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I learned lots of stuff in the August issue of the Tasting Panel Magazine. I write for this magazine but didn't have a story in the current issue. Anyway: Isle of Jura has a 200th Anniversary Edition, a 21 year old single malt aged in an ex-sherry cask. The Don Julio Anejo Claro that someone gave me a sip of at Tales is a real thing. For the 70th anniversary of the Don Julio being in the tequila business, they are releasing an anejo tequila that is filtere to make it clear, which supposedly will "bring back the bold agave... Read more →

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Infusions: Now Officially Legal in California

*Update* California State Senate Bill SB 32 has been passed and signed into law, taking effect immediately. Thanks to the people who worked hard to make it happen. This bill was introduced in response to a sudden crackdown by the ABC (Alcholic Beverage Control) on infusions, homemade bitters and tinctures, sangria, and other 'rectified' drinks at cocktail bars in San Francisco. Most bar owners did not know that these common practices were illegal and the crackdown set off a bit of a panic. My take on the issue from February 2010 is here. (I can't believe it's been that long... Read more →

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Tales Seminar: The Global Drinks Business

These are notes from The Global Drinks Business seminar at Tales of the Cocktail, lead by Phil Duff. Please don't treat these facts as absolute or fact-checked - I'm typing fast and mistakes could be made. In the Middle East, the duty-free market is enormous. "The world drinks locally." The overwhelming majority of spirits are consumed in the country in which they are made. The world drinks whisky (not always scotch, but something that tastes like scotch), vodka (at every level. The first market out side the USA for Absolut was Russia.), and soju. In the Phillipeans they drink 27... Read more →

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Tales of the Cocktail Preview: How The Global Drinks Business Works

This is a preview of a seminar that will be given at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, which takes place July 20-24, 2011. I've been writing full-time about liquor since around 2005 and sometimes I'm still confused about who is the brand owner versus importer versus who has the distribution rights in which country and where stuff is sold. The global drinks business is some wild, wacky stuff. Based on the description below, I asked session moderator Philip Duff some questions. How The Global Drinks Business Works Time: 3 PM to 4:30 PM Date: Wednesday the 20th of... Read more →

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Though dessert and pastry-flavored liqueurs are all the rage these days, I am amazed at the amount of alcoholic whipped cream products coming out. There are now at least two brands of whipped cream flavored vodka (Burnett's Whipped Cream flavored vodka and Pinnacle Whipped Vodka) and two brands of alcoholic whipped cream (Whipped Lightning and Cream Alcoholic Whipped Cream). I can imagine college bars will soon start serving shots of the whipped cream vodka with alcoholic whipped cream on top. Woooot! Read more →

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Shelling Out for the Top Shelf

Oooh busted! I'd heard that it was common practice in nightclubs to pay for placement on the top shelves but I don't think I knew that it was illegal. Nearly all the top liquor companies got busted and fined for violating the "slotting fee" prohibition at Harrah's (through a third party). According to the TTB: The allegations of tied house violations stem from the companies' participation in the 2008-2009 Harrah's Nationwide Beverage Program. The TTB investigation, which focused on activities in the Las Vegas area, alleges that the companies collectively furnished nearly $2 million in inducements through a third party... Read more →

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The new flavor of Absolut vodka was just announced, "an exotic blend of all-natural green, red, and yellow apple with fresh ginger combine to create ABSOLUT ORIENT APPLE." Apple and ginger, who could have guessed? Oh right, I did. In this post I finally put it together that all of the Absolut city flavors eventually become regular Absolut flavors with minor tweaks. I said: I'm gonna make a guess that the next Absolut flavor will contain red apple and/or ginger. Because that's what's in Absolut Brooklyn. BINGO. Read more →

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I'll be speaking on a social media panel at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America annual Convention on April 12. Last year I also attended the convention. I learned what the WSWA is and what goes on at the convention, with some notes about the strengths and weaknesses of the three-tier system. I also looked at how the convention is changing and plans for the future. Here's the tentative title and info: Social Media Marketing: It’s Not an Option, It's Mandatory Forget the theory and the lectures, this hard-hitting panel will give attendees the street smart perspective on social... Read more →

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