Ivan Lauer

Ivan Lauer is a contributor to Drinkhacker.

Does Glass Shape Affect the Way a Whiskey Tastes?

By Ivan Lauer | February 28, 2017 |

A common question we get here at Drinkhacker is whether glass shape actually matters; does it really change the taste of your drink of choice? In order to get to the bottom of this, we decided to have a small whiskey tasting, to try out a single whiskey in three differently-shaped glasses and see how…

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What’s the Difference Between Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Shiraz?

By Ivan Lauer | February 17, 2017 |

So you’re browsing the wine aisle at your favorite store, you have a pretty good handle on what a Cabernet Sauvignon is, and what a Pinot Noir is, but there’s always a group of red wines you’ve never quite gotten a handle on: Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Shiraz. What do these wines taste like, what…

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What’s the Difference Between Cognac and Armagnac?

By Ivan Lauer | February 5, 2017 |

Even if you’ve got a pretty good handle on the world of spirits, Cognac can come across as opaque. It can be hard to tell where Cognac fits into the broader spectrum of spirits, and that’s even before you’re introduced to Armagnac, Cognac’s lesser-known sister spirit. So what are you actually getting when you buy…

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Do Sulfites in Wine Give You Headaches?

By Ivan Lauer | January 28, 2017 |

For many wine drinkers, one of the first things they consider when buying wine is whether their bottle contains headache-inducing sulfites. But are sulfites as bad as they are painted out to be? Do they really cause headaches, and if so, how does one avoid them? The term “sulfite” refers broadly to a group of…

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How to Make a Flawless Manhattan Cocktail

By Ivan Lauer | January 7, 2017 |

Prohibition-era cocktails are absolutely booming in popularity right now, so it should come as no surprise that curious drinkers are looking for easy-to-craft period-style cocktails to try and learn. The manhattan has a lot going for it to the novice mixologist: it’s delicious, it looks lovely, and it’s very easy to make. If you’ve ever…

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A Tour of Scotland: Understanding Scotch Whiskies

By Ivan Lauer | December 29, 2016 |

Even to a whiskey drinker comfortable with bourbons and Irish whiskeys, Scotch can seem like a whole different world. Due to the varied climate of Scotland, from the wind-buffeted western islands to the famous highlands, Scotch can be incredibly different from distillery to distillery. So join us now for a whisky tour of Scotland, where…

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Understanding Different Types of Whiskey

By Ivan Lauer | December 22, 2016 |

Overwhelmed by the complex world of wines, beers, and spirits? You’re not alone. Today let’s look at one of the most common questions that we receive day in and day out: What the heck is the difference between all these different types of whiskeys? Today’s the day to find out. Join me in a brief…

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