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The first Armagnac cocktail I ever tried was at Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco, CA. Heaven’s Dog bar manager Erik Adkins (who happens to be on of my favorite bartenders) had placed an unassuming cocktail on the menu called the Bittered Sling. First, a little bit of cocktail history: a sling predates the cocktail and […]

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Today being Mardi Gras it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a traditional New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac. I took the opportunity to see how the new Bulleit Rye Whiskey worked in this classic libation. Sazerac 2 oz Rye Whiskey (Bulleit Rye) 1/4 oz – 1/2 oz Simple Syrup 2 dashes Peychauds Bitters Absinthe rinse (Kübler) […]

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What’s a rye fan to do? Demand for rye whiskey is so high that the top three brands struggle to meet supply. These days when Rittenhouse 100, Wild Turkey Rye 101 or Sazerac appear in a store they sell out in days. I wonder if things might be easier in Kentucky but here in California […]

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For whiskey fans Malt Advocate magazine is a trusted source for news and reviews for everything in the Whiskey world. Every year John Hansell the man behind Malt Advocate unveils the prestigious Malt Advocate whiskey awards. Much like the oscars, the winners are often expected, celebrated and of course, controversial. No award this year caused more controversy […]

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