Review: Corsair Triple Smoke (2012)

Once in a while, American whiskeymakers do the smoke thing: Corsair (which operates distilleries in both Kentucky and Tennessee) is a small distillery that makes a variety of products. Triple Smoke is created by taking “three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood” which is then…

Read More about Review: Corsair Triple Smoke (2012)

The Angel’s Share, Illustrated

Last year I filled a 1.5-liter micro-barrel with Woodinville’s white whiskey, all part of its “age your own” whiskey kit. I’ve sampled it every couple of months but largely it’s been left untouched since July 2011. Today I bottled what was left. The photo below illustrates what two full bottles of white dog turned into…

Read More about The Angel’s Share, Illustrated

Review: Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release

I’ve been thinking Kilchoman’s young malt whisky releases would benefit from longer sherry finishes for years — and with Sherry Cask Release (yes, “Release” is part of the name), the Scottish (Scots?) distillery finally puts me in my place. The whisky in this release has been fully matured in Oloroso sherry butts for 5 full…

Read More about Review: Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release

Interview: James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark

James Carville isn’t just the kingmaker behind Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders from the last several decades, he’s now the spokesman for Maker’s Mark. Along with wife Mary Matalin, Carville is stumping for the massive Bourbon brand with a cheeky political spin, promoting “The Cocktail Party,” a party that, at last, the famously opposite-minded…

Read More about Interview: James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark

Buffalo Trace: Small Barrel Whiskey Experiments Are Failures

Buffalo Trace is the leader in Bourbon country at tinkering with tradition and releasing “experimental” whiskeys, which the company pumps out at an almost breakneck pace. (We’ve got reviews of many of these recent experiments coming up soon.) But today Buffalo Trace announced that not every experiment works, and its work with very small barrels…

Read More about Buffalo Trace: Small Barrel Whiskey Experiments Are Failures

Review: Glass Vodka

A somewhat strange new spirit hailing from Seattle, Glass Vodka is distilled from Washington wine grapes (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) in a German copper pot still. That’s two unusual approaches to vodka in a single product, and the result is also… unusual. Lately we’ve received a rush of semi-sweet, largely flavorless vodkas, and Glass fits…

Read More about Review: Glass Vodka

Tailgate Cocktails for End of Summer

It’s a bounty of new recipes, fit for the tailgate, from our sports-obsessed friends at Campari America. Check these out and let us know what you think! Take Me Out To The Ballgame Cocktail (The Peanuts & Cracker Jack Cocktail) 2 oz. Wild Turkey 101 1 oz. Frangelico 1 oz. Amaretto .25 oz. squeezed lemon…

Read More about Tailgate Cocktails for End of Summer

Review: Laurenz V. 2010 Charming and 2011 Singing Gruner Veltliner

Recently released: Two new Gruners from our friends at Laurenz V.  Thoughts follow. 2011 Laurenz V. Singing Gruner Veltliner – Bigger body than I was expecting, but underneath that, lots of traditional/typical Gruner character: Big apples, pineapple, touches of melon, and plenty of acidity to leave your mouth clean and fresh after each sip. A-…

Read More about Review: Laurenz V. 2010 Charming and 2011 Singing Gruner Veltliner