As probably too many people for the sake of my health and well being know, Zamir Gotta infamous shady Russian sidekick/coconspirator of Anthony Bourdain is a friend and frequent house guest.
Zamir has returned to Upstate New York!
He is currently working on a pilot for TV that will be a travel series visiting odd places and people across the United States. Think a cross between Atlas Obscura and Borat… But with Vodka….Lots of Vodka….
He is currently seeking funding through IndieGoGo for the pilot.
Should be fun! Please check out the details!
You too can become part of the conspiracy !
As some of you may have noticed we have done a major reboot of Spirits Review lately with the help of Lee Hurst at HelpfulLee.
Part of our massive effort to tune up and refine Spirits Review and make it more enjoyable for our readers was an in-depth analysis of what was popular with our readers. The Cobra Whiskey Review was by far the most popular review, followed by the Vine Snake Whiskey Review, and a fair amount of interest in our Absinthe Beetle Review, and the whole range of Scorpion Mezcals with, of course, a scorpion in each bottle….
So despite my trepidation at being known as the Andrew Zimmern of booze, I have decided to put the geek ( in the older, if not more classical sense of the word) back into Spirits Geek and embark on more exotic spirits containing various animals so the rest of you don’t have to and you can indulge your curiosity with a little more remove – or at least know what you are getting into if you try some of this stuff. We drink it so you don’t have to!
Our latest review is Habushu – A Habu Pit Viper Whiskey and Spirit of The Month for May 2018
While I have a list of over 800 Custom Cocktails on foodspotting.com most of which are local, I realized I don’t have a list of the worthwhile cocktail bars concisely listed. In order to address that the following list was created. It is in alphabetical order with notes on particulars that caused me to like and list them. About half of them are restaurants with good bars, the other half straight up cocktail bars with some food ( if any of that matters to you ),
I just wanted to let our readers know about my personal experience/quest for a Daiquiri at John F. Kennedy Airport – New York Cities major airport.
Being in transit between San Jose California to Rochester, New York, returning from a press trip to Lost Spirits Distillery (and to witness their rapid spirit aging reactor Theta 1, more on that later), around 8:45 or so I started my quest for a Daiquiri – to me simple quest, It is on of the more basic cocktails one can make or ask for and, well executed, a wonderful cocktail. (more…)
Polugar Single Malt Rye ( Polugar being an early and frankly much more flavorful type of vodka) is spirit of the month and 6 other Polugar products have just been reviewed and posted !
I need a nap now….
Disclosures, Good Writing, and Consumer Education vs. Rules and Guidelines
By Christopher Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com
This piece is a result of a long discussion on what defines craft distillation (at a bar, with distillers of course) and after a full day of us all watching more lying, obfuscation, and innuendo by numerous products and their representatives who knowingly or unknowingly were trying to pass off mass-produced commercial products as handmade or craft at a liquor store tradeshow, I decided to write this up. (more…)
Zamir Gotta International man of mystery, vodka expert and adventurer, seen on Anthony Bourdains “No Reservations”
and “Parts Unknown” sits down for an interview on how to make vodka under wartime conditions.
Type: Single Barrel
Distillery: Jim Beam Global Spirits and Wine, Clermont , Kentucky
Importer: Domestic – No Importer
Age: Selected by flavor profile rather than age. Best guess for most is between 5 and 7 years old
Price: $34.99 750 ML
Price Range: $30 – $40 (more…)
We have just come back from our visit to one of New York States larger new distilleries in Upstate New York near Ithaca.
An impressive facility that while compact, is capable of making over 1 million cases of spirits a year. Lake Distilling is very much state of the art being computerized and the plant itself being mostly stainless steel column stills, tanks and very impressive filtering arrays. Pictures from our tour can be found here. (more…)