Among the many mysteries of the back bar is the abundance of spirits named after birds — particularly in the whiskey category. From Ireland to Scotland to Kentucky, labels like Redbreast, Famous Grouse, and, of course, Wild Turkey have been, well, peacocking for years.
The Negroni, that boozy red icon, has an entire week and scores of consumer products devoted to it. The Old Fashioned’s association with ”Mad Men” reportedly generated a 500 percent increase in American rye sales. However one Scotch-based drink, the Blood and Sand, remains an outlier to the classic cocktail revival. Its history, like all cocktail histories, is muddled and […]
Send all questions to: email@example.com Is there any way to save skunked beer? Unfortunately, no. Skunked beer is caused by a specific chemical reaction that is due to the beer’s exposure to light.
In a single story about whiskey, you may see it spelled with and without an “e.” It might seem confusing, but whiskey (and whisky) lovers place a deep importance on the spelling of their favorite spirit. Why the difference? It all comes down to location, location, location.
Few places love American bourbon barrels as much as Scotland. Deep in the Scottish countryside, stacks of used American whiskey barrels tower above buildings. Eventually, those barrels will be reworked and transformed, and the barrels that once helped American whiskey become bourbon will be born again as Scotch barrels. By law, Scotch must be barrel-aged […]
Single Malt Scotch can be incredibly confusing. With different regions and styles it can be hard to find a Scotch you like. And once you do, it’s still difficult to find other Scotches with a similar profile. Just because a Scotch is made in the same region as the one you like does not mean […]
When you think of blended Scotch whisky, your mind likely drifts to the big smoky malts that define the blend. You probably don’t think about the grain whiskies in the bottle, which are made with a mix of cereal grains rather than solely malted barley. But those grain whiskies are a large reason why Scotch […]
There’s no denying that bourbon has become the brown spirit most American drinkers prefer over any other, but what these drinkers may not realize is that this American whiskey has a lot in common with its Scottish cousin, especially in the ways in which it is made. And that means if you’re fond of bourbon, […]
The image of the large copper whisky still is iconic. Whether it’s in Scotland making Scotch whisky, or in America making moonshine and whiskey with an “e,” the copper still signifies quality and taste. But why, exactly, do distillers stick with copper on both sides of the Atlantic? After all, stills can technically be made […]