Monthly Archives: October 2012

Ask the Professor: Bourbon Suggestions for a Scotch Fan

Jim M. writes in to ask: I'm a Scotch fan, but if I wanted to try some bourbons, what should I pick? Maker's Mark is the bourbon that a lot of people start with. It's one of the best made whiskeys around: balanced, flavorful and very tasty. It's a milder, wheated bourbon, though, and if … Read more

What I Want for Christmas: The Ultimate Tailgate Trailer

  It's getting to be that time of year again. The time when everyone starts to wonder: what should I get the professor for Christmas? You're in luck — I have an answer! Ripped from the pages of the 2012 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, and costing a mere $150,000, is the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer. … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

Caramel Apple Cosmo 1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka1/2 oz Licor 431/2 oz Lime Juice1/2 oz Cranberry Juice Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. … Read more

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

I haven't tasted any of the E. H. Taylor bourbons, but this one sounds especially good. I'm going to have to see if I can find a bottle. Buffalo Trace Distillery pays homage to former Distillery owner E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a small batch, Bottled-In-Bond, 100 proof bourbon whiskey aged in Taylor’s warehouse. Taylor … Read more

Whiskey Review: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Bourbon

John J. Bowman Single BarrelVirginia Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Above Average)Price: $50 (750ml) I've been a resident of the Old Dominion for the past ten years, so I have a particular interest in Virginia spirits. This is especially true when it comes to the products made by A. Smith Bowman, since I lived just a few … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Eastern Sour

Eastern Sour2 oz Bourbon2 oz Orange Juice3/4 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Orgeat Shake with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Adapated from a recipe by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Originally created by Trader Vic as a Tiki attempt to persuade whiskey drinkers to join the party. 

Van Winkle Bourbon Available Soon

This is great news for bourbon fans — the Van Winkles are back! Sadly, these are going to be very hard to find. (And if you do find any, it's going to be more expensive than the prices quoted below.) But there's a reason these are the most-hyped bourbons in the world. Whether or not … Read more

Thoughts on Grading Spirits

When I started Professor Cocktail it seemed natural to assign letter grades when reviewing spirits. It just makes sense: the professor gives grades. But as I've written a bunch of reviews over the past year, I've grown to question the usefulness of a grading scale for booze that mirrors the familiar classroom model. I've asked … Read more