When it comes to artisanal products, craftsmen want customers to be educated in order to appreciate their products better. However, divulging production techniques and trade secrets tend to backfire. It removes much of the allure and romance surrounding the product. That didn’t stop Destileria Limtuaco from providing detailed information of how they made their latest offering, Very Old Captain Artisan-Crafted Dark Rum.
I grew up in Bacolod on the island of Negros. The combination of rich soil and favourable climate has made it a major producer of sugar and consequently, rum. The island is home to a number of distilleries that mass produce rum so when word came out that a premium, small-batch rum was being made in my home province I was eager to try it. This was back in 2012 when the Bleeding Heart Rum Co. introduced, Don Papa, their first rum. Two years later they have come out with a new rum, the Don Papa 10.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a deconstruction tasting of the Chivas Regal 18 Year Scotch Whisky. Created by Master Blender Colin Scott in 1997, the blended scotch whisky is composed of various whiskies from Scotland including over 20 single malts. The whiskies that are blended are classified into three: Islay 18, Grain 18 and the Strathisla 18. Both Islay 18 and Strathisla 18 are single malts while the Grain 18 is a single grain whisky. The whiskies are not available commercially as they are exclusively used for blending.
Pete Wells wrote about restaurants that aim too high with their cocktails for the New York Times. This is his advice on ordering cocktails at fancy restaurants:
Don’t order from a list that looks seriously out of season; a bar that’s paying close attention won’t serve rhubarb bellinis in January. And don’t order from the list at all if what you really want is a Sazerac, a French 75 or another standard. Restaurants rarely list them, but ordering an off-the-menu classic is not like asking for a bowl of chili at Le Bernardin. You won’t get any dirty looks, but you will probably get a good drink.
Distiller is an app for whiskey enthusiasts. It helps you discover, rate and connect with whiskey lovers around the world. The people behind it love whiskey so much they made visuals illustrating how whiskey comes to life. Step one is about the mash which looks at the grains that go into whiskeys. Step two is the process of fermentation and distillation. Step three is all about barrelling and aging. Click on the thumbnails below to see the visuals.
Everyone has a bad story or two when it comes to tequila. People remember the times they got smashed after taking one too many shots of the cheap variety. But times are changing and people are discovering that tequila can be enjoyed like any fine wine or single-malt whisky. And to appreciate tequila better I joined the Casa Noble Night at A’Toda Madre tequila bar.
Jude Law joins Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini in a short-film for Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It is a beautifully shot video by Jake Scott where Law plays the rich and successful playboy who wants something he doesn’t have which, in this case, is Giannini’s rare and fabulous schooner. The boat, of course, is not for sale. Law makes a wager that if he can convince Giannini with a dance he can have the boat. The two clink their glasses and Law proceeds to setup an elaborate show for his friend including a visit to Steven Hitchcock and a shoemaker. When everything is ready Law invites Giannini to watch him dance. Moments later Giannini eventually joins Law on the dance floor losing the wager. The short-film ends with Giannini wanting to buy back his boat from Law with a story. The two clink glasses setting up the sequel which should be out in a few months.