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Featured Post Jensen’s Old Tom Gin

September 23rd, 2008

Another Old Tom gin surfaces, this time from the man behind the excellent Jensen’s Bermondsey gin. Based on a recipe from the 1840s this Old Tom uses absolutely no sugar, instead relying on increased botanicals to add sweetness and flavour as the first Old Toms probably did over 200 years ago.

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Giffard orange liqueurs

March 28th, 2008

Giffard orange liqueurs

Emile Giffard started distilling sprits in 1885 and his family continue to run the distillery he started. Here we review the Giffard triple sec and curaçao products. Find out how these and other orange liqueurs compare in The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown, a comparison of 23 different orange liqueurs.

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Gabriel Boudier orange liqueurs

March 27th, 2008

Gabriel Boudier orange liqueurs

Gabriel Boudier formed his self-named company in 1874 in Dijon, France, and initially becoming famous for his Crème de Cassis liqueur. Here we review the Boudier triple sec and curaçao products. Find out how these and other orange liqueurs compare in The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown, a comparison of 23 different orange liqueurs.

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Bols orange liqueurs

March 26th, 2008

Bols orange liqueurs

Bols have been producing alcohol since 1575, and now produce a dizzying array of liqueurs and other spirits. Here we review their triple sec and curaçao products. Find out how these and other orange liqueurs compare in The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown, a comparison of 23 different orange liqueurs.

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Notes on the Orange Liqueur Showdown

March 25th, 2008

Notes on the Orange Liqueur Showdown

Reviewing the 23 different orange liqueurs in The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown took a little planning and thought. Find out how I went about comparing so many different spirits in as fair and objective a way as possible.

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A short history of orange liqueurs

March 23rd, 2008

A short history of orange liqueurs

Perhaps due to their very effect, the history of cocktails is a hazy one, but orange liqueurs really do push that from a tipsy forgetfulness to a drunken blackout. Working through the conflicting stories, dubious claims and chronologically impossible histories find out just what the labels triple sec and curaçao really mean.

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Curaçao? Triple sec? Cointreau?

March 16th, 2008

Curaçao? Triple sec? Cointreau?

With so many orange liqueurs around, and recipes calling variously for Cointreau, curaçao and triple sec, just what do you need on your shelf to make decent mixed drinks? The Great Oh Gosh! Orange Liqueur Showdown reviews 23 different liqueurs to try and find an answer to this question.

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Book review: Difford’s Guide

February 10th, 2008

Book review: Difford’s Guide

“Difford’s Guide to Cocktails, Vol. 5″ was the first cocktail book I ever purchased, back when I thought a Woo Woo was a good cocktail, and Jack Daniels was a quality bourbon. Since then my knowledge, and indeed my cocktail snobbery, has expanded, but Difford’s Guide has remained a useful reference for all manner of [...]

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A tale of two Maraschinos

January 16th, 2008

A tale of two Maraschinos

At the beginning of December Gabriel over at cocktailnerd compared two Maraschinos – namely Luxardo and Stock – and wrote about his preference for Stock Maraschino when making an Aviation cocktail. Until then everything I had read sung the praises of Maraschino Luxardo over any other brand, and I had very much enjoyed the Aviations [...]

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Hermes at last

October 5th, 2007

Hermes at last

When I was gathering together the various bitters for my recent orange bitters and aromatic bitters comparisons there was one brand whose bitters I just couldn’t get hold of – Hermes. I had read about them on several other cocktail sites, and really wanted to include them in my comparisons, but no matter how hard [...]

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Featured Post Aromatic Bitters

September 28th, 2007

Aromatic Bitters

With so many different aromatic bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers Old Fashion Aromatic bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters, The Bitter Truth Old Time Aromatic bitters and Peychaud’s bitters.

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Noilly Ambre

September 15th, 2007

Noilly Ambre

Noilly Ambre is a rather rare apéritif made by the same folks that produce the famous Noilly Prat dry vermouth. Like all Noilly Prat vermouth it is produced in Marseillan, France, using wines made from Clairette and Picpoul de Pinet grapes.
The initial process is the same for all vermouths, be it sweet, dry or ambre. [...]

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Featured Post Orange Bitters

August 11th, 2007

Orange Bitters

With so many different orange bitters available these days just how do they differ, and which ones are worth using in your drinks? A comparison of Fee Brothers West Indian Orange bitters, The Bitter Truth Orange bitters, Regan’s No. 6 Orange bitters, Angostura Orange bitters and Stirrings Blood Orange bitters.

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