Japanese whisky is gaining momentum in recent years due to its mild and smooth taste. Its sophistication is seen in the impressive spirit blends of marzipan, nutmeg, orange marmalade, chamomile, quinces, lemon, and apricot jam that have come out of Japan. Japanese whisky is reminiscent of northern Scottish whisky, but some would argue, with more complexity in its flavor. [Read more…]
It’s that time of year again! From February 24th-28th, we will be holding the largest whisk(e)y event in New England, the 11th annual “Go! Whisk(e)y Weekend”. For the past decade, the action packed five day event has attracted people from all over the nation, hobbyists and experts alike. [Read more…]
In the words of Holden Caulfield, “People always clap for the wrong things.” However, great rye whiskey will always have us clapping for all of the right reasons. There is no better way to wind down from a long day, week, month, year, or even hour than some whiskey. Whiskey is relaxing, and can the edge off of life for a little while. Believe it or not, it is also one of the ways people from around the world can connect. Whisk(e)y is produced in countries worldwide, from Japan to Scotland to India to Australia to Ireland to right here in the United States. In this blog, we will take a look at a whiskey that is made in the US of A: rye whiskey. [Read more…]
George Washington’s distillery at Mount Vernon has been considered the first industrialized distillery in the America. Despite Washington’s limited knowledge of whiskey, the distillery proved to be a smashing success.
In 1797, Scotsman James Anderson approached Washington with a proposal to build a distillery at Mount Vernon. “Distillery is a business I am entirely unacquainted with,” replied Washington, “but from your knowledge of it and from the confidence you have in the profit to be derived from the establishment, I am disposed to enter upon one.” [Read more…]
Tasting parties are quickly becoming a must-do for those with discerning palates, and none are more exciting than the whiskey tasting party.
Delivering one of the most diverse flavor profiles in all of the tasting world, whiskey is an easy fit for those looking to host a tasting party.
Several factors go into the development of the flavor of the whiskey. Whether it is made from barley, corn, rye, or wheat, aged for years between distillation and bottling, each individual factor comes to play in the whiskey’s final taste. This variety of flavors is what makes the tasting process such fun. [Read more…]
Deciding on which whiskey to try next can be a tough decision for anyone.
Some of us are content with what we know and love, while others are constantly looking to try new expressions. [Read more…]
As with any other type of pairing, the art of pairing whiskey and cigars is one that requires not only knowledge, but a willingness to experiment.
The first step to pairing whiskey and cigars is to become more of an expert in both departments. Attend tastings, do research, and drink and smoke a wide variety of drams and stogies. The more than you can identify subtle differences in flavor and aromas, the more insight you’ll be able to bring to your pairings. [Read more…]
Liquor continues to get better with age… right? Not always.
Different liquors peak at different points. So, what affects the peak age of spirits and how can one know the optimum time to drink their liquor? [Read more…]
Cocktail party, wine tasting party… these staple events, meant to gather friends together to share some drinks, have been around for ages. But have you ever considered hosting a spirits tasting party?
Despite how most people treat sprits, they are not always meant to be diluted with juice, soda, and mixers. In fact, many spirits were created to drink with no modification at all. Hosting a spirits tasting is the perfect way to become more familiar with liquor distilled specifically for straight consumption. [Read more…]
For those well-versed in the world of whisky, Ardbeg is a name that deserves reverence.
Ardbeg has been voted Best Whisky in the World for three years straight, and continues to top charts with its variety of Islay Malt offerings. For those desiring a whisky heavy on the peat and smoke, a Scotch from Ardbeg Distillery is the ultimate divulgence. Its unique flavors are derived from the island on which it is created. [Read more…]