Did you know that one of the oldest known drinks, The Sazerac, originally called for cognac? According to Hennessy, Cognac started the Sazerac and here is their take on the classic cocktail and Hennessy makes one of the best Sazeracs around. Muddle ½ oz. simple syrup, 3 dashes of bitters, 1½ oz. Hennessy V.S and ice in a glass. Remove the ice and in a chilled glass pour a small amount of absinthe over the ice. Discard the liquid, and add the flavored ice to the whiskey. Stir and serve!
A collection of over 40 eaux de vie, the Hennessy VS is made from a recipe that has been around for 145 years. It’s a classic Cognac. The Hennessy VS is aged at least 2 years, the VSOP is aged at least 4 years and the XO is aged at least 6 years.
A few days ago we discussed an article for record Cognac sales because of an explosion in China and Asia. Now, U.S. wine sales are also reporting record numbers in exports and mainly because of China. The newly born Chinese middle class has gotten a taste for European and American Wines and Spirits. 90% of the wines exported overseas are from California and according to the LA Times, much of the boom is because of the weak dollar. However, the dollar has been strengthening and China still spends money on American products. The trend of American wine sales throughout Asia will only continue to rise with the new powerful economies of the Pacific. Up 23% from 2010, American wine exports topped $1.3 billion for 2011, an all time record. American wine sales are up 38% in China, 48% in Hong Kong and 42% in Japan. Europe is still the #1 American wine importer but sales only rose about 10% which is still a very good number. Overall, the consumption of beer, wine and liquor are up all over the world, an indication of growing economies and the growth of secularism and California still has much room for export expansion when production capability is considered.
The Crown Royal Cask No 16 is a blended Canadian Whisky made up of more than 50 different individually aged whiskies. Winning the award of best Canadian Whisky of the year by Malt Advocate, the Crown Royal No 16 is a hand crafted blend. The whiskey is matured for the majority of its aging in whiskey barrels but then transferred to oak cognac barrels made from the Limousin forest in France. The cognac casks are marked with the signature 16 to indicate their place of origin in Limousin. This is an exceptional Canadian Whisky, with character and complexity not often found in Canadian Blends. For the first time ever, Crown Royal Master Blender Andrew Mackay brought together Crown Royal Whisky with Cognac.
Crown Royal Cask No 16 Tasting Notes:
With scents of oak, malts, grains and sugar, and a sweet scent with slight hint of honey or syrup, the Crown Royal Cask No 16 is a very smooth whisky. More complex than the average Canadian whisky but sometimes too smooth and a thin mouth feel with thin smooth finish the flavors of oak are very cognac esque while the flavors of grain distinct to Crown Royal. This is a very good whiskey for a Canadian Blend. We highly recommend this for Cognac drinkers. Priced at about $70.
Remy Martin Fine Champagne Cognac is introducing a mature Cask Finish VSOP and rumors are swirling that Remy Martin will discontinue their staple cognac. Rest assure, we believe these rumors are completely untrue. Why would Remy Martin discontinue their biggest seller? Exactly. Now onto the important stuff, the real stuff. The new Remy Martin VSOP Mature Cask Finish will be made with Grande and Petite Champagne eaux de vie and aged for an additional year in 20-year-old Limousin oak barrels. We’re excited about trying this new, more mature and hopefully more complex cognac by Remy Martin and need not worry; the Remy Martin VSOP is not going anywhere.
A Canton & Bourbon Cocktail Easy to Mix for any Party!
By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
The Domaine de Canton is simply one of the best liqueurs in the world. Canton is a ginger based Cognac dating back to the days of the French Colonization of Indo China. Canton is a small batch liqueur made with French eaux de vie using XO and VSOP Grand Champagne Cognacs only. Made with ginger root from Vietnam, the Canton is then hand made with all natural ingredients; Tahitian vanilla beans, Provencal honey, and Tunisian ginseng. For the Domaine de Canton Gold Rush cocktail, take the Domaine de Canton, some Kentucky Straight Bourbon and lemon juice. Easy work. Not only is this one of the easiest cocktails to make, it’s one of the best. Not too sweet, not too sour, with a full body mouth feel, we are in love with this cocktail. The lemon perfectly tones down the bourbon and Canton together and makes both spirits in the drink a perfect combination. The tiny sour kick at the end gives this cocktail one of our highest recommendations. We love it because it’s easy to make, but we are in love with it because it’s just so good! Not to mention, it’s a low calorie cocktail, relatively speaking. For this cocktail, we used the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, inexpensive and good enough to drink straight, but excellent for any cocktail. FYI, Buffalo Trace makes many of the world’s finest Bourbons such as Blanton’s, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare and many other award winning whiskeys.
The Domaine de Canton Gold Rush Cocktail:
1.5 parts Domaine de Canton Liqeuer
1 parts Kentucky Straight Bourbon
½ parts lemon juice
Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass…
We are literally drinking this cocktail right now and going to mix another immediately after we post this article….
North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Spends Millions on Cognac while his People Starve
By Matt Goldstein
Nothing says communism like a $630 bottle of Hennessey Cognac. That appears to be Kim Jong IL’s favorite drink, and according to Hennessy reports; North Korea’s “Dear Leader” spends about $700,000 per year on his favorite Cognac. We at Whiskey Goldmine are fans of debauchery. That is a fact. However, when you’re supposed to be a communist and a communist leader of a country where you’re responsible for millions of people, the debauchery should probably be kept to an acceptable level, especially when one is using the people’s money to fund the decadence and materialistic self indulgence. A wealthy dictator purchasing 1000 bottles of absurdly overpriced Cognac with the people’s money every single year, completely goes against the inherent principals of communism.
According to the Gaurdian, recent economic reforms have also proved completely disastrous. Kim Jung IL’s currency reform where the government abolished all of the existing money and then reissued less money, collapsed the fledging market system leaving millions of people on the brink of starvation. Although the government has since reversed this system, the damage has already been done. The people not only face starvation but also a disintegrated health care system where doctors are paid in beer by the patients. North Korea’s spending on healthcare is less than $1 per capita, among the lowest in the world. At least 5% of North Koreans have tuberculosis. Forty-five per cent of children under five are stunted as a result of malnutrition. It’s OK though, I’m sure the malnourished children don’t mind as long as their “Dear Leader, Father and General” gets to spend millions on cognac and the rest of the country’s cash is spent on nuclear weapons and a grossly oversized army. Clearly this idiot hasn’t learned from the catastrophic famine of the 90’s which left bodies riddled in the streets and more than 2 million people dead.
With less international economic aid coming in from South Korea and others because of North Korea’s excessive war mongering and diplomatic blunders, there’s only one conclusion. Kim Jung IL is the world’s biggest fraud. So, in honor of you Kim Jung IL for your recent unprovoked attack on South Korea, constant war mongering, economic absurdity, social awkwardness, international kidnapping, government sponsored slavery, and forcing a starved malnourished people to bow at your picture and publicly claim their love for you, we just wanted to take a minute out of our busy day and say thanks for being such a douche bag. You’re in a class of your own. GFY!
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in December of 2010. Kim Jong Il passed away from a heart attack in December 2011. Sweet!
Mark Antony, Attila the Hun and Kim Jung Il: Crazed, Drunk and Murderous
By Matt Goldstein
The close friend and defender of Julius Caesar took harsh vengeance out on his friends assassins. When his enemies Brutus and Cassius were defeated, Mark Antony shared the Triumvirate with Gaius Octavian who later became Caesar Augustus. Mark Antony, a great soldier but outspoken and erratic leader, was known as the most drunken person in the Roman Empire and also the most vicious. Antony chased alcohol and women night and day but he also exacted vengeance just the same. When Antony thought life long enemy Cicero stepped out of line by publicly bashing him, Mark Antony had Cicero beheaded. Marc Antony was a raging alcoholic who was stubborn, tenacious and basically crazy. This most likely led to his downfall and split with Caesar Augustus. When Antony’s soldiers refused to fight on against the troops of Augustus at the battle of Actium, Antony and lover Cleopatra consequently committed suicide.
Attila the Hun:
One of the most famous military leaders in history, Attila the Hun ravaged Europe and ran an empire that stretched from Gaul to modern day Kazakhstan. Known for being extremely brutal, sometimes when Attila invaded a town, he would kill everyone! Attila murdered women, children and anyone who wasn’t capable of becoming a soldier. The rest were forced to join his army. For more than 20 years this brutal reign devastated Europe. Attila was also a raging alcoholic and most likely died from this disease. On Attila’s wedding night, the drunken dictator passed out and choked on his own blood. Attila was too drunk to wake up and breathe. Nose bleeds are a common symptom of heavy drinking as alcohol is a blood thinner.
Kim Jong Il:
The “dear leader’s” father, Kim Il Sung was hand picked by Stalin to be the leader North Korea. From 1948 until his death in 1994, Kim Il Sung ruled with an iron fist over North Korea until his son Kim Jong Il took power. Kim Jong Il heads a country with disastrous economic conditions and a people malnourished from the lack of food and likely starvation. All the while the “dear leader” spends billions on propaganda, nuclear weapons and re-education camps for citizens who get out of line. These camps might hold about 250,000 people, some of which were just simply outspoken. Still in power, although he might be suffering from significant medical ailments and possibly a stroke, Kim Jong Il is said to be a drunk. His favorite drink of course is expensive Cognac. Nothing says power to the people like a communist drinking Cognac.
After releasing Courvoisier 12 years aged and Courvoisier 21 years aged, Courvoisier now releases the Rose, a blend of signature Cognac and French red wine grapes. At a very low alcohol percentage, 18.0%, the Courvoisier is designed to be a sweet, easy drinking liqueur. Sipping more like a sweet wine than a strong Cognac, the Rose Courvoisier is designed to be market to the African American community as Rose wine has taken off in that demographic. In fact, African Americans single handedly saved the Cognac industry when it became the trend to drink Cognac. Not a bad move because we love us some Courvoisier. Review coming soon. A 750ml bottle of Courvoisier Rose has a suggested retail price of $24.99.
Courvoisier Rosé-a first-of-its-kind cognac innovation. An elegant blend of Courvoisier Cognac and premium French red wine grapes, its refreshing and smooth taste makes it perfect for any occasion.
The fusion of ripe summer fruits, like blackberry and peach, combine perfectly with the aromatic complexity of Courvoisier, creating a smooth and sensual flavour explosion.
Colour: Deep maroon
Blend: Courvoisier cognac with a touch of superior French red wine grapes
Aroma: Blackberry, blackcurrant and a touch of cherry, along with notes of vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavours
Taste: Round, smooth, and crisp in the mouth with a delicious aftertaste
Neat: For ultimate refreshment, Courvoisier Rosé is best served chilled or sipped over ice in the summer.
Cocktails: The intense fruit flavours and renowned smoothness of Courvoisier Rosé makes it the perfect accompaniment with Champagne or orange juice.
From intoxicating beverages, top 10 lists, food, wine and bar reviews, the Whiskey Goldmine has put together the entire culture based on drinking. However, when the Boardwalk Empire articles blew up on Google, it took us into a whole different direction. Now, our most searched articles have turned out to be involving historical figures such as Al Capone, Hanry the 8th, Napoleon and more. From grilling tips, martini reviews, legendary drunks to energy drinks, check out the biggest and baddest articles on Whiskey Goldmine.
In the first year of Whiskey Goldmine, not only did we bring you reviews and history of whiskies, wine, tequilas and craft beer, we also brought you stories of debauchery only possible in America. From Fear and Loathing in Atlantic City, to the “Incident,” casino brawls, robberies and muggings, and just flat out ridiculousness, we are hopeful that these shenanigans entertained. After all, we work very hard to party at a level most think are completely unacceptable. We’re damn proud of it too.
Our Name, Whiskey Goldmine:
So, most people think that we decided to call our web site Whiskey Goldmine because we would focus more on whiskey, which just happens to be a coincidence. Whiskey Goldmine was always intended to be about every alcoholic beverage that exists, be it beer, wine, whiskey, vodka, sake, soju etc. Originally we had the name for the web site as Liquid Goldmine, however, not only was that domain name already taken, it kind of sounded like the name for a porn web site. Not to mention, it’s rather cheesy. So we went with the next best thing, Whiskey Goldmine. Guess what, we’re stinking with it. People seem to like it so you should stop complaining ya freakin jerk.
How Johnny Walker Left My Shoes in Atlantic City:
You how we do’s it. It’s 3am early Sunday morning and we’re rocking out at the craps table in the Wild Wild West Casino in Atlantic City. Yup, the Wild Wild West, the place with $3 Corona bottles 24/7. Their buffet breakfast is flat out disgusting, and so is their carpet, but the beer is perfectly priced and the bar is always jumping with a party. Anywho, me and my man BJ are rocking out at the craps table playing the” pass line,” 6 and 8 like any good craps player would. But it just so happens that we’re standing next to two dickheads playing the don’t pass line. Not only are they betting against the entire table of players, their basically betting with the casino. Playing the “don’t pass line” in craps is basically worse than ruining a black jack table with bad hits. If and when you’re going to play the “don’t pass line,” then don’t expect us to refrain from talking shit to you. As a matter of fact, it’s definitely not wise to step around the table and come at two much younger guys who are both much drunker and will not hesitate to starch you in front of a bunch of casino cameras. Yada yada yada, we were really tired the next day. To make a long story short, after a day drinking on the golf course, an evening of pre-gaming at the hotel, and bar hopping until our craps table fiasco, the waitress brought us Johnnie Walker Blacks until my shoes were missing. At that point we were cut off.
Our Best Buys for a Tasty Intoxicating Beverage:
One of our favorite things here at Whiskey Goldmine is finding the best wines and spirits for the best price. There’s nothing wrong with spending a bunch of money on fancy wines and liquors, but it’s not necessary. Try some of these selections below for the best bang for your buck on the market.
Tanqueray Sterling Vodka: Priced at about $14, Tanqueray Vodka came in 2nd behind the $50 Crystal Head vodka in our double blind taste test. This vodka is a flat out stud especially if you’re drinking straight martinis, never mind a mixer. Highly recommended.
Highland Park 12: The Highland Park 18 year single malt scotch was voted the best spirit in the world 4 years in a row, only to be finally defeated this year by George T. Stagg Kentucky Straight Bourbon. So if the 18 year was the best spirit in the world for 4 years in a row, the Highland Park 12 year is a steal for about $40.
Balvenie Doublewood: In the same spirit as Highland Park, the Balvenie 15 year won our double blind taste test, but the Balvenie Doublewood 12 year is just as good for about $12 less. You won’t be disappointed.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon: For about $20, the Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is simply one of the best buys on the market. Not only is Buffalo Trace better than Jack Daniels and Makers Mark, we think it’s even better than the more expensive Makers Mark 46 which retails for about $35. FYI, Buffalo Trace is probably the best distillery in the world and are the makers of Blanton’s, George T. Stagg, Elmer T. Lee, Eagle Rare, Sazerac, Pappy Van Winkle, 1972 Ridgemont Reserve, and also Rain vodka, Denaka vodka, Corazon Tequila and Caribou Crossing Canadian Whiskey.
Our Biggest Disappointments:
We don’t really get disappointed much while drinking intoxicating beverages, however, when the overpriced overhyped fail to perform, it can be pretty unsettling. For example, when a $10 of whiskey tastes like shit, how mad can you really be. It’s a mixer, not a sipper. However, when a $45 bottle of vodka doesn’t even taste like vodka, than wtf are we supposed to think? Here is an example of beers and spirits that failed miserably.
Ultimat Vodka: Not only does this vodka retail for $45 dollars, it taste like paper. Yup, stale, stinky, shitty paper. There is nothing here that even says vodka, let alone good vodka.
Pliny the Younger: Yup, often viewed as the best beer in the world and the best IPA in the world, the Pliny the younger is very hard to come by. As a matter of fact, usually one needs to buy a ticket in advance just to taste it or at least stand in line for an hour. When we paid $8 for merely about 5 ounces of of Pliny the Younger Triple IPA by Russian River Brewing, it didn’t even seem hoppy or crisp. It was actually less hoppy than Pliny the Younger double IPA. All and all it was good, but for all the hype it just seemed like a regular beer. Pliny the Younger is nothing to freak out about or waste your time and money scratching and clawing to get a taste.
1800 Tequila: The silver and the reposado from 1800 were both disappointing and seemed just average.
Conjure Cognac: Made by hip hop star Ludacris, apparently he was finally able to make something worse than his music. Conjure Cognac is a mixer at best.
Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks: How the mighty have fallen…
Grey Goose Vodka: The Goose came in dead last in our double blind vodka martini taste test.
Winners of our Blind Taste Tests:
Here’s a list of a few drinks that excelled in the face of serious competition and received championship status from our team.
The Balvenie 15 Year Single Malt Scotch: Winner of our Single Malt Double Blind Taste Test, about $50.
Ballast Point Victory at Sea Barrel Aged Espresso Vanilla Imperial Porter: Our 2011 Philly Beer Week Champion
Hoppin Frog Borris the Crusher:Winner of the last Beer Fest at World Café Live, and some even say the Dorris the Destroyer is better. For us, we we love both of these barrel aged brews.