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…

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.  …

We’re moving… (physical address only)

We’re not moving our online location. This URL is still the best place to find Bodacious Booze’s liquid insights. However I, personally, am moving to a new house. Which means our bar has been sealed tight, bubble wrapped and boxed up. I won’t be doing any tastings until the next deadline, Nov. 4. So, I thought it best…

Vatted Whiskey — And you can too!

You know what is a fun game to play? ‘Vatting.’ Vatting is a term for blending together whiskeys. It came from Scotland. “Vatted Malt Whisky” used to be the legal category name for what was changed to “Blended Malt Whisky” with Scotland’s passage of the Scotch Whisky Regulations of 2009. Today, people use it to…

Wigle releases Straight Whiskey line

Pittsburgh’s Wigle Whiskey recently released a pair of straight whiskey expressions. Wigle Straight Rye Whiskey and Wigle Straight Wheat Whiskey are each sold in 750 ML size bottles, come with a 3-year age statement and were matured in standard 55-gallon sized barrels. By law, “Straight” whiskies are made from at least 51% of the predominant…

Much Ado About Grain Whisk[e]y

There’s been a lot of noise about Single Grain Whisk[e]ys. In recent months, I’ve seen launches, blog posts and promoted features highlighting Single Grain whiskies from Ireland (Teeling, Greenore), Scotland (HAIG Club) and Japan (Nikka Coffey Grain). The most prominent of these launches may have been for HAIG Club, which featured David Beckham as the brand’s global ambassador….