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Mashbill math, Four Roses Bourbon style

Combinations and Permutations I’m a math geek…longtime readers know that (how can we forget?). Starting with …and now to explain the “& scones”, I’ve mentioned ratios, calculated volume, and generally waxed poetic on the subject. (I come by it honestly…I started out life as an Aerospace Engineer after all). So when I was researching Four Roses bourbon… [ Read More ]

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The Great Bourbon Brownie Bake-Off Battle

It’s Kentucky Derby week! This week we think of fast horses, fancy hats, and cool Mint Juleps. Me, I think of food and drink (naturally) – fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, Derby Pie (or Pecan Bars)…and, of course, bourbon. It was fortuitous then that I acquired two bottles of whiskey from Ken Gordon of Gordons DTX…he… [ Read More ]

not playing favorites

Not Playing Favorites

I don’t have a favorite child – they’re both my favorite. My daughters are unique and wonderful, and that’s not just because I’m their mom…just ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same. I love them fiercely and equally, and I’m quite the Mama Bear when required (don’t mess with a red-headed mama is my… [ Read More ]

Of Vikings and Volume

Pride…it’s an emotion that can elicit both positive or negative reactions. Too much pride in one’s abilities leads to boastfulness and hubris (a negative judgement), yet pride in one’s heritage, or adherence to quality work is encouraged. Whenever I research a distillery for the various tasting panels I present here, I’m struck by the pride… [ Read More ]

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Once ’round the sun

Yep, that title is right…it’s been one year since I started this blog, my blog-versary as it were. There’s been a whole lot of baking and whisky tasting going on! I started this project just to have a place to keep my notes on scotch tastings and do a little British/Scottish baking, but it’s really… [ Read More ]

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Back to Basics

So how is it made, scotch? I’ve heard whisky described as “beer that’s grown up”…you make beer, distill and age it, then drink (responsibly, of course). Is the process of making uisge-beatha (pronounced “ooska-veha” and literally means “water of life” as Irish monks of the early Middle Ages called their precious liquid) really that simple?… [ Read More ]

photo credit: Gordon's DTX

Across the (other) pond

Whisky has become big business in Japan, and there are many great choices from which to choose. I recently had the good fortune to attend a Whisky Wednesday at Gordon’s DTX that not only featured Nikka Japanese whisky, but also offered a tasting of Old Potrero rye whiskey from Anchor Distilling & Importing in San Francisco. It was… [ Read More ]

Making a mark

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in America. It’s one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the traditional dishes (turkey, cranberries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie…ok, I’ll stop because I’m drooling now), ALL of which are my favorites. No, it’s because everyone, regardless of race, religion, color, or creed, has something for which they can be… [ Read More ]

Sips with friends

Scotch tasting events are more than just trying out a lineup of samples…they’re about learning things about the brand, the production process, and the expression itself. In the relatively short time that I’ve been going to tastings, both formal (like the Laphroaig tasting event at the New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival that started me on… [ Read More ]

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Go West and Sip!

There is a romance about faraway places…a setting so different from the one you experience daily. Growing up in Southern California (in the suburbs of Los Angeles, to be exact), I took for granted the mild, relatively unchanging weather; the natural flora of scrub brush and oak trees (and the human-introduced flora of palm trees… [ Read More ]