Transparency in Scotch Whisky

In recent days Compass Box (a brand of unique blended Scotch Whiskies) has launched their Scotch Whisky Transparency Campaign (SWTC). It’s a complicated issue to be sure but at the heart of it all is the fact that EU regulations prohibit Whisky makers from revealing the components of their blends most notably the age of the spirits utilized in the blend. The current laws...

Why Do Cocktails So Often Suck?

Lately I have had a burning question on my mind. Maybe you have had the same question, which is, why do so many cocktails still suck? For some time I wondered if many bars and restaurants were simply unaware of the incredible cocktail renaissance that has taken place for the past decade plus. But this is clearly not the case as many places serving...

Oregon Pinots Don’t Fail to Impress

Taylor Eason is a regular contributor to BevX.com. She is a veteran wine writer and educator. Catch Taylor’s stories here and at her website, TaylorEason.com I still remember when I set eyes on Oregon’s wine country, Willamette Valley. It smelled of perfumey Pinot Noir wafting up through the vineyards, wineries, and through my hotel window. It was harvest of 2007 and I fell in...

Brown-Forman Cooperage Turns 70

A few years back I had the great privilege to visit the Brown-Forman Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. In the past week I learned that this great, old cooperage, the oldest continuously operating new barrel whiskey cooperage in the world, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of their birth. The Brown-Forman Cooperage was founded in 1945 as the Bluegrass Cooperage. They are one of just two...

Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like Mexican food making it the perfect party and game-day food. For years I have been making this creamy green chicken enchiladas recipe that I adapted from a recipe seen on Rick Bayless’ great show, Mexico – One Plate at a Time. Bayless nicked the recipe from the famous Cafe de Tacuba in Mexico City...

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