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  • January 19, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    Celebrate the world’s first female master blender with 25 Year Rum

    With the release of “JOY” rum, Appleton celebrates a woman who has broken through in an industry that continues to be dominated by men. After graduating with multiple science degrees, Joy Spence joined Appleton in 1981 as Chief Chemist, and became enthralled with the process of blending rum. After working for 16 years under the previous Master Blender, Joy had developed an unrivalled palate and was named Master Blender in 1997. Both an artist and a scientist, Joy has spent the last twenty years creating some of the finest rums the world has ever tasted, and was even recognized by the Jamaican government for her contribution to the rum industry.
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  • January 19, 2018 CJ Best

    Don’t judge this rum by its cover

    Move over J. Wray and whoever his Nephew is, there’s a new overproof Jamaican rum in town and it’s on Fire. Part of Hampden Estate’s relaunch, Rum Fire is pure unadulterated Jamaican rum in all its ester-full glory. Rum Fire has been in production since 2011 and we here in the United States could only enjoy it on the rare trip abroad. That is until early 2016 when it had its first US launch in Seattle. It quickly spread through the local tiki scene showing up in cocktail bars from Rumba to Tacoma Cabana.
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  • January 19, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Did you know why something authentic is "The Real McCoy"

    I’m a sucker for a good turn of phrase, pair the origin story behind an idiom with my other favorite thing, booze, and I’m happier than a pig in shit. So why do we call the genuine article “The Real McCoy?” During Prohibition, an entrepreneurial gentleman named Bill McCoy sailed down to the Caribbean, filled his ship with rum, then opened a liquor store three miles off the NYC coast in international waters. His success inspired competition, but other rum runners had a nasty habit of cutting their product with unsavory additives. By shunning that particular practice, Bill had those Gatsby flappers calling his rum that one that was The Real McCoy.
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  • January 19, 2018 Joe Barwin

    The must have Vermouth from our favorite Sherry brand

    The world renowned Sherry house, Bodegas Lustau, makes a wonderful vermouth that is now available at Bitters & Bottles.

    Lustau Red Vermouth uses not one but two sherry wines as its base: sweet and velvety Pedro Ximénez and dry and nutty Amontillado. Those sherries are combined with botanicals like gentian, sage, absinth, coriander and orange peel.
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  • January 17, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Lost Republic: our go-to gift whiskey

    A super interesting development in the American whiskey world is spirit being made at one particular distillery, MGP of Indiana, that is fresh picked off the still and exported across the US to be aged and eventually bottled as a semi-homeade whiskey. With a handful of these producers around, it’s been fascinating to try whiskey that all began at one place, yet ended up tasting totally different as uniquely sourced oak barrels and vastly different climates play their part.
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  • January 17, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Ready-Made Can

    Craft has been a driving force in the beer and cocktail world for years now, and we’re beyond tickled to see the convenience of pop top finally meet up with well-made mixed drinks. To be clear, there have been flavored malt-beverage “cocktails” à la Lime-A-Rita, and toothache sweet whiskey & cola in-a-can options, nothing resembling what you’d mix up from scratch though. Now that we’ve got four tasty, all naturally made, portable, and easy drinking options to choose from, we’re calling this as an emerging trend we’re fully in the tank for… (as if there was any question!)
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  • Lost Spirits Abomination Whiskey
    January 17, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Lost Spirits Abomination Whiskey

    Mad scientist Bryan Davis is back!  He's built himself a new distillery & laboratory in LA, and is following up the re-release of his Navy Style Rum with two new Abomination whiskies. Inspired by 'The Island of Dr. Moreau', both heavily peated whiskies are created using identical methods, with ‘The Sayers of the Law’ made with charred American Oak, and ‘The Crying of the Puma’ with toasted American oak.
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  • January 17, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Venus Spirits’ El Ladron: 3 Bottles & 6 Cocktails

    Venus Spirits has been making organic spirits since 2014, including gin, whiskey, and their funkily categorized El Ladron ‘Blue Agave Spirit’. Made with blue agave from the Highlands of Mexico, it’s not technically tequila since it’s distilled in Santa Cruz. While it loses a label, what it gains is Venus’ hand-pounded copper Alembic still.
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