Back in the dog house – A high proof bourbon review

It has been a while since I reviewed the last bourbon here on the blog. This is why, I thought I will give two bottles a try which I had my eye set on for a long time: The Old Grand Dad 114 Proof and the Pure Kentucky X.O. bourbon. Both clock in at above 100 proof, so tasting them in cocktails should be interesting. Another thing they have in common is that they are often overlooked and are also hard to get here in Germany. Read more

Mountain To Move – Barbayanni Blue Label Ouzo

On our recent trip to Greece, I of course had to bring back a bottle of booze. While my eye was not set on any particular spirit, the choice fell on the Barbayanni Blue Label Ouzo. While ouzo is not hard to find in Germany at all, mostly cheaper bottlings are bought. This is why I was curious to try a high quality ouzo like the Barbayanni. Read more

Spirited News 05/2018: Whisky Blind Tasting

Like the previous Spirited News, this one is also a special edition. I do not even know what I am reviewing for you today. The only thing I know is that it is supposed to be whisky. However, it could be a bourbon, rye, single malt or even something completely different. On the one hand this means, that I can only rely on my taste buds and on the other hand that I am very curious for the solution! Read more

One Bottle One Drink – The Art Of Choke

The next bottle up for the One Bottle One Drink series in the spirits cabinet is Cynar. Since it has a distinct bitterness there are just people out there who either love or hate this Italian Amaro made from artichokes! Obviously, as a bartenders or cocktail enthusiasts you just have to belong to the first group. – Seriously, I would never persuade anyone with a sensitive palate to drink Cynar. But if you like Amaros, there’s no way around this dark brown elixir! Read more

Did you ever dream of having your own rum? – A Spirited News Special

Well, why my friends and me did not grow sugarcane or even distilled it, we got in the business of blending. – Not on a commercial level, but just for our sake. So, we decided to mix three different rums, two of which were already blends, and finish them in a small oak barrel. While it could have turned out as a disaster, the result is rather good! Read more

One Bottle One Drink – Jungle Bird

The next spirit on the list for the One Bottle One Drink series is Campari. While the obvious choice for a cocktail with it, would have been a Negroni, I thought that it might be a little uninspired. This is why I started looking for other less known recipes using the bright red Italian Amaro. Finally, I ended up with a rather exotic Tiki drink, the Jungle Bird. Read more

One Bottle One Drink – Golden Bramble

While the original Bramble is a famous cocktail, probably nobody ever heard of the Golden Bramble. This herbal variation was created in Munich in the Goldene Bar, from which the cocktail also gets its name. On top of that, the Golden Bramble uses an unknown ingredient called China-China. This Amaro-like liqueur has almost been forgotten and gets its name from the cinchona bark used in its recipe. Read more

One Bottle One Drink – Easy Does It

Next in line for the One Botte One Drink series is Aperol. – An ingredient that is somehow controversial with bartenders here in Germany. However, over the pond in the United States, I guess because of its Italian heritage, it is a respectable ingredient. In  my opinion, if you pair Aperol with high-quality ingredients, it can make great cocktails! This is why I want to present the Easy Does It to you today. Read more