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Farm to bottle with Grey Goose

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I was recently immersed in the story of Grey Goose Vodka.  A key part of the story is the “creation” of the vodka, itself.  I am sure you are thinking, “creating vodka is simple, why tell us about it?”  Admittedly, that was my initial reaction. What could Grey Goose possibly show me but a huge industrial distillery and some slick marketing.

I was wrong!

What I discovered standing in the wheat fields of Picardy, France … Read more

2012 Presidential Debate Drinking Games

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It’s Presidential Debate season again, and that means some great drinking games!  We scoured the internets and found a few you can play at home. 

Mix and match if you like. 

DebateDrinking.com

Guests pick a cadidate to drink to and take a drink when they say things like: 

    Obama: Bain, Families, Middle Class, etc… 
    Romney: Private Sector, ObamaCare, Reagan, etc… 

see the whole game @DebateDrinking.com

PolicyMic.com

Guests drink for a predetermined (2, 3, 4, 10 … Read more

Knob Creek 9 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Named after a little creek that ran by Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, Knob Creek was created by Booker Noe, grandson of James Beam and sixth generation Master Distiller. Booker wanted to create a Super-Premium bourbon in the pre-prohibition style.

Knob Creek is a traditional bourbon with approx 70% corn and equal parts wheat and rye.  It is aged for 9 years in 4-charred oak barrels and made in small batches.  This process provides a sweet … Read more

Baker’s 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is aged for seven years in new oak barrels. It is a small batch bourbon made from the favorite recipe of Baker Beam, Grandnephew of Jim Beam.

Appearance: clear, medium amber with bronze hues and viscous legs

Nose: clean, medium with mellow notes of corn, grain, butterscotch, vanilla, oak with a touch of cream

Palate:  Dry, well integrated alcohol with a slight drying quality, medium notes of corn, grain, cinnamon, … Read more

Dancing Pines Bourbon Whiskey Review

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This bourbon hails from a small craft distillery in Loveland Colorado – the brainchild of a wife-husband-husband’s father combo!  Dancing Pines is one of many new craft distilleries that have been popping up across America that have embraced the modern American whiskey renaissance with it’s bourbon whiskey.   Yes, Dancing Pines does produce a bourbon. We like to point that out as many people think that bourbon can only come from Kentucky.  Bourbon can come from … Read more

Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Appearance: clean, medium minus tawny golden color with thick legs

Nose:  clean with a medium intensity of corn, kernel, maple syrup, brown sugar, floral and muted oak 

Palate: dry, integrated but spicy alcohol, medium notes of corn, kernel, sourdough, maple syrup, cinnamon, pepper and soft oak.  Medium finish with notes of kernel and sourdough

Rating:  Average to good.  Basic bourbon that sees limited time in oak so the wood influence is muted.  This allows the … Read more

Water Cocktails

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One of the hottest trends this year has been Water Cocktails!  You may ask, what is a water cocktail?  I had that same question when I first heard the term.  My first thoughts were fancy new mineral waters or water bars set up ala oxygen bars (if you have been to Vegas, you know what I am talking about).  Instead, water cocktails involve the use of water as an infusion for cocktails or as a … Read more

Happy National Coffee Day

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It’s time to get your buzz on and for once we don’t mean with booze (but, honestly, coffee and booze are a pretty good combo). September 29th is National Coffee Day so it’s time to get caffeinated!

In honor of National Coffee Day, we have been scouring our minds and the web for some fun coffee facts!

The top coffee drinkers in the world are the Americans, French and Germans. According to Yahoo Answers, the … Read more

Autumn Apple

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Fall is here once again and this weeks drink combines the wonderful Autumn flavors of apple and cranberry,  Spiked with warming absinthe and the zing of ginger, this one will warm you insider and out… Read more

The Life of a Spirits Judge

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Recently, I had the honor of judging not one but two events. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the opportunities and learned so much. The first of the events was judging a United States Bartender Guild, known as USBG, Pisco Sour competition sponsored by Gran Sierpe Pisco at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The second was judging a number of spirits categories at the International Wine and Spirits Competition just outside of London. The two … Read more

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