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Tales of the Cocktail announced the top 10 finalists in all categories for the 2014 Spirited Awards. Both this website and Camper English have made the list. Read more →

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In my talk on sherry at Tales of the Cocktail, I was trying to summarize sherry in a way that makes it easy to understand what is in the bottles you find on shelves. I think the three slides below get us pretty close (though I had 90 slides during the talk!). The last chart is the most important one if you want to skip ahead. Sherry is aged in three ways: With a layer of yeast called flor that floats on top of the wine in the barrel. This is biological aging. This sherry usually tastes yeasty, light, and... Read more →

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In this post we'll look at commercial brands of bottled water that resemble water from the Speyside, Highlands, and Islay regions of Scotland. We saw before that different waters bring out different properties in scotch whisky. We can then look at properties of bottled water from Scotland. Thanks to UisgeSource, we can look at the properties of Highland, Speyside, and Islay water that they collected. See this post for more details. But as this water isn't available everywhere yet, we can look at their water analysis and try to find other bottled water that is somewhat close in pH level... Read more →

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