Few things are better than getting home at the end of a long, tiring day, turning up the music on your stereo, and mixing yourself a freshly made cocktail. In our humble opinion, it’s the finest way to unwind, and when done correctly, it’s your chance to not only kick back and relax, but also take your senses on a delicious journey of discovery.
In our heads, we all know instinctively what a truly wonderful, refined, and delicious summer cocktail should be like. As soon as the thermometer starts creeping up (and, importantly, staying up), we start craving cool, crisp, refreshing, and clean characteristics in our drinks - essentially, the precise characteristics which make vodka such a world-beating spirit.
It’s that time of year again - the day when we all give thanks to our fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, father figures… or anyone else we feel has a fatherly influence that we feel deserves rewarding. Our dads are great; they offer us guidance and support, are always ready with a joke, a quip, or a groan-worthy pun, and are never far away when something needs fixing, barbecuing, or a nod of approval.
Now that the sun is shining, the days are longer, and we’re all up for spending plenty of time outside in the good weather, our minds immediately start turning to the kind of al fresco dining we all love the most: barbecue.
Food and whisky pairing is sometimes presented as being a highly complex art, which requires years of training and a finely-tuned palate.
You can always tell whether or not a food trend is a mere flash in the pan by looking at whether or not it has started being seriously paired with wine. In the case of popcorn’s recent renaissance, there’s no longer any doubt about the fact that the artisanal twist on everyone’s favourite movie snack really is here to stay. Indeed, popcorn has more than entered the arena of luxurious light snacks, and all over the world, popcorn makers are taking this wonderful nibble to new and exciting heights, using high quality corn, a massive array of flavours, spices, and brand new taste combinations which really get our mouths watering.
Like all the best things in life, falling in love with whisky is a journey. It’s a route which can take many years to walk, and one which is sure to throw up plenty of fascinating surprises, meandering stories, and wonderful flavours along the way. There’s something truly special about talking about this fine old spirit with a seasoned whisky connoisseur - somebody who really knows how to make the most of a quality dram, and who can discern all those unique characteristics which make each bottle special - but in order to get to that level, we all have to start somewhere.
We all know the world of whisky to be a hugely varied one, which presents us whisky fans with a beautiful array of characteristics, aromas, flavours and textures which continually surprise and seduce from bottle to bottle. Indeed, this is a major factor in the popularity of whisky as a spirit; once you begin exploring different styles from different regions, or bottles made according to particular traditions (as well as those which revel in ripping up the rulebook and branching out into the bizarre), you’ll begin appreciating the sheer range of notes, bouquets, and flavours on offer.
We’re all familiar with the idea of pairing food and wine. Indeed, it’s the kind of thing that brightens up even the darkest day; that interplay of tannins, acids, flavours and aromas work wonders with all of our favourite dishes, and figuring out the best wines to serve with your dinner is a real joy that we can all partake in.
Fine spirits and wines often have an amazing evocative power. One sip, or even a single sniff, has the power to transport you to different times and places, or take you back to favourite memories and moments of your life. Rum is perhaps the most evocative of all the spirits - it’s got this extraordinary ability to put you in mind of sun-baked terraces, white sand beaches, and the kind of warm, balmy evenings in which everything and anything is possible.
As first reported by Forbes, Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon won this year's "Best in Show, Whiskey" at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Heaven Hill Distillery's Henry McKenna became the second bourbon ever to win in the Best in Show, Whiskey category, after Parker's Heritage Collection took the title in 2009.