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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 ]

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(Pot) Still Traditions

History and tradition ground me A few years ago I took one of those genetic DNA tests, and unlike so many people I know, there was very little ethnic diversity in my gene pool. What those results meant to me was that, despite my not being able to trace back my family tree beyond a… [ Read More ]

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Time well spent

Family time It’s nice when generations can spend time together. Not just for the companionship, but for the passing of knowledge that only comes from experience. It seems to me that in the whisky and bourbon industries, you see a lot of kids following their parents into the distilling business, starting at the bottom rung… [ 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 ]

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Across the (other) pond

Separated by an ocean 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… [ Read More ]

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Making a mark

A universal holiday 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… [ Read More ]

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Sips with friends

Community of scotch drinkers 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… [ Read More ]

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Oh, fudge!

This post got waylaid by failure This post was supposed to be about making Whiskey Fudge. I wanted to show that, with a little time and patience, you can make fudge without using sweetened condensed milk (you know, that overly sweet and overly processed stuff you find in a can). And including the whiskey? Well,… [ 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 ]