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Dancing Pines Bourbon Whiskey Review

post iconThis 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 anywhere in the United States but only Kentucky bourbon can come from Kentucky. …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

post iconOne 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. …Read More

Happy National Coffee Day

post iconNational Coffee Day: It’s time to get your buzz on and for once we don’t mean with booze … OK, so coffee and booze make a good pair …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

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The Life of a Spirits Judge

post iconRecently, I had the honor of judging not one but two events. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the opportunities and learned so much. …Read More

Judgment of Paris – Literary Monday

post iconFor any of you movie buffs, the 1976 battle between French wines and their upstart American counterparts entitled the “Judgment of Paris” was chronicled in the highly fictionalized movie Bottleshock. While Bottleshock was certainly entertaining and spotlighted the super cute Chris Pine, it didn’t exactly stick to the story. If you are interested in how the tale actually unfolded, pick up George Tabor’s Judgment of Pari …Read More

Black Lily

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Created by Mixologist Kyle Ford, this week’s drinks, is also the official drink of 2012 San Francisco Cocktail Week.  Made of only three ingredients, Cointreau, Ferent Branca and Lime Juice. What you get is a bit of sweet and sour chased by minty freshness.  

Says Ford, “The name, Black Lily, is an indirect reference to Lillie Hitchcock Coit (1842-1929), legendary North Beach eccentric, avid gambler, drinker, and fire(wo)man. Legend has it, Ms. Lillie left $118,000 … Read more

A Taste of Bourbon

post iconEach September marks Bourbon Heritage Month. While there are other spirits with connections to America – think colonial rum and apple brandy – no spirit is as quintessentially American as bourbon. Bourbon is an amber colored whiskey that must be made from a mash consisting of a majority of corn, matured in charred American oak barrels and bottled at no less than 80 proof. …Read More

SF Cocktail Week All Access Pass Giveaway

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The folks at SF Cocktail Week have given us 2 All Access Passes to giveaway to our readers!

For those of you not from the Bay Area, San Francisco Cocktail Week, is a  week long celebration of the Bay Area’s liquid culture, cocktail heritage and  bar industry. continuing the opportunity for Bay Area patrons to experience, imbibe, enjoy and educate themselves on all things cocktailian from some of the country’s best bar experts.

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