The Gift of Spirits

The only thing better than drinking great spirits is sharing great spirits with close friends. So, this post will explore creative ways to share one-of-a-kind offerings that are unavailable anywhere else on the planet – without having to shell out a fortune for a rare bottling. In the past, Bodacious Booze has written about specialty cocktail…

O’Begley Dubh Reserve Whiskey

O’Begley Distillery is a small outfit located in Pittsford, N.Y. The selection for review, O’Begley Dubh Reserve Whiskey, was given to me as a gift by my mother. She picked up a bottle at the Flour City Market while visiting family in Rochester. According to the O’Begley Website, the distillation of their spirit is conducted…

The Manhattan Project

While wine and beer lovers are able to pursue their craft by fermenting beverages for themselves, it is a bit harder for aficionados of whiskey and other spirits. Partially due to the fact that the distillation practice is incredibly explosive and because improper cut-points can lead to methane poisoning and blindness, the federal Government frowns…

March Madness Cocktail Menu

Recently, I wrote about the idea of creating custom cocktail menus for your guests [link]. After all, spirits writers have mentioned home entertainment as a top cocktail trend for 2016. If you’re going to drink sophisticated cocktails with your friends, why deal with pretensions that can come along with craft cocktail bars? So, when I…

Wigle begets Threadbare

Pittsburgh-based small-volume distillery Wigle Whiskey is expanding its operations into a third facility. The new venture, which will be called Threadbare, will delve into the world of mead and hard apple cider. Jill Steiner, Director of Events and Public Relations at Wigle, said that the seven-figure investment was spawned out of research into Johnny Appleseed….

Bib & Tucker Bourbon Whiskey

Bib & Tucker definitely has the coolest bottle I’ve seen. And, the juice inside is pretty delicious, too. Batch: 002, Bottle No. 34344 Tasting Notes: Eye: Rich Caramel. Nice Legs.   Nose: Oak. Caramel. Toffee. Maple Syrup. Butterscotch. Tongue: Almonds. Tobacco Leaf. Honey. Vanilla. Rye. Finish: Nice, lingering burn. Almonds. Nutty wood. Tobacco Leaf.  …

Highland Park 12 Y.O.

Highland Park 12 Y.O. Tasting Notes Nose: Light peat. Vanilla. Tongue: Honey. Heather. Marzipan. Vanilla. Caramel. Velvety. Touch of Sherry sweetness. Finish: Peaty charcoal. Caramel. Highland Park is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky. It is produced in the Highland region of Scotland, on the Orkney Island. Not too long ago, the Islands had their own…

Tasting Notes: Kilchoman Range

In October, Kilchoman held a 10-Year Anniversary celebration. Offering nearly the entire range of expressions, it was a lot to take in. Luckily, Thomas Fauchez takes great notes.  Kilchoman new spirit 70% ABV: Nose: Strong ash, peat and citrus fruits Palate: Deeply fruity and sweety but less peated than the nose Final: Very long, obviously…

Johnnie Walker Green Label

Sometimes, drinking whisky isn’t just about the whisky. This was reiterated recently with the latest Johnnie Walker advertisement. The spot speaks for itself. This is the first time I’ve ever wept after watching someone sell me whisky. Caption: I only hope that you enjoy Green or Blue Label when I pass, my dear brothers. The…