Patrick Smith


Hot Takes with La Maison & Velier's Kate Perry

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We love nerding out with passionate people about particular products.  To celebrate the Habitation Velier line's arrival, Kate Perry, rum expert, former GM of Seattle's Rumba, and now North American Market Manager for La Maison & Velier, graciously let our own rum devotee, Patrick Smith, pepper her with questions. Get informed and thirsty!
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Your Frontier Field Guide to American Whiskey

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We talk to people all the time who know they like American whiskey, but maybe don’t know exactly where to start. Sometimes they’ll know a few bottles they’ve tried and liked, sometimes they aren’t sure it’s Bourbon or Rye or a Single Malt they go for, and sometimes they just aren’t quite sure what whiskey is at all. That’s what we’re here for!

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6 Handy Brandy Cocktails for a Dandy Good Time

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Brandy may be scarce on many of today’s cocktail menus, but it’s really the OG spirit of classic cocktails, and we think it deserves a bit of a Renaissance. Brandies of various kinds were distilled throughout the American northeast before Whiskey was ever even dreamed up farther inland, fueling the livers of the revolution and eventually making some of the first cocktails. Old school drinks that we generally associate with whiskey, like an old fashioned or Sazerac, were originally made with brandy, before changing national tastes made American whiskey the barrel aged spirit du jour.

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Lemorton Calvados and the Quest for an Honest Spirit

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The Lemorton family is one of the most notable and unique producers of Calvados, having been growing apples and pears and producing brandies from them in Normandy for generations. On a recent trip to the area, I got to visit with them, take in the sights, smells, and tastes, and discover just what makes this traditional, family made spirit so special.
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Lowering The Bar: Uncorking The Facts About Brandy

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What the hell is brandy anyway?

The most common kind of brandy, and what most people are talking about when they say brandy, is produced from grapes, and is often aged in barrels, though not always. The grapes are picked younger than is usual for table wine production, making a more acidic and less sugary white wine, which is then distilled into an eau de vie, or unaged brandy, before generally going into oak barrels.

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