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…)
We are now adding to Spirits Review some new categories to cover our reviews of gear related to adventures in the pursuits of spirits to include ( but not limited to: Cameras, Photography Gear and Accessories, Travel Gear, and Electronics ( for recording and documenting adventures . The items we will be reviewing are oriented to adventures and with emphasis on utility, value, and durability in the field.
Feel free to contact us about reviewing your products and check for our field test and recommendations as we put gear to the test in our continued exploits to document our adventures in alcohol, when we visit distilleries, spirits judgings and events, bars and restaurants, etc.,
We are on a trip to France and stopped in Paris for a few days.
We contacted Forest of 52 Martinis (http://www.52martinis.blogspot.com )and made a date to go to Curio Parlor on Bernadins St. (more…)
or How Much Does it Cost to Use a Good Bitter vs. a Cheap One?
This is to settle a long-standing question and try to at least attempt to frame a methodology for deciding on cost-benefit analysis on cocktail ingredients. In plain English – just how much more does it cost to mix a cocktail from top-shelf ingredients than bottom shelf artificial crap. (more…)
A couple of quick suggestions for good spirits for Fathers Day.
If he likes tequila especially for margaritas,palms and such I highly recommend Avion Blanco a fairly new tequila on the market so he probably doesn’t have a bottle yet. Another great one is Siembra Azul but it is proving to be much harder to find these days.
For Pisco hands down I recommend Macchu Pisco an all natural, organic and more importantly ( to me ) a lovely tasting pisco (yes, they do exist) (more…)