Ardbeg Perpetuum and Booze in Space

Who better to send to an event that discusses the processes of whisky maturation in micro-gravity than Thomas Fauchez. Thomas is a french PhD physicist working at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a non-professional Scotch whisky fan since 2010 and a member of the “Clan des grands malt,” the second biggest whisky club in France with several hundreds…

Home-Bar Cocktail List

When faced with a full bar, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a cocktail. This is just as true whether visiting a high-end club lounge or a friend’s home bar. But the solution to this dilemma is the same. Cocktail lists help to highlight house specialties that might otherwise fall out of the customer’s…

Kilchoman 10 Year Anniversary

Kilchoman Single Malt Scotch Whisky held a 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Jack Rose Saloon in Washington, DC on Oct. 21. Launched in 2005, the Islay distillery is one of the smallest in Scotland. But that didn’t stop them from offering about 20 different expressions for attendees to sample. Walking through the door, participants received…

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…

Absente Absinthe

I enlisted the help of my girlfriend, Hillary, for the review of Absente Absinthe. The following is the transcript of our recorded tasting notes. Aaron: So what does it smell like? Hillary: Licorice. A: That’s it. Just straight licorice. Aniseed, whatever it’s called. Star anise. We both sip. A: It also tastes like licorice. H:…

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…

Wine-Cork-Board

I made a cork board out of old wine corks. It was pretty easy and self-explanatory. First, I bought a frame. I popped out the glass and turned the matting in the back around. Then I drew lines on the inside of the matting with a pencil to represent where the front of the frame…

DIY Bathtub Gin

Ok – first things first. No, you use your actual bathtub. That’s gross.   Bathtub Gin is a term that sprung out of prohibition. The term came about when unscrupulous moonshiners used botanicals to hide the terrible flavors found in their poorly-made hootch. In reality, the product is a type of Compound Gin (regardless of its legality)….