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Taste Test: Spiced Rum

Spiced rum is a category of spirits that often gets no respect. And for good reason, too: it's usually pretty gross. But there are times when spiced rum can be useful. Mixing up a punch or grog, for example, or giving a little extra zing to a Rum and Coke. What should you do in … Read more

Taste Test: Blended Irish Whiskey

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, which means many drinkers will be turning to Irish whiskey for their drink of choice. The Irish whiskey category is hotter than it's ever been, so there are more choices than ever before. Here at Professor Cocktail we do the heavy lifting so that you don't have … Read more

Whiskeys from Buffalo Trace Distillery Named Best in the World

Awards should always be taken with a grain of salt. Is the film that wins the Academy Award really the best picture of the year? Was Shakespeare in Love really better than Saving Private Ryan? Although the most prestigious awards do lend some measure of objective credibility to the winners, ultimately it's still a subjective process. … Read more

Taste Test: Bourbons from $25 to $50

We conducted the second round of our bourbon taste test last weekend. The whiskeys this time all had a suggested retail price of between $25 and $50. (Our first Bourbon Taste Test featured bourbons under $25.) As was the case last time, some of the samples were provided by the distilleries and some were from my … Read more

Pierre Ferrand Cognac Wins Best New Product at Tales of the Cocktail

Congratulations to Pierre Ferrand Cognac, a brand that has been making a lot of noise in recent years. Cognac Ferrand is honored to announce that Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac® has won Best New Product at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail® Spirited Awards. Pierre Ferrand 1840 was launched last year at the same cocktail festival to great … Read more

Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals

Marie Brizard makes some of my favorite liqueurs, and their cocktail competition at the recent Tales of the Cocktail featured some really interesting drinks. Here is the winner: And the winner of the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals is…  Miami’s Robert Montero of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, with his winning cocktail, “Sunny Crusta!” Robert received a cash prize of … 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

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

Richard Gomez Named First Ever World Class U.S. Ambassador

Congrats to Ricky Gomez, a bartender at Portland's Teardrop Lounge, for being named the first-ever USBG & World Class U.S. Ambassador. Twenty mixologists, five Cocktail Luminaries, four challenges – all to determine who will journey to Rio de Janeiro to represent the United States in the world's largest international cocktail program.  After months of scouring the country and searching for … Read more

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum Wins First Place

Congrats to one of my favorite brands of rum, Appleton Estate! Appleton Estate Reserve was awarded the prestigious 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Chairman's Trophy, surpassing all other brands as the top overall selection in the rum category. Appleton Estate Reserve received a first place score of 96 points and an "Extraordinary, Ultimate Recommendation" from the … Read more