My New Scottish Rental Property: Timeshares Available

I just received my membership confirmation from the Friends of Laphroiag, the most brilliant beverage marketing program ever conceived. Every member is given a lifetime lease on a one-foot square plot on the island of Islay (pronounced “aye-la”), where the Scotch is made.  The deal is, the distillery “pays you rent” in the form of …

Bloody Mary Batch Instructions

Apparently, the Bottled Bloody Brunch Batch is a hit, and I’ve gotten good feedback on it from industry pros and friends alike, so I thought I would make the recipe more portable by creating a half-sheet, printable PDF. This recipe for making a half-gallon of great Bloody Mary Mix right in the bottle now includes …

Programmable Vodka Bottles?

This is how Bukowski would have tweeted. I fight the urge to declare that vodka is all marketing, but Medea has taken it to an extreme.  Their website barely mentions the spirit itself, but focuses almost entirely on their in-bottle programmable LED display with images, video, and a whole page devoted to programming instructions.  You …

Wine Purse, Where’s My Bourbon Briefcase?

Recently released by the Scandinavian Design Center, the Baggy Winecoat is a poorly named purse that holds the internal bag from boxed wine with a convenient pour spout and sturdy base for fashionable picnic drinking. In this age of Mad Men mimicry, when we can’t all keep a fully stocked bar in the office, I …

Brilliant Blend Buys: New Scotches On The US Market

I got to meet the Ian MacMillan, the Master Distiller of Burn Stewart Distillers, this week and over lunch we sampled a broad array of the Scotch whiskys produced at his many distilleries. I’ll admit, the surprise stand-outs for me were not the fine single malts, but the more accessible and reasonably priced blends, particularly …

Home State Heroes: Vermont Spirits Vodka

It’s a month of spirits awards.  The results for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge were just released, and the results for the SF World Spirits Competition are about to be.  I had the honor of attending the World Spirits Competition last weekend, and got to sit and sample a few rounds.  Two of the vodkas we …