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Hail the “holy trinity”! Last week I had the pleasure to meet the faces behind Le Tourment Vert (www.letourmentvert.com) and experience their vision of what this wonderful spirit offers after such a long hiatus from our shores. This Absinthe is handcrafted in small batches by Bruno Delannoy of Vinet Ege and combines fourteen herbs to create a truly inspirational blend. Moving beyond the ritualistic, yet fun, Classic and Bohemian Method of enjoying Absinthe, Le Tourment … Read more
One of my favorite things about bourbon: It is possible to find great bourbon at nearly every price point. And while there definitely are $400 bottles of bourbon out there that will knock your socks off, it’s possible to find something impressive that fits a normal person’s budget. Here are picks in a few price ranges:
Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, 100 proof
Wine Enthusiast praised this bourbon’s “buttery feel on the palate” and “tangy … Read more
My holiday picks for scotch are not for the faint of heart. While they are very different from each other, they both are cask strength and neither is chill filtered. They are, well, strong. But hey, if you’re going to drink a scotch, why not go for it. These are great to serve at an intimate holiday gathering or to give as a gift to a real scotch lover. Both picks will run you about … Read more
Why give a boring bottle of wine this year, with so many great spirits out there go crazy. We’ve assembled a variety of fine Tequila for easy gift giving.
Perfect for sipping and savoring, Cabo Uno Tequila will last beyond the holiday party and throughout the holiday season, to be cherished and enjoyed for years to come. Acknowledged as one of the finest 100% blue agave tequilas in the world, Cabo Uno is aged in … Read more
Brown Forman released Woodford Reserve 1838 Sweet Mash Whiskey.
The significance of this is that the process used to make this new bourbon hasn’t been used commercially since before Prohibition. The bourbon we all know and love is “sour mash.”
In very basic terms, “mash” is the mixture of fermented grain and water used in making bourbon.
The sour-mash method involves holding back mash from one fermentation to use it in the next batch to … Read more
At around $20 a bottle, 1.0.1 Vodka is a good deal considering the high quality of the spirit. This grain vodka has a strong nose and soft, smooth mouthfeel.
The flavor is smooth, but with a bit more bite than most other American-made vodkas. But this is a good thing. The hint of spice makes it a good candidate for a great vodka and tonic.
If you’re a Ketel One drinker, 1.0.1 could be the … Read more
Beam just introduced (ri)1 in the midst of rye whiskey’s comeback from more than 70 years in the shadows.
In the 19th and early 20th century, rye was the go-to liquor. Many traditional cocktails–like the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned–originated as rye cocktails.
But after Prohibition ended in 1933, American distillers turned all their attention to bourbon.
No one knows for sure why, but it could be because corn was cheaper than rye. It … Read more
The latest in Absolut’s City Series, Absolut Los Angeles is a vodka infused with the flavors of açai, acerola, pomegranate and blueberry. In a continuation of both the city series and their Global Cooling campaign, Absolut is donating $250,000 to Green Way LA, a group dedicated to improving urban life.
I am not a huge fan of flavored vodkas, but this one is wonderful. The nose is fruity and sweet, but not too sugary. You … Read more
Dan Aykroyd’s new Crystal Head Vodka is making its rounds on the Internets. Why shouldn’t it? Even if the vodka is no good, the bottle is a glass skull! Who would want to have few glass skulls around the house. The vodka comes complete with the story of the 13 Crystal Heads.
Aykroyd explains, “Brought together, the Crystal Heads are said to contain vast knowledge and enlightenment capable of unlocking our most enigmatic ancient mysteries. … Read more