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White Russians are following me around in the past few weeks, and not the gangster kind. I am writing a story about coffee liqueurs, a crucial ingredient in the White Russian. I went to a bar in Glasgow called Lebowski's that serves nearly 20 variations of the White Russian. Lebowski Fest is in two weeks from now in Orlando. And I just got a press release from Kahlua with fancy, complicated versions of the White Russian. I mention this because it's weird, but should you want several molecular variations of the White Russian provided by Kahlua they can be found... Read more →

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Poison Wine

Normally I'd post this in Slurps, the sidebar to Alcademics and blog of its own where I share interesting items on other websites, but this is awesome in its ridiculousness! Blackmailer threatens to poison 'world's most expensive wine' vineyard A French blackmailer attempted to extort one million euros from the estate of Romanée-Conti, the world's most expensive wine, by threatening to poison the vines, it has emerged. Read the story here. Read more →

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*Update* In the original post I mistakenly wrote that distribution/marketing for all St. George Spirits products was moving to Proximo Spirits. That was incorrect. This is only the case for Hangar One Vodka. I deeply regret the error and any resulting confusion. News from St. George Spirits, the makers of Hangar One Vodka, St. George Absinthe, the forthcoming Agua Libre rum, and other products: They've changed their distribution and marketing from Craft Distillers to Proximo Spirits. The company has not been sold and Lance Winters, Jorg Rupf, and Dave Smith will still be making the booze. I'm sure there will... Read more →

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Hurry Beyonce, That Martini is Getting Warm

In this otherwise fantabulous Beyonce video, the poor woman must suffer the indignities of a man who doesn't treat her right, and also a nearly-empty oversized Martini with two huge, presumably warm Castelvetrano olives inappropriate for the drink. It makes her cry, and me too a little. "Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo. Read more →

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Hello from New York! Last night I went to the friends and family preview for Painkiller, the New York bar from some of the people behind Dutch Kills. It turns out that they have a lot of friends and a very big family, because the place was packed! I didn't even make it to the back of the room. They're going for an urban tiki thing, with graffiti art, brick walls, and bamboo accents. They have skull shot glasses that are pretty awesome. (Aisha Sharpe gives her kiss of approval.) And a few kinds of tiki mugs (and the mug... Read more →

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After my visit to the Bowmore and Auchentoshan distilleries, our group stopped by the headquarters of their parent company, Morrison Bowmore. (This company is in turned owned by Suntory, and is distributed in the United States by Skyy Spirits.) There we met with Senior Blender Iain McCallum, who is sort of a legend even though he’s less than 40 years old. He's engaging, fast, fun, and smart as heck. If given the opportunity to attend an event he hosts, I highly recommend it. (If given the opportunity to go out drinking with him afterward, I recommend that too even though... Read more →

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On the last day of my trip to Scotland with Bowmore, we went to another distillery, Auchentoshan. This distillery is located just outside of Glasgow, on a former estate. Auchentoshan is in the Lowland region of Scotland, one of just five single-malt-producing distilleries there. It’s also unique as the only scotch distillery that triple distills all of its whisky. This gives it a lighter flavor profile than most single malts, and a thinner body/mouthfeel. This makes it both an entry-level whisky for drinkers new to the category, and one that can be easily mixed into cocktails. Scotch whisky distilleries usually... Read more →

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The malting and distillation are only the first two weeks in the life of a scotch whisky: the aging time in barrels is where the liquid spends the vast majority of its existence- and where it gains much of its flavor. In this post we look at the potential influence of place in scotch whisky, learned on a recent trip to Islay, Scotland. Read more →

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