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In my latest post for Details.com I have a story about how music festivals like Coachella are embracing craft cocktails. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alcademics.com
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America has no shortage of distilleries - there are over 900 registered now - but a big lack of people who know how to operate them. In a blog post for Whisky Advocate Magazine, I wrote about the shortage of experienced distillers in America. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Alcademics.com
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Bartenders, how'd you like to win a free trip to New York to compete in the Mixing Star competition during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, with a grand prize of a trip to Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans if you win? Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Alcademics.com
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I had the chance to visit the Chateau Castarede, a 17th Century estate/castle in the Bas Armagnac region where they produce armagnac. Florence Castarède was our host for the day. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Alcademics.com
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We drank tannins out of a puddle at this tiny barrel-maker's property in Armagnac. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Alcademics.com
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Scotch to drink, if you've got a lot of money. My first story for Departures.com! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Alcademics.com
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September 2010: A glass of fino sherry freshly poured from a barrel still retains some flor. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alcademics.com
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Most houses grow grapes or make wine or distill wine or age brandy, but Baron De Lustrac, or more accurately the company Millésimes et Tradition, they mostly bottle up single-vineyard, single-grape, single-vintage armagnacs that have been stored on the property where they were distilled. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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A visit to the unique and artsy Chateau De Laubade armagnac house. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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Over the past year I've noticed the Gibson popping up on cocktail menus, so I decided to have a deeper look and write about it for Details.com. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Alcademics.com
Thanks - I'll give these tips a try.
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A drink-through of Lazy Bear's cocktails. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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I call Strathisla "Barbie's Dream Distillery, just not in pink." Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Alcademics.com
Hi - I did not receive a tasting sample so I'm not sure what it's like. It's not Campari Group: "Meletti 1870 will be rolled out nationally beginning February 1, 2015. Offered in 750ml bottles at a national suggested retail price of $25.99 through Market Street Spirits, a division of Opici Wines."
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Here are a whole bunch of new drinking books already on shelves or available for pre-order online. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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De Montal armagnac is made at this coop I visited in Gascony, France. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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My visit to Domaine de Pellehaut armagnac was super quick, and so also is this post. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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Here are the new bottles of liquor hitting the market announced over the past few weeks. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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The large wheel (tahona) at the Olmeca Altos distillery in Mexico is pulled by driver-free motor. They still need a guy to walk behind it and scrape up the crushed agave, so it's not all that high-tech. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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Maison Janneau armagnac is located near the town of Condom. It is the #1 exported brand of cognac. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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A visit to the aging and blending facilities of the small armagnac brand Marquis de Montesquiou. Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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A look at the bars in Reykjavik, Iceland. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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April 2012: Tabasco sauce ages in Louisiana for 3 years in ex-bourbon barrels: about 50,000 of them. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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Single-grain whisky is trending so hard right now, but most people have no idea what it really is because it is *not* whisky made from a single grain. The "single" refers to a single distillery, and "grain" refers to, well, a bunch of other stuff. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Alcademics.com
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Making tonic water with purified quinine and extracts. Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Alcademics.com