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Category Archives: Beverages

Reactions to The Art of American Whiskey by Noah Rothbaum

25-Jun-16

The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, Through 100 Iconic Labels by Noah Rothbaum Charming and well-made book suitable for a gift or the smallest room in the house. The many whiskey labels are tons of fun, especially the older ones (though a little more context on individual […]

Reactions to Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Almagoozium to the Zombie and Beyond by Ted Haigh

20-Jan-16

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie by Ted Haigh My rating: 5 of 5 stars A brilliant and beautiful book. Many cocktail books try to live at the intersection of recipe/reference, attractive to look at, and readable all the way through – Haigh’s is one of the very few to […]

Reactions to 2009 Knez Winery Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

12-Aug-15

 I always want to love Knez wines, but they don’t seem to want to be loved. They’re more like standoffish housecats deigning your admiration than slobbery Golden Retrievers craving your affection. But as of August ’15 the Knez ’09 Cerise is finally opening up and and willing to be a little vulnerable. Certainly distinctive to the […]

Reactions to Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch

15-Mar-15

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer’s Tour of France by Kermit Lynch My rating: 5 of 5 stars A classic still worth reading by any wine enthusiast. Lynch’s travelogue is centered on the ’70s and ’80s, so the specific destinations and recommendations are generally out of date. But the spirit is absolutely valid […]

Reactions to Whisky Tales by Charles MacLean

06-Mar-15

Charles MacLean’s Whisky Tales by Charles MacLean My rating: 4 of 5 stars The perfect bathroom book for the Scotch whisky aficionado. A collection of (usually very) short pieces on Scotch, covering the gamut of flavors, styles, specific distilleries, advertising, personalities, and science. MacLean is justifiably one of the greats of modern whisky writing, combining […]

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach

02-Feb-15

Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach is the new heavily peated single malt Scotch from my favorite underrated distillery. Sadly, it’s all heavy peat and no discernible Bunnahabain.