Spirits Gift Recommendations – 2017

Are you waiting until the last minute to do your holiday gift buying? You’re not alone. Last-minute shoppers represented 36 percent of the overall total. If you are among the many who have not completed their holiday shopping we have assembled a few, straightforward gifts ideas for you. Here is our spirits recommendations sorted by type: Brandy Christian Drouin XO Calvados, Pays d’Auge Christian...

Serving Beverages on Thanksgiving

Pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner, whether it be traditional fare or your own twist, is always a challenge. Roasted turkey is straightforward enough but the table is often filled with a wide range of flavors. Do yourself a favor and skip considering the sickening sweet dishes that find their way to the table when considering wine pairings. Nothing will pair well with candied...

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,...

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