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…

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.  …

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…

Green Spot Single Pot Irish Whiskey

Let’s just take a moment to speak about Irish Pure Pot Whiskey. Before the rise of Premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the 1980s, before Japan had developed her first still, before Prohibition ruined American Rye for nearly a century, it was Irish Pure Pot that was on top of the world. In fact, it…

Inside One Eight Distillery

  One Eight runs its distilling operations Monday through Friday and hosts guest tours on Saturday. I tagged along for one of the weekend tours. The name One Eight refers to Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which established the nation’s capital. The stills made their first runs December 2015, so they had only been operating a…