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Seven New Drink Books On Cognac, Sake, Cocktails, and More

These are seven newish drink books that have arrived at Alcademics HQ for your consideration. Most of the below descriptions come from the book blurbs and are not reviews, as I'm about 30 books behind on my reading list. Nicholas Faith's Guide to Cognac by Nicholas Faith (Not sure why this book is so expensive on Amazon; it's only 132 pages. The Kindle version appears to be free.) Nicholas Faith’s Guide to Cognac is a directory supplement to Nicholas’s best-selling book Cognac: The story of the world’s greatest brandy. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes... Read more →

New Booze: Tequila, Sake, Rum, Vodka, and Tons of Whiskey

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 →

Alcademics Giveaway: The Joy of Sake in San Francisco

I've attended San Francisco's Joy of Sake event for the past several years and have always been impressed. If you've gone in the past you'll remember it was hundred of sakes in a ballroom with food around the outside. This year they've changed it up quite a bit. It will be held at Yoshi's on Fillmore in San Francisco, there will be 100 sakes instead of 200+, and the event is less expensive at $50 in advance. If I'm reading the press release correctly, this year the sakes are just the award winners from the US Sake Appraisal. In the... Read more →

Reading Material, Now with More Vinegar!

Gin and Tonic cupcakes. An LA bar goes with big ice. This AP story on sake does a great job of explaining the surge in sake sales over the past decade. Here's the meat: "Distribution of sake was limited to Japanese trading companies. They sell you the food, the plates, the sake. It's one-stop shopping for sushi restaurants. In that environment, sake wasn't getting its due. And the majority of the sake exported was table sake, which isn't very good." But about 10 years ago, two things changed that. In the U.S., Asian food trends boomed. Asian and Asian-fusion restaurants... Read more →

You Light Up My Glass

I was familiar with Ty Ku liqueur, the... uniquely-flavored beverage in a bottle that lights up when you lift it. But thanks to an ad in Cheers magazine I noticed that it now comes in four variations. I was expecting the worst but luckily didn't find it. The new products are soju (blue), junmai ginjo sake (black), and junmai daiginjo sake (white). I haven't tried any of them, but I sort of like the black and white bottles. Read more →