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20 Whisky Things Whisky Lovers Love

Shopping for a whisky lover is does not compare in any way, shape or form, to shopping for a booze lover. Whisky is specific, so your gift should be purposeful; but don’t worry- we’ll guide you toward the most delighted smile of gratitude a gift has ever provoked.

Whisky is a sophisticated beverage with a bold and distinctive presence. Its seduction is absolute, making avid connoisseurs out of fledgeling curiosity and securing from its fans lifelong loyalty. You see, whisky is an emblem of good taste and drinkers aren’t just drinking whiskey- they’re drinking damn good whiskey.

Whisky good enough to validate the hundreds (and yes, sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on one single bottle demands excellence of everything that comes into contact with each of its golden drops. This includes containers and chilling agents such as ice or stones as well as anything that will transform subtle hints of flavor into tantalizing bursts of palatable pleasure.

Other than a fine bottle of the stuff itself, gift your whiskey lover with something that will upgrade a glass to its full potential. Here’s what a whisky drinker needs (and covets):

1. The Ingenious Whisky Wedge

Whisky Wedge

Whisky Wedge. Image: gadgetreview.com

Whiskey on the Rocks” is quite a satisfying phrase to say, however the gusto lasts exactly as long as the integrity of the ice cubes. Watery whisky is second only to warm whiskey and both are quite tragic.

The beauty of the Whisky Wedge lies in its simplicity. The efficiency and execution of this bold little edge of ice coveys an excellence worthy of a fine single malt.

Utilizing its surface area to effectively chill without diluting, the Whisky Wedge is the most functional slab of ice ever submerged in booze. Its ingenious design utilizes the space within the tumbler in such a way that minimizes the infusion of water, allowing each sip to remain full-flavored and perfectly tempered.

The cost of one Whiskey Wedge unit complete with old-fashioned tumbler and silicone ice mold is $25. The value of a perfect glass of whiskey however, is priceless. Watch ’em sip!

Where to buy: Amazon Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge Whiskey Glass with Silicone Ice Form

2. The Glencairn Whisky Glass

Glencairn Whisky Glass

Glencairn Whisky Glass. Image: caledoniasbest.com

The whisky drinker is unassuming in style, allowing his taste to speak of him rather than for him; his genuity lies in the details.

While the most telling detail of a true whisky connoisseur is his recognition of a quality bottle, the glass in which he serves it is equally important.

Sure, an old-fashioned tumbler does the job well, but a true whisky fanatic (and we’re talking Scotch aficionados) will only pour his elixir into the Glencairn, recognized worldwide as the official whisky glass.

Designed to optimize every sensory component of true Scotch whisky, the Glencairn is the choice of purists- the boldest of whisky drinkers. These are the people that take their coffee black, and their whisky neat.

Who said buying for a simple man was complicated?

Where to buy: Amazon Glencairn Whisky Glass: Set of 4 in Deluxe Velvet Gift Box

3. The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Smart Bottle

Whisky Smart Bottle

Whisky Smart Bottle. Image: thinfilm.no

Know a whisky drinker who’s latest glass played the protagonist on all  his social media platforms? Good– now you know exactly what to wrap in his gift box.

The Smart Bottle by Thinfilm, while slightly “over the top” for traditional whisky-drinking types is perfect for his millennial counterpart. Created to encourage informative interaction, this bottle will not only store whisky, but also provide brand communication and recipe suggestions.

Tweet that!

Where to buy: Hmmm… Tell us if you find.

4. Bottoms Up!… Wait

Whisky Space Glass

Whisky Space Glass. Image: gizmag.com

The rhetorical question, “what do you give to a whiskey-drinking astronaut?”, has finally been answered thanks to Ballantine’s very specific quest to enhance the whisky-drinking experience in outer space.

The answer is… an earthly sipping experience.

Ballantine’s Space Glass was designed specifically for your friend the whisky-drinking astronaut and engineered to enable sips in zero gravity.

 

Believe it or not, homesickness transcends time and space. A Space Glass literally provides both the taste and comfort of home.

Where to buy: Hmmm… Tell us if you find.

5. Whisky Decanter

Whisky Decanter

Whisky Decanter. Image: homewetbar.com

When it comes to buying for a whisky drinker, there are two never-fail options: The obvious one is a fine bottle of the stuff itself- the second depends on where your friend keeps his whisky.

The artful whisky drinker likes to display his craft and there is no better way to do so than through an assortment of beautifully sculpted crystal decanters. If you’re lucky, you’ve got a collector and your gift-giving ventures just got effortless.

And why you need that thing called Decanter? Watch this video:

As long as you keep an eye out for quality (crystal is almost always a no-brainer), a whisky decanter will always be a never-fail gift option.

Where to buy: Amazon Old-Fashioned Whiskey Bottle Handmade Crystal Decanter

6. Whisky Stones

Whisky Stones

Whisky Stones. Image: amazon.com

Now whisky stones are an issue of debate among whisky aficionados. But what we’re concerned about here is whether or not they would make a useful gift to a whisky fan. To this I say, it all depends on the fan and the level of fandom.

Those who like whisky and want to portray this love as often as possible usually keep whisky stones around just for the sake of sticking with the theme. This works much the same way as those Yankee coasters you’ve managed to keep in the back cabinet for seven years.

Ultimatum on whisky stones: a whisky enthusiast will like them more for their relation to whiskey than their function in keeping their whisky cool. First find out if they like it on the rocks.

Where to buy: Amazon Tuscani 8 Stainless Steel Reusable Ice Cubes with Tongs

7. A Good Ol’ Ice Bucket

Whisky Ice Bucket

Whisky Ice Bucket. Image: amazon.com

The ice bucket gift is for the type of whisky-drinker that enjoys his glass as he rotates sausages on his grill or floats down the river with a fishing rod and a handful of roasted peanuts in his pocket. This man is not going to analyze the body and aroma of his whisky. He’s not going to swirl it in the sunlight while admiring subtle changes in tone- he’s going to chunk some ice in a tumbler, splash some whisky on top, and enjoy a brief-lived chug that gives him a simple sort of satisfaction.

Where to buy: Amazon Newness Stylish Double Wall Insulated Stainless Steel Ice Bucket with Ice Tongs with Lid and Portable Handle

8. The Whisky Flask

Whisky Flask

Whisky Flask. Image: amazon.com

A whisky flask is a great gift because we know everyone secretly wants one. Whisky-drinker or not, the appeal of the whiskey flask is universal. That being said, a whiskey aficionado has a special reason to appreciate the gift of a whisky flask- portable whisky, accessible anywhere, anytime.

To make a whisky flask a more personal gift, have it engraved or give it alongside a fine Scotch whisky. One thing is for sure though- you cannot possibly go wrong with this gift.

Where to buy: Amazon 8oz Shot Flask with Bonus Funnel and Money clip. Gift box included.

9. Whiskey Coasters

Whisky Coasters

Whisky Coasters. Image: amazon.com

Why whiskey coasters? Because you’ve already used the whiskey love to inspire every gift you’ve ever given this person and that hand-crafted whiskey barrel table from last Christmas was expensive.

Plus these leather wrapped coasters are accentuate the man cave perfectly.

Coasters, like tumblers or glasses, are also a very affordable gifts that can also serve as small, but thoughtful presents (and stocking-stuffers).

Where to buy: Amazon Maker’s Mark Leather Wrapped Coaster Set of 6

10. Leather Whisky Case

Leather Whisky Case

Leather Whisky Case. Image: walnutstudiolo.com

A whisky case is the perfect gift for the whisky-lover with the streak of wanderlust.

Walnut Studiolo makes gorgeous leather whiskey cases for those who can’t bear to travel unquenched.

This case is designed to accommodate most scotch and whiskey bottles as well as wine (see, we’re also considering the wine-lovers).

Where to buy: Amazon Walnut Studiolo Leather Whiskey Case

11. Irish Peat Incense

Irish Turf Peat Incense

Irish Turf Peat Incense. Image: amazon.com

Irish Turf Peat Incense

Image: amazon.com

The Irish peat or turf incense is specifically appealing to whisky lovers, that is, lovers of real Irish Scotch and preferably familiar with the smell of a traditional Irish pub.

This little chunk of incense holds within it the essence of home, emitting  the genuine aroma of a peat fire, burning alongside the rhythmic clinking of whisky-filled tumblers.

Where to buy: Amazon Irish Turf/Peat Incense and 1.5 inch sq Burner Plate

12. Water Jug

Whisky Water Jug

Whisky Water Jug. Image: astonsofmanchester.co.uk

A water jar is the perfect jar for the whisky drinker who takes his Jameson with a splash of water.

When it comes to the purpose of this gift however, keep in mind that you don’t want to pick any water jug- a “splash” is a very precise measurement in the whisky-drinker’s vocabulary; it means the exact amount of water it will take to bring out the flavors in a good malt without diluting the taste.

A weighted pitcher is the best bet. These specialized jars are designed to allow for precision pouring, releasing by the drop, instead of a stream.

Where to buy: Amazon Glencairn Iona Scotch Whisky Pitcher or Mini Water Jug

13. Whiskey Wet Shave Soap

Whiskey Wet Shave Soap

Whiskey Wet Shave Soap. Image: portlandgeneralstore.com

While a luscious beard is not an official requirement for whiskey-drinking, it sure as hell looks cool to sip single malt fully decked out in facial hair. But that all depends on the style you bring to your whiskey game.

For those that prefer to keep their face-mane tamed, there’s shaving soap. Better yet, for those that enjoy the subtle hovering of a subtle whiskey scent, there’s Portland’s Whiskey Wet Shave Soap.

Clean-shaven and armed with a fine scotch- neat, of course.

Where to buy: Amazon Whiskey Wet Shave Soap

14. The Ardbeg Haar Mist Machine

Ardbeg Haar Mist Machine

Ardbeg Haar Mist Machine. Image: ardbeg.com

… and then there was the eccentric. The Ardbeg Haar Scotch Mist Gadget is exactly as sci-fi as it sounds.

A mist-making device meant to simulate the cool Scottish fog descending upon the coast of Islay, the Ardbeg Haar utilizes ultrasound technology to vaporize scotch for one of the most unique whisky drinking experiences available.

The recipient of this gift should by association, be just as singular.

Where to buy: Try Ardbeg

15. Evaflor Double Whisky Men Eau de Toilette

Evaflor Double Whisky Men Eau de Toilette

Evaflor Double Whisky Men Eau de Toilette. Image: ebay.com

While the very idea of spritzing a whisky person with something fragrant seems irrevocably unconceivable, you have only to get a sense of this whisky-inspired scent to understand why of all things, a perfume would make a whiskey-lover’s must-have list.

Present yet subtle, this fragrance is the only thing its recipient will ever wear hence forward.

Where to buy: Amazon EVAFLOR Double Whisky MEN Eau de Toilette 100ml/3.3oz

16. American Oak Barrel’s Outlaw Kit

Outlaw Kit From American Oak Barrel - Make Your Own Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

Outlaw Kit From American Oak Barrel. Image: amazon.com

I’m not sure if someone could really be called a whisky aficionado if he hasn’t tried to age his own whisky yet. But of course, everyone must start somewhere, so for those just venturing into the depths of their vice, the most perfect of gifts could only be a nice hefty barrel kit.

American Oak Barrel makes an excellent natural oak barrel meant to speed up the aging process for bourbon, whisky (and whiskey, respectively), scotch, brandy, cognac, and rum.

Even more so than a fine bottle of scotch itself, this kit is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving.

Where to buy: Amazon Outlaw Kit From American Oak Barrel – Make Your Own Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

17. Whisky: The Definitive World Guide

Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide

Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide. Image: amazon.com

In case the recipient of this very thoughtful gift isn’t already an insufferable whiskey know-it-all, this excellent guide is sure to make him so.

A guide in every sense of the word, this gorgeous hardcover isn’t just coffee-table decoration. It’s a harsh world out there for the would-be whiskey literate and believe it or not, “whisky” and “whiskey” cannot be used interchangeably in serious scotch lingo.

Where to buy: Amazon Whiskey: The Definitive World Guide

18. Whiskey Barrel Tea-light Holder

Whiskey Barrel Tealight Holder

Whiskey Barrel Tealight Holder. Image: amazon.com

For the whiskey lover lamenting over wasted barrels, this tea-light-holder is the one valuable repurposed craft. It also doesn’t hurt to kindle the ambiance with soft candle-light while enjoying a warm glass of your favorite single malt.

Where to buy: Amazon Whiskey Barrel Tealight holder

19. Whisky-Flavored Lip Balm

Whisky Flavour Lip Balm

Whisky Flavour Lip Balm. Image: etsy.com

For hardcore whisky-lovers only. This type of gift, while deceptively subtle, is for the type of whisky-drinker that can’t bear to part with the scent of whiskey.

With the same delicacy as a soft kiss, this whisky-flavored lip balm brushes the lips ever so lightly, leaving a lingering hint of  fine scotch- just enough to awaken the experience of that last glass.

Where to buy: Amazon Whiskey Business – Whiskey and Cola Lip Balm 3 Pack

20. Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

Whisky Barrel Coffee Table

Whisky Barrel Coffee Table. Image: etsy.com

This “coffee table” (we all know what liquid’s really being poured on its surface) makes a perfect home-warming gift, to be immediately escorted to the man-cave.

Handmade and custom-fitted to the specific dimensions of your room, this coffee table is the perfect piece of furniture for any whiskey-loving, interior-design conscious person on your gift list.

Just make sure to throw in those coasters!

Where to buy: Amazon Whiskey Barrel Table

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Celebrating World Whisky Day with Cocktails

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The 21st of May is the World Whisky Day and to help you celebrate it, lain Meldrum introduces re-mixed cocktails using the national tipple of Scotland.

This coming Saturday, World Whisky Day parties are happening worldwide to celebrate what they call as “water of life” — the whisky. So you might as well look for the nearest celebration in your area or mark the day by raising a dram or creating cocktails using these recipes.

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Whisky cocktails. Photo: gearpatrol.com

Old Blackened

The Old Blackened cocktail has the DNA of the classic Old Fashioned with the rich smoke and dark chocolate tastes of Bowmore 12 Year Old Single Malt, complemented by walnut and oak-aged cider flavors. The drink is the given a flourish of pink grapefruit zest.

The ingredients for this mix are 60 ml of the Bowmore 12 Year Old, 12.5 ml homemade vintage cider syrup, and 3 dashes of Fee Brothers’ Black Walnut Bitters. Stir these ingredients over ice cubes until you achieve the desired dilution. Strain the mixture to a tumbler with fresh ice. Crack only a strip of the pink grapefruit zest to the drink so that it will release the oils and place it in the glass.

Whisky Business

Pour 40 ml of Auchentoshan American Oak, 20 ml of Giffard Pamplemousse, 25 ml of freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 12.5 ml of lavender sugar syrup, and 12.5 ml fresh egg white into a shaker and vigorously shake it without ice to create a foamy mixture. Add cubed ice and shake again. Double-strain the mixture immediately into a chilled coupette and sprinkle some dried and edible lavender flowers.

New Y-Orkney

This cocktail is beloved by many Manhattan traditionalists as it has the characteristics of a dry, spicy American rye whiskey with subtle smoke and briny sea air texture.

Stir 50 ml Highland Park 12 Year Old, 12.5 ml Bitter Truth E**x**r, 12.5 ml Gabriel Boudier Guignolet de Dijon, 3 dashes Boker’s Bitters, and Simple Syrup over ice until you achieve the desired solution. Garnish your cocktail with orange zest and cherry as you wish.

Winner By A Nose

Get the leaves from two mint sprigs. Lightly scrunch these leaves and place into the cup or glass. Add in the sugar syrup, 50 ml Auchentoshan Three Wood and a spritz of the Fee Brothers’ Peach Bitters and muddle gently to release the oils from the mint, but be careful that you don’t break the leaves up. Generously add crushed ice and churn the drink using a barspoon to dilute. Add more ice, spirgs of mint and spray of bitters over the drink mixture.

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The Whisky Festival on the Island of Jura

Jura Whisky

The popular pop-up restaurant Jimmy’s in London is part of the attraction of the renowned whisky festival at the island of Jura this year. Whisky legend Richard Paterson and street artists Recoat from Glasgow will also be featured in the event this coming May 25 and 26.

Tastival is the contribution of Jura to the Feis Ile Festival that attracts many whisky aficionados from around the world to open days every year at the many distilleries in the neighboring Islay.

Over the course of the two-day festival, visitors will be exploring the only distillery of the island while having to experience the various ways to enjoy whisky through live entertainment, a series of exclusive tours, and tastings.

The organizers of the festival believe that the event has something for everyone. Whisky fans will have to be quick in buying tickets as 95 percent of the tickets sold last year have been bought in just 24 hours.

Jura Whisky

Jura Festival. Image: www.jurawhisky.com

The ticketed sessions this year include Dine the Different Sides of Jura, where the popular Jimmy’s Pop-Up will be coming up with a special menu for the event that will reflect the sweet and smoky sides of the island’s whisky. Jimmy has been seen on the TV show “This Morning” as a resident chef and he specializes in creating a unique pop-up dining experiences. Meanwhile, Fyne Ales, a Scottish craft beer, will be joining by pairing their beers with whisky.

Willie Cochrane and Graham Logan, both Jura managers, will be hosting a special event in the Masters Tour. This event will give a rare opportunity to experience the Jura still house through the eyes of those who make the whisky.

In Conversation will be featuring an exclusive Jura tasting, as well as question and answer sessions with Richard Paterson, the whisky master blender. Meanwhile, Whisky on the Waves will let visitors cruise on the open sea as they savor the Jura Turas-Mara.

Aside from that, the Cooperage will also be accessible where Recoat will be bringing in to life the different sides of Jura on a large-scale mural in the Dramming Bar. Jamie Johnson is set to paint the sweet side; while Will Barras will paint the smoky side. These artists were especially picked because their styles reflect these two elements. If you must know, Recoat previously worked on projects that transformed the Rotunda Building in Glasgow and for brands such as Converse and Vodafone.

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Who Says You Can’t Drink Alcohol While Losing Weight?

Losing weight with alcohol

As we all know, alcohol may give us either a beer belly or abs. As a matter of fact, according to a research conducted by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who drink one or two glasses a day are less likely to gain weight than those who take an extra 433 calories on days they consume a couple of drinks.

Although drink-fueled foods may be the culprit for weight gain, 61 percent of the calories come from the alcohol itself. Therefore, if you’ve been trying to lose weight and you want to enjoy drinks on occasion, then you’d better think about the drinks you choose. Here are the best and worst alcohol beverages that you can order.

The Best Alcohol

  • Assuming that you’re drinking from a standard 5-ounce glass, you can expect to take in 100-120 calories per glass of red or white wine. However, you have to consider things when you choose to drink wine. White wine contains fewer carbohydrates, which makes a little difference when you talk about calories. Meanwhile, red wine is richer in antioxidants; the ellargic acid from the red wine helps delay the growth of fat cells, according to the 2014 study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
  • “Fortified wine with higher alcohol content and infused spices and herbs, vermouth is a calorie saver if you have it by itself – as it’s commonly served in Europe,” said Georgie Fear, R.D., the author of Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss. It contains 64 calories per 1.5 ounce serving with only 15-18 percent alcohol. It also contains polyphenol compounds that help promote healthy weight loss.
  • Straight Liquor. If you’re worried about the calories, then shots and straight booze on the rocks are the best ways to go. As calories increase with alcohol content, the different isn’t that huge. For example, a shot of 86-proof whiskey has 105 calories, while a shot of 80-proof vodka has 97. Keep in mind, however, that the sweeter the liquor, the more calories it has. Thus, if you want a flavor boost, try low-calorie mixers.
  • Light Beers. With only little carbs and calories, these are the best beers for weight loss. Many of them contain 90 to 100 calories per 12 ounce, while extra-light beers only have 55 to 65 calories. Remember, though, to not use this as an excuse to have more beers than usual or you won’t reap the benefits.
Losing weight with alcohol

Image(c): www.livestrong.com

The Worst Alcohol

  • Cocktails are sugar-laden drinks, which mean it is packed with calories. For instance, when you drink margarita, your body may be overwhelmed with alcohol that your body won’t properly metabolize the sugar; instead, it will store it as fat.
  • Craft Beers. For the past few years, craft beers have been popular among those who drink. What they don’t realize is that it is packed with more calories than the regular beer. Every gram of this good stuff contains seven calories. For instance, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA with 18 percent alcohol per volume contains about 450 calories per bottle — which is typically a meal in a glass.

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Cocktails and Healthy Drinking

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If you feel bad because: (1) you didn’t bother with a dry January, (2) you tried them and fell of the wagon, and (3) you are having a wet January and you want to turn a new leaf and become healthy, this might help you…

A bar in London is serving cocktails that are made with matcha green tea, aloe juice, sea weed, and wheat grass to make you feel better about drinking vodka in the middle of the week. Truth is the fact that they are said to contain anti-oxidants is enough to convince most of us to order a glass or two; be honest!

The bar I’m talking about is Shoreditch’s Rivington Grill, which labeled its January cocktail menu the “clean-living” collection. Their drinks were made with D1 potato vodka that is called Greener Colada and Flu-Fighting Mojito. No sane doctor would prescribe vodka cocktails when you’re sick. But when you aren’t, mixing vegetable juice with a little bit (or more) vodka may be better than drinking Red Bull.

“I wanted to create something that provided Londoners with a healthier way to enjoy cocktails this January, feeding obsession around superfoods but retaining the sense of fun and relaxation of alcohol,” said Francesco Lombardi, the bar manager.

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Hard Health Shot (Picture: D1 / Rivington Grill / Carrie Tang / http://www.carrietang.com)

Greener Colada

The Greener Colada is a “cleaner” version of the traditionally calorie-laden Pina Colada. It has matcha green tea that has antioxidants which boosts our metabolism. What makes this drink great is that it has low GI natural sweetener, agave syrup, and lactose-free coconut milk as replacement to a heavy cream.

Popeye Punch

Obviously, the Popeye Punch is made up of what Popeye eats: spinach. Flu-fighting ingredients, spinach and fresh ginger, has been mixed with an aloe vera base to give out a refreshing, classic and zesty Mojito.

Mary’s Bloody Healthy Remedy

This go-to hangover cure is given an additional boost as it is mixed with 2016’s hottest new super food: mineral-rich seaweed and laden with low-calorie chia seeds for added fiber, magnesium, and protein.

Hard Health Shot

Hard Health Shot is an exciting version of a nutritious wheatgrass shot, which features the vodka on the powerful concentration of the nutrients found in wheatgrass.

While all of these drinks can be ordered at the bar, you can also make them at home and serve them in parties if you want to save money. Their common denominator is the D1 Vodka. Aside from that, you also need to have a cocktail shaker as well as ice cubes.

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The Irish Whiskey Aged Stout Available Only in Some States

Innis & Gunn, an award-winning independent brewer of oak-aged beers, will be releasing their cult-favorite winter seasonal in the US. The Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout has been introduced in 2012 with a 7.4% ABV. Since then, it was a US hit that quickly sold out within just weeks of making it to the liquor stores’ shelves.

How is Innis & Gunn

The Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is a rich, complex, and very smooth whiskey that features dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of honey and spice and oak/vanilla aromas. It has a velvety taste which leads to a satisfying finish of dark malts and whiskey.

“Ireland is known for its great stouts and its amazing whiskey. We’re paying tribute to both of them in our Irish Whiskey Aged beer,” said Dougal Sharp, the founder and master brewer of Innis & Gunn.

The beer is said to be matured in their Oakerator aging device on American oak that is instilled with Irish whiskey.

“We use a lightly toasted oak for this beer to match Irish whiskey casks, which are typically lightly charred. This produces more of the coconut and spice notes that you get in an Irish whiskey, and less of the caramel and vanilla notes you find in American bourbon,” according to the Sensory and Quality Manager of Innis and Gunn.

“It’s an especially unique beer for US fans of barrel-aged beer. It’s got a lot of oak and whiskey character but it doesn’t overpower the beer itself. It’s a very balanced mix of spirit and beer that’s hearty and delicious but also very quaffable,” she added.

Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey

Innis and Gunn Irish Whiskey Oak Aged Stout at The Pint Las Vegas. Image by bevxusa.com

The Oakerator Device

The Oakerator device of Innis and Gunn gives a modern twist on the practice of barrel-aging. Rather than aging the beer in a barrel, it incorporates the barrel to the beer itself. The beer is processed in the modern device, which is filled with blends of toasted and spirits-infused oak in order to have a better and more consistent barrel-aged flavor. Sharp had conducted two years of extensive research to create the device. It went through trials at the popular brewing school at Edinburgh, the Heriot-Waite.

The Irish Whiskey Aged Stout is currently available in four packs of 11.2 ounce bottles and 5.5 gallon kegs at $9.99 SRP. It is available only in some states in the US, including Illinois, North & South Carolina, Ohio, Alabama, and etc.

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The Best Whisky in the World? Not Scotch!

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Recently, the Japanese whisky has started competing with Scotch as the “sip of choice”. This is why when the popular spirits writer Jim Murray named the 2013 edition of the Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Sherry Cask as the best whisky in his 2015 Whisky Bible, this Japanese whisky have made it big.

What makes the Whisky Special?

According to Suntory, it’s all about the sherry. The company chooses Spanish casks that were utilized for sherry storage, and it’s the cask that added flavor to the single-malt whisky under the Yamazaki variety. Its complex blending process adds to its richness and mystique as well. The whisky product isn’t sourced only from the single cask, but a combination of many of them.

japanese whisky

A single-malt from Japan has been named the best whisky in the world. Photo by time.com

The officials of Suntory made it clear that the 2016 edition will be its own, a variety that differs from the popular 2013 edition. They assured customers, however, that it is from the same family; expect a little more depth to the 2016 edition.

The 2016 edition is said to be hot in the market. Suntory only released 5,000 bottles worldwide, and according to their brand ambassador Gardner Dunn, only a limited number of bottles will be sold in America. He also said that previous versions of Sherry Cask were sold out.

How to Enjoy Yamazaki Sherry Cask?

According to Suntory, it can be enjoyed in any way you please, with ice or on a little water. “We’re very much about never telling anyone how to drink your whisky,” said Dunn. But he suggests that it is best drunk neat, so you can taste its flavorful notes.

The 2016 Sherry Cask is an ultimately good whisky, with rich and refined taste all at once. It is delicious but not overpowering with a hint of chocolate and cocoa. It is clear that aging whiskies in those carefully chosen sherry casks definitely took the spirit to another level.

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Something New from Moylan’s Whisky of Northern California

Moylan's whisky

Stillwater Spirits is a premiere craft distillery located in Petaluma, Ca. It is one of those small players in the industry of distillery that is not much heard on a national level, yet very popular among the locals of this part of North California. Stillwater Spirit has been known for being the maker of high quality whisky.

Stillwater Spirits markets its whiskey under the Moylan’s Whisky brand. As addition to their craft, they have launched two new expressions of their whisky with new label look to be more interesting.

According to the distillery, they’re already out with their third release of “American whisky” bottling with the new Moylan 117.4 proof Double-Barrel Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky and 86 proofs American Single – Malt Whisky. These new spirits are described by its founder Brendan Moylan in a statement as “true single-malt ‘whiskies made in American single malt method, and not with a Scotch style.

As to what the bottles contain, Stillwater described it as:

“Simply works of art”. The Double Barrel Cask Strength Single-Malt Whisky  was aged for a minimum of four years in a mix of new and first-fill or used American white oak barrels, and then finished in a mix of French oak and ex-orange brandy barrels which helps to give out the best spirit of this amazing whisky. The American Single-Malt Whisky is the same blend of their 5 different barrels of whisky casks.

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Making a long awaited come back is the Moylan’s line of whiskies. Photo by healthyspiritsbourbonblog.blogspot.com

Again, Moylan’s is an American Single Malt Whisky, not to be confused with single-malt Scotch. The difference had been described by Stillwater Spirits founder Brendan Moylan as   “All sweet, no peat.”

To come up with these extraordinary whiskies, Moylan’s Distilling Co. starts with the fermentation of 100% two-row barley, and then condenses the whisky wash into their Kentucky origin Vendome Copper Pot Still to produced the best quality handcraft whiskies.

For being a micro-distillery, Stillwater Spirits really make certain of their product quality and commitment to flavor; that is why these whiskies come through small batch sizes. As a result, these will only be available in limited release in a few select markets in Northern California.

So if these whiskies run out of stock in selected markets, you can check with the online liquor dealer in the nearby area to see if they have some bottles. You may also personally check the prices of these whiskies in the market or through websites of online retailers as there is no immediate pricing information was given yet.

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Grannies Try Fireball Whiskey

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There’s a new buzz in the world of liquor today: FIREBALL WHISKEY! This cinnamon-flavored whiskey has been a “thing” by 2010; thanks to the clever marketing strategies involving Twitter, Nashville bartenders, and a lot of free shots at various colleges throughout he US!

Although the youth of America made Fireball the “official shot” for getting yourself black out drunk and sending messages that you’ll regret, it isn’t actually loved by most of the younger generations. As a matter of fact, Minnesota Vikings’ Kevin McDermott tweeted about how his 100-year old grandmother loves to party with this spicy booze!

So why not let the women who are in their golden years drink a sample of this amber elixir? This is exactly what Obsev, an online magazine, did for the 4 lucky grannies! Their responses are surely as magical as shooting fireballs from your palms.

Although they were all well-versed in the world of liquor, none of them have ever drank the Fireball cinnamon whiskey in their entire life. At first, they seemed a little bit timid and unsure of what to expect. Each of them had a unique reaction to the drink, and they were a bit surprised from the heat the fiery drink gave their throat after sipping it.

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Grandmas try fireball whiskey for the first time. Photo by www.globetoday.com

“Tastes like heaven, burns like hell! ‘What happens next is up to you.’ I like cinnamon, but I don’t know about the ‘burn like hell’ part”, says one of the women who  read the label of the bottle.

“Very fiery. That’ll warm your belly, for sure! It actually tastes very nice,” says another woman.

Although some of the reactions of the women were a bit more extreme compared to others, all of them actually represent the reaction that most of us had after our first try with this drink.

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The Etiquette for Drinkers

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Parks and Recreation’s fictional character, Ron Swanson, is a whisky drinking champion. He’s the type of man who understand the importance of a good scotch and the solitude that one can feel when drinking sweet, fiery nectar even when you’re alone.

The Drinking Etiquette

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Nick Offerman Enjoying Fine Whiskey By The Fire. Image credits to sobadsogood.com

We can learn a lot about drinking etiquette from Nick Offerman’s 45-minute video on the finer things you enjoy with whiskey. This includes being able to sit quietly, be comfortable, and just let time pass by; all of us could learn something from that. Ron Swanson, his alter ego, also gives some great lessons on drinking which we can benefit from hearing — but in this case, reading.

  • When you are having your alone time and you’re enjoying a fine drink, like scotch, it is absolutely necessary to remove all unwanted distractions. Note that you don’t have to destroy your phone. All you need to do is to turn it off or put it on silent mode… or place it far from you, preferably out of earshot.
  • Be content with spending time alone with no one but yourself. We all need sometime alone every now and then; what is more enjoyable than having a scotch in hand in the solitude of your favorite “hiding place”.
  • Stick to your budget. When drinking liquor, stick to the brand that suits your budget so you won’t have money problems later on.
  • There are no rule books. Thus, there is no incorrect way of consuming alcohol. You can drink it from a glass, a jar, a bottle, or a can; whichever you are comfortable drinking from. Live the dream!
  • There are limitations, however. You don’t need to act all fancy, inhaling alcohol in some way. Alcohol is meant to be drunk, not smelled!
  • Thank yourself for doing something good and show yourself some love. Remember, you deserve this.
  • As soon as you have drunk a certain amount of alcohol, you might feel like you want to start dancing to the beat of any music. Go for it! Dance like nobody’s watching!
  • If you’ve reach a certain point, you might want to call it a night! Can’t seem to recognize the song playing? Wearing something that isn’t yours? It might be time for you to go bed.
  • Be aware about your alcohol consumption. Count the bottles or glasses you’ve drank.
  • Don’t waste your time on regrets!

Pour yourself a fine drink! Enjoy the solitude of your own company!

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