Columbus, Ohio-World Class Cocktails and Spirits

Warren Bobrow: iPhone X

Travel just about two hours by airplane- due West from the New York/Metropolitan region, and be prepared to find great ice! (As shown above) And much, much more! There is a craft spirits, culinary and craft cocktail revolution- ‘not so quietly’ reinventing itself in Columbus, Ohio. The finest culinary and alcoholic ingredients in the land are no longer only being only shipped to the big cities to the north and on both sides of this ‘fly-over’ city. Local cooks and mixologists are raising the bar on what is delicious- and what has not been discovered yet by the rest of the country. New money and massive amounts of raw, entrepreneurial creativity is gushing into this former rust-belt town. Each passing day is creating great pressure on existing bar and restaurant businesses- to ‘raise the bar’ and to do it really quickly or be left behind by changing tastes. There are gleaming new restaurants, distilleries, micro-breweries and craft cocktail bars all over town- some of them carved into former bank building lobbies, as if the employees of the bank just got up at the end of the day and their places were immediately replaced, not by investments, but by toothsome food and drink.

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Detail of Former bank lobby

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Precision, Perfection, Symmetry and Intensity… Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky: Quiet Perfection

A quiet pursuit of excellence is taking place by the careful and studied guidance of Eric Tschudi, the affable and youthful beverage director of Shuko. His hand-chosen selection of esoteric, Japanese Whiskies will certainly intellectualize even the most altruistic guest in your dinner party.  And then there is a private dining room that intrigues the carefully interested. This space is the most private room, set deeply down in the subterranean part of the former bakery- a quite hidden, inner sanctum, located in the depths of 47 East 12th Street in New York City. This is certainly not a tourist restaurant, nor does it have any signs announcing the constantly changing approach to an educated curiosity that takes place within the walls daily. There are no lines of paparazzi craning their necks towards the stars, nor very much in the way of foot traffic on this part of the street, set just off the teeming hustle and bustle of soon to be, lower Broadway. Find some parking just across the street, just up the way a bit and stretch your legs, but only so much. The scent you detect in the air may well tinge of sea salt water on this tiny spit of land only a few short blocks from the churning East River. The Japanese inspired liquids are driven by the culinary treats that emulate from within the tabla rasa walls. And all of these surprises are completely undetected from the street. A hidden gem surrounded by so much darkness.

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Whisky LIVE Debuts A New Format In Its Annual Return To NYC & DC

NEW YORKFeb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The producers of Whisky LIVE, the internationally renowned whisky tasting event, turns it up a notch on this year’s annual US tour with an exciting new Whisky Nite! format touching down at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York on February 28 and at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC on March 2nd.

General Admission Ticket Holders
General admission tickets are priced at $139 and for those ticket holders, doors open at 6:00 PM (NY) and 6:30 (DC). The ticket price includes an event program and a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass.

With tickets, whisky lovers will have the opportunity to:

  • Sample and taste several exclusive whiskies, which have never appeared in America prior to the event. Whisky LIVE is proud to debut these whiskies to American consumers.
  • Explore Authors’ Row featuring some of the following whisky, wine and spirits experts Fred MinnickDavin DeKergommeauxAmanda SchusterKara NewmanWarren Bobrow, and more signing copies of their latest books which will be available at the show.
  • Taste and experience limited offerings from the Pilot Project Whisky and Four Kings Whiskey, a 600-bottle collaboration between four Midwestern distilleries.
  • Explore products from non-traditional whisky producing countries like IndiaCzech Republic and Australia.

Whisky LIVE USA is proud to partner with Modern Trader, the award-winning, essential journal for professional traders and active investors since 1972. Modern Trader’s partnership for Whisky Nite! brings the event to members of NY and D.C.’s financial community.

Updates and more information on the event can be found at whiskyliveUSA.com and social media channels:

  • Twitter: @WhiskyLiveUSA
  • Facebook: WhiskyLive USA
  • Hashtag: #WhiskyLiveNY and #WhiskyLiveDC
  • Instagram: WhiskyLiveUSA and WhiskyNite

About Whisky Nite! 2018

New York – Wednesday, February 28
Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, NY, NY 10011
VIP: 5:30-9:30 PM
General Admission 6:00-9:30
$199

DC – Friday, March 2
Fairmont Washington, DC- Georgetown2401 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
VIP: 6;00 PM-9:30 PM
General Admission opening at 6:30 PM
$139

For more information, please visit http://whiskyliveusa.com/

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Authentic Rum: Foursquare Rum Distillery

Warren Bobrow

Real Rum, not manipulated rum

In life there are certain accomplishments that are sometimes quantified by the quality of the spirits that you sip. If you doubt the words of a rum expert, all you need to do is look at the groaning shelves at your favorite package store. Rum has just about exploded in popularity in recent decades after a hundred or so year slumber. Sure you could count on a booze-cruise rum punch while sailing with your friends in the islands- you probably want to forget what highly manipulated rum can do to your gut and your aching head. But this is not a piece about what happens when you drink manipulated, (read: lousy) rum on a stern of a pitching sailboat. This is about drinking some of the very best rum that money can buy. And while you’re learning about what is special about Foursquare Rum, the suggestion is first and foremost, that you are worth it. This is not booze-cruise rum, nor is it rum that deserves a place on the very top shelf of your bar, never to be opened. Why? Fear perhaps has much to do with it. You do deserve to drink Foursquare. Recognize this fear of the unknown and you’ll come to a magical place where quality and cost become a misnomer. Where success is not measured by expense, but by quality. Where experience matters, like that picnic boat you ogled over in your youth, or the first time you experienced a glass or two of really well aged wine, or slurped some really rare Scotch Whisky. It’s important to note that while Foursquare is not inexpensive, there are rums on the market that far exceed it in cost. Many of these pretty label and fancy bottle rums are manipulated in some manner. Why is that? Because they can, it’s because they are permitted, because no one really cares to know. From caramel coloring to sugar being re-added for a sweet mouth-feel, to globs of thick glycerin to even out the creaminess across the palate- to all sorts of things that would get a rum judge in trouble, just by mentioning that so-and so’s rum is being manipulated.

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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!

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Event

Stonington Harbor Yacht Club Event

Single Malt Scotch Tasting

Saturday October 21, 2017 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A Virtual Cruise to the Isle and Highlands of Scotland- A Single Malt, Scotch Whisky Tasting

Back by popular demand, Warren Bobrow, noted international judge, journalist and food writer, the “Cocktail Whisperer” will share his knowledge of Single Malt, Scotch Whisky. From the Isle to the Highlands, you will taste 12 different Scotch whiskies, from the bland to the beautiful. From the bottles that you can buy anywhere to something special from his own stock. Warren will have us tasting the difference between the stuff your father drank and the fine bottles we should be drinking!

The cost per person will be $35.00 for tasters. Accompanying tea-totalers and designated drivers will be admitted free. This tasting is limited to the first 30 members and their guests to register.

This is sure to be an educational and memorable event.

The tasting will be followed by a Scotch themed dinner at the club. Have your kilts pressed and dust off your bag- pipes for a wonderful evening.

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Musings on Whiskey

My influence for writing Whiskey Cocktails is one of a most circuitous nature. Whiskey has rough and tumble roots for me. Initially I looked at whiskey as something that was rough and harsh across my palate. I wasn’t a whiskey fan until a couple of years ago. Rum was more my forte, I was a rum judge for the Ministry of Rum in 2010. I also wrote about food, and, of course wine. It’s very tough to make a living being just one more voice in the room of food writing or even wine writing.

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