It is a pure coincidence that I decided to write about the E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon and the fact that an E.H. Taylor whiskey was crowned as the “best whiskey in the world” this year. The fact is that the E.H. Taylor left a lasting impression on me from my USA trip. Luckily, you can get the E.H. Taylor Small Batch here in Germany, although for quite a high price. Let us see if it is worth it! Read more
After the short excursion into Amaros, I want to go back to a rum I already reviewed: The Plantation Haiti X.O. However, this time it is about the new 2017 bottling. The rum is not only finished in another type of cask, but it is also distilled from molasses instead of sugarcane juice. So, let us take a look at this new (old) rum! Read more
This article ends the small series on Amaros and we are once again turning our attention to Italy: This time we are reviewing two different Amaros from the Distilleria Caffo in Calabria. In Italy the Veccio Amaro Del Capo is almost as famous as Campari and you can find it roughly in every restaurant. On top of that, you can also find the aged Riserva version and an Amaro-forward cocktail here. Read more
Continuing the short excursion into Amaros with a representative, not from Italy, but from Germany. Windspiel, the gin producer from the Eifel region, broadened its product portfolio with a herbal spirit. This potato vodka based liqueur is set out to show that high quality bittersweet liqueurs do not necessarily have to come from South European countries!
When it comes to rum, the first islands and countries most people think about are Jamaica, Guyana and maybe the Dominican Republic. However, basically every country in the Caribbean produces rum. This is why we will take a closer look at a rum from St. Lucia, an island even rum experts overlook sometimes. Read more
Since a few years there is a trend towards aged “white” rums, which means that they are filtered after barrel ageing. While, I do not applaud the idea of removing or adding anything from or to the spirit after barrel aging, I have to admit that those “white” rums are quite good. In this case, the first thing that caught my eye with the Botucal Planas Rum was its higher proof. – The combination of a complex clear rum and a higher ABV sounds more than promising! Read more
It has been a while since my last an eau de vie review, so let us take a look at a new Bartlett pear eau de vie. I will promise you it is quite a worth it, because the eau de vie in question is one of the rare cask-strength ones. On top of it, the eau de vie is not only barrel aged, but also produced from the renown Swiss distillery Fassbind! Read more
My recent business trip not only lead me to the charming town of Denver, but also to Chicago. After London, it is the second biggest city I ever visited. Therefore I was a bit nervous, but again I had a plan where to find great food and drinks. So, here are the places I have visited in the “Windy City”. Read more