Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tequila Review: Z Tequila (Blanco, Reposado and Añejo)

I first became aware of Z Tequila when they won two Double Gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition earlier this year — an impressive feat for a small distillery with very limited distribution (currently only in Texas and California). This was a tequila I had to find out more about. Z Tequila … Read more

Four Old Stand-by Spirits from David Wondrich

Writing in Esquire Magazine, David Wondrich muses about the changes ever-present in the spirits business. In favor of "innovation" and the drive for something new, old brands disappear, new expressions appear, formulas are changed, and the world as we know it is turned upside down. But not with these four spirits that Wondrich recommends as perennial … Read more

Ingredient Review: Powell & Mahoney Mixers

With the renaissance of the craft cocktail movement, and the increased focus on making quality drinks at home, several companies have moved into the market with syrups and mixers designed for both home and bar use. One of the latest to come to my attention is Powell & Mahoney. Founded by a couple of cocktail fans, … Read more

Taste Test: Bourbons Under $25

We had three friends over last weekend to taste some bourbons. For this first group, the theme was "bourbons under $25." A few of the bottles were submitted by the distilleries, and the rest were from my own cabinet. We conducted the tasting blind, so the participants didn't know which bourbon they were drinking. (I … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: The Last Minute

In celebration of the launch of his new book, The Last Minute, my friend Jeff Abbott has created a cocktail. It's called, appropriately enough, The Last Minute. In this video, he shows you how to make one. The Last Minute, the second thriller featuring Sam Capra, is already getting some great reviews. Booklist called it "a … Read more

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Winners

The LAIWSC recently announced their winners, and the list includes some interesting choices. Best of Show: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 10 Year Old ReserveWilliam Grant & Sons, USA Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Blended $3596 Pts. Best of Rum: Bacardi 8BacardiRum (Cane Spirits) with indication of age (Unflavored) $22.9991 Pts.  Best of Gin: Oxley Gin Bacardi USA Inc. Gin (Unflavored, i.e., Botanicals … Read more

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $15 (750ml) The Evan Williams family of whiskeys isn't as well known as some others (like Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, and Maker's Mark), but it should be, as they make some of the best bourbons for the money that you can find. Evan Williams 1783 is … Read more