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When Pot Distilled Whiskey Is Not Pot Still Whiskey

What is pot still whiskey? The obvious answer is "whiskey that's made in a pot still," but apparently that's not true if you're in Ireland. I was on a trip recently with whiskey writer/expert/class clown/author Dominic Roskrow and was showing off my sexy Irish whiskey distillery diagram, when he called me out on it. He said that the Cooley distillery makes no pot still whiskey. "But they have pot stills in which they make whiskey, so obviously they make pot still whiskey," I said. It went back and forth for a few days, but the argument comes down to this:... Read more →

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Last week was my third year attending the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association Meeting in Las Vegas. This event is where wine and spirits producers (brand owners) come to meet with their distributors. It's also the place many new brands come to try to find distributors in the first place. On the main floor is where much of the new or newly-imported brands show their wares in hopes of luring a distributor to pick up their products. And that's where you see what new spirits people think they can sell. Many fall into categories: luxury bottlings of spirits (often just... Read more →

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I chose and polled most of the judges for this list of the 50 best bars in the world. It's the cover story for Drinks International, an industry magazine based in the UK. The rules were that the judges had to have visited the bar within the past two years and couldn't have a financial stake in them (so, no voting for your own bar). Each judge chose their top three bars and we averaged them together. I think when you see the list of judges (not online yet) you'll agree that it's a very fair poll. For the most... Read more →

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There are now two newish options for bartenders to get health insurance. 1. USBG The United States Bartenders' Guild now offers full insurance plans (previously they only had discount health plans that are not the same thing) through Custom Benefit Consultants. 2. RBA I also just leared of the Responsible Bartenders' Association, another bartender (and related professions such as servers) that offers health and other insurance through a company called HLP. What they did was partner with TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) to show that their member bartenders take responsibility seriously, which helped them negotiate insurance discounts. Thus you need... Read more →

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The Big Switch At Captain Morgan

For years, Captain Morgan rum has been produced at the Distileria Serralles (DonQ Rum) distillery in Puerto Rico. Production is moving in 2012 to a new distillery St. Croix owned by Diageo. This makes a huge difference in revenues to Puerto Rico and St. Croix. I'll explain it as I understand the situation, and if your understanding is better/different I hope you will correct me in the comments. The US government has a tax rebate plan to bring revenue to US territories based on a business incentive. All of the rum sold in the US is taxed (no matter where... Read more →

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GMO-Free Liquor? Not As Far As You Know

So the TTB released the little bombshell below. Basically, you can't put "GMO-free" or something similar on an alcoholic beverage label, even if the product is. For the most part if you're drinking anything made from corn in the US (all bourbon, some vodkas) you're drinking genetically modified corn. Spirits from other crops too. In many (most? all?) export markets, however, you can't use this. Thus many (all?) bourbons make a GMO-free version for export. Because most of Four Roses bourbon is sold in Japan, however, their product is GMO-free, even in the US. However, distiller Jim Rutledge said he... Read more →

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When I was last in France I had a chance to pop into the Camus Cognac visitors' center. I was familiar with the brand, having met brand owner Cyril Camus last year in San Francisco, and curious to try some of the non-US bottlings on-site. And now I have news to share from another lunch a couple of weeks ago. These things don't form a narrative, so I'll use the list format to talk about it. Camus is the 5th largest cognac house after the "big four" of Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier, and Remy. It has only been on the US... Read more →

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A few weeks ago I wrote about mizuwari, the whisky highball ritual sometimes performed in Japan. One thing I didn't emphasize was that most of the time these highballs are usually made with blended whisky, not single-malts. Now another company has announced the release of blended whisky made for the same purpose. Compass Box Whisky is launching a new range of blends called Great King Street. The first bottling, The Artist's Blend, will start hitting the US market in September. They're emphasizing this whisky's use in the highball. Compass Box founder/blender John Glaser said in a press release, “As well... Read more →

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