Today is not about depleting old bottles but celebrating something relatively new that honors something very old. A story that […]
There’s a sense of static in the air these past few weeks of quarantine. Not of any sense of normal […]
It feels like the quarantine weeks are quickly going up in smoke. That’s probably because half of the home bar […]
I think the biggest thing people feel they have lost from this whole quarantine is time. Time lost on their […]
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Just because we’re in quarantine doesn’t mean that there can’t be a theme. Aside from sparking joy by eliminating bottles […]
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Springbank has always been a fascinating distillery to me. I intellectually love them. They are one of the last great […]
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Sheltering in place has led to a massive spike in booze sales across the United States a the days are […]
I’m not a healthy individual. I know I project an air of fitness, health, and confidence but the underlying structure has a […]
Continuing this month's conversation about Nikka comes the news that Nikka will be discontinuing the Taketsuru 17, 21, and 25 Year old expressions as of March of 2020.
The Taketsuru line represents NIkka’s history. It pays homage to its founding father as well as combining the art of both of the company’s distinct distilleries. The loss of the Taketsuru line is the loss of a piece of history but it does open a future. Whisky, and in particular Japanese Whisky, is having an incredibly large moment. Bit even if whisky distilled 25 years ago is being depleted left and right the world, and the flavor, that whisky represents is gone. The challenge now is to find the way to create the spirit that fills the barrel to be bottled in 25 years while still keeping the lights on in the years between.
I love a good story and Nikka Whisky certainly has a good story. A story of both an excellently crafted whiskey but also a phenomenal story in the life of the company’s founder, Masataka Taketsuru. The month of January is especially important to the story of Taketsuru and his redheaded Scottish wife, Rita. So, I thought I’d take some time and look at a few of Nikka’s offerings for the rest of January.
I’m prouder of the Banana Dance than almost any other drink that I’ve created. More so than I probably have […]
I’ve always felt disconnected from the Holiday season. While I grew up Catholic it has had been many a solstice […]
A couple of months ago I was graciously sent a sample of the new release of Blood Oath Bourbon. Between competitions, menu flips, leaving a job, and much needed vacation travel after leaving said job the sample unfortunately fell by the wayside. But with Halloween nearly upon us I figure it would be appropriate to crack open a little Blood Oath and see what it was about.