Category Archives: Tasting Notes

Local Aquavit

We’re always up for noodling around with under-utilized spirits, and this week we decided to play with aquavit. Aquavit is a delicious Scandinavian liquor that relies on caraway, dill, anise, and other savory herbs and spices for its flavor. It’s kind of … Continue reading

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Teeling Whiskey Expressions

A while back we received a sample of Teeling Irish Whiskey and found it to be a great addition to our Irish whiskey selection, very full-flavored and easy to mix with. Since then, Teeling has released two new expressions here in … Continue reading

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Pisco

For those that don’t know, pisco is the national spirit of Peru. Made from grapes and legally required to be distilled to proof (not easy, from what we understand), it is a very interesting liquor, kind of a cross between brandy and grappa. … Continue reading

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Peychaud’s Comparison

Way back in July, at Tales of Cocktail, we acquired some barrel aged Peychaud’s bitters. One of the (many!) nice things about Tales is that there were a lot of bitters to take a look at and we were able to … Continue reading

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Apple of our Eyes

It’s finally fall here in the Pacific Northwest. Which means cooler weather, rain, and apples (oh, and mushrooms too. Mmmm :)). We’re both big fans of cider but we also love calvados and applejack, the delightful distillates thereof. These apple-based spirits … Continue reading

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Vermouth all the way down

While at Tales of the Cocktail, we got to try some of the Carpano white vermouths which we were very excited about as we’re big fans of the Carpano Antica. We ordered some when they were not yet available in … Continue reading

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Fresh Juice Substitutes

This week we’re both busy with real life intruding on our fabulous lives of being jet-setting booze bloggers. 😉 So we decided to throw up a quick post on some fresh juice substitutes that we occasionally use to get from … Continue reading

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An American Whiskey that Begins with a B

It’s September, and it is Bourbon Heritage Month again. We’re big fans, so we thought we’d do our patriotic duty and drink some bourbon. Bourbon actually has a fair range of styles and flavors these days, especially given the craft … Continue reading

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Timing

This week we investigate the effect of temperature and oxidation on cocktails. We had noticed that some cocktails seem to change in flavor, often for the better, after sitting a short while (on those rare occasions where we don’t just gulp … Continue reading

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More Muddled Thinking

As we discovered last week, muddling herbs and spices in spirit or not noticeably affects the flavor of the finished cocktail. This week, continuing with our current booze-related obsession, we’re experimenting with fruits and vegetables to see what difference (if any) we … Continue reading

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