Monthly Archives: May 2012

Whiskey Review: Tullamore Dew

Tullamore DewBlended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $20 (750ml) Tullamore Dew is an old brand of Irish whiskey, first distilled in Tullamore, Ireland in 1829. It's gone though many changes, owners and locations over the years, and is currently owned by spirits conglomerate William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie scotches, amongst other … Read more

George T. Stagg Bourbon Named Top Spirit in the World for 2nd Year in a Row

I have yet to have the pleasure of tasting George T. Stagg bourbon, but it is almost universally acclaimed as outstanding. For the second year in row, George T. Stagg, the iconic uncut, unfiltered bourbon released annually from Buffalo Trace Distillery, has been named the number one spirit in the world by noted spirits reviewer … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

"The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude." –James Joyce In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson examines the explosion in the market for orange curacao liqueurs. More from Jason Wilson: in the Philadelphia Daily News: a guide to bar-hopping in Atlantic City. In the New York Times, Robert Simonson writes … Read more

2012 Spirited Awards – Finalists

The organizers of Tales of the Cocktail, the most popular cocktail festival in the United States, have announced the finalists for the 6th Annual Spirited Awards. The awards recognize the bartenders, bars, writers and cocktail experts that are working to drive the cocktail industry into new, exciting directions. The complete list of finalists is included after the … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Millionaire Cocktail

Millionaire Cocktail2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum1 oz Sloe Gin1 oz Apricot Brandy3/4 oz Lime Juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Adapted from a recipe by Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails), which was itself adapted from a recipe in Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book.

Rum Review: Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Rum is something of a paradox. It’s a Caribbean rum, but it is blended in Europe. It’s an aged rum, but it is crystal clear. It’s a quality rum, but it is sold at a very affordable price. One thing is no mystery, however: this rum is a winner. Denizen begins with aged Trinidadian … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

“When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.” –Jimmy Breslin In the New York Times, Robert Simonson takes a Tiki tour around the greater New York area. More from Robert Simonson, also in the Times: some classic cocktails don't deserve to be rediscovered, … Read more

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Whiskey

The latest news from Buffalo Trace Distillery, easily one of the most forward-thinking distilleries in the world. They're trying more interesting (and delicious) things with whiskey than anyone else I can think of. If you see a bottle of this, definitely pick it up. The latest in the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Collection … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Red Berry Delicious

Red Berry Delicious 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur1/2 oz Licor 433 Large Srawberries1 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you … Read more

Ten Suggestions For Bourbon Beginners

Chuck Cowdery is a bourbon expert and a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. He writes for The Whisky Advocate, WHISKY Magazine and other places. So when the man talks bourbon, he's worth listening to. Chuck has compiled a list of 10 bourbons for beginners, and I think it's the best list of its kind that … Read more