In reviewing the Black Label and Double Black Label, it was clear from the bottles that the Double Black was not your father’s Black Label. The Double Black Label comes in an uber masculine bottle that is not only black but noticeably bigger than the Black Label. The nose confirmed that these were two very different Scotches with the Double Black significantly smokier. The palate then confirmed both the bottle appearance and the nose – these were very different Scotches. The Double Black Label is the beefier, tougher older brother to the more nuanced, complex Black Label.
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This Italian Vodka is a joint venture of the Arrigio Cipriani of the Cipriani family (known for Harry’s Bar in Venice and other high-end Italian restaurants) and Lapo Elkhann of the Fiat family. Clearly, these two are quite the tastemakers with the Cipriani restaurants being the go-to Italian restaurants in Venice and New York and Fiat making some of the most sought after cars in the world. From my research, it also appears that Mr. Elkhann is quite the snazzy dresser, making global best dressed lists year after year.
Danzig Goldwasser has one of the most storied histories in the wine and spirits world. Goldwasser has been made at least since 1598 (and allegedly was served at least as early as 1549). it was served to Peter the Great, who supposedly ordered a continuous supply, and Catherine the Great.
Camus has been a family business since 1863, controlling everything from the growing of grapes to the distillation of the Cognac. Camus is also famous for having it’s vineyards in Borderies, one of the smallest growing areas in Cognac, known for imparting floral and nutty aromas and flavors.
Campari is a bitter spirit that is made from over 60 herbs and spices. If you try hard, you can pick out a few. For me, the easiest one to spot is the quinine, which is one of the herbs that gives Campari its bitter quality. Campari has been produced in Italy since 1860 and like Coca Cola, allegedly only one person knows the recipe.
I wanted to highlight a spirit from a micro-distillery. Not so long ago, no-one would have believed the current renaissance in spirits and distilling was even possible. Distilling has been the last of the businesses to rise from the ashes of Prohibition.
Highland Park Scotch is amazing and so is the story of the ownership of Highland Park (we only have so much space so we are focusing on Highland Park’s ownership). As many of you may know, a certain percentage of the Scots have never been happy about the unification of England and Scotland (Scotland finally became part of the United Kingdom when James VI of Scotland became James I of England upon the death of … Read more
Winter is almost upon us and, for some reason, I associate butterscotch schnapps with winter. I guess it’s because of those buttery, toffee, butterscotch flavors. And, it may also be because on my 21st birthday, which occurred in December, I celebrated with a number of butterscotch flavored drinks. It must have been the bartender’s specialty because I don’t remember specifically ordering butterscotch drinks that evening. Many years later, I still recall that evening fondly.
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Kahlua recently launched a new flavor – Kahlua Cinnamon Spice – just in time to keep you warm for winter. It will be the perfect addition to almost any hot drink this winter whether it be coffee, hot chocolate or tea (I can’t vouch for the hot apple cider as I haven’t tried it yet).
I really like Kahlua and was a bit concerned when they started making the Kahlua spices line (like Vanilla, Peppermint … Read more
In August, Greenall’s, one of the oldest Gin producing firms in England, launched its newest libation – Bloom Gin. Bloom arrived in one of the most beautiful bottles we have seen in awhile – the slightest shade of green with crawling vines (both imprinted in the bottle and on the plastic enclosure at the top of the bottle). Luckily for us, Bloom was as tasty as the bottle was beautiful.
Greenall’s is one of the … Read more