Category: Spirits

Make Good Whiskey in No Time at All

Making good whiskey takes time. Try though they might, no distiller or producer has yet found a way to shortcut Father Time. There simply is no substitute for the years whiskey spends slowly aging in wood. But that doesn't mean people don't try. Small craft distillers — and big liquor conglomerates — around the country … Read more

Celebrating National Rum Day

Everything under the sun has its own day. And today is rum's chance! (Apparently August is also National Rum Month, but that seems to be pushing it a little.) Rum is probably my favorite spirit. It encompasses so many different possibilities. Sweet, spicy, dry, fiery, toasted, smoky, mixed in a cocktail, or enjoyed on its … Read more

Whiskey Review: Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Stagg Jr.Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Highest Recommendation)Price: $50 (750ml) Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been one of the most aggressive whiskey outfits when it comes to experimenting with and producing new bourbons. Their latest is one that's already generating a great deal of interest: Stagg Jr. A younger version of the highly sought-after George T. Stagg … Read more

Stocking a Home Bar: Spirits

Properly stocking a home bar can be an expensive proposition. There are many different products you likely will want to buy, and a lot of them aren't cheap. The good news is, you probably won't be going through the bottles that quickly, and most alcohol stays good for a very long time.* GINThere are three … Read more

Assorted News from the Spirits Business

We're mostly consumer-focused here at Professor Cocktail, but occasionally we come across news from the booze biz that we think you might be interested in. The U.S. spirits market achieved steady growth in 2012, as vodka solidified its position as the leading category on the strength of its top-selling brands. Total U.S. spirits sales rose by … Read more

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Other Spirits

This week we're running our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. So far we've offered our rum recommendations, bourbon recommendations and gin recommendations. We're closing the week with other spirits. Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Other Spirits Here is a variety of suggestions for booze that didn't fit into the other categories, but would … Read more