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  • Teeling Single Cask 11 Year Old

    Liquid Irish
    David Havelin
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Update: this was, in fact, released last year (though it's still available). I meant to write about this Teeling single cask, single malt.A new Teeling whiskey has surfaced in Germany last year. It's a single cask, double-distilled, single malt bottled exclusively for Irish-Whiskeys.de, an online seller of Irish whiskey based near Frankfurt.Distilled in August 2001, it matured in a bourbon cask for almost 12 years, until July 2013. It is bottled at the cask strength of 57%. It is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.Tasting Notes (from IrishWhiskeys.de):NoseVanilla, peach, apricot, grass,…
  • Teeling Single Cask Single Malt 2007

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

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

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

    Cocktails News
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Greenpeace has launched a new sustainable seafood website, seafood.greenpeaceusa.org/, designed to help shoppers easily understand how to buy sustainable fish from 43 grocery stores across the country, from Kroger to Whole Foods.
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  • Top Places To Visit in Europe for a River Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Meet the Cocktails: Japanese ingredients, California style at Pabu

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

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

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

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

    4 Apr 2014 | 10:23 am
    Things are getting a little crazy up in here, and we are excited to introduce a new videos series to mix things up: Three-Word Reviews!That's because we love trying new ingredients and have been wanting to share our general impressions in a really simple, fast, fun way. It's actually a series we first thought of about a year ago, and now we're happy to finally test it out in the world. Go, young grasshopper, go.To mark our very first Three-Word Review, we made two versions (a long version and a short version), and we'd love to hear from you guys which one you like better. We're still shaping…
 
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    WhiskyCast

  • WhiskyCast Episode 488: July 18, 2014

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

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

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

    Mark Gillespie
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Michael Urquhart is retiring from Gordon & MacPhail in September, but the leader of the family-owned business calls it a natural "changing of the guard." However, his successor is the first person from outside the Urquhart family to lead Gordon & MacPhail in its 120-year history. We'll talk whisky and family with Michael and Ewen Mackintosh on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, there's another retirement as Bruichladdich's Duncan McGillivray wraps up his 40-year career, the Bourbon Capital of the World is getting another new distillery as the Bardstown Bourbon Distillery…
  • WhiskyCast Episode 484: June 20, 2014

    Mark Gillespie
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Distilling is serious business, and safety is paramount. Brianna Bailey of The Oklahoman can testify to that...she was an eyewitness to an explosion inside Twister Distillery in Moore, Oklahoma on Friday, June 13. Distiller Jeff Thurmon was critically burned after an open propane flame ignited the stream of alcohol spraying from his still. Bailey and the distillery's owner escaped unhurt. She shares the story of that day with us on this week's WhiskyCast In-Depth, and Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distillery explains why distillers have to make safety their top priority. Even if you never…
 
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    Nonjatta

  • 5th Ghost: Karuizawa ‘4 Decades’ Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Blimey, that was a swift three weeks!  Our recent inactivity over the aforementioned period was largely down to travelling, spiritual enlightenment and a mixture of other interferences, but we return to our desks a little more well travelled, a little more enlightened and a little more interfer.... whoops... that didn't work did it....Anyway, with the current clutch of whisky releases (Highland Park Dark Origins, Tomatin Cu Bocan 1989 and Kininvie 23 year old - which will all be reviewed in due course) we turn ourselves to another tasty titbit, which follows on nicely from our previous…
  • Absent Friends: Lagavulin & Caol Ila Feis Ile Bottlings

    18 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    Bling comes to Paradise IslandFor the better part of a decade now, Caskstrength has been trekking up to Scotland on an annual pilgrimage to Islay, for the annual Festival of Music and Malt, the Feis Ile. It is a thoroughly enjoyable event and one of the warmest whisky welcomes you can receive anywhere in the world, with outstanding whiskies and tasting sessions, the likes of which are rarely seen outside of festival time. Put it this way, when else would you see Micky Heads, dressed as a Gangsta Rap star? This year however, our diaries did not allow for a trip up to the whisky isle during…
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    The Chuck Cowdery Blog

  • Bourbon Inventory Tops 7.5 Million Barrels for First Time in 40 Years

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hardly a day goes by that I don't receive an email from someone who has discovered an old bottle in an elderly relative's liquor cabinet, or some other scenario like that. Finding them inside walls while remodeling is my favorite.They want to know how old it is, who made it, the story behind it, if any, and how much it's worth.Now there's an app for that.Well, not the last one (yet) but all the rest, at least the beginning of something that will do all of those things. It's called Whiskey ID. It includes tips on how to age bottles, photographs you can compare your bottle to, producer…
  • Join Me for an Exclusive 3-Day Tour of Bourbon Country, October 15-17, 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mid-October is a beautiful time to be in Kentucky. The heat and humidity of summer are gone, autumn’s leaves are in full flame, and Kentucky’s iconic distilleries are busy transforming fall’s grain harvest into new bourbon whiskey.How would you like to share a few October days with me on an exclusive 3-day tour of Kentucky’s bourbon country? I promise you will love it. We’ll visit distilleries, and do a whole lot more. At the distilleries, we’ll have special behind-the-scenes access. We’ll also see bourbon barrels being made, and bourbon candy. It’s a memorable experience and…
  • The Movement to Enforce 5.36(d) Is Growing

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    The Treasury Department's Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) puts out a series of informational brochures directed at the general public. This one, for instance, is entitled "What You Should Know About Distilled Spirits Labels."On the back is a column of text that starts out, "How TTB Protects the Public." It says things like this: "TTB takes tremendous pride in its strategic mission to 'protect the public' which is designed to ensure the integrity of alcohol beverages in the marketplace, verify and substantiate industry member compliance with law and regulations, and to provide information…
 
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    Liquid Irish

  • Teeling Single Cask Single Malt 2007

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

    David Havelin
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Update: this was, in fact, released last year (though it's still available). I meant to write about this Teeling single cask, single malt.A new Teeling whiskey has surfaced in Germany last year. It's a single cask, double-distilled, single malt bottled exclusively for Irish-Whiskeys.de, an online seller of Irish whiskey based near Frankfurt.Distilled in August 2001, it matured in a bourbon cask for almost 12 years, until July 2013. It is bottled at the cask strength of 57%. It is neither chill-filtered nor coloured.Tasting Notes (from IrishWhiskeys.de):NoseVanilla, peach, apricot, grass,…
  • Teeling 26- and 30-Year Old Vintage Reserve Single Malts

    David Havelin
    6 May 2014 | 2:38 pm
    I think I first heard of Teeling's Vintage Reserve collection at Bloom last year. The 21-year old Silver Reserve was on the way, to be followed, Jack Teeling told me, by the Gold and Platinum Reserves. I recall it because that is when I learned, to my surprise, that platinum is a more valuable metal than gold.Teeling, more au fait with the metal markets than I, have dubbed their new 26-year old single malt "Gold Reserve" and their 30-year old, top-of-the-range whiskey, "Platinum Reserve". The 30yo will set you back about an ounce-and-a-half of platinum, or €1,500 (wow!); the 26yo will…
  • The Centenary Series Whiskey Collection

    David Havelin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Things were really kicking off a hundred years ago. As if the excitement of a front row seat to World War I wasn't enough, some in Ireland chose the war years to violently oppose British rule. A limited uprising was succeeded by a successful war of independence and then a civil war. We'll be commemorating blood-soaked centenaries for years to come.That same period also feels like the birth of the modern era. There were long-distance telephone calls, cinemas, Model T Fords, cubism, general relativity and quantum theory. Aviation milestones were coming thick and fast since the first powered…
  • The tortilla revolution

    David Havelin
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    This is going to seem very like a story about tortillas, rather than whiskey. Think of it as allegory.According to Philip Martin, owner of the Little Ass Burrito Bar in Dawson Street, we don't know tortillas in Ireland, or even in Europe. The real deal is a corn tortilla (by corn, I mean maize), not the wheat imposters that we have latched on to. And the corn must have been nixtamalized first, which means steeping and cooking in limewater. This increases its nutritional value and improves flavour.Philip Martin. Photo courtesy Blanco Niño.Philip, who is a connoisseur of Mexican cuisine, has…
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    Olly Wehring's beverage industry blog - from just-drinks.com

  • San Francisco's 21st Amendment breaks ground on new site - video

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Beer consumption in Germany - already pretty impressive - will undoubtedly have enjoyed a spike following celebrations over the nation's FIFA World Cup win.  But some unidentified thieves appear to have done their best to cash in on the situation. In the lead-up to the tournament's climax, around 300,000 litres - ten truckloads - of beer were stolen in the Rhineland, the Wall Street Journal reported.    However, as the WSJ notes: "By German consumption standards... ten truckloads of beer is little more than a drop in the barrel. According to statistics from the German…
  • Coca-Cola Co steps out of the past with new UK home

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    Last night, The Coca-Cola Co's UK division celebrated moving in to its stylish new central London headquarters with a barbecue on its roof-top terrace. The staff have been there since April, but it was an opportunity to show off to press and clients its spacious decking and brightly-coloured open plan Marylebone offices. It was also a chance to banish the memories of Coca-Cola's previous HQ, a rather gloomy warren in Hammersmith sited between a busy road and a shopping mall. Coca-Cola UK boss Jon Woods likened it to a bank in the 1980s, while a few other guests wondered aloud how a…
  • The just-drinks Weekly Round-Up

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    On just-drinks last week: The head of PepsiCo conceded that the US is undergoing a "profound" change in eating and drinking habits, with health & wellness leading the way. Indra Nooyi's comments last week coincided with the first part of our interview with PepsiCo's chief scientific officer. As these trends intensify, Dr Mehmood Khan is set to be a busy man in the coming years. Reports broke that San Miguel Corp has received several offers for its majority stake in San Miguel Brewery. While the names of the bidders were not divulged, it doesn't take a genius to work out who…
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  • Craft Beverage Association, Survey

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

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

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

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

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

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I found this an interesting read. My question is it valid and/or typical?     http://themetapicture.com/people-kept-complaining-this-restaurant-sucked-look-what-they-found-out/
  • Pie crust question

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    A coconut cream pie has been requested by my brother for his birthday. I am pie-crust challenged. The CI crust using vodka is the only one I know I can make successfully. Do you think I can sub coconut rum for the vodka? Also, I looked at the Sweetie-licious crust recipe made with graham crackers and coconut and am tempted to try that. Any comments on that? Thanks in advance.
  • Rice cookers

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I've just bought a rice cooker that's supposed to make perfect polenta, quinoa etc. gathering my courage to try. Any experiences out there?
  • Sous Vide Beets

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I have been playing around with beets sous vide. I have seen a lot of different times for them ranging from 45 mins at185 f or 85 C I have increased the temp to 188 F and held for one hour dropped it to 187 F for another hour and finished it at 185 F for the last hour and still they are a little too al dente for most peoples taste. This is way beyond the 45 mins I have seen posted for most recipes. I have peeled and cut the beets into 1/2 inch cubes, heated water on top of the stove and plunged the bags into them before submersing them into the bath and started the original temp in the…
  • Vanilla Pudding

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I like pudding.  Toots likes pudding.  The neighbor's little girl likes pudding.  However, I've not yet come across a vanilla pudding recipe that really satisfies me.  Some are too heavy on cornstarch, others are not thick and substantial enough, some are way too sweet without a corresponding strong, yet smooth, vanilla taste.   I'm looking for some tips on how to make my vanilla pudding better, to make it outstanding!  If you've got a proven, killer recipe, I'd like to see it, but more than anything, I'd like some ideas on how to make vanilla pudding with a…
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  • Article: Finding The Source Of Poor Reviews

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I found this an interesting read. My question is it valid and/or typical?     http://themetapicture.com/people-kept-complaining-this-restaurant-sucked-look-what-they-found-out/
  • Pie crust question

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
    A coconut cream pie has been requested by my brother for his birthday. I am pie-crust challenged. The CI crust using vodka is the only one I know I can make successfully. Do you think I can sub coconut rum for the vodka? Also, I looked at the Sweetie-licious crust recipe made with graham crackers and coconut and am tempted to try that. Any comments on that? Thanks in advance.
  • Rice cookers

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    I've just bought a rice cooker that's supposed to make perfect polenta, quinoa etc. gathering my courage to try. Any experiences out there?
  • Sous Vide Beets

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I have been playing around with beets sous vide. I have seen a lot of different times for them ranging from 45 mins at185 f or 85 C I have increased the temp to 188 F and held for one hour dropped it to 187 F for another hour and finished it at 185 F for the last hour and still they are a little too al dente for most peoples taste. This is way beyond the 45 mins I have seen posted for most recipes. I have peeled and cut the beets into 1/2 inch cubes, heated water on top of the stove and plunged the bags into them before submersing them into the bath and started the original temp in the…
  • Vanilla Pudding

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I like pudding.  Toots likes pudding.  The neighbor's little girl likes pudding.  However, I've not yet come across a vanilla pudding recipe that really satisfies me.  Some are too heavy on cornstarch, others are not thick and substantial enough, some are way too sweet without a corresponding strong, yet smooth, vanilla taste.   I'm looking for some tips on how to make my vanilla pudding better, to make it outstanding!  If you've got a proven, killer recipe, I'd like to see it, but more than anything, I'd like some ideas on how to make vanilla pudding with a…
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    The Cocktail Chronicles

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    Paul
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    I have a ridiculous career. A little over nine years ago, I started The Cocktail Chronicles as a way to document and keep track of my experiments and explorations of cocktails — and, with fingers crossed, as a way to build up a portfolio of my drinks-related writing that might, someday, lead to paid writing […]
  • Holiday Drinks that *Still* Don’t Suck, December 8, 2013

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

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

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

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

    Camper English
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:16 pm
    In a story for Details.com, I wrote up 8 things I learned at Tales of the Cocktail last week in New Orleans.  Despite the promise of it being "factoids that floored" me, I'd say these are a few of the most interesting things I picked up. A little sensationalism helps sell a story. (You won't believe what happens next!) I'll have more to write about what I learned at Tales later, but for now check out the story on Details.com. 
  • New Booze: Amaro de Angostura from House of Angostura

    NewBoozer
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    House of Angostura Announces Amaro di Angostura Known for its bitters and rum-making heritage, the House of Angostura - with the only rum distillery in Trinidad today - marks its 190th anniversary with the U.S. arrival of Amaro di Angostura. Unveiled at Tales of the Cocktail, the world's premier cocktail festival held annually in New Orleans, this is the first time in the company's history to enter an entirely new category of spirits. Amaro di Angostura will be available nationwide in Fall 2014.(SRP: $24.99/750ml). The taste of Amaro di Angostura is derived from the process used in…
  • Snap Shots: Midleton Distillery in Cork

    Camper English
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    February 2011 - My first visit to the Midleton Distillery in Cork, Ireland to see where Jameson is made. Read about that here.
  • New Booze: Facundo Rum Collection from Bacardi

    NewBoozer
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    Bacardi introduces the Facundo Rum Collection The Facundo Rum Collection is a collection of four aged sipping rums from Bacardi. The Facundo Rum Collection is a tribute to Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso.  The Facundo Rum Collection is a series of aged rums.  Each of the four members of the Facundo Rum Collection offers its own distinct flavor and style and includes: Neo - One of the oldest lightest rums available on the market today, NEO is a blend of medium-to heavy-bodied rums. Once the aging process is complete, the rums are filtered over activated carbon to remove any…
  • New Booze: Pride 1978 from Glenmorangie

    NewBoozer
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Glenmorangie launches Pride 1978 Glenmorangie, a Scottish single malt whisky, announced their rarest expression to date, Pride 1978.  'Disappearing Casks' represents traces of the whisky barrels at Glenmorangie's distillery in Tain, the place where the single malt is created. It's these casks, five to be exact, which have been locked in Glenmorangie's archives since 1978. The 34 year-old liquid was bottled in 2012 following 15 years of extra-maturation in casks which had contained a French Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classe wine, making it the longest extra-maturation of any Glenmorangie…
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  • Eve In Eden - Pomegranate Summer Cocktail

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    So, a pomegranate margarita highball... from a 1hw.
  • Twentieth Century Cocktail

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Pick up an atomizer and do a spray. You get even coverage and much less absinthe/pastis. It will all evaporate while you mix the cocktail. I can then do a spray on top of the cocktail as an aroma garnish, and still have less flavor than with a rinse. I like the Boston Rounds in clear, amber, or cobalt, 4 oz. or less, from specialtybottle.com
  • Free Pour Vs. Jigger Method

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    >>> I also enjoy the watching the artistry of a bartender free pouring a number of drinks in rapid succession. Watching a bartender use the jigger method with so much exactitude makes me feel like I am in a chemistry lab. > On the other hand, I am willing to give some of these precisely measured cocktails a try.
  • Low-content alcohol for a person with a heart failure

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    One of my favourite summer drinks is umeshu and soda, mixed as you would a highball, with lots of ice. Umeshu is Japanese plum liqueur, and is only about 15% alcohol to start with, so you end up with a much lower concentration than a highball made with standard 40% spirits.
  • What brand of cachaca do you recommend?

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    I know very little about Cachaca, but the bottle of Cuca Fresca I have has been good, IMO, and makes tasty Caipirinhas.
 
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  • Honeydew Me Daiquiri

    Cheri Loughlin
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    You're reading Honeydew Me Daiquiri, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... The Honeydew Me Daiquiri gets its light green hue from fresh honeydew melon. That is exactly where it gets its fun name, too! The flavor is fresh and fantastically light. The Honeydew Me Daiquiri is ideal for spring and summer. … Continue reading → The post Honeydew Me Daiquiri appeared first on The Intoxicologist.
  • Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco

    Cheri Loughlin
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    You're reading Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... As luck would have it this little gem arrived on an appropriate day of the week; Wine Wednesday. I’m looking forward to chilling and pouring in my glass for a relaxing evening tonight! Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco Tasting Notes Prosecco is … Continue reading → The post Introducing Barefoot Bubbly Prosecco…
  • Fresh Melon Mojito

    Cheri Loughlin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Fresh Melon Mojito, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... This Melon Mojito uses fresh seasonal fruits and herb for a superb fresh market cocktail flavor experience. Sipping this makes you feel like you’re drinking exceedingly fresh and healthy. Though, I am not making any claims to alcoholic drinks being … Continue reading → The post Fresh Melon Mojito appeared first on The…
  • Traditional Martini and Dillatini

    Cheri Loughlin
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Traditional Martini and Dillatini, 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... According to Old Mr. Boston (1967 copyright), the way to make a traditional Martini is this; Chill a 3 ounce cocktail glass until it frosts. Fill a Martini pitcher with dry, hard frozen, cracked ice. Measure out exact ingredients, dry … Continue reading → The post Traditional Martini and Dillatini appeared…
  • Cherry Limeade

    Cheri Loughlin
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    You're reading Cherry Limeade, originally posted on The Intoxicologist and copyrighted by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist. Visit The Intoxicologist so you don't miss a thing! The Intoxicologist - Dabbling in the world of cocktails one spirit at a time... This Cherry Limeade tastes like a very famous drive-in Cherry Limeade drink only this time it is rum soaked and fabulous! Cherry Limeade makes a nice refreshing poolside drink and party sipper. Excellent for summer! This recipe converts nicely for … Continue reading → The post Cherry Limeade appeared first on The…
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  • Wild Scotsman Cigar and Scotch Pack now available

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

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

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

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

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

  • Welcome to 12BB v3.0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Image Courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment As a spirits publication, we get a lot of pitches from PR agencies asking us to feature their product for a never-ending series of “Official XYZ Drinking Day”. For July, aside from the generally recognized National holiday, July 4th / Independence Day, we were pitched on National Mojito Day (July 11), Bastille Day (July 14), National Daiquiri Day (July 18), and National Tequila Day (July 24). That’s a lot of drinking days packed into just a few weeks. The thing is, most of these holidays (aside from Bastille Day) are completely made…
  • Review: Apothecary Cocktails

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Apothecary Cocktails by Warren Bobrow A good number of contemporary cocktail books are little more than curated compendiums of classic cocktail recipes. Since you can’t really copyright a classic cocktail, it’s easy  to pull from various recipe sources to make a nearly instant cocktail book (or have a ghost writer do it for you). How many copies of martini and margarita recipes does one person really need? To cover most of your basic cocktail bases, all one has to do is pick up the Savoy Cocktail Book, Dale DeGroff’s Craft of the Cocktail, and David Wondrich’s Esquire…
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  • Flavored Vodka Goes Too Far: UV Sugar Crush Vodka

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

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

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

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Image Courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment As a spirits publication, we get a lot of pitches from PR agencies asking us to feature their product for a never-ending series of “Official XYZ Drinking Day”. For July, aside from the generally recognized National holiday, July 4th / Independence Day, we were pitched on National Mojito Day (July 11), Bastille Day (July 14), National Daiquiri Day (July 18), and National Tequila Day (July 24). That’s a lot of drinking days packed into just a few weeks. The thing is, most of these holidays (aside from Bastille Day) are completely made…
  • Review: Apothecary Cocktails

    editor@drinkspirits.com (DrinkSpirits.com)
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Apothecary Cocktails by Warren Bobrow A good number of contemporary cocktail books are little more than curated compendiums of classic cocktail recipes. Since you can’t really copyright a classic cocktail, it’s easy  to pull from various recipe sources to make a nearly instant cocktail book (or have a ghost writer do it for you). How many copies of martini and margarita recipes does one person really need? To cover most of your basic cocktail bases, all one has to do is pick up the Savoy Cocktail Book, Dale DeGroff’s Craft of the Cocktail, and David Wondrich’s Esquire…
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  • A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

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

    Kevin Gray
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it: another bout of day drinking, spirited dinners, all-out fetes and just the right amount of regret. This year witnessed a slew of larger-than-life bashes put on by notable brands who 1) know how to throw a good party, and 2) have some deep pockets. Things kicked off Wednesday night with Absolut, who threw an impressive opening party at Mardi Gras World, a fun, whimsical and generally strange space sporting Mardi Gras floats and a carnival theme. We’re talking corn dogs, merry go rounds and the like outside, plus a truly odd…
  • Yoichi 15 Year Japanese Whisky Review

    Ian Reilly
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    This is part six of our ongoing series on Japanese whisky. To get started, see:Part One | An Intro to Japanese Whisky Part Two | Suntory: The Japanese Whisky that Started it All Part Three | Hakushu 12 Year Japanese Whisky Review Part Four | Yamazaki 18 Year Japanese Whisky Review Part Five | Masataka Taketsusu and Nikka Japanese WhiskyI begin writing, as usual, with a full glass. I’m fond of doing so. I pour a glass of whisky and do not begin writing until after first enjoying a dram unsullied by the pressures of a blank page. The pressures to write something worthy of the casual…
  • Summer Cooler: Three Floyds Zombie Dust

    Son Pham
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It’s that time of the year. The temperature’s heating up and you need something to cool down. Cold beer comes to mind. On that note, let’s introduce the first installment of Summer Cooler, where we recommend beers — from IPAs and saisons to sours and wits — that you’ll want to drink this summer. Now, let’s get to it.First up is Zombie Dust, an American Pale Ale (APA) brewed by the talented crew at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. While it is technically labeled an APA, Zombie Dust is considered one of the world’s best IPAs. In the glass, it pours a…
  • Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Auchentoshan American Oak is a new addition to the Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky portfolio. This expression is a triple distilled single malt that’s been aged in first fill American oak barrels that previously held bourbon. With each filling, less and less wood character is transferred to the whisky, so in this case, Auchentoshan American Oak is impacted plenty by those bourbon barrels. As such, you can consider this to be a gateway whisky, one that bridges the gap between bourbon and scotch, which for many palates is harder to handle.The easy-going American Oak now sits at the entry level…
 
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  • Three Sapporo Beers Reviewed: The Light, the Premium, and the Reserve

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

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

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

    limpd
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Minding my own business (as I usually do), I found myself a passenger in a vehicle back from a sales call. My chauffeur told me that we had run out of beer at work (gotta say, Beer Friday is pretty cool) and we had to stop at Kunda Beverage in King of Prussia to seek replenishment. Once again, not one to make a fuss (I mean really who am I to argue the point), we headed over to Kunda with a credit card and an empty trunk . At Kunda, we had a number of difficult decisions. First, in PA, we are forced to buy by a full case of beer. So, our investment must be something that is mutually…
  • Beer Review Poetry – Stone Saison

    G LO
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I took that first sip, I was somewhat surprised. I reread the label and thought that Stone lied. Though they called it Saison, to me it said Wit, But when the chill subsided, I started to get it! There goes that clove and that sharp coriander, The flavors took hold, so that my mind didn’t wander. It’s spicy at first, with soft fizzy bubbles. After a couple of these, you’ll forget all your troubles. As you approach the middle, it becomes quite dry, With a peppery bite, that I just can’t deny. The finish is crisp, with a lingering heat. This beer screams for food,…
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  • Benromach 10 Years Old

    Ruben Luyten
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Benromach distillery – like many others – was mothballed in the whisky crisis of the early 1980’s. In 1993 it was picked up by one of the most renowned independent bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail. Production restarted some five years later. Since then they’ve been working hard on branding and promotion, with good-looking bottles. While the distillery is still not running on its maximum capacity, there’s a clear progression and lots of expressions are available: a young Benromach Traditional, this Benromach 10 Years, a few oldies, a peated version, an organic version and several wine…
  • Glen Garioch 1989 (Perfect Dram)

    Ruben Luyten
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:56 pm
    A new Glen Garioch 1989 in the Perfect Dram series.   Glen Garioch 24 yo 1989 (51,4%, The Whisky Agency ‘Perfect Dram’ 2014, refill hogshead, 220 btl.) Nose: starts with a nice combination of sweet apples, maybe some unripe peach, and sharper mineral notes. Wet gravel. I don’t like my whisky really austere, but I find this quite gentle actually. The nicest surprise is in the minty / mentholated notes and the eucalyptus, up to the point where it becomes slightly medicinal. Nice damp oak, a little paraffin and whiffs of smoke as well. Very subtle vanilla in the background.
  • Glen Moray 1959 (Dun Eideann)

    Ruben Luyten
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    It becomes nearly impossible to find / buy 1950’s-1960’s whisky these days – usually bottled a long time ago already. Especially the more established distilleries are out of reach. Glen Moray isn’t one of them, so it’s usually not outrageously priced. This 30 years old expression was distilled 26 March 1959 and bottled October 1989, so it spent almost the same amount of time in the bottle already.   Glen Moray 30 yo 1959 (40%, Dun Eideann 1989, ref. 84/611-1, 75 cl.) Nose: perfectly expressive, given the 40%. Guavas, passion fruits and tangerines up front, sort of an…
  • Teaninich 1983 (SV cask #8071)

    Ruben Luyten
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Whiskyfun was particularly fond of this Teaninich 1983 bottled by Signatory. The distillery may not enjoy big fame, at least not among single malt lovers, but it’s highly respected by blenders and a standard ‘workhorse’ for Compass Box for example. I don’t think I’ve ever had bad Teaninich and some of them have been really nice surprises.   Teaninich 29 yo 1983 (57,5%, Signatory Vintage 2013, refill butt #8071, 471 btl.) Nose: graphite and industrial oils. Paraffin and plastics. Limestone and brine. Surprisingly mineral. There’s a sweetness in the background, a slightly…
  • Glenallachie 1999 (Limburg Dramclub)

    Ruben Luyten
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The Limburg Dramclub was recently founded. For € 99 you get a one year membership, as well as the club bottling (currently this Glenallachie 1999), a ticket for the next edition of The Whisky Fair and a 5% discount on releases from The Whisky Agency, The Whisky Fair, Villa Konthor, Sansibar, The Nectar… and other related bottlers.   Glenallachie 15 yo 1999 (57,3%, eSpirits for Limburg Dramclub 2014, ex-sherry cask) Nose: nice, fairly modern whisky. Candy apples, berries, rum & raisins. Hints of raspberry jam and brown sugar. Honey notes and some leather as well. Sweet and…
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  • A Spirited Dinner with Mezcal El Silencio

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

    Kevin Gray
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Another Tales of the Cocktail is in the books, and with it: another bout of day drinking, spirited dinners, all-out fetes and just the right amount of regret. This year witnessed a slew of larger-than-life bashes put on by notable brands who 1) know how to throw a good party, and 2) have some deep pockets. Things kicked off Wednesday night with Absolut, who threw an impressive opening party at Mardi Gras World, a fun, whimsical and generally strange space sporting Mardi Gras floats and a carnival theme. We’re talking corn dogs, merry go rounds and the like outside, plus a truly odd…
  • Yoichi 15 Year Japanese Whisky Review

    Ian Reilly
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    This is part six of our ongoing series on Japanese whisky. To get started, see:Part One | An Intro to Japanese Whisky Part Two | Suntory: The Japanese Whisky that Started it All Part Three | Hakushu 12 Year Japanese Whisky Review Part Four | Yamazaki 18 Year Japanese Whisky Review Part Five | Masataka Taketsusu and Nikka Japanese WhiskyI begin writing, as usual, with a full glass. I’m fond of doing so. I pour a glass of whisky and do not begin writing until after first enjoying a dram unsullied by the pressures of a blank page. The pressures to write something worthy of the casual…
  • Summer Cooler: Three Floyds Zombie Dust

    Son Pham
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It’s that time of the year. The temperature’s heating up and you need something to cool down. Cold beer comes to mind. On that note, let’s introduce the first installment of Summer Cooler, where we recommend beers — from IPAs and saisons to sours and wits — that you’ll want to drink this summer. Now, let’s get to it.First up is Zombie Dust, an American Pale Ale (APA) brewed by the talented crew at Three Floyds Brewing in Munster, Indiana. While it is technically labeled an APA, Zombie Dust is considered one of the world’s best IPAs. In the glass, it pours a…
  • Auchentoshan American Oak Scotch Whisky Review

    Kevin Gray
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Auchentoshan American Oak is a new addition to the Auchentoshan Scotch Whisky portfolio. This expression is a triple distilled single malt that’s been aged in first fill American oak barrels that previously held bourbon. With each filling, less and less wood character is transferred to the whisky, so in this case, Auchentoshan American Oak is impacted plenty by those bourbon barrels. As such, you can consider this to be a gateway whisky, one that bridges the gap between bourbon and scotch, which for many palates is harder to handle.The easy-going American Oak now sits at the entry level…
 
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  • Paul McDonagh of Bon Accord – In 140 Or Less

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

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

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

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

    Lew Bryson
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Despite the Shelby County planning commission unanimously approving the $115 million Diageo Distillery, nearby residents plan to continue protesting if several local issues are not addressed. Diageo officials explained their company’s distillery plans, including state-of-the-art fire protection measures, significant economic benefits, and environmental considerations that include the planting of 2,450 native trees and a bio retention basin. But at the June 17 public hearing, several citizens offered cynicism toward Diageo’s claims and raised several issues over odor, traffic, noise…
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  • Our International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 Winnings

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

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

    The Master of Malt
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Tuesday night saw the first ever Chivas Master announced in New York following the conclusion of The Chivas Masters global final. You can read all about the UK leg of the competition here, with Hawksmoor's Ali Reynolds coming through the heats and a fantastic UK final to take his place in the international showdown of Chivas Regal's first ever global cocktail competition! Before we tell you who won the big prize though, here's your chance for your very own whisky cocktail win: We're giving away this rather handsome Chivas Masters Cocktail Set to one of you lovely folk. Keep reading to find…
  • Master of Cocktails - The Hemingway Daiquiri

    The Master of Malt
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    After a break from Daiquiris on #MasterofCocktails last week, they're back in force with probably the finest evolution of the drink – maybe with the exception of Artesian's Frozen Banana with Caviar... and I'll be having a crack at recreating that one in a few weeks' time incidentally... but this week we're going with The Hemingway Daiquiri. He liked a drink or two did old Ernie, and this recipe is a fine legacy indeed. The theory here is essentially unchanged from the standard, only we're going to be replacing boring old sugar syrup with Maraschino. The original recipe also calls for a…
  • Can't Stomach The Football? It's the World Cup Final of Digestifs!

    The Master of Malt
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    I've done quite well at not boring "the crap out of you" about this "kickball tourney" as Ben suggested I would, haven't I? I've not done quite so well at keeping those who do have some interest "entertained" though. So, without going too far off the topic of drinks (I don't think...) I bring to you: The World Cup Final of Digestifs!!! There is some logic to this, I promise. Argentina, you see, have reached the World Cup final for the first time since Italia '90 (which is quite apt, as you'll see in a sec) so Sunday's match is going to be quite the event for La Albiceleste. And no Argentinian…
 
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  • My Favourite Brighton Cocktail Bars

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

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Clare Tollick – Feast and GloryProbably better known for its real ale pubs, Sheffield’s cocktail scene is often overshadowed by neighbouring cities, including (and especially) Manchester. Having said that, this South Yorkshire city does cater for its cocktail lovers extremely well and here, in no particular order, is a list of my top five steel city favourites.1)The Old HouseLocated on Devonshire Street, The Old House is situated on the slightly classier of the two drinking strips in the city (the other being West Street which runs parallel to Division/Devonshire Street). Given the name,…
  • My Favourite Aberdeen Cocktail Bars

    Guest Author
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    By Sian Ferguson – Bartender ExtraodinaireAberdeen has a really great social scene. In the past few years there’s been a fantastic amount of new bars, hotels and restaurants opening around the city. The most popular additions have included speciality bars with craft beer and whisky making big leaps! However, the biggest change in the city in the past 10 years is the introduction of some really great cocktail bars. Some of Aberdeen’s bartenders have gone onto other cities to continue their success whilst others still in the city keep up the high standard of service as well as win…
  • My Favourite Leeds Cocktail Bars

    Guest Author
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    By Diane at A Tale of Two SittingsLeeds has a plethora of decent cocktail bars to choose from across its city centre. Coming in different styles, ambience, character and appeal. I’ve tried to choose my favourite independents from a long list, finding it particularly difficult not to leave some out. Some have been around for years and are well known nationally for their mixologists prowess, others have become loved over the last few years.Here are my 4 favourite Leeds cocktail bars:1)    The MavenTo the unknowledgeable this place can be a little hard to find as it doesn’t…
  • Slimming Summer Cocktails

    Rebecca
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    Our Low Calorie Summer Cocktail RecipesSummer is officially here. Bad tan-lines are on display, elderly men are insisting on persevering with the socks-and-sandals trend, and I seem to wake each morning with a hankering for a Magnum.So this means it’s time for summer drinking – beer gardens, plastic cocktail glasses, and a concoction that’s fruitier than Alan Carr and Carmen Miranda riding a banana boat in Florida.But with a great summer comes a great responsibility – to watch the waistline ready for those holiday snaps. It’s not like winter, when excess skin can be handily…
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  • Alcoholidays: National Tequila Day July 24

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

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

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

    Alexander
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Lighting never strikes twice, but don’t tell that to Three Olives Vodka. Back in 2011 they released Three Olives Loopy, a vodka that tasted JUST like fruit loops cereal (or froot loops if you prefer), and it was instantly one of the most talked about flavored vodkas on the market. It wasn’t their first crazy flavor, and it wouldn’t be their last, but none had the effect of Loopy. Fast forward to 2014 and they’re hoping to repeat that success with Three Olives Jacked Apple, an apple cinnamon flavored vodka that shares likeness to the logo of AppleJacks cereal.
  • Summer Cocktails: The Return of the Highball

    Alexander
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    I don’t watch Mad Men (i’m sorry if I’ve offended you), but it’s been about as impactful to the retro cocktail as Sex in the City was to the Martini and Cosmopolitan. Suddenly drinks like the Old Fashioned have become common at the bar, and even bars themselves have started to revamp menus to give off more of that speakeasy feel. One of my favorite types of Summer drinks thats benefited from this trend is the Highball. A Highball is usually in reference to a drink that has a base spirit, and a large portion of a non alcoholic mixer. It originates from back in the…
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  • New Film To Promote Johnnie Walker starring Jude Law

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

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

    Scott Gibson
    1 May 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Finding the perfect whisky for you to drink can be a bit of a challenge. Although the prospect of tasting many different single malt whiskies and blended whiskies may not seem like a laborious challenge, it can be quite expensive and take a long time. After all, once you find your perfect whisky, you can [...] The post New Johnnie Walker Whisky Profiler appeared first on Single Malt Whisky Shop | Buy Whisky Online | Whisky Exchange.
  • The Best Whisky in 2014 | Not Scotch Whisky!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    drinkadmin
    9 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    With Father’s Day is right around the corner, there’s no better way to celebrate dad than with the gift of super premium scotch, bourbon, or Irish Whiskey. These gifts are guaranteed to be appreciated—and more than just another tie to add to his collection!  On June 15th, give dad something to “talk about” by gifting him with one of these premium selections below. We’ve included some great background on each of these, so you can be sure that what you choose will be the perfect gift for dad. What’s more is that each of these can be found at your favorite premium liquor…
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  • Glenlivet Archive 21 Review

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

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

    Josh Peters
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    My most memorable experience with Glenlivet 18 started with the image above. Some work friends and I secured the company’s beach house for a day and a half of remote working and relaxation. We arrived at about 3 p.m. on a Thursday and by 1 am that bottle was killed by the 3 whisky drinkers in the house. We got to know a lot about each other by the end of that trip, but I also got to know this whisky as well. I use Evernote to write all of my reviews and also to keep notes “in the field” when I don’t have one of my physical notebooks with me and here at the beach house…
  • Glenlivet 12 Review

    Josh Peters
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Established in 1824 the Glenlivet distillery has been a favorite single malt for many generations of drinkers around the world. Currently it’s the #1 selling single malt Scotch brand here in America and #2 in the world. It’s an unpeated malt whisky that’s light, accessible, tasty, easy to drink and a shade boring. A starting point for many budding Scotch lovers its light clean flavor is so tasty and accessible that it can often change the mind of people who think they don’t like scotch. In fact the only things I would say are better “intro” scotches would…
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Review

    Josh Peters
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    The Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit is single barrel Wild Turkey 101 that has a bit more age to it and, being a single barrel, it also means that unless you get something from the same barrel as me, you’re going to have a slightly different experience. It also means that while I rate this one a 91 the next barrel could be an 87 or even a 97. It’s like the Four Roses Single Barrels. Sure each bottle you get will be different, but they’ll all be good. Now you might be looking at the price on this one and start thinking to yourself “Damn, I could buy 2 1/2 bottle of the…
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  • Seagram’s

    Tim Allengers
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Seagram's makes everything from gin to whiskey.
  • Drink Me Now: Strawberries

    Naren Young
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The first cocktail I ever made was a Strawberry Daiquiri. A frozen one. I was 14 years old. That’s a true story. I developed a taste and passion for cocktails at a rather peculiar age and that Strawberry Daiquiri recipe, lifted straight from a rather rudimentary home entertaining guide geared at bored house wives, seemed a pretty easy undertaking for a novice, ahem, bartender. THE DAIQUIRI: WHERE IT’S AT I used a bottled lime juice that went by the ironic name “Real Lime Juice,” some powdered sugar, a handful of chopped strawberries—those, at least, were fresh—and Bacardi rum.
  • Make 5 (Easy) Fancy Garnishes That Are Ridiculously Simple

    Anna Archibald
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Infused simple syrups; tangy shrubs; homemade bitters: They all help create a great drink, but if you really want to impress, that drink needs a one-of-a-kind garnish. Some of the most extreme garnishes aren’t all that practical for home use (next-level Bloody Marys, anyone?). Then there are the super-fancy, seemingly impossible drink-toppers used by Martin Cate and his team at San Francisco’s world-class tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove. Roses and curling snakes made from orange peels; fans crafted from pineapple leaves: All are absurdly easy to assemble. Who has time to spend 10—or even…
  • Courvoisier Smash

    Courvoisier
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    This cognac cocktail is as easy-to-make as it is delicious.
  • An Afternoon in France

    Courvoisier
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    A bit of honey syrup is the secret to this summer cognac-and-citrus punch.
 
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  • Vodka Infusion: The Tropical Storm Jungle Juice!

    Jake Alderman (Alcohmahol)
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Introduction to “The Tropical Storm Jungle Juice” Concoction by: Josh Engle “Pretty much I was trying to come up with the perfect mix for an event called Tigerfest (it’s a festival at Towson University and you pretty much drink all day and go to a concert..LOL). I mainly wanted to focus on a cocktail using Rum [&hellipVodka Infusion: The Tropical Storm Jungle Juice! is a post from: Alcohmahol
  • Rincon, Georgia – Banning Alcohol After 12:00pm?

    Jake Alderman (Alcohmahol)
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Find out how the town of Rincon is reacting to this!Rincon, Georgia – Banning Alcohol After 12:00pm? is a post from: Alcohmahol
  • Cheers – To Your Alcohol Health

    Jake Alderman (Alcohmahol)
    5 Jan 2014 | 3:18 pm
    To drink or not to drink, that is the question. We hear to many people worried about their health with alcohol. It's okay, we promise!Cheers – To Your Alcohol Health is a post from: Alcohmahol
  • Best Alcoholic Christmas Drinks – Top 10

    Jake Alderman (Alcohmahol)
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:32 pm
    We have featured the favorite holiday alcohol drinks. These are some of the most delicious holiday themed alcohol drinks that we could find!Best Alcoholic Christmas Drinks – Top 10 is a post from: Alcohmahol
  • Can’t have the Rum without the chata – Rumchata!

    Jake Alderman (Alcohmahol)
    10 Dec 2013 | 5:15 pm
    The true Rumchata and how to make it! Most delicious liqueur and we are in love!Can’t have the Rum without the chata – Rumchata! is a post from: Alcohmahol
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  • Thumb Knuckle Distillery to Open Soon

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best of Portland, Oregon: Breweries, Brewpubs and Beers (Part II)

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

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

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

    DrinkInsider
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    This article is part of an ongoing series exploring America’s best whisk(e)y bars. My trip out to Oregon last week was really about two things: Portland beer and Willamette wine. But, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t planning to make a few whiskey stops along the way. The most important, of course, was Multnomah Whiskey Library. Multnomah launched a little less than a year ago, and immediately became one of those must visit US whiskey bars, with the likes of Jack Rose in DC or Brandy Library in New York. Really, any place that’s going to curate a spirits list of over 1,000…
  • 5 Ways to Never Miss a Limited Edition Beer or Whiskey Release

    DrinkInsider
    28 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    A lot of people ask me how I always know about the limited edition bottle releases or super hard-to-find beers being tapped. While I hate to give away all of my secrets, I feel like you and I are close enough now that I can divulge some of the tricks of the trade. The reality is, though, that it’s less about secrets and tricks and more about knowing how and where to harness real-time information. So, without further ado, here are five ways to make sure that you’re the first to know about all of the super limited release beers and whiskeys hitting your market before everyone else…
 
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  • 3 Best Summer Bourbon Cocktails

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

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

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

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

    Demitrius Rex (Bourbon of the Day)
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:36 am
    Proof: 114.3 Age: 15 years old Distillery: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers, Bardstown, KY Master Distiller: Drew Kulsveen Season: Winter Small Grain: Rye Introducing Noah’s Mill Bourbon Even though I would classify Noah’s Mill as a wintertime bourbon, nothing has stopped me from drinking it year-round. Noah’s Mill is a product of Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD). The operation has been family owned and bottling at the same location since 1935 under the name Willett Distilling Company. Willett is a strange operation. Most of their products dont bear the names Willett or Kentucky…
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  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit – Review #46

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

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

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

    Mike Flaminio
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Stagg Jr Background George T Stagg bourbon needs no introduction. It’s a part of the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and arguably the king of the bunch. Since the first released in 2002 the series has been going strong. So strong, Buffalo Trace geared up to launch a Stagg Jr companion product that last August came to age and hit shelves. Stagg Jr is touted as a younger version of George T Stagg. Where George T Stagg is aged 15-16 years, the new Stagg Jr is aged 8-9 years, typical of many of the Bourbons reviewed here. Time does wonders to higher proof Bourbon, so the big question is…
  • Wild Turkey 81 Rye – Review #42

    Mike Flaminio
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Wild Turkey 81 Rye Background Wild Turkey 81 Rye is a recent addition to the Wild Turkey lineup. It was a response to the sudden spike in demand for rye whiskey, which previously basically a boutique product compared to the Bourbon business. When Wild Turkey’s supply of aged rye whiskey began to outstripped demand, they introduced Wild Turkey 81 Rye as what seems a stop-gap. It’s a younger version than Wild Turkey 101 Rye and obviously is a lower proof so they could get more bottles out of a barrel. Wild Turkey says the age of Wild Turkey 81 Rye is 4-5 years old. Wild Turkey 101 left…
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  • Reply To: Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2014

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

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

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

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

    PimpTurkey
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    Stagg Jr. is back on the shelves of many stores in NYC area… Amsterdam Wine Co. $54
 
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  • 7 Tips to Get the Best Flavour from a Not-so-fantastic Wine

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

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

    Flaviar
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Good beer is always good. But pair it with the right tune and you will enjoy it even more, claims award-winning drinks writer Pete Brown. Earlier this year he organized a series of beer & music pairing events to demonstrate how sound influences flavour. His aim is to prove how our senses overlap with each other and how what you're listening to can affect your perception of what you're eating and drinking. One of the pairings served was hoppy Belgian Duvel with the sounds of Debaser by alternative rock group The Pixies. How does it work?  "Different styles of music…
  • Drinks to Close the FIFA World Cup With

    Flaviar
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The World Cup is about to end and leave a big-screen-TV-shaped hole in your life... Until this happens, we still have two great matches coming up this weekend, so let’s walk you through the drink pairings for the ultimate experience. ★ Brazil might not have come as far as they hoped for, and the Germans really gave them some hard time on Tuesday. They’re still in for the third place, though, and they’re the hosts, making them pretty much everyone’s second favourite team: Caipirinhas are in order! Make them the authentic way with Cachaça or…
  • Why Some Bottles of Scotch are Like Ladies - Not Telling Their Age

    Flaviar
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Sadly, aged Scotch Whisky supplies are not unlimited. As the distilleries need to be very careful in managing their stocks, there is whole new trend you can find on the shelves: bottles without an age statement (NAS). According to a recent Rabobank report, inventories of malt whisky aged over nine years fell more than 25% between 2007-12. While producers are trying hard to rebuild stock of older whisky, they took the advice to control supply more tightly and avoid future peaks and troughs in demand. This resulted in a surge of NAS releases through the past 18 months by many major Scottish…
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