Espresso Manhattan – Eagle Rare Bourbon

A few months ago I sampled a great bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. However, at least here in Germany the E.H. Taylor Small Batch is quite an expensive tipple. So, I thought I give the Eagle Rare Bourbon a try. It also comes from Buffalo Trace and on top of that even from the same mash bill as the E.H. Taylor. Apart from that, I also wanted to us the Cold Dripper I got for Christmas. I just had to put those two things together! Read more

Unbottled: Dosnon Récolte Rosé

One of my new-years-resolutions was to write more about wine. To fulfil that promise, I am starting off with the best kind of wine there is, champagne! The bottle in question comes from Davy Dosnon a small producer from the Aube region. Usually rosé champagne is a bit tricky. Often it tastes like pink berry lemonade. However, this rosé is different, not only in taste, but also in the way it is produced! Read more

Blue Beard Daiquiri – Plantation Rum Guyana 2005

As the first article in 20178 I decided to remind ourselves of warmer days! Therefore, I prepared a summery, Daiquiri variation for us. Besides a great Demerara rum, the recipe also includes an organic flavouring. Before you now cry out in horror of food flavouring, let me assure you that the Junip Natural Organic Flavour is as high-quality as it gets: The flavour only comes from real fruits, herbs as well as spices and no essential oils or additives are used! Read more

Spirited News: The Best of 2017

Of course, I could not let you go into a new year without a proper year in review! So, in this long standing tradition, I will present to you the ten best spirits I tried here at the Augustine-Bar blog during the last year. The top ten is clearly dominated by whiskeys, but there also are three eau de vies, a rum and two gins among the best spirits in 2017. I am especially pleased that three spirits even managed to get the best possible rating of 5 lions. Read more

Islay Cassis – Lagavulin DE 2017 Single Malt

Believe it or not, but this cocktail actually was inspired by a cold remedy. When my sister gave me a cough drop, I noticed that rough Icelandic / Islay notes go very well with sweet cassis flavours. Luckily, with the latest Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition (DE), I had just the right single malt on hand! Of course, you will also find a undiluted review of it in this article. Read more

Redfort – Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

I admit, I am a Maker’s Mark fan! The bottle with the red way top was the first high-quality bourbon I ever bought and I still enjoy Old-Fashioneds made with it. Naturally, I was very excited when I first discovered the Cask Strength bottling here in Germany! So that I am now able to share this review with you. On top of that, I also have quite an unconventional cocktail recipe for you! Read more