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Wednesday 11 May, 2016

What Spirits Will Ascend? Inside the 73rd WSWA 2016




It always takes a few days to digest everything that happens at WSWA—not to mention, sober up—hence why it’s taken me some time to post this wrap up on the convention of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America in Las Vegas  April 18-21st. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Distinct […]





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Monday 04 April, 2016

The Future Belongs To Blended Scotch Whisky. There I said it.




For the past 50 years or so since William Grant introduced Glenfiddich, the first marketed single malt Scotch whisky, “single malts” have dominated the dialogue about serious whisky appreciation worldwide, not-so-subtly pushing blended whiskies to a second-class category that has not always been warranted. But, owing probably to the popularity and thus growing scarcity of […]





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Tuesday 19 January, 2016

For the love of Negronis …and Amaro




Ask an American bartender to name his or her favorite cocktail, and nine times out of ten you’ll get one answer: Negroni. Negroni, Negroni, Negroni. What’s behind this fascination with the cocktail somewhat famously created in post-WWI Firenza, Italy by “Count” Negroni (there are other theories, as well as questions about the Count’s peerage, but […]





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Monday 30 November, 2015

Why You Need To Know Sherry Better




Sherry is a wine category that is largely under-regarded in the drinking world at large and even in the fine wine world, partially because it has still not recovered from a period of mediocre quality in the late 20th century, and partially because it is so easily misunderstood. But the winemaking of Jerez is equally […]





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Friday 27 November, 2015

Five Bottles I’m Obsessed With! Unusual Gift Spirits




Need to find a gift bottle for that hard-to-impress cocktail fan? Your answer may be here. I’m lucky enough to get samples of a lot of different spirits, some of which are easier to categorize than others. That can be a detriment unfortunately, in that the more something is an outlier, the longer it may […]





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Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Spirit of America: Bourbon With Benefits Reviewed




  Connection to a charity can cloud a fair assessment of anything, so let’s get this out of the way first: Spirit of America, it’s name a somewhat plain-faced tribute to Bourbon’s identity as the uniquely American spirit, gives $1 from each bottle purchase to its own charity called Hope for the Warriors, “a national […]





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Monday 14 September, 2015

Bourbon Curious Reviewed: A Simple Guide for the Savvy Drinker




I’ve sung the praises of my fellow spirits writer and friend Fred Minnick before, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to too many that I’ve come to do that again. What did surprise even me is how much I enjoyed tearing through Bourbon Curious. Released just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month—and at […]