The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky

The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky

This is one of the most interesting bottles of whiskey I have reviewed, for a number of reasons.

As an owner of a whisky blog, I sometimes get sent bottles from the marketing legs of a distillery. I was sent this bottle along with a beautiful hand-written card, and as a result I was inspired to try it immediately (twist my arm!) and write up my review. Only it didn’t exactly work out that way. I had my first dram, but after I had no idea what I wanted to say about it. I decided to give it a couple of days, and a couple more glasses to decide how I really felt about it, but then the holidays happened. Continue reading “The Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch Whisky” »

The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail

If you want to do a task well you need to understand what you’re doing, why you’re doing it and how to accomplish your intended result.

While a world-class bartender/mixologist will spend years refining their craft, the basic theory for mixing cocktails is simple. Follow the rules until you understand their purpose and learn how to make all drinks to the classic recipe. Once you can do that you can begin to improvise and experiment. But when someone orders an Old Fashioned you should make them a classic Old Fashioned, not your personal version. Continue reading “The Basics of Mixing a Classic Cocktail” »

Sazerac Classic Cocktail Recipe

Sazerac Classic Cocktail Recipe

A classic cocktail mixing Rye with Absinthe. As such this is the ideal cocktail to get the party started.

It’s important to note this cocktail was concocted at a time when Absinthe was real and available. True Absinthe (the dark-brown, psychotropic, spirit of legend) is mostly illegal and incredibly hard to find. While this does post a problem when trying to make a Sazerac, it’s one you can ignore without much guilt. The amount of Absinthe used in a Sazerac is exceptionally low, no different than the amount of Vermouth used in a very dry martini.

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WhistlePig Rye: The Tremendous Truth

WhistlePig Rye: The Tremendous Truth

WhistlePig Farm 10 Year Vermont Rye is one of the most tremendous Rye’s ever to grace the world of whiskey, but there’s more to the story than you expect.

Some of you found this article searching for the truth about WhistlePig, some of you came here looking for a review and others because you were on the site and liked the named “WhistlePig”. Regardless of your reason, this blog will sate you.

Pour yourself a glass of something with a little bite to it, and let’s begin. Continue reading “WhistlePig Rye: The Tremendous Truth” »