Category Archives: Tasting Notes

Muddled Thinking

In case it isn’t obvious, we tend to obsess with how drinks are assembled, and whether or not using one technique over another makes for a better drink. One such technique is muddling. In particular  we were wondering if muddling … Continue reading

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Raspberry liqueurs

As is typical of us, we’re never content to have just one of anything 🙂 If there are multiple brands of a particular liquor or liqueur, we like to try all of them to see what makes each one unique, … Continue reading

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Fort Sumter

This week, we give a quick tip of the hat to American history. The Civil War (or the War Between the States if you prefer) started 153 years ago on April 12th at Fort Sumter. We know that whiskey was … Continue reading

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Which Bitters?

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that we’re fascinated by how different ingredients affect a drink. Some might even say we’re somewhat obsessed with it. 🙂 This week we decided to noodle around a bit with bitters. Bitters, … Continue reading

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What to do with woody whiskey

There are a lot of craft distillers out there now. We really love some of the interesting and high quality products they’re making. However, we don’t enjoy the micro barreled whiskeys that some of them are producing. We get it, … Continue reading

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Sweet Vermouth

Sweet vermouth is a staple in the Booze Nerds cabinet, as it is used in a wide variety of drinks. As a result, we have quite a few different brands. This week, we thought we would check out their flavor … Continue reading

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Orange Alternatives

It’s a good time for citrus here in the Pacific Northwest. We typically get several orange varietals as well as tangerines, satsumas, and other similar orange-y citrus. So we decided to try a number of different ones to see how … Continue reading

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Vinn Distillery

Christa was down in Portland last weekend (with Christopher, to watch Lovecraft films at the Hollywood Theater ’cause she’s a geek ;)), and visited Vinn, the newest addition to Distillery Row, while she was there. Vinn makes outstanding spirits in … Continue reading

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Any Excuse to Drink Bourbon

September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, which is certainly worth celebrating to honor this uniquely American whiskey. Since we’re big fans of the spirit around here (the post title says it all, really :)), we decided to mix up a couple of … Continue reading

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Amaro: Ramazzotti

We like and use lots of amaros here at Booze Nerds. They can add a lot of complexity and flavor to a cocktail as well as some sweetness, so are very useful to have in your bar. There are many … Continue reading

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