Toddies!

 

Hot Toddy Time! 

Frosty weather is coming quickly and in keeping with his German heritage, Klaus has a fire burning in the fireplace to take the chill off the morning.  Mornings in the old house are usually punctuated by the sound of crackling fires in the dining room fireplace.  Comforting and warming, a nice fire is taking the chill off the air out in the garden.

Although it’s still warm during the day, the mornings can be rather chilly!

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Pickett’s Ginger Beer: Perhaps the best in the USA

Steve Fette (Allied Distributing)

WB in action

Ginger Beer is a highly personal thing. Since the USA is a melting pot of cultures and countries, so to is the art of ginger beer. There are ginger beers that span the globe, from Los Angeles (Birthplace of the Moscow Mule, to Moscow, Russia (where they’ve never even heard of such cocktails) to Bermuda (where it’s mixed with caramel colored rum) to the deck of your armchair- watching America’s Cup videos while sitting in your easy chair, to Cleveland, Ohio- birthplace of the Pickett Brothers- founders of Pickett’s Ginger Beer.

The Solution to Infusion: Magical Butter Machine

Whitney Miller

Magical Butter Kit

Over there, out on the perimeter of the inter-webs, a great deal of information is being disseminated and accepted by the masses as the only way to do very important- yet completely misunderstood things pertaining to Cannabis. There are dozens and dozens of internet magazine articles and books on the market that explain how to make infused foods- but have you seen any about infused beverages? Probably not because there are very few tested ways to infuse spirits safely with THC. It’s always advisable to start with small amounts of Cannabis when infusing, then build up from there in a thoughtful manner. It’s easy to scan over the reams of misinformation and accept it as correct- especially if this misinformation is on the internet! This can be a real problem when dealing with Medical grade Cannabis, primarily because of the expense. Organic, lab-tested Cannabis is extremely expensive and the afflicted will not want to make any cooking mistakes with their hard earned money. Now, the availability of ultra high quality, microprocessor controlled machinery, such as the MB2E, has succeeded in making life easier for the end-user. The MB2E is such a product that has broad-reaching flexibility, especially when it comes to infusing craft spirits with fully decarbed THC for medicinal purposes. There has to be an easier way to do this task that the slow-motion infusion process that clogs the inter-webs. Each method has its time and place, but the MB2E method is far superior.

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Sherryfest!

Sherryfest is returning to New York!

Oct 28th 11:00am – 4:00pm   Astor Center 399 Lafayette St – New York, NY
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I will be at tomorrw’s Sherryfest for Osborne;  The range of Sherryfest events will provide a wealth of opportunity to taste, learn and enjoy sherry with friends and visiting producers, including Osborne, Gonzalez Byass, Barbadillo, Bodegas Tradicion, Delgado Zuleta, Bodegas 501, Rodriguez La-Cave, Valdespino, La Guita, Real Tesoro, Williams & Humbert, Hidalgo – La Gitana, Fernando de Castilla, Lustau, Emilio Hidalgo, Gutiérrez Colosía, , Alexander Jules, Viñas la Callejuela, and more!

Virtual Cruise of Scotland Single Malt Tasting

Some notes from this weekend’s ‘Virtual Cruise of Scotland
Single Malt Tasting’ 

Whisky or Whiskey?

  • It’s called Scotch Whisky. Whiskey (with an e) is bourbon from the United States and Irish Whiskey- the process of making Irish Whiskey is awfully similar to making bourbon whiskey. I’m not sure why Ireland uses the e, but no matter, they don’t use it in Scotland and that is what you are here to taste!
  • Whisky can be from Japan, France, America, India, Germany, Russia (it’s pretty darned good- I tried rye named Polgar) really all over the globe. The Japanese whiskies are beating the Scots at their own game to some palates. I find them too light and aromatic for this tasting (put that out of your head!) They don’t have any peat either in Japan. But that’s another story.

What is Single Malt Scotch?

  • A single malt is one that is entirely produced from malt in one distillery
  • Single Cask means the bottling comes from one, single cask
  • Labels may read the region of distillation and is helpful to the consumer!
  • Labels are permitted to show the various kinds of casks (also helpful)
  • This is sometimes shown as wood finished or sherry/port finished, ex-bourbon aged, American Oak aged,… etc. etc.
  • Age Statements on the label is the age of the YOUNGEST whisky in the batch (if blended)
  • Distillation only takes place in pot stills, no column stills are permitted in Scotch Whisky (this is not vodka!) although some whisky distilleries do use column stills…
  • Independent bottlers are not necessarily better- but it wouldn’t hurt to drink more spirits from independent (non-William-Grant, Diageo… etc.) companies.

McClelland’s Lowland Single Malt Scotch.

  • Made by Bowmore-a distiller of fine measure-although this whisky is more of a private lable without a distillery of their own
  • A good entry level dram- about $30 dollars
  • Hardly a sophisticated dram- but a good intro to Single Malt Scotch

 

 

 

 

Hazelburn 9 year (Barolo Cask)

  • Finished in a Cask that formerly held Barolo wine
  • Spent the first six years in a used bourbon cask
  • Spent three years in a used Barolo cask that previously held Springbank Whisky
  • Malt is 100% barley done by the distillers themselves!
  • Unpeated!
  • Non-chill filtered nor caramel colored
  • $ 64

 

Talisker 10 year Single Malt 

  • .Massive slurp of peat and iodine
  • Made by the sea and you can taste every drop of the ocean in each sip
  • Peated? Absolutely!
  • Aged ten years in the Isle of Skye
  • 45.8% ABV
  • Ex-Bourbon casks make up the aging process in Hogsheads- (large casks)
  • $75

 

 

Bruichladdich Classic Laddie Unpeated

  • No peat to get in the way of the nose and your enjoyment
  • Islay beauty!
  • 100% Scottish Barley
  • Produced by Jim McEwan and aged in American Oak (bourbon) Casks
  • Bottled at 50% ABV
  • Non-chill filtered, nor caramel colored!

Caol Ila 12 year Single Malt

  • Brine Bomb!
  • Islay (the other island in Scotland)
  • Pronounced Cull- EELA.
  • Peat Monster.. Earth. Smoke
  • Salt.. Brine. Seaweed..
  • 46%
  • IS Chill-Filtered
  • Possibly caramel colored
  • $ 64

8 Absolute Must-Have Bar Accessories Dad Wants For Father’s Day

Father's Day

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If I was to suggest several must haves for Father’s Day, I would recommend some items that are esoteric, yet attainable on the national market. And why my recommendations? I have, according to many, the abilities as a “taste-maker” so please allow me that small slice of an opportunity to share some of my Father’s Day gifts for the home cocktail bar.

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STROH FOR MIXOLOGISTS!!

Bartenders and mixologists love the versatility of STROH. At the Miami Rum Festival 2015 (USA) we met a dedicated mixologist who calls himself the “Cocktail Whisperer” and who is known among American mixologists for his special cocktail creations.

Warren Bobrow, who is a dedicated fan of STROH, has written several books (e.g.”Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails) and hundred magazine articles globally. He knows how to present the smooth STROH aroma in drinks and we are delighted to share some of his cocktail creations with STROH on our website.

Where to buy Warren Bobrow’s books:
http://www.qbookshop.com/authors/17884/Warren-Bobrow.html