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.
This is the story of a drink that got away from me. As I’ve said before I tend to turn […]
Let’s get meta. I run a blog, which you’re currently reading, called Bottled In Bond, LA. I write about bartending, cocktails and […]
Conservatively, I would say that 87% of the Four Roses Single Barrel depletions at any bar I work at are […]
I’m terrible at Vodka drinks. It sounds elitist, snobbish, and very hipster bartender of me but it’s a fact of life. I […]
*Updated with new facts because I sometimes don't know everything.
Spontaneity is not my strong suit. Example A: my girlfriend swears by the deals emailed out daily by Scott’s Cheap […]
The Los Angeles Cocktail is terrible and is a perfect example of a bad drink that survives because it’s old. Buried […]
Irish Whiskey is my least favorite category of whiskey. To be fair that’s only because I think about Canadian Whisky […]
I received a text this week from a friend that without preamble said, “Did Elmer T. Lee get worse?” […]
Johnnie Walker is a striding behemoth, straddling the world as the number one selling Scotch whisky brand. It’s so popular […]
On January 16th, 1919 Nebraska became the 36th of the 48 states that composed these United States of America at the […]
When it comes to the whiskey world the two most maligned words are “sourced” and “blended.” Yet, one of the […]