Tag: alcohol

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

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

Rum Review: Shellback Silver Rum

Shellback Caribbean Silver Rum Bajan Rum Grade: (Average) Price: $16 (750ml) Shellback Caribbean Rum, currently available in silver and spiced varieties, represents another bold move into the spirits world by E.&J. Gallo, the ubiquitous California winemakers. It’s produced in Barbados by the West Indies Rum Distillery, the company that also make the rum that goes into Cockspur and Malibu. … Read more

What to Expect in 2013 According to Professor Cocktail

Everybody likes predictions — especially when the predictor gets things horribly wrong and looks like a dolt. So here are my predictions for the spirituous world in 2013. Bookmark this page so you can come back in a year and see how I did. An end to whiskey insanity: The past few years have been crazy … Read more

Some Holiday Cocktails to Try

The bars are closed on Christmas, but that doesn't mean a festive cocktail wouldn't hit the spot. You just have to mix it up yourself. Here are some suggestions to get you started.       Whiskey Highball 2 oz Bourbon or Rye WhiskeyLemon-Lime Soda or Ginger Ale4 Dashes of Aromatic or Angostura Bitters Build over … Read more

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Booze

Last week, we ran our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. We had posts with rum recommendations, bourbon recommendations, gin recommendations and other spirits recommendations. Today we're closing out the list with non-booze gift suggestions. Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Booze You want to get that special tippler in your life a gift, but … 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

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Rum

This week we're running our holiday gift guide, with suggestions for spirits in different categories. So far we've offered our bourbon recommendations and gin recommendations. Today we're doing rum. Professor Cocktail's Holiday Gift Guide: Rum Rum doesn't get the respect that whiskey does, but it's just as wonderful a spirit. Although it shines brightest in … Read more

Professor Cocktail’s Holiday Gift Guide: Gin

The holidays are upon us once again. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or all three, you want to find the perfect gift to give to those you care about. If that special someone enjoys a good tipple, your task is that much easier. Just give them booze! This week we’ll be running our holiday gift guide, … Read more