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March 2014

24 Spirits Designed by San Francisco Bartenders

San Francisco bartenders are responsible for the creation of at least 24 different spirits, some available at retail and some reserved just for the bars. In the April 2014 edition of 7x7 Magazine, I have a story about them, with accompanying recipes online. Read more →

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New Booze: Double Barrel Bourbon from A. Smith Bowman Distillery

A. Smith Bowman Distillery Double Barrel Bourbon A. Smith Bowman Distillery announces the first release in its Abraham Bowman line for 2014, the Abraham Bowman Limited Edition Double Barrel Bourbon. This new bourbon was aged a total of seven years and two months. Originally put into barrels on December 12, 2006, this bourbon was transferred to new barrels on April 17, 2013. After aging an additional six months in Bowman’s standard Warehouse (A1), the barrels were then moved to the mezzanine of Warehouse K, and aged for an additional 5 months where they experienced increased air-flow and scrutiny. The Abraham... Read more →

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Additional Lime Shortage Intel From Julio Bermejo of Tommy's

Both Lou Bustamante and I reached out to Julio Bermejo for a comment on the lime shortage that is causing great calamity in the cocktail world. Bermejo's world-famous tequila bar, Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco, goes through a heck of a lot of limes each week. Additionally, Bermejo has family and many contacts in Mexico to fill him/us in on what's really happening with the Mexican limes so often used here. He says: In the last three weeks, limes have gone from $23 / case to $110 per case. In my 29 years behind the bar I have never... Read more →

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New Booze: Papá Andrés from Brugal Rum

Brugal Rum's Papá Andrés Papá Andrés is a blend of rums that the Maestros Roneros make each year, different from the last. Each blend is made from three different casks: first-filled Spanish Sherry Oak Casks, Ex-Pedro Ximenez Sherry Oak Casks and First Rum filled White American Oak. Only 36 casks of our total 250,000 cask inventory are selected to make this rum each year and 500 bottles per year are produced. MSRP of $1,200. Brugal Rum is the only 100% Dominican rum on the market. From the harvesting of local sugar cane to the final aging process, all elements of... Read more →

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New Booze: Freya from Highland Park

Highland Park Freya Highland Park’s third offering in its Valhalla Collection is named for the Norse Goddess of Love, Freya. Highland Park’s Valhalla Collection is a range of four whiskies taking inspiration from Nordic gods. Bottled at 51.2% ABV, this limited edition, 15 year old, single malt whisky comes housed in the same wooden frame of Thor and Loki, echoing the contours of a traditional Viking long ship. Freya will be available from specialist retailers, at the Highland Park distillery and www.highlandpark.co.uk at SRP $275. Related articles New Booze: Highland Park Loki and Knappogue Castle 16-Year Irish Whiskey New Booze:... Read more →

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