Welcome back everyone! The reads took a bit of a holiday vacation to recharge and refresh for 2013. Look for more content from our end regarding the usual celebrity product endorsements, flavored vodkas, and weird world events along with some new stuff including book reviews, cocktail recipes, and more. It seems as if most people took off for the holidays, but there were a few tidbits here and there to bring to your attention.
The folks at Bourbon Blog have been keeping busy. Indeed, they have not only scooped the first review of the new Bulleit expression, but they also announced the arrival of a new brand from the makers of Wathen’s. 12 Year Old Medley will be arriving on shelves later in 2013, and we’ll no doubt have reviews of both bottles up here as well soon. [Bourbon Blog]
Judging a book by its cover: inside a Napa Valley winemaker’s marketing ideas and how these guys name their bottles. Home run names like “Love Hammer” and “Sexual Chocolate” aren’t exactly what we cover around here, but hey… we’re open to anything. [ABC News]
The Las Vegas Review goes behind the scenes and unveils the process the Aria hotel goes through to select its custom blend of Woodford Reserve for hotel guests. [Las Vegas Review]
The BBC runs a quick profile on what many are proclaiming to be the second Golden Age of Scotch, the first of which occurred in the 1970s. While it may be hard to fully grasp the scope of such a proclamation (pre-digital coverage of Scotch would be minuscule when compared to today), the overall quality of Scotch coming through stateside would certainly make such a claim supportable. [BBC]