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My Rarest Bottles Part 2 (Tequilas, Rums & Vodkas)

My Rarest Bottles Part 2 (Tequilas, Rums & Vodkas)

My Rarest Bottles – Part 2 of 2 (Tequilas, Rums & Vodkas) Here we have all my rarest bottles on one table. This video (part 2), showcases my top tequilas, rums & vodkas (plus a few other miscellaneous bottles). A few of them are so new to my pool they’ve never made it onto any of my before videos. Geez, that reminds me, I didn’t pull my new Gosling’s Ancient Family tree Set aside rum to show on this video! Oh well, look for it on my next “New Bottles” video. Well thank you all for the help & I hope you delight in these newest videos! My contemporary pot count stands at 763 total bottles. I have 450 uncommon ones on the bar & a additional 313 in back stock. I’ve now been actively collecting for the last 17 years and what ongoing as a small basic bar has transformed (with the help & appreciative of my fantastic wife) into what I reckon is a sweet nice pool. Thank you for looking and allotment in my leisure activity.

Whisky Marketplace TV – Review 001 – part 1: Balblair

Part 1 of a film in which: Pierre Thiebaut interviews John Glaser of Scope Box about Fantastic King Road and the Last Vatted Malt and Last Vatted Grain. Pierre also catches up with Alasdair Day about his Tweeddale Blend. He reviews Balblair 2001, Arizona Release Malt Whisky and the Tweeddale Blend Batch 2.
Video Rating: 0 / 5

A visit to the Havana Club Museum of Rum (Part 1/2)

A visit to the Havana Club Museum of Rum isn’t just a journey back to the origins of Cuba’s most legendary drink. From a following ago cut stalks of sugar cane to a reconstitution of a distillery and ageing cellars, the museum offers a real-time encounter of the rum-building administer, as well as a taste of right Cuban polish. Situated in the historic constituency of Habana Vieja (“ancient Havana”), the museum is housed in a renovated 18th-century “solar” (majestically townhouse). Downstairs is a shady patio, with its broad stone columns and ferns, yuccas and sealed palms. A bell signals the start of the museum tour, and you stay on the guide up a in succession away of stone steps. The first upstairs hallway presents a view of the cooper shop, demonstrating the craftsmanship vital to build and arrange the oak casks surrounded by which the fine rums will age. An upstairs arcade facial appearance an authentic mule-obsessed cane mill used in the first “ingenios” (sugar refineries). A historically right model of a steam engine reminds us that Cuba was the first broadcast in Latin America to use a railway for the convey of sugar cane. The next door leads to a much better model, the achievement of a master Cuban craftsman. This stunning accomplishment captures the essence of the fantastic sugar refineries and rum distilleries, whose immense chimneys rise as landmarks over the Cuban countryside. The wealth of point stuns the eye: wagons transporting the cane from the fields, smoke rising from chimneys, cane hedge clippers
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Bowmore Distillers Art Part 1 (of 3)

An insight into the secrets of Bowmore and the crafting of Islay Release Malt ruin Whisky. Bowmore has just been awarded the ‘Best In Show’ out of more than 700 other Worldwide Whisky’s.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

How to Build Your Cocktail Bar, Part 7: Vermouth & Bitters

Shape up by Kamal

This week, we’re looking at two small parts of your drink that make a huge alteration: vermouth and bitters. Vermouth is a set and flavored wine void in three ordinary categories: French (dry white), Italian (sweet red) and, less often, sweet white.

These bottlings are flavored with differing proportions of botanicals, making uncommon consequences with very uncommon brew applications. At the outset, you’ll want to be set to make Martinis. And even if you like yours on the dry side, the right French vermouth can perfectly chat the reputation of your drink. Winston Churchill may argue – he above all claimed to only pass a pot of vermouth over his glass while looking headed for France – but for a more balanced falsification, I commonly delight in incorporation everyplace between 6:1 and 8:1 parts gin to dry vermouth.

One of our favorites is Dolin Dry Vermouth, even if it’s worth tiresome out uncommon brands based on your taste and fiscal proclamation to find what works for you. Next, you’ll need to buy a pot of Italian vermouth for drinks like Manhattans. Red vermouth – fascinatingly, made with white wine and not red – is sweet, very abstractedly bitter, and self-in no doubt in a drink.

Take a look at Punt e Mes for a tasty and practically priced choice. For a truly remarkable Manhattan made with your pet rye, even if, Carpano “Antica Formula” Red Vermouth, while a bit high-priced for the category, will categorically stun you with its conundrum. Must you point out to go on a bender a bit with the bottles you buy, keep in mind: excellent vermouth can also be tasty honest. Bitters have fundamentally only been rediscovered in the brew renewal of the last few years – I had to hunt for a austere pot of Angostura years back – but producers have since urban fantastic, able, and extraordinary concoctions that make for some very appealing drinks.

These infusions of botanicals in a base moral fiber are heady ample to only demand a few drops, and are called for in many classic recipes. While there’s a wide range now on the promote, counting delightful oddballs like chocolate and celery, there are a few types you’ll want to have on hand for ordinary incorporation. Most much, you’ll want to own a pot of basic aromatic bitters. This is the category into which the habitual Angostura brand falls – you’ll see it referenced by name in some recipes – but DrinkUpNY carries and recommends The Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters as an exceptional uncommon. Secondly, orange bitters are a must-have. Lending a distinctive citrus reputation to your drink, they’re called for in a digit of recipes like the Blackthorn. If you’re fond of Sazerac cocktails, then New Orleans-style bitters must also find a home in your bar. Peychaud’s is the most familiar brand name for this subcategory, but again, The Bitter Truth makes their own translation with Creole Bitters.

Additional than this, conduct experiment! Bitters offer an chance for play surrounded by classic brew recipes, so try uncommon formulations to suit your tastes and mood.

Pleased incorporation from DrinkUpNY!

Finding your way among Spanish wines Part I: Location

Shape up by Ana Cuesta

So, you have questioned for the restaurant’s wine list (or were handled one by non-payment) and now need find your way on it… not that hard, really.The first thing you’ll see is that the list is on terrible terms, after the yucky Blancos/Tintos (white/red), in sections headed by a name that seems to be some sort of geographical proposition, and to be sure it is (some sort).

They are what we call Denominación de Origen (Mark of Foundation). In this corresponding world, for a wine to be attributed to a fastidious Denominación de Origen, it has to come from surrounded by austere geographical boundaries and also abide to some rules set by the adaptable assembly that reins the DO.

These point headed for which kind of grapes can be used (the varieties of grape are not everlastingly indicated in the mark, doubtless since they can be basically lesser from the DO), the techniques and processes allowable or not to grow the grapes and yield the wines, etc. (they go as far as to place limits to the yields achieved, so surplus wine cannot be marked under the DO). That way, a fastidious homogeneity in feature and style of the wine can be balanced so you know what to guess when ordering a Rioja or a Ribera del Duero (often called in small a Ribera). Real aficionados rely more on the producer than on the DO, even if.

Rioja and Ribera del Duero are doubtless the best-known Spanish DOs. Rioja used to be very near a synonymous of Spanish feature wine, and Ribera del Duero has grown in the last 25 years as a solid uncommon. Both use in the end the same red grape, called Tempranillo in Rioja and Tinta Fina en Ribera del Duero. Between the two of them accumulate a heap of prices and recognitions and host by now mythical wines such as Vega Sicilia Único (R. del Duero), Marqués de Murrieta Ygay (Rioja) or Pingus (R. del Duero, the Spanish wine with the most high-priced tag).

They are indeed not the only ones, even if. Spain counts 64 Denominaciones de Origen in which primarily red but also white wines (as well as some rosés) are bent.

Some may be less usually know since of their less vital manufacture but give wines of the greatest feature which have merited global awards and top points in the reputation of all-mighty critic Robert Parker (L’Ermitá, D.O. Priorat; Termanthia, D.O. Toro; as for whites Pazo de Señorans, D.O. Rias Baixas often called after the leading grape Albariño; Palacio de Bornos, D.O. Rueda; not to not dredge up luminous wines such as Juve & Camps Milesime, D.O. Cava, or sweet wines such as Alvear PX 1927, D.O. Montilla-Moriles but most often referred to, as far as sweet wines go, by the name of the grape Pedro Ximenez). Others lack such prominent names in their ranks and have as best promotion point their donation excellent value for money.

Wine producers who cannot be uneasy or don’t have the means to stay on the tight rules of a DO may point out to sell their wines as ‘Vino de la Tierra’ (broadcast wine), so you can find Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León or Vino de la Tierra de Aragón, for model. These wider umbrellas have more come undone equipment but still offer some sort of feature-swear an oath for the buyer.

On the contrary greatest, some really fine wines are bent further than any DO since their designers unbendable the circumstances set by the adaptable assembly were not optimum to yield the wine they had in mind, or since the vineyards take place to be located just further than the geographical boundaries of the DO. As a notable model, the marquis of Griñón has just managed to be contracted a “Denominación de vino de pago” (sort of a microDO for his own wine producer) under the name Dominio de Valdepusa.

The Evolution of the Icewine Martini part 1

Shape up by Phil Cheevers

First, a Modest about Martinis Before to Icewine

There is a rampant conversation in the world of mixed drinks about what a martini really is. One thing that is clear, the first, or pure martini has spawned a incredible amount of innovation and this has resulted in the Canadian Icewine martini, the most tasty alteration of martini yet.

The pledge purists will say that the only right martini is a mixture of gin and vermouth, stirred, and garnished with an olive. Not anything else is a martini, they plea. Not Icewine, not vodka, not no matter what thing else. The fantastic thing is that the ‘real’ martini is lost in time and lore, so in the words of my uncle who claims to know such equipment, “what follows is as close to the truth as I can dredge up”.

In the late 1800s, according to the New and Stuck-up Illustrated Bartending Blue-collar, was austerely 1/3 Vermouth, 2/3 Gin, and a dash of orange bitters.

Then in 1954, along came 007, “Bond, James Bond” in Ian Fleming’s Disco Royale and the evolution of the martini took a giant leap with the introducing of a novel form of the drink and Bond’s explanation.

“A dry martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne chalice.””Oui, monsieur.”

“Just a following. Three rate of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a rate of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large, thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”

“Indeed, monsieur.” The barman seemed pleased with the thought.

“Gosh, that’s indeed a drink,” said Leiter.

Bond laughed.

“When I’m..er..concentrating,” he clarified, “I never have more than one drink before to feast. But I do like that one to be large and very passionate and very cold and very well-made. I despise small parts of no matter what thing, above all when they taste terrible. This drink’s my own invention. I’m going to patent it when I can reckon of a excellent name.”

Over the years, the martini urban into variations like:

* Vodka martini: austerely vodka and vermouth

* In and out martini: Pour vermouth into the glass, swirl, pour the vermouth out, pour in the gin, and serve. (Richard Nixon’s favourite )

* A Churchill is even more dry. Stir the gin, wave an unopened pot of vermouth over the glass or place the cork of a vermouth pot in the far confront of the bar.

* The Roosevelt is a fixed martini that FDR loved in the White House after the void of Veto. It is austerely a fixed martini with two olives for a embellishment as a substitution for of one. In some circles, an even digit of olives is a sign of terrible luck. Roosevelt also liked a Dirty Martini, which was austerely a fixed martini with olive brine added.

* Naked or Shape martini is made lacking ice after alarming the glass and ingredients.

* A Sweet martini is made with sweet red vermouth, and may be garnished with a maraschino pink as a substitution for of an olive.

* A dry martini refers to less vermouth in the mix

* A burnt martini (also smoky martini) uses scotch as a substitution for of vermouth, and can vary in flavour according to the attributes of the scotch used.

And so on. Many, many variations have been tried and tasted and the variations have to the top books. Martinis are heady and it is a marvel anyone has ever refined a book on Martinis. I reckon that Jimmy Buffett articulated this in his song about William Faulkner,”If I Could Just Get It Down on Paper”:

If I could just get it on paper The equipment that have happened tonight That seems to me to be the huge key I’m havin’ too excellent a time to ever turn Out the illumination…

Austere words can be converted into able phrases And chapters could turn into books Yes if I could just get it on paper But it’s harder than it ever looks

It was vital to talk about the origins of the Martini before to introducing the Icewine martini.


The martini is a honored and loved drink that has loved a recovery over the past few years. For such a austere drink, ‘recovery’ means that mixologists have gotten creative with new harvest like flavoured vodkas, new brands, and Icewine, and this has wound up innovation. The winemakers who dedicate physically to in Canadian Icewine are using Icewine to additional this innovation.

Then along came Canada’s golden treasure, Icewine. Canadian Icewine has replaced maple syrup as the global food character of Canada. Bartenders nearly the world have started to conduct experiment with this Icewine as a new, sweet, cold and exotic ingredient. The foundation of the Icewine martini is lost in lore, but there is no doubt that the Icewine martini can justly take its place a successor and salutation alteration of the martini.

In Part 2 of The Evolution of the Icewine Martini, we’ll find out how Canada’s liquid gold, Icewine has transformed the Martini yet additional than Mr. Bond or Mr. Fleming ever dreamed.

How to Build Your Cocktail Bar, Part 3: Tequila and Mezcal

Shape up by Katherine Ramos

Last week, we looked at rum in construction a home brew bar. In this refund, we’re tender to a category that you’ll find few mentions of in dusty brew books, but that’s vital to a bestow bar: tequila and mezcal. Both have earlier suffered terrible reputations – too many cheap shots of no matter what thing in the upper classes will do that–but in contemporary years, connoisseurs have exposed just how excellent this stuff can get. A well-made agave distillate can be complicated and attractive, and that feature translates into cocktails.

Tequila and mezcal are theme to uncommon laws and principles; tequila must be made in Jalisco while mezcal can come from everyplace in Mexico (even if most is from Oaxaca), and the habitual manufacture processes leave mezcal commonly smokier than tequila. Even if, there’s one thing you must keep in mind while export any: make sure it’s made from 100% agave. In the case of tequila it must be Weber Blue Agave, and in mezcal, one of many the makings subspecies counting Tobala and Espadín. Your drink will thank you! Make sure you everlastingly have a blanco tequila on hand–we urge Milagro Silver–and bring in a reposado like 7 Leguas for more well ahead incorporation.

A pot of high-feature mezcal, such as Del Maguey Vida, opens up look excellent for creative drink-building. Mezcal is still appearance into its own with cocktailians, but there are some appealing look excellent for this smoky, dirty moral fiber. For some tasty diversity, try swapping mezcal for tequila for an devious twist on ancient favorites. With their moderately contemporary lobby into the brew world, agave spirits also offer appealing opportunities for substituting in classics; for a touch a modest more unexpected, try swapping out tequila or mezcal in recipes that traditionally call for whiskey.

Margaritathree parts blanco (silver) tequilatwo parts Triple secone part A following ago squeezed lime juice

Shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed brew glass. Embellishment with a lime wedge.

Tequila Ancient Fashioned(inspired by The Brew Moral fiber with Robert Hess)2 oz reposado tequila2 dashes aromatic bitters1 tsp. agave syrup

Stir with ice and strain into an ancient-fashioned glass. Embellishment with a lemon twist. Until next time, cheers from DrinkUpNY!