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— No. 143 —

Bargain Bourbons

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered what is the best bargain when selecting a bourbon that won’t break the bank. Well, we decided to put that query to the test. We selected seven bourbons that were all purchased for under $25 and blind taste tested them. The results were quite informative. Some results were predictable. Some were eye opening.

— No. 142 —

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve

Pappy Van Winkle

Well, we were lucky enough to get our hands on a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 year, which some say is the best of the product line. It wasn’t an easy task securing a bottle that’s for sure. This line of wheated bourbon has a cult-like following. The craze got its start in 1998 when Van Winkle 20 year was submitted to the prestigious Beverage Tasting Institute. It received an unheard of rating of 99 out of 100.

— No. 139 —

Willett Distillery

I recently had the experience of following around the distiller of my favorite distillery with my buddies and some camera equipment. We were there when the distiller opened the doors until he packed it up for the day. Willett was nice enough to give us free rein of the grounds and we got to witness each nuance of the process.

— No. 136 —

Aperol Falernum

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A while back I saw an article in “Art Culinaire Magazine” with a few Aperol cocktails and an Aperol falernum recipe. The recipe came from Jane Lopez, Beverage Director at The Catbird Seat, in Nashville, Tennessee. I thought this was a great idea and decided to make my own twist. I used my go to falernum recipe as a starting point, but omitted the fresh juice to help prolong the liqueur’s shelf life. I also cut back on the cloves because my original …

— No. 133 —

Grapefruit Hop Syrup

Simple Syrups

Inspired by my recent hobby of home brewing, I created a unique grapefruit hop syrup to experiment with. IPAs that have a strong grapefruit palette are my favorite. I’ve found that cascade and amarillo hops have a nice grapefruit and citrus profile to them and I wanted to try this flavor combination in cocktail recipes.