A pleasant little surprise from under the sea! Not sure you could really drink it down there but I’m sure Sebastian could probably use it to seduce some of his lady crabs up on the beach. Ariel’s slushy little beverage is the perfect choice for a hot day spent playing in the sand. 1 oz. Orange Vodka 3/4 oz. Blue Curacao 3/4 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur 3/4 oz. Pineapple Juice 3/4 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum 3/4 oz. Spiced Rum 1/2 oz. Grenadine Need to pull out the blender for this one kids. Once you find one of those you’ll want to add the Orange Vodka and the Blue Curacao. Now add…
  • Going Country With The Twins Because F**k Cancer

    Brandon Boswell
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    “Couple of idiots trying to make a difference. Thank you all for your continued support over the years.” -The Ruscheinski Twins Two weeks after Shaun Gauthier went to the doctor with a stomach ache he was dead. A rockstar human being taken in the blink of an eye by a rare form of cancer called angiosarcoma. At twenty-eight years old, the death of Shaun G devastated the entire bar industry in Vancouver. Jamie and Chris Ruscheinski first met Shaun in grade eight at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. By grade ten they had formed a solid friendship after seeing each other at various…
  • Glow In The Dark Jello Shots

    Brandon Boswell
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Thanks to something called quinine you can make your glow parties just a little more exciting. Not that I expect most of you to know what quinine is so let me enlighten you. Quinine is a white crystalline alkaloid which is derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and also happens to be one of the main ingredients in tonic water. Lucky for us this stuff glows brightly when subjected to a black light and thus makes glow in the dark jello shots possible. 4 cups Tonic Water 3/4 cup Malibu Rum 1/4 cup Vodka 1 Jello Packet Place 2 cups of the Tonic Water in a pot and bring it to a boil. After it…
  • 10 Ways To Make More Money Bartending

    Brandon Boswell
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:55 pm
    “If everything is under control, you’re going too slow” -Mario Andretti Some people go to work to kill time but I go to work to get paid. As much as I love being behind a bar I love it a lot more when my customers are throwing their paychecks at me. Nothing beats the sound of twenty dollar bills hitting the bottom of the tip jar. Except maybe the sound of a female customer flashing me. So why is it that some bartenders make a lot of money and there are other bartenders that make peanuts. Although there can be many variables involved such as the type of bar, the quality of…
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    Drink Heavy:

  • Monti-Birra Glass

    sheldon911
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:13 pm
    The Monti-Birra Glass or “Mountain Beer Glass ” is designed to enhance any carbonated beverage and is ideal for your favorite light, bubbly craft beer.  Each glass has a uniquely designed base that opens up the beer wit…The post Monti-Birra Glass appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • Wheaties Brand HefeWheaties Beer

    sheldon911
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Introducing the breakfast of champions, according to a post on the General Mills blog Wheaties will be partnering with Fulton a Minneapolis based brewery to craft HefeWheaties. A limited edition German style Hefeweizen beer. The beer …The post Wheaties Brand HefeWheaties Beer appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • MARCA NEGRA ESPADIN MEZCAL

    sheldon911
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
    This 100% Espadin Agave Mezcal is from San Juan Del Rio, Oaxaca, Mexico. Distilled by Maestro Isaias Martinez Juan. This Mezcal exhibits delicate notes of fruit, fresh herbs, and sweet smoky character intertwined.  Mezcal is not techn…The post MARCA NEGRA ESPADIN MEZCAL appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • Seaworth Coffee Single Fin Sludge

    sheldon911
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Seaworth Coffee is inspired by a common love of the sea and a new found love of handcrafted cold-brewed coffee. This thick cold brew offers a lot of coffee bean flavor with a rich buttery taste that’s great over ice . Every batch i…The post Seaworth Coffee Single Fin Sludge appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
  • COLA MAISON

    sheldon911
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:34 am
    Tired of mixing cheap cola with that expensive bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select you just bought ? Old Faithful Shop has the perfect cocktail syrup for this exact problem, The Cola Maison is a cola flavored syrup that acts as a delig…The post COLA MAISON appeared first on Drink Heavy:.
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    Single Malt Whiskey

  • Top 10 Schottische Single Malts 2015

    Freddy
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:56 am
    Die gigantische Auswahl an Single Malt Whiskys kann Einsteiger, aber auch gestandene Whiskyverteranen leicht überfordern. Lohnt es sich, eher mehr Geld in die Hand zu nehmen? Oder gibt es auch günstige Single Malts von hoher Qualität? In meiner Top 10 habe ich Euch meine Lieblingswhiskys aus Schottland zusammengestellt. Bei der Reihenfolge habe ich sowohl den Geschmack als auch das Preis/Leistungsverhältnis bewertet. Meine Auswahl seht Ihr in der folgenden Tabelle. Wenn Ihr herunterscrollt habe ich nach der Tabelle alle nochmal Whiskys ausführlich beschrieben. Hier also meine Top 10:…
  • Hibiki 12

    Freddy
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    Japanischen Whiskymachern sagt man oft eine große handwerkliche Fertigkeit und Sorgfalt nach. Der Suntory Hibiki 12 verkörpert für mich genau das, wofür japanische Whiskys stehen: Ein handwerklich starker Whisky, der durch klare aber dennoch unaufdringliche Aromen überzeugt, die ausgezeichnet miteinander harmonieren. Farbe, Nase, Geschmack und Abgang Hibiki 12Farblich zeigt sich der Whisky im Glas in einer kräftigen, scheinenden Bernsteinfarbe. Von der Nase her erkenne ich deutlich süßliche Aromen von Ananas, Pflaumen, Himbeeren, Birnen sowie leichte Noten von Honig und Vanille. Der…
  • Lagavulin 16

    Freddy
    7 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    Der Lagavulin 16 gehört zu den so genannten Classic Malts, denen nachgesagt wird, für die Wiederauferstehung von Single Malt Whiskys in der zweiten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts verantwortlich zu sein. Die Classic Malts bestanden zunächst aus sechs verschiedenen Whiskys (Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Oban, Glenkinchie, Cragganmore und Lagavulin), aus Marketingzwecken hat man die Anzahl heute auf 13 erweitert. Dies zeigt natürlich, dass der Begriff “Classic Malt” eher einem Verkaufsgedanken als tatsächlichen historischen Gegebenheiten entsprungen ist und mit der Wiederauferstehung von Single…
  • Wie man Whisky „richtig“ verkostet

    Freddy
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Eine kurze Anleitung zum vollkommenen Whisky Genuss Kurz nach meinem 18. Geburtstag hat mir ein guter Freund eine Flasche Jack Daniels geschenkt, die wir uns so gleich mit ein paar weiteren Kumpels als „Kurze“ zu Gemüte geführt haben. Es ging nicht um den feinen Geschmack, sondern eher darum, so wenig wie möglich davon aufzunehmen und die Flüssigkeit so schnell wie möglich runterzuschlucken. Heute – knapp 13 Jahre später, schüttle ich den Kopf über den 18-jährigen Freddy, zumindest was den Konsum von Whisky angeht. Nicht sehr stilvoll. Die für mich „richtige“ Methode…
  • Hohenheimer Whisky

    Freddy
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Vor ein paar Tagen habe ich in meinem Whisky-Schrank einen Whisky zum Kochen gesucht – es sollte Whisky-Honig Hähnchen vom Grill geben. Dabei ist mir eine ungeöffnete Flasche aufgefallen, was bei mir eigentlich selten vorkommt. Es war eine Flasche aus der Forschungs- und Lehrbrennerei Hohenheim, die ich vor einigen Jahren geschenkt bekommen habe. Um zu schauen, ob sich der Whisky zum Kochen eignet, habe ich natürlich gleich mal ein Glas probiert und muss sagen, ich war begeistert. Farbe, Nase, Geschmack und Abgang Hohenheimer WhiskyDass der Hohenheimer Whisky anscheinend ein Single Grain…
 
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