Tag: spirits

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

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

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

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

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

New Booze: April and May 2012

The redoubtable Camper English has a regular feature on ShakeStir.com where he rounds up the New Booze that's coming out. It makes for an interesting read, both to admire the latest cool stuff, and to cringe at the dreck the marketeers are foisting on the public. Here's a list of the last two months' worth of new products. Click … Read more

Father’s Day Gift Guide – Give Your Dad the Good Stuff

You know what your Dad really wants for Father's Day: booze! He doesn't need another necktie or a pair of slippers or whichever 1950's cliche you choose to bestow. Liquor is the gift that is never turned down. Because even if it's not your brand, even if it's not your spirit, it's still alcohol. Here … Read more