Bottled-in-Bond Spirits

“Bottled-in-Bond” is a term seen on bottles of spirits – primarily Whiskey – in America. Many new Whiskey drinkers have written to BevX asking about its significance. Unlike nearly useful terms such as “craft” or “small batch” Bottled-in-Bond has real meaning, as well as historical importance. The term Bottled-in-Bond comes from the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. In simple terms the Bottled-in-Bond Act states the...

Proof and Alcohol by Volume

Proof is an all but meaningless expression of alcohol strength. The origins of this measurement date to the 18th century. Alcohol was determined to be of proof when a solution of the alcohol with water could be poured on a pinch of gunpowder and the wet powder could still ignite. It is no longer legally required on labels of spirits but is almost always...

Peat – Whiskey’s Earthy Spice

Pete – who is this guy and why does he make my Whiskey taste smoky? Of course it’s not Pete rather peat and it is a frequent topic of discussion among Whiskey lovers and novices alike. Peat is 100% natural in its composition and its formation. It is the accumulated layers of decaying organic material (grasses, small shrubs, and other vegetation found in your...

Gin & Genever – The Essence of Juniper

Gin is the ultimate flavored Vodka. That title alone should be enough for Gin fans everywhere but for years if not decades we keep hearing that Gin will be the “next” hot spirit. I suggest that Gin never needed widespread appeal as Gin fans are a devoted bunch and in no need of validation from the hip crowd. However, when all things are considered,...

Clarity on Vodka

There is a lot of chatter lately about the decline of Vodka and rightfully so. However, it’s still the king among spirits in the USA making up about a quarter of all spirits sales. The worry is in the fact that five years ago Vodka accounted for one in three bottles of spirits sold in the nation. It can be reasonably argued that Vodka...

Irish Whiskey – Then & Now

In a world that is becoming increasingly smaller with each year, you are hard-pressed to find yourself far away from an Irish Pub regardless of your location. Stuck in Manila? I can point you to a great Paddy bar. Ditto for Reykjavík, Rome, Bordeaux, Guadalajara, Munich, Brussels, Hong Kong, and just about anyplace that tolerates the fine art of drinking. The Irish Pub is...

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