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February 2011: Agave is a very fibruous plant that must be cooked and shredded before fermentation and distillation into tequila. Picture taken at the Casa Noble distillery near Tequila, Mexico. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Alcademics.com
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Here's what landed in the inbox at Alcademics over the past couple of weeks: Brockman's Gin Bols Foam D'USSE XO Cognac VDKA 6100 Jack Daniels Rested Rye Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Alcademics.com
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A list of books, documentaries, and websites about tequila and mezcal. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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April 2010: Iaian McCallum in the Morrison Bowmore blending room in Glasglow, Scotland. Read about the visit here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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In a story for Details.com I wrote up some of the things that fancy cocktail bartenders actually drink. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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San Francisco bartenders are responsible for the creation of at least 24 different spirits, some available at retail and some reserved just for the bars. In the April 2014 edition of 7x7 Magazine, I have a story about them, with accompanying recipes online. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Hi - Sorry I can't help with this one. Good luck. Camper
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2014 on A Cooperage in Cognac at Alcademics.com
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April 2012: The Woodford Reserve distillery as seen from the entry building. Read about the visit here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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A. Smith Bowman Distillery Double Barrel Bourbon A. Smith Bowman Distillery announces the first release in its Abraham Bowman line for 2014, the Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon. This new bourbon was aged a total of seven years and two months. Originally put into barrels on December 12, 2006, this bourbon was transferred to new barrels on April 17, 2013. After aging an additional six months in Bowman’s standard Warehouse (A1), the barrels were then moved to the mezzanine of Warehouse K, and aged for an additional 5 months where they experienced increased air-flow and scrutiny. The Abraham... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Both Lou Bustamante and I reached out to Julio Bermejo for a comment on the lime shortage that is causing great calamity in the cocktail world. Bermejo's world-famous tequila bar, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, goes through a heck of a lot of limes each week. Additionally, Bermejo has family and many contacts in Mexico to fill him/us in on what's really happening with the Mexican limes so often used here. He says: In the last three weeks, limes have gone from $23 / case to $110 per case. In my 29 years behind the bar I have never... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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A shortage of limes and immense spike in price is having some bar owners and managers worrying about the tough reality this poses: increase prices or find alternatives to fresh limes? Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Brugal Rum's Papá Andrés Papá Andrés is a blend of rums that the Maestros Roneros make each year, different from the last. Each blend is made from three different casks: first-filled Spanish Sherry Oak Casks, Ex-Pedro Ximenez Sherry Oak Casks and First Rum filled White American Oak. Only 36 casks of our total 250,000 cask inventory are selected to make this rum each year and 500 bottles per year are produced. MSRP of $1,200. Brugal Rum is the only 100% Dominican rum on the market. From the harvesting of local sugar cane to the final aging process, all elements of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Alcademics.com
I figured that there are only a few of them so it was best lest skipped for the purposes of this story. And I agree about vatted vs blended - that was a really lame decision.
Toggle Commented Mar 24, 2014 on Quick Whiskey Definitions at Alcademics.com
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This shot is a member of the Partida family signing a bottle of tequila, taken through another other of tequila. You can see the word "PARTIDA" backwards through the bottle. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Cocktail napkins have long served as the unofficial medium for spontaneous brilliance. From award winning films to Fortune 500 companies, some of the world’s boldest ideas have unfolded on a bar napkin. To help celebrate this phenomenon, Tuaca Liqueur is inviting artists of all types to share what ignites their creativity on what is arguably the perfect canvas for serendipitous inspiration. The idea is simple: Draw, doodle or illustrate whatever it is that inspires you on a 5x5 cocktail napkin. Once completed, snap a photo of your creation and upload it to a virtual gallery at Tuacaart.com for a chance... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Alcademics.com
I considered it but decided I didn't have anything to say without saying a lot. Certainly there's a lot of exciting things happening in international whiskey these days.
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2014 on Quick Whiskey Definitions at Alcademics.com
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Over at Saveur.com they asked me to write up a quick guide to whisky, which sounds a lot easier to do than it is. I tried to hit the major categories and what's in them without making any mistakes. I'm sure you'll let me know if I did! Read it here. Related articles The Great Decline in Irish Whiskey When Pot Distilled Whiskey Is Not Pot Still Whiskey Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at Alcademics.com
I don't think the silicone trays force it to freeze downward (it doesn't in my freezer), but your set-up probably does- my guess it is sets upon something insulated-ish and the cold air blows from the top. In any case, I support the easy solution in every situation and you've found it. Also, it doesn't necessitate having a large freezer, just that you don't waste all that lovely space for ice with food :)
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I have a big story on ice up today on ModernFarmer.com. It covers the history of ice in cocktails from the first person to sell pond ice internationally through to today's booming cocktail specialty ice businesses. I think you'll like it. Have a read. For all the stories about ice here on Alcademics, check out the Index of Ice Experiments. Related articles Zen and the Art of Japanese Cocktail Development Another Way to Make Clear Ice at Home Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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I wrote up a charticle for Saveur.com about which Irish whiskey you might like based on your preference of Canadian, American, and scotch whiskeys. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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This is a post to inform you of a new index page of the ice experiments here on Alcademics.com. Many people come to this site searching for the secret to make clear ice but land on some page halfway though the effort, so hopefully this index will help guide people to an overview so they can skip right ahead to the answer. The Index of Ice Experiments page is here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Alcademics.com
Yes from comments on Facebook I realized that I should control temperature better if I repeat this experiment in the future. There were times when my apartment was (a little) hotter or colder which could account for some fluctuations.
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May 2011: Juniper bush in Tuscany, Italy. The berries are not ripe this time of year but here they are green. Learn more about juniper harvesting on my trip with Bombay Sapphire here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at Alcademics.com
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Here's what landed in the inbox at Alcademics over the past couple of weeks: Booker's 25th Anniversary Bourbon Highland Park Freya Brugal Papa Andres Qui Platinum Extra-Anejo Westland Distillery First Peated, Deacon Seat, and Flagship whiskies Figueroa Mountain Paradise Rd Pilsner Breaker Bourbon 5 Year Rhum Clement Canne Bleue and Clement Select Barrel Related articles Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor + Book Arrivals at the Office 2/8/14 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 11/23/13 Alcademics Alco-Haul: Liquor Arrivals at the Office 10/26/13 Alcademics Has a New (Physical) Address Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at Alcademics.com