The Merlet family has been distilling in France for 5 generations, but have only launched their own brand of cognac in recent years. They have a really interesting history that I learned on a visit to their chateau, vineyards, and distillery in 2014.
They call Bunnahabhain "the welcoming taste of Islay" because unlike other Islay scotch whiskies, most Bunnahabhain is not smoky. Here are is how the whisky is made.
A visit to the Deanston single malt scotch whisky distillery in the Scottish Highlands.
A pot still shaped like a dragon and a scientific reinvention of the ancient dunder pit process? Only at Lost Spirits Distillery in California.
Hacienda La Caravedo is the oldest working distillery in the Americas and the place where they make Pisco Porton. It's located in Ica, Peru, about a four hour drive south of Lima. I visited in the spring of 2014. The distillery dates to 1684. Below is a picture of the document establishing the distillery. The grounds hold the distillery, vineyards, and this huge house, which is newly-constructed. You might recognize it from the bottle label. The house belongs to the owners of the brand. They were preparing for Easter when I visited so I didn't get to peep inside. The...
Lou Bustamante reports on a seminar on wood and barrels from this year's Tales of the Cocktail convention.
Exploring enzymes in spirits. What are they, what they do, and how they're used in different spirits.
In previous posts, I took a look at how Anchor Distilling developed and makes their rye whiskeys and gins. Now we'll look at their genever, which is a whiskey-gin hybrid of sorts, as well as White Christmas, a white whiskey distilled from Anchor's Christmas Ale.