Tasting The New Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask
Jun04

Tasting The New Courvoisier Avant-Garde Bourbon Cask

Courvoisier Tasting & A Walk Down Memory Lane to Cognac Country One of the best and most formative ventures of my early booze journalism days was a DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council) trip to Cognac, France. We visited all of the region’s prestige houses, including Hennessy, Martell, Courvoisier and Remy Martin, in addition to a number of small winegrowers, or bouilleurs de cru, and the Baron Otard Château de Cognac, which...

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Why Being “First” Isn’t Enough: A Call to Craft Distilleries in the U.S.
Nov15

Why Being “First” Isn’t Enough: A Call to Craft Distilleries in the U.S.

Earlier this week, an editorial I had published on Distiller.com seemed to strike a chord with the whiskey drinking public. Called “What We Consumers Want from Craft Distilleries,” the piece advocates for craft producers to stop all the B.S. and just give us what we care about—first and foremost, quality products, and those that are made and showcased with transparency, authenticity, and meaningful locality. I originally...

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Spirit Spotlight: Ranger Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Experiment
Jun01

Spirit Spotlight: Ranger Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Experiment

San Antonio’s Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling has just launched an intriguing experimental series allowing whiskey fans to do a side-by-side comparison based on the effects of barrel size and maturation time. The Ranger Creek Bourbon Barrel Experiment showcases two dueling bourbons which each began life as the same fresh distillate. One is their .36 Small Caliber Series Bourbon, bottled in a small 375ml bottle to indicate...

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This Watch Is Made from Whiskey Barrels
Apr07

This Watch Is Made from Whiskey Barrels

Original Grain crafts their watches with a combination of wood and steel, and they’ve been known to get quite creative with where they source that wood. That’s the case with their Alterra Chrono Whiskey watch which is— you guessed it—made in part from whiskey barrels. Original Grain reclaims American oak that’s been hard at work aging whiskey for up to four years. As we know, bourbon producers can only use their...

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Hunting for the Best Bulleit Boilermaker
Apr07

Hunting for the Best Bulleit Boilermaker

Bulleit set out on a search to find the best boilermaker tandem for their whiskeys. I boldly stepped up to the plate to help them in the endeavor, but decided to bring a local twist to the effort—seeking out unique DC craft brews for my beer and whiskey combos, highlighting some of what’s happening in the local beer scene. Here are the results. Bulleit Bourbon & 3 Stars Brewing Madness Old Stock Ale First up, I tried a...

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