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Great Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Kilbeggan Dubliner, Irish Mule, and Shamrock Spritzer

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Dubliner Cocktail 200x300 Great Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Kilbeggan Dubliner, Irish Mule, and Shamrock SpritzerCheck out these great signature cocktails by the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey and the Cooley Distiller.  Kilbeggan Irish whiskey and the Old Kilbeggan Distillery are part of Cooley Distillery, the only independent Irish-owned whiskey distillery.  Cooley was established in 1987, the first Irish whiskey distillery to be setup in over 100 years with a clear vision of saving some of the historic brand names of Irish whiskey.   The Old Kilbeggan Distillery is the oldest continually licensed distillery in the world and has enjoyed the good times but also the tough times for Irish whiskey over its 250 years.

 

Kilbeggan Dubliner

Ingredients:

•    3 parts Kilbeggan® Irish whiskey

•    2 parts Sweet Vermouth

•    1.5 parts Cherry Syrup

•    1.5 parts Cranberry Juice

•    Dash Simple Syrup (optional)

To Serve: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain neat into a martini glass. Garnish with a black cherry or raspberry.

 

Kilbeggan Whiskey Irish Mule Cocktail 200x300 Great Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Kilbeggan Dubliner, Irish Mule, and Shamrock SpritzerKilbeggan Irish Mule

Ingredients:

•    3 parts Kilbeggan® Irish whiskey

•    2 parts Triple Sec

•    2 parts Simple Syrup

•    Lime Juice

•    Ginger Ale

To Serve: Combine Kilbeggan, Triple Sec, simple syrup and lime juice into a shaker with ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain over ice into a tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wedges.

 

Kilbeggan Shamrock Spritzer

Ingredients:

•    1 part Kilbeggan® Irish Whiskey

•    4 parts Apple Juice

•    Lemon-Lime Soda

To Serve: Pour Kilbeggan and apple juice over ice into a tall glass. Top with lemon-lime soda and garnish with a lemon.

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The Story of Angel’s Envy Small Batch Artisan Bourbon

angels envy bourbon whiskey The Story of Angel’s Envy Small Batch Artisan BourbonLouisville, Kentucky – Louisville Distilling Company recently launched Angel’s Envy, a super-premium bourbon of uncompromising character and quality.  The highly anticipated small batch artisan bourbon is the culmination of Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s storied career.  One of the original pioneers of the premium bourbon and whiskey categories in the U.S., Lincoln came out of retirement to create the world’s finest bourbon on his own terms – with a simple desire to enjoy the art of making whiskey.  The Master Distiller, which many have called a living legend, brings with him more than 40 years of experience, having worked on world-class brands, such as Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniels.

The Louisville Distilling Company gave Lincoln complete creative freedom to create his bourbon, his own way.  He chose to return to the original way of producing whiskey – making decisions based on the specific taste profile he wants to achieve.  He will use locally sourced, non-GMO grains, Kentucky limestone water and hand-chosen port barrels shipped directly from Portugal. 

Each batch-or Expression, as Lincoln calls it-will be guided by his hand and allowed to develop naturally, creating nuances in the bourbon from year to year.  This year’s release is Expression 10/10, which possesses a warm spirit, lacking any hint of edginess with ephemeral hints of port wine and a rich amber hue.

The Expression is distilled for an unparalleled smoothness, aged for 4-6 years in American white oak barrels and finished in hand-selected port casks for an incremental 3-6 months.  The final result is exceptionally smooth, nuanced and refined bourbon.

“Angel’s Envy is a lot of things,” says Lincoln Henderson, Master Distiller, Angel’s Envy.  “It’s my life’s work.  It’s a whiskey of incomparable smoothness.  It takes into account over 200 years of bourbon heritage and mingles it with over 400 years of port wine heritage.  And it’s something I’m going to let develop each year so every batch will be a natural expression of the distiller’s craft.”

The bottle will be as iconic as the bourbon inside.  Made from perfume-grade glass in Italy and ceramic stamped with our iconic wings, the bottle is hand-filled, corked and crated in Louisville, Kentucky.

As far as the name, it’s well accepted in bourbon circles that each distillery owes a percentage of the bourbon in their barrels to the angels – known as the Angel’s Share.  But, Lincoln sat the angels down and got them to agree that they could take a larger share if they agreed to leave behind something even better.  The result is Angel’s Envy.

Angel’s Envy is available in the following markets: Louisville, New York/New Jersey, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, Madison/Milwaukee, Baltimore, Portland, Washington, DC, Detroit and Boulder/Denver.

The suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle, which may vary by market, is $44.99.  Angel’s Envy is 86.6 proof and 43.3% alcohol by volume.

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World’s Best Irish Whiskey: The Bushmills 21 Years Aged Malt Irish Whiskey

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By Matt Goldstein, Amy K. Haight & Kevin Hussey

About a year and a half ago when my cousin Sari and her fiancé Kevin got married, Kevin’s father bought the groomsmen a bottle of Bushmills 21 Year Irish whiskey which meant a lot to us because Kevin’s father came right off the boat from Ireland and is a bartender at an Irish bar in Manhattan called Desmond’s.  It was a great moment and a beautiful wedding.  Unfortunately I was so hung over from the rehearsal that it was difficult to even look at the battle.  Honestly, when I woke up the morning of the wedding I didn’t think I would be able to go to the actual wedding.  Even more unfortunate, the groomsman and I crushed the bottle before Kevin could even get a taste.

So when Bushmills sent us a sample of each of their whiskey’s we thought it would be fitting to taste the 21 year with Kevin since he missed out on the beautiful gesture from his father.

The Bushmills 21 Year Malt Irish Whiskey is aged for a minimum of 19 years in Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon seasoned casks, then transferred to Madeira casks for the final 2 years of the whiskeys maturation.  The Bushmills 21 year is perhaps the most complex Irish whiskey but smooth, sweet, syrupy and oaky.  It’s sweet, soft, fruity and simply one of the best Irish Whiskeys in the world period.  The Bushmills 21 Year comes with one of our highest recommendations but it also comes with a steep price tag, about $100.  We definitely recommend this over the comparatively priced Jameson 21 year.

Bushmill’s uses 100% malted barley to make their whiskey and the Old Bushmills Distillery is about 100 miles northwest of Belfast in Northern Ireland and has been making whiskey in the same area for more than 400 years.

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Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Bushmills Irish Whiskey & Ginger

bushmills irish whiskey portfolio  300x227 Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails: Bushmills Irish Whiskey & GingerIrish Whiskey Cocktails by Bushmills

Here’s a simple way to show your support and solidarity with top players from Northern Ireland–like the extraordinary Rory McIlroy, this year’s U.S. Open winner.  Mix up a batch of cocktails with Northern Ireland’s own Bushmills!  Since 1608 Bushmills whiskey has been synonymous with the country; the historic distillery is even pictured on the £5 Irish bank note.  Of course, on the rocks or with soda are always appropriate–but Bushmills Irish whiskey is also great mixer for summer beverages in front of the TV or at backyard barbecues.  Recipes that make it easy…even for duffers:

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Bushmills Irish Buck

1.5 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

1 squeeze fresh lime juice

2 oz. ginger ale

1 wheel lime

Combine Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and lime juice over ice in a tall glass. Top with ginger ale and garnish with lime wheel

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Bushmills & Ginger

1.5 oz Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey

3 oz. ginger ale

1 twist orange

Pour Bushmills Original Irish Whiskey and ginger ale over ice cubes into a tall glass.

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The Jura 16 Year Single Malt Scotch: Simply one of the Best Whiskies in the World!

Jura 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky The Jura 16 Year Single Malt Scotch: Simply one of the Best Whiskies in the World!What Single Malt Scotch Whisky was Meant to Be…

By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight

Only 180 people populate the Isle of Jura, and the Jura distillery lies on the east side of the island.  Distilling scotch on the remote island of Jura dates back to the 1600’s and the Jura distillery just celebrated their 200 year anniversary in 2010. The island of Jura is just 7 miles wide and 30 miles long with one road, one hotel and one distillery.  In Gaelic, the people of Jura are known as Diurachs and known for their hunting, shooting, fishing, sailing, lobster, and of course, single malt scotch.  The Jura 16 Year Single Malt is aged just off the beach on the Isle of Jura and gets much of its complex characteristics from the ocean air.  Matured no less than 16 years, this single malt Scotch whisky is simply one of the best in the world period.  All we can say is WOW!

The Jura 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky Tasting Notes:

With a scent of ocean air, oak and syrup, thw Jura has notes and flavors of oak, syrup, honey and has real complexity.  Smooth yet very complex, this is the perfect single malt scotch and comes with our highest recommendation.

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Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys

Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys Quadruple Cask Complexity

By Matt Goldstein

One of Ireland’s best and most famous whiskeys, Tullamore Dew was first distilled in 1829.  Now, this staple of Irish whiskey has released a signature single malt that could be the most unique Irish whiskey’s on the market.  Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt is the only Irish whiskey aged in four different casks, Old Bourbon, Dry Oloroso Sherry, Port and Madeira casks.  When most people think single malt, their assuming single malt scotch, however, single malt merely means the whiskey is made with malt only and whiskey from one distillery.  As opposed to most whiskies which are blends and a mix of grains and different whiskies from different distilleries, this Irish single malt is a contemporary distinction in the maturation of whiskey.

Bourbon casks are used in most Irish whiskeys and Scotches, however, the Whiskey Goldmine at Tullamore Dew Tasting Tir Na Nog 300x225 Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt: One of the Most Unique Irish Whiskeys Sherry, Port and Madeira Cask addition is where this whiskey separates itself.  Most will claim that these three casks are used to ad sweetness to the whiskey and many times that is the case, however, the Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt isn’t just an Irish whiskey with added sweetness, but an Irish whiskey with real character.

The Tullamore Dew 10 Year Single Malt Tasting Notes: 

A very unique flavor for any whiskey, there are notes of oak, wood, malt, fruit and vanilla.  Slightly smooth and more complex than the average Irish whiskey, this is solid and we recommend giving it a try.

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Win a Trip to Scotland with Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch!

glenrothes single malt scotch 1 171x300 Win a Trip to Scotland with Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch!Are You The 2012 Glenrothes Vintage Maker

The Glenrothes is launching the second-annual Vintage Maker competition running now till Jan 31. Share Your Glenrothes Vintage Moment and Win A Trip To Scotland.  The Glenrothes is asking you to recall and share a game-changing or halcyon moment in your life, for a chance to travel to Scotland and create the 2012 vintage. The winners will be the entries that in the opinion of the judges best represent the definition of a Glenrothes vintage moment: a perfect combination of time, place, people and/or occasion when everything comes together to create a moment that will stay in the memory forever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OalumKiFzU – “Are You The 2012 Glenrothes Vintage Maker?”

Wondering what the perfect Vintage Moment looks like?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OalumKiFzU
This brand new video shares an inside look at the distillery and highlights the beauty and history of The Glenrothes, from the breathtaking hills of Speyside to the river Rothes and barrels upon barrels of vintage whisky.

See ambassador, Ronnie Cox share his own Vintage Moments here –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfTuBXMshhI&feature=plcp&context=C3bf4e2fUDOEgsToPDskIfe7PPkSBRgV0aDNoBQ3dd

The Competition
– 4 US winners will be chosen to create the 2012 vintage
– Share your Vintage Moment in 1500 words or less
– Trip takes place in May 2012
– Enter at TheGlenrothes.com or Facebook.com/TheGlenrothes
– Contest ends on Jan 31

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Drinking Drunken Presidents: FDR, LBJ & Richard Nixon

fdr drinking a martini cocktail 300x225 Drinking Drunken Presidents: FDR, LBJ & Richard NixonGreat Partying Presidents

By Matt Goldstein

With a great tradition of drinking in the United States, our fair share of presidents also have a rich history of the party and cocktail lifestyle.  With George Washington running a very successful whiskey distillery on his plantation, Jefferson brewing his own beer, Jon Adams being a  flat our alcoholic and Ulysses S. Grant leading the troops into battle while being completely lit, our founding fathers knew how to throw down.  Some of our more modern presidents like Barak Obama loves charming political rivals with a few beers hoping that will ease tensions and get some bills passed through the senate.

FDR:

The man who ended prohibition, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was known to mix cocktails in the oval office every single night.  Every single night!  We at Whiskey Goldmine don’t even drink every night, that’s just insane.  Even during the war, FDR mixed his own drinks right at his desk making martinis and old fashions, talking and mixing drinks for others around him.  When Truman actually got the news of FDR’s passing, Harry was said to have been sipping a Bourbon when he got a the phone call; a fine tribute to his predecessor.

LBJ:

The man who is credited for passing the civil rights bill but also demonized for starting the Vietnam War, Lyndon B Johnson, was also a hell of a drinker.  The main cocktail Johnson mixed was a scotch and soda, specifically Cutty Shark.  Johnson used to drive around his ranch with the secret service mixing him drinks in the car behind him.  The routine was done so often that Johnson didn’t even have to stop the car to hand off his empty glass and then receive a new cocktail.  That’s some professional shit right there.

Richard Nixon drinking martinis Leonid Brezhnev 300x215 Drinking Drunken Presidents: FDR, LBJ & Richard NixonRichard Nixon:

The man who went down in flames over the infamous Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon was a flat out drunk.  The Nixon administration  invented cocktail parties for the press but for Nixon this wasn’t a good idea as he didn’t talk to anyone and just got hammered.  His only conversation was asking people if they wanted another drink while he was sitting at the bar.  Hey, that aint the worst thing to say to a journalist, shit, I encourage people to ask me that very question.  It’s been documented that at times Nixon couldn’t take phone calls from some foreign world leaders because he was completely intoxicated.  Well, Nixon’s drunkenness didn’t lead to any wars right?  I guess we can hope so.

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Glenmorangie Named Distiller of the Year Again!

Glenmorangie Single Malt Named Top UK Distiller 200x300 Glenmorangie Named Distiller of the Year Again!Over the past five years Glenmorangie has won a remarkable total of 18 ‘Gold Best in Class’ medals at the International Wines and Spirit Competition (IWSC) – the most internationally-recognized wine and spirits awards body. This is more than any other single malt Scotch whisky, making Glenmorangie the ‘best awarded’ of any single malt.

Since its foundation in 1969 the IWSC has rewarded excellence in the world of wines and spirits, and November 16 was no exception. In the presence of 500 aficionados from across the globe at London’s historic Guildhall, Glenmorangie received yet another honor —the IWSC Best Distiller award. The title is a well-deserved addition to Glenmorangie’s collection of distinguished accolades.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie, said: “It’s great to receive validation from theIWSC of our ‘unnecessarily well made’ whiskies. We have the tallest stills in Scotland giving us a smoother, purer spirit; we only use our casks twice for maximum flavor – whereas other companies use theirs up to six or seven times; and we are pioneers of extra maturation. Glenmorangie was the first whisky company to practice the art of extra maturing whisky in ex-wine casks and we are still the leading experts in this today.”

Brian Cox, Vice President of Glenmorangie in the U.S., said: “We are both honored and flattered to receive the IWSC Best Distiller award — a prestigious recognition that we do not take lightly. It’s truly the distillery and the people who create Glenmorangie that sets our whisky apart from the competition. I raise a glass of our whisky not only in celebration, but as a testament to all that Glenmorangie has collectively accomplished.”


About Glenmorangie

The Glenmorangie distillery was founded in 1843 in the Highlands of Scotland and is renowned as a pioneer in its field for uniting tradition with innovation. Glenmorangie is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. It has been Scotland’s favorite single malt for over 50 years and is famous worldwide for producing the most complex and perfectly balanced Single Malts in the world.

 

About The Glenmorangie Company

The Company is one of the most renowned and innovative distillers of Scotch whisky brands worldwide and is part of Moet Hennessy, the wine and spirits division of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). Headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company produces two main single malt brands – Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky and Ardbeg Single Islay Malt Whisky.

 

About The International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC)

The International Wine and Spirit Competition was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. The IWSC Awards mark out of a possible 100, with Gold medals going to whiskies within the top ten percentile. Gold Best in Class is bestowed upon the top whisky within the top ten percentile. Silver medals are given to spirits ranging within 80 – 89.9 and bronze medals are appointed to products between 75 – 79.9 marks.

 

Responsible Drinking

The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.

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One of the World’s Best Whiskies: The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky

johnnie walker blue labe blended scotch whisky One of the World’s Best Whiskies: The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch WhiskyThe King George V Whisky

By Chris Meehan, Amy K. Haight & Matt Goldstein

Because of the price tag, about $250, very few get a chance to taste the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch Whisky.  But when confronted with the opportunity, it’s an absolute must!  The Johnnie Walker Blue Label is hand crafted in single barrel batches and is a blend of 9 whiskies.  The Johnnie Walker Master Blender hand selects the premium whiskies used for the blend, and draws from the largest whisky reserves in the world, dating back 200 years.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label Tasting Notes:

The scent is a medium to solid scent of peat smoke.  The whisky is very light and smooth with flavors of grain.  Having a peat mouth feel with notes of sweet honey, this is a complex and excellent whiskey.  The mouth feel was also thick and creamy, and we consider it to be incomparable.  The Blue Label is perhaps the best mouth feel of any whisky in the world.  A flat out stud!  The Johnnie Walker Blue Label is simply one of the best whisky’s you will ever try.

 

johnnie walker red black green gold blue pic One of the World’s Best Whiskies: The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Blended Scotch WhiskyFrom Johnnie Walker!

Johnnie Walker Blue Label is the epitome of blending. Created to reflect the style of whiskies in the early 19th century, it’s created using some of our rarest casks from the Johnnie Walker stocks, the largest in the world.

The casks are hand-selected and set aside for their exceptional quality, character and flavor. The character of Blue Label is truly unique; it is complex, powerful, incredibly smooth and retains the Johnnie Walker signature smokiness.

 

King George V from Blue Label was created to celebrate the Royal Warrant given to the Walker family in 1934 to mark their exceptional quality. This blend includes Port Ellen™, a highly prized malt whose distillery no longer exists.

 

The John Walker is the most recent addition, created as a tribute to our founder. Hand-crafted in single barrel batches of only 330 bottles, it’s an exceptionally rare blend of 9 whiskies, including those from Glen Albyn™ and Cambus™ distilleries. It’s presented in a unique, individually numbered Baccarat crystal decanter – hand blown, polished and engraved by one of only three Master Craftsmen in the world.

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