Fall 2017 Issue

A Return to Grace

The forested valleys of the Heavenly Mountains of Tien Shan are among the most isolated areas on Earth. Yet the apple, which is thought...

Come Fly With Me or: The Story of the First Aviation’s Gin

The recipe for the Aviation cocktail was first recorded in Hugo R Ensslin’s 1916 book, Recipes for Mixed Drinks. ⅓ Lemon Juice ⅔ El...

What the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 Means Today

“Bottled in bond” is a phrase coined more than 100 years ago in the whiskey business to assure the purchaser that he was buying...

Excerpt from Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey by Rob Arnold & Eric...

THE CEREALS OUR SUGAR DADDIES Whiskey makers are thieves, stealing starch from four types of cereals—barley, corn, rye, and wheat. The treasure is locked away in...

An excerpt from the book— The Maturation of Distilled Spirits: Vision and Patience

The reduction of alcohol from cask to bottling strength should always be done slowly, with the water and the spirit at the same temperature....

Distillery Cost Accounting 101

Craft distillers face a daily mountain of responsibility. The last thing that a distiller wants to worry about after a 12-hour day running the...

80 Years of Rapid Maturation Studies — Why Are We There Yet? Part 1...

Following on from many questions we receive about testing for “rapidly matured” spirits, and from a visit, in June, to the Worldwide Distilled Spirits...

Vanilla

Vanilla is the orchid with the world in its thrall. Often orchids are considered to be rare, and indeed some of the 113 wild...

Manhattan Bars

New York City has pioneered cocktails in the history of the world, it is true. But it has also led the cocktail renaissance of...

I Made This from Scratch

The era was not too dissimilar from the current one, in which a group of distillers set about protecting the images and their brands...