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Cognac – The story so far

Cognac – The story so far

Cognac is one of the most desirable and fascinating drinks in the world. It has variously been described as the King of Spirits, La Liqueur des Anges, and the Elixir of the Gods. Praise indeed for this beautiful, amber coloured spirit which originates from the Charentes region of western France and which is the product…

Little known American distilleries

Little known American distilleries

LEOPOLD BROTHERS Leopold Brothers is a small batch, family owned distillery in Denver, Colorado. The distillery is the mastermind of Todd and Scott Leopold. Todd received his diploma in Malting and Brewing from the Siebel Institute of Technology and Scott has a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Environmental…

The trail of the barrel

The trail of the barrel

Unlike other whiskeys, bourbon is always aged in new white oak barrels. In the United States, there is actually a law saying that for any spirit to be called straight bourbon, it must be aged for at least two years in new oak containers. This is done because the new wood imparts distinct flavors and…

The history of whiskey

Records show that distillation began around 2000 BC in Mesopotamia. This process was primarily used to produce perfumes. It spread to Africa and then was brought to Europe by the Moors. It was first used in Europe at monasteries for medicinal purposes, such as treating smallpox, colic and palsy. It wasn’t until about the 13th Century…

How to taste whiskey

Whiskey is often served in a snifter glass. To properly drink this spirit, begin by holding the glass by the stem because you do not want to warm the glass with your hand. Begin by checking the color of the whiskey. The color can often indicate which type of casks the whiskey was aged in.…

The history of JACK DANIELS

Jasper Newton Daniel was born as the youngest of 10 children in Lincoln County, Tennessee. His mother died early in childhood and his father eventually remarried a woman who Jack was not too fond of. At the age of 6, Jack moved out of his house and into the home of his uncle. A local…

Scotch

Scotch, whose name comes from the Gaelic word for ‘water of life’, comes from Scotland. While other whiskies may be similar to scotch, they must be distilled in Scotland to carry this moniker.  Furthermore, Scotland’s law forbids any other whisky other than scotch to be distilled in the country. The Scotch Whisky Regulations (updated in…

Japanese Whiskey

Japanese whiskey began being distilled later than whiskeys in Europe or America; it wasn’t until the 1870s that whiskey production began there. Shinjiro Torii, who began his career a pharmaceutical wholesaler and alcohol importer, started by creating drinks that mimicked the western beverages he was importing. First, he created a Portuguese style wine, Akadama Port…