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A while back I enjoyed a brief visit to the Bushmills Irish Whiskey distillery, located at the northern tip of Northern Ireland. Bushmills is located super close to the Giants' Causeway, a natural phenomenon that brings tons of tourists through town every day. Pretty much all the tours also stop at Bushmills, whether that's for a full distillery tour or just a meal in the visitors' center restaurant. 92,000 people visited the distillery in 2012. Bushmills doesn't have column stills; all the whiskey made here is triple distilled from 100% malted barley. (Thus the same as single-malt scotch except that... Read more →

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Trick Dog bar in San Francisco has launched their latest menu. This time it's an an astrological horoscope wheel, with a different drink for each sign. Here's the back of it: And here are the drinks - click through the images for them all: Read more →

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As mentioned in yesterday's post, rum is distilled from any sugar cane derivative like fermented fresh cane juice or molasses. But some producers add sugar to their finished rum after distillation. Adding sugar to any spirit can soften it and hide some flaws, but if you look at the (allegedly) sweetened rums in this post on RefinedVices.com, you'll notice two general patterns among the rum bottlings that allegedly have sugar added: They come from big companies that shouldn't need to add sugar to cover a bad distillate. They know how to distill. They're aged rums, rather than white rums. Well... Read more →

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It's a funny thing about rum: It all is distilled from a fermented sugar cane derivative (fresh cane juice, molasses, or something in between), but sugar doesn't pass through the distillation process, so some producers add sugar back into the distilled rum to sweeten it up. Recently on Facebook, people have posted lists of sugar levels in commercial brands of rum. One reportedly comes from the Finnish government and another from the Swedish government. I won't post them directly here but the lists are here on RefinedVices.com. You should really take a look. They show commercial brands of rums with... Read more →

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Here are a few of my favorite (and your favorite juding by popularity) posts on Alcademics from 2013. Have a look, perhaps there's something good you missed... A Sampling of Sugars from Asia A Tribute to Harry Craddock on the 50th Anniversary of his Death Tasting the Regional Waters of Scotland How to Classify Bottled Waters How Different Waters Affect The Flavor of Whisky Interview with a Water Sommelier How Column Distillation Works: Multi-Column Rum and Vodka Edition Bottled Waters Most Resembling Waters of Scotland A Handy Chart for Categorizing Sherry A Visual Guide to Herbs Used to Make Vermouth... Read more →

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In this new Sunday feature on Alcademics, I'll be posting photos from fun and adventures around the world once each week. March 2008: After a few days in Queenstown, NZ for the 42BELOW vodka Cocktail World Cup, we took helicopters from the top of a mountain down to the airport. There, a private plane took us to Wellington to continue the contest. Read about the adventure in a multi-post series that begins here. Read more →

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Kevin Dowell (formerly of Wo Hing General Store, Zero Zero, Rio Grande, Starlight Room, and many other places) has taken over the cocktail program at Mission restaurant and brunch epicenter Foreign Cinema, as well as at the casual bar Laszlo in the front of the building. That means 3 new cocktail menus: One for each venue and a third for brunch drinks. And they all launch tomorrow, January 4. Customers drink a lot of cocktails at both venues, but this venus and its clientele aren't on the cocktail snob circuit, so Dowell has made an effort to keep the drinks... Read more →

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Celebrities seem to think this tequila craze is a whole thing, so they're partnering with brands or launching their own. On this page I'll try to keep track of them all. Clyne, Roger Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine [website] "Arizona-based recording artist Roger Clyne has, for the past fifteen years, created a fan-focused community that meshes music with all forms of merriment infused with southwestern culture and mythologies. To that end, he created the award-winning MexicanMoonshine line of fine tequila, which has just released its third marque, AƱejo." Clooney, George and Gerber, Rande Casamigos [website] "The tequila's name, Casamigos, was inspired... Read more →

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