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Starting the Why oh rye? rye comparison are two heavily aged, limited edition whiskeys – the 21 year old Rittenhouse and the 23 year old Black Maple Hill.
Having first tried rye, Bourbon’s older, tougher brother, just two years ago I quickly fell in love with it. Since then I have slowly amassed a collection of premium rye whiskeys and over the next week nine will be put head-to-head to see which are worth the dollar.
Another drink from first-class bartender Gonçalo de Sousa Monteiro, the Beuser & Angus Special is a very special drink indeed, using Chartreuse as the base spirit with delicious results.
Without doubt my favourite bar in New Orleans is Arnoud’s French 75 Bar. Last year after Tales of the Cocktail I enjoyed many superb drinks there made by bartender Chris Hannah. After trying his Bywater Cocktail there I set about trying to recreate it at home, and eight months later have finally managed it.
Join Greg Boehm at the Mud Puddle Books offices in Manhattan for a tour around his extensive cocktail library. Featuring some of the very first books about cocktails and bartending, and spanning four centuries, this collection is one of the most extensive in the entire world. See the books, learn about the history behind them, and find out about the reproductions now available.
One type of gin that, until recently, has been fairly overlooked is yellow gin, where the sprit has been aged in barrels generally for a relatively short period of time when compared to other aged spirits. Citadelle aims to change this with Citadelle Réserve, a dry gin that is aged in oak for six months.
This month’s Mixology Monday asks us to consider first cocktails – approachable drinks for people who aren’t used to downing Martinis and Manhattans. This is an interesting subject for me as many of my friends don’t really drink cocktails, and trying to get them to like decent cocktails is a long, uphill battle I’ve been waging for several years.