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Hello from Tales of the Cocktail on Tour in Buenos Aires! I am attending three seminars today held at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel. (Then the rest of the time I'll just be in bars.) The first seminar was a talk by David Wondrich called Drinking the Americas from Punch to Prohibition Below are notes I took in the seminar, mostly unedited, but let me know if these raise any questions and I'll try to answer them. When Columbus arrived some South American and North American peoples had localized fermented beverages but not really any trade or exchange in them. When... Read more →

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Here are three new product releases. Information below comes from the press materials. Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2012, Port Cask Finish Tequila Herradura, today announced the release of the first of a series of small-batch tequilas, Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2012, Port Cask Finish. Each year, a new tequila will be released that will offer consumers a one-of-a-kind experience. The inaugural product, Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2012 is a port cask finished reposado tequila. Crafted by Master Distiller Maria Teresa Lara, Casa Herradura uses blue agave, traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally occurring... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Here are some new booze launches of late: Peligroso Cinnamon The world’s first 84 proof cinnamon-flavored tequila is infused with 100% pure cinnamon and a blend of secret ingredients. Peligroso Cinnamon launches March 2013, to key markets across the country including California and Nevada. The suggested retail price will be $29.99. SakéMoto, imported by SakeOne SakéMoto is brewed with rice from the Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan and created with mountain-sourced water from the Nada region. It is the result of over two years in development working with a Japanese brew master to craft the perfect Japanese style saké for the... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

In my second story for Details.com, I wrote about the wonderfully pungent pot-still rums and blends from Jamaica. Bring the Funk: New Jamaican Rums Embrace the Stank August 16 is National Rum Day—a virtual invitation for bloggers to post recipes for crappy blender drinks and liquid fruit salads. Not only does this celebrate dumb cocktails, it misses the bigger news about how new rums are embracing bigger, bolder, more assertive flavors. Yes, stankiness is in. Read the story here on Details.com. The story discusses Jamaican rum-inclusive brands including: Smith & Cross Plantation Renegade Rum Denizen Banks Appleton Estate Wray &... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

For CLASS Magazine online at DiffordsGuide.com, I wrote an article about filtration in spirits. This was based on the research I did for my talk on the subject at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic earlier this year. Don't Forget the Filtration Factor By Camper English Nearly every spirit undergoes some sort of filtration, yet we rarely acknowledge it as part of production. But filtration makes vodka what it is today, practically defines Tennessee whiskey, is the standard in making white rum, and is changing the look of tequila. Filtration is important. Generally speaking, filtration refers to the mechanical process of passing... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

Julien Escot of the bar Papa Doble in Montpellier, France has won the 2012 Havana Club International Cocktail Grand Prix. All images provided by Havana Club Escot beat out 40 bartenders from countries around the world (not including the US due to the embargo) to win the title. The competitors first made drinks in the semi-finals. They had to prepare a twist on a Cuban classic and an original creation. From those 40, just three bartenders were chosen to go into the finals. They were Julian Escot, Ryan Chetiyawardana of London (who is working on some new bar projects currently... Read more →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.

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 →

Camper's Book: Tonic Water AKA G&T WTF is now available for sale.