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...

Calvados – Normandy’s Gift to the World

Calvados is the world famous, and rightfully so, apple based Brandy from the Normandy region of France. Despite the station that Calvados enjoys among spirits aficionados it’s still sadly unknown among most American consumers. As a point of reference only about 200,000 bottles of Calvados are sold in the U.S. as compared to the 40 million bottles of Cognac consumed. That’s a staggering gap...

Our Q&A Session with Rutte Gin

We taste and review a lot of great beverages every year. On special occasion we encounter a wine, beer, or spirit that is truly exceptional, standing above the crowd. This describes our first encounter with the Rutte Gins. Rutte is a craft distillery in the historic port city of Dordrecht, The Netherlands (the birthplace of Genever & Gin). Fortunately there are so many good to...

In Praise of Rum

Rum is a chameleon-like spirit; light or dark, silly or considerable, pure and “enhanced.” It is also an amazingly versatile spirit, mixing well and often with nearly every soft drink and juice and is likely responsible for a wildly disproportionate number of blender blade rotations and burn-outs, not to mention those lovely little cocktail umbrellas. The history of rum begins with its source ingredient,...

The Joys of Tequila

Surprisingly there is still a huge Tequila divide. For people in the business of alcohol beverages Tequila is a beautiful and sometimes magical nectar. For many drinking enthusiasts the mere mention of the word will send shivers down their spines. This has not slowed the sales and appreciation of Tequila in any way as Tequila is a category on the rise. In fact, Tequila...

2016 Gin Roundup

Gin is surely a polarizing spirit as longtime Gin drinkers are often dug-in for their preferred style while far to many cocktail drinkers are Ginphobic. In my years of writing Gin features for various publications in addition to BevX I have received the confession of many bartenders who admitted to sneaking Gin in the cocktails of patron who had indicated an aversion to the spirit....

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