Vermouth Truth

Vermouth Truth

Strangely misunderstood for such a bar staple. Most people think they don't like vermouth. But hey, good thing you're not most people! 

Bourbon Fight: Cheap Versus Fancy!

Bourbon Fight: Cheap Versus Fancy!

Sometimes the best way to really determine what you think about things is to put your suspicions in the ring and let them go a few rounds against each other. Results were ...surprising.

Elements of Scotch: Peat

Elements of Scotch: Peat

A kickoff of a larger series designed to talk about the elements in your spirits that make them taste the way we do. Today, we start with peat, which to many is synonymous with scotch itself.

In Praise of the Highball

In Praise of the Highball

Just as it took me some time to appreciate tasting spirits in general, it took me a similar amount of time to be able to appreciate the simplicity and vibrancy of the highball. Now, I make this two-ingredient cocktail often.

Why I Won't Review Independent Bottlings

Why I Won't Review Independent Bottlings

So after part 1 and 2, let me say again that Independent Bottlings of spirits like Scotch, Rum, and Bourbon can be great. That said, I have some pretty strong feelings about why I'm not going to cover them.

Category Overview: Rye Whiskey

Category Overview: Rye Whiskey

When we talk about "Rye Whiskey," you might initially think that the category were as simple as including all whiskeys made from Rye. Ha! If only life were that simple.

Are We Running Out of Whiskey?

Are We Running Out of Whiskey?

To spoil the ending: no. However, a specific whiskey you enjoy today may not be around tomorrow, or at least around at the same price. I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

Category Overview: Mezcal

Category Overview: Mezcal

Mezcal has been too-long considered a smokey, second-rate tequila. Thankfully, the spirit category is (deservedly) finding a place in the sun. And worry not: it's a rarity to find a worm at the bottom of a good bottle. 

Shelf Creep

Shelf Creep

Collecting and trying new things is fun. However, you may find that you buy more bottles then you actually drink, and then WHAM: home bar. And there's a psychological reason for it, y'know.

In Praise of Miniatures

In Praise of Miniatures

Constantly underappreciated, liquor miniatures actually have quite a lot going for them beyond novelty. I'll do my best to explain why a few of these often sneak their way home from the local bottle shop.  

Independent Bottlings: What Are They?

Independent Bottlings: What Are They?

The first of a planned three-parter. You might not have ever heard of an Independent Bottling, or might have seen one out of the corner of your eye, unsure of what it was. Let's crack into the "what" for today before we talk about the "why" later.

Spirit Pricing and My Expectations

Spirit Pricing and My Expectations

It is true that a good bottle of anything doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with the amount you spend. However, there are a few things I come to expect as I begin to spend progressively more money on any individual product.

What I Know About Wood

What I Know About Wood

You can't age a spirit without putting it in a barrel made of wood. And yet, not all wood is created equally in the aging process! Grab a seat and I'll share a few odds and ends.

Category Overview: Brandy & Cognac

Category Overview: Brandy & Cognac

Brandies, armagnacs, cognacs? If you're unsure of differences among the terminology, or wondering if you're missing anything with respect to the category as a whole, make with the clicking.

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan

Classic Cocktails: The Manhattan

Maybe the Manhattan is a very distant second in the "most famous cocktail" competition. However, it's a good drink, and one that lends itself very well to revitalization and experimentation.

Classic Cocktails: The Mojito

Classic Cocktails: The Mojito

Everyone likes Mojitos, it seems. However, I've had enough underwhelming Mojitos at restaurants to convince me I needed to learn how to make them the right way.

Classic Cocktails: The Martini

Classic Cocktails: The Martini

Our first entry in our Classic Cocktail series begins with the Martini, the most classic of them all. We'll teach you how to make a few great ones.

A Word About Our Ratings

A Word About Our Ratings

Rating things is easy. Rating things sensibly and consistently is an entirely different can of worms, and one that merits at least a little bit of discussion here on the site.