Monthly Archives: November 2011

Taiwan’s Whisky Market

Taiwan, the disputed island nation off the coast of China, is becoming a player in the global whisky market — both in terms of consumption and production. It’s now the number five scotch export market, according to the Scotch Whisky … Continue reading

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Apostrophe’s Are Out of Control

Note that the errant apostrophe only appears in martini’s, not in oysters. Is it that words ending in vowels provoke more apostrophe misuse? Was someone afraid that martinis would read as martin-iss? Or is the bar inside this Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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The Glenrothes: Two New Vintage Single Malts

“I love your pants!” I said to Ronnie Cox. The brand ambassador for The Glenrothes, a Speyside single malt, was hosting a couple dozen media and spirits trade insiders at Mary Queen of Scots in the Lower East Side. He … Continue reading

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Cocktail Trends, and When They End

In my day job as a reporter who covers the menswear business, I remember seeing skulls everywhere in 2007: on ties, t-shirts, scarves, hats, shoes, belts — everywhere. I asked a guy who had a tie line back then if … Continue reading

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Perfume or Hooch?

My friend Kara Newman at the Spice & Ice blog has more evidence for the connection between spirits and fragrances today, in the form of a short quiz she calls “Perfume or Hooch?” The lines are definitely blurred when you’re … Continue reading

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The Macallan Scotch and Perfumer Roja Dove

Perfumer Roja Dove and The Macallan single malt scotch have created something they call “The Macallan Aroma Box,” a kit containing 12 scents found in whisky. It’s designed to educate drinkers on some of the finer notes in a single … Continue reading

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Homemade Coca Cola

Summit Sips, an excellent cocktail blog based in my hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota, actually made a Cuba Libre from the ground up, using a leaked Coca Cola recipe to make the cola. It’s pretty impressive — it even includes … Continue reading

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