Unless you live under a rock, you realize Christmas is next Monday and with it comes twinkling lights, the possibility of an ugly sweater or two, and of course, time with family. And what better way to bring in all of that holiday cheer than with some good old fashioned whiskey? So whether it’ll be a gift to yourself to make it through day, to a ‘worldly’ boyfriend or girlfriend, maybe a whiskey-loving dad, or that soon to be mother and father-in-law you’re trying to impress, here’s a quick list of some of the best on the market today.
Nose: Hints of peppermint, malt, sweet barley, sugary porridge, creamy vanilla, papaya and citrus.
Palate: Spicy and soft, gentle bourbon oak, green woods, menthol, potpourri.
Finish: Creamy, long finish, vanilla.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof – This stuff is uncut, straight from the barrel without chill filtering and just won Whiskey Advocates Spirit of the Year award.
Nose: Fiery cinnamon and clove, joined by red apples covered in a thick layer of caramel.
Palate: Nutty at first, though soon enough you’ll find oodles of toasted sugar and vanilla bean notes.
Finish: Lasting orange oil and poached pear. Hot spices stick around minutes afterwards.
E.H. Taylor – This is a true sipping bourbon that is made by hand, aged inside century old warehouses, evaluated and selected to create the perfect blend of its distinct characteristics. If you’re wondering which option to choose from, honestly, just take your pick. They’re all exceptional tasting with unique layers of flavor.
GlenDronach 18 Year Old Allardice – This is a non chilled filtered, sherried single malt, matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, bottled at 46% and rated with a near perfect score from the Whiskey Bible.
Nose: Sherry notes so thick you need a knife to cut them! There’s a hint of old rum in there too, with pineapple and brown sugar in tow.
Palate: Christmas cake, rum again, chocolate-coated hazelnut, runny honey and a hint of Sauternes.
Finish: Fresh blackcurrant, blueberry pancakes with a generous helping of maple syrup.
Glenfiddich Project XX – This is the second release in the Experimental Series and made not by one Malt Master but 20 of them. Each was invited to pick any expression from the thousands of casks maturing in the warehouse. The 20 chosen whiskies were then married by Malt Master Brian Kinsman to create this single malt.
Nose: Classic fruitiness with hints of apple blossom and plump pear. A perfect balance of rich vanilla oak with golden sugar and a touch of liquorice.
Palate: Deep and mellow, the candyfloss sweetness is complemented by unusual notes of toasted almonds and cinnamon and a hint of crisp tannin.
Finish: Long lasting with a savoured sweet oakiness.
Looking for more cost effective options? Try these.
Larceny – This smooth, small batch, sipping bourbon uses wheat as the secondary grain rather than the more conventional choice of rye and just won Top 20 Spirit in the World.
Elijah Craig Small Batch – Producers discontinued the 12 year old expression and created this to take its place. But if you’re a fan of Elijah Craig, this one definitely maintains their standard for high quality and its delicious backed apple and honey flavor.
The annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is here again and it is bigger than ever. With some controversies in the past about the involvement of large beer corporations, some changes are expected this weekend to improve beer enthusiasts experience.
Craft Beer will dominate End Caps
In the past, big beer brands like MillerCoors, Constellation Brands, and AB InBev are able to dominate endcaps through their subsidiaries because of big sponsorship of the event. But it kind of defeats the purpose of showcasing local craft beers.
This year, The Brewers Association (BA) announced that end caps will be reserved only for those brewers that meet the organization’s definition of a craft brewer, which usually means small, traditional breweries that are independent or have less than 25 percent ownership from large alcohol corporations.
Big Beer Brands presence is severely decreased
Big beer brands have been stealing the thunder from local craft beer makers in the past GABF. Not this time. Most of the big beer brands will have less presence overall. Some of them will still be there. MillerCoors will have a table where they will serve most of their beers and AB InBev will only have 2 of their purchased formerly independent breweries participating in the event. But for the most part, they are gone. Bud is not there, Blue Moon is not there, and Lagunitas, which was popular in past GABF events, won’t be there either.
Offensive Beer Name Ban
Maryland’s Flying Dog caused quite a stir when they announced that they won’t be participating in this year’s GABF because of the BA’s new policy about possible offensive beer names. In April, BA announced that it will be taking a stand against beer names that can be classified as offensive, racist, or misogynistic. Flying Dog thinks this constitutes censorship. It will be fun to see if any of the breweries will come up with names that will push BAs definition of what of what offensive names are.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan will be there
A lot of breweries do a lot of gimmicks to get their brew more attention. There were the funny stunts from Bull & Bush and Oskar Blues in the past, and then there were the cannabis-infused beers from Dad & Dudes. This year, Melvin Brewing will be going WWE (or should it be WWF) as they teamed up with wrestling legend Hacksaw Jim Duggan, who will be all over the fest. What else can I say but… HHHOOOOO…
Denver is considered by many as the unofficial craft beer capital of the world. There are a couple craft beer breweries in and around the Mile-high City, and setting your brewery apart from the rest can be a challenge.
But the people of Denver are nothing but intuitive. That is why it is not surprising to see different craft breweries with offerings that are pretty unique to them.
Here are some
Outdoors, food trucks, and Music at New Terrain Brewing Co.
They are pretty new in the brewery scene compared to others but they have already set themselves apart. They take advantage of their golden location because it is a pretty good spot for outdoor activities like running, trekking, and biking. They have a rotating schedule of food trucks and live music acts so one visit would likely not be anything like the next. Plus, they experiment a lot on their beers and there is always a new flavor to try.
16401 Table Mountain Pkwy
Golden, CO 80403
Music pairs with Bootstrap Brewing Beers
This brewery has two locations, one on Longmont, the other on Niwot. What sets this brewery apart is that they have music recommendations for their beers. For example, if you plan to drink their 1956 Golden Ale, which is their lightest beer, they recommend pairing it with classic rock. If you are in the mood for some AC/DC, Insane Rush IPA is the beer for that. If you think about it, it does make sense. We often listen to music when we drink beer. Why not recommend a genre for specific beer choices.
142 Pratt Street
Longmont, CO 80501
6778 N. 79th Street
Longmont, CO 80503
Books and Beers at Fiction Beer Company
This brewery treats their beers like they do books. They have different genres for each beer group. Of course, you have the classics. This includes well-known favorites like IPA, Scotch Ale or Wit. Then they have Mystery and Adventure. These are the more far-out flavors like their We Can’t-elope, which is Gose with Cantaloupe. Or their Robopsychologist, which is NE Style Imperial IPA with Mango. There are other genres, but it would be better for you to discover them yourself.
7101 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
PintPass, the clever app that helps people discover local craft breweries and shows users what is currently on tap at breweries in their area or places they’re traveling, recently choose their five favorite beer cities with Denver being named one of them.
Here’s what they had to say.
Denver has much more than just mountains – but be careful drinking here if you don’t have experience with high altitude. One strong beer might feel like four because of the light air. In addition to the massive breweries already nestled in Colorado – the ‘Denver Beer Triangle’ between Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver boasts over 70 breweries between the three. Ratio Beerworks’ 20 barrel system ensures that there is no shortage of their delicious craft beers.
And since they named Ratio Beerworks by name, here’s three more places where you can sit down and enjoy that great Colorado craft taste with some friends.
2540 19th Street
2801 Walnut Street
2201 Arapahoe Street
Wine is an acquired taste and if you are just a novice in the art of appreciating the sweet concoction (beer does not count) then maybe we can help you out.
Let us start off with red wine. The more advanced red wines is a mix of different fruit flavors so it is difficult for a beginner to make heads of what they are getting.
To make it easier, you start with the basics. Start off with the following:
This wine offers both flavors and aromas of blackberry and cherry, which what you should be looking for when you take your first sip. This wine also gives you a better understanding of acidity because Garnacha wines are usually laced with citrus flavors as well.
Zinfandel on the other hand gives you hints of spice and vanilla, mixed with the vibrant aromas and flavors of rich black fruit and mocha. This wine can also help you understand how alcohol affects flavor. High alcohol content usually add a spice element on the taste and in this case, the effects of alcohol hints at something like cinnamon or pepper. Look for that when you try this.
This will help you determine your preference in red wine. Syrah wines tend to have high amounts of tannin, which tends to have an effect of drying your mouth and sits on your tongue. Not all wine enthusiasts enjoy this experience so not everyone looks to get a Syrah. If you happen to like it or does not mind it, you may expand your taste to other high tannin wine variants like Nebbiolo or Tempranillo.
This one will help you identify the more herby flavors and aromas of a red wine. While Carménère have a rich cherry and plum flavor, you will still notice strong hints of bell pepper in there. This is caused by the compound Pyrazine that is found in many herby types of wines like Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc.
This is a good test of how well you can appreciate the different aspects of a red wine. The Big Bad Red Blend is a mix of different red varieties that include the Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, and others. Look for tannins, and spice effects on the flavors. Look for flavors of berries and plum as well.
Now that the sun has finally made its annual springtime debut, and we can exit our winter-induced comas, it’s time to break out the patio furniture and cocktail shaker — hold the sugar
Who knew beer could be spicy and delicious. This classic Mexican cocktail has a variety of different combinations, but salty and spicy tones are the basis
You Ciroc fans aka #CirocBoys and #CirocGirls have something to celebrate today, with Diddy’s Pineapple CÎROC Recipes. On his instagram page he stated the new favor will be COMING IN A FEW WEEKS!!
[tps_header]The versatility of the liquid offers consumers an expanded range for cocktail creativity. Recommended simple mixers are tonic, orange juice, and soda. Give these following recipes a mix![/tps_header]
1 1/2 oz. CIROC Pineapple
3 oz. Sprite
Glass: High Ball
Everyone loves Starbucks! The thousands of coffee and tea combinations plus the pleasant ambience at the diner make it America’s favorite coffee joint. Studies corroborate the popularity of the café with the statistics that regular customers visit their favorite Starbucks at least 16 times a month. The company also gathers much appreciation at the way they treat employees. In fact, Starbucks spends more on employee healthcare than on coffee beans!
Besides, recently it also announced plans to fund the college education of interested staff members. All these benefits make it a happy place to work, and in turn, an amazing coffee corner to visit as well. However, as you set yourself for the next trip to any of your favorite round tables in Denver, here is a lookout on the few drinks that you should avoid.
These combinations are not exactly healthy, so to say. Until the coffee chain renounces these, you need to do your part in avoiding them.
- Do not try the White Hot Chocolate: The very name of this order should be a turn-off. Hello…hot chocolate must be chocolatey! Anyways, a round of this white indecision contains a suffocating amount of saturated fat. You cannot be that cruel to your carotid artery!
- Look past the Caramel Apple Spice Drink: Essentially, this order brings you a gigantic glass of apple syrup with whipped cream topping. The heavy sugar amount in the whole combination should make your teeth cringe just at the thought of it.
- Cancel Eggnog Latte to be able to speak freely: Trying an eggnog latte may not be a good choice if you are going to meet someone. Beaten egg juice does what it does best…it gets you bad breathe. Besides, this latte is so superficial in cholesterol that you must avoid it on pure health reasons (even if you are not exactly offensive to eggnogs).
Every Starbucks aficionado has his or her personal favorites and no-go drinks. Hopefully, the above list helps you try the best and dismiss the rest at the amazing coffee corner.
- Starbucks Has A Secret Menu
- Starbucks Have A Kids Menu with Kids Cups
- If You Buy A No Waste Cup And Then Use It When Buying A Tall Drink, Starbucks Always Give You A Grande