Technically, it only takes a few days to make a barrel of whisky, but it takes time for that golden beverage’s taste to mature. Although you could drink it straight away, it wouldn’t be the peaty, rich liquor that whiskey fans typically relish. So what transpires in the months, years or even decades that a whiskey is left to age?
When whisky is first distilled and sealed up in its barrel, it’s more like moonshine than what you’d expect from a spirit like scotch or bourbon. Instead of golden-brown, brand-new whisky is perfectly clear and tastes a lot like the malted barley it’s made from. But as soon as it goes into a wooden barrel, things start getting interesting. Continue reading
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by Steven Doyle
As the holiday season continues we plan on posting recipes for a variety of cool party cocktails to entertain your guests with, and to hone those bartending skills. Today we have several recipes, one from Basil Hayden and the other from one of our favorite scotch whiskeys, Laphroaig.
The Laphroaig distillery is arguably the most famous distillery on Islay. The island itself is famous for its pungent, peaty malts.
One of the hottest new restaurants North of 635 is Prohibition Chicken located in downtown Lewisville. This unique restaurant that serves up the most amazing fried chicken in DFW has a private Speak Easy room in the back behind a secret panel in a phone booth. We wrote about this fun restaurant earlier this year, and this is where you will be able to attend a fun beer and whiskey dinner on Wednesday, December 6th. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
San Antonio’s Rebecca Creek Distillery, one of the largest craft distilleries in North America, has opened the Rebecca Creek Saloon inside Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The two-level, 4,000-square-foot Rebecca Creek Saloon holds up to 300 people, features a menu exclusively available in the Saloon, and provides prime viewing of the ballpark. Continue reading
WhistlePig produces a 100-proof, straight rye whiskey, aged for at least ten years through a unique double-barrel process.
WhistlePig was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, earning 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, their highest rating ever for a rye whiskey, a “highest recommendation” from Spirits Journal, as well as accolades from The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Forbes, Maxim, Imbibe Magazine, and many others. As Master Distiller Dave Pickerell notes, these extraordinary honors both “humble and set a high bar” for the company. Continue reading
Witherspoon Distillery, a Texas-based manufacturer of premium handcrafted spirits including Witherspoon Texas Straight Bourbon, Witherspoon’s River Rum, Bonfire and Witherspoon Single Malt Whiskey, is celebrating its relocation to the heart of Old Town Lewisville with a grand opening event on Saturday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 225 S Charles Street.
The new space, which will host event attendees, includes a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art production facility, 5,000 square foot rick house for barrel aging, 4,000 square foot air conditioned bar and tasting area, and a 4,000 square foot outdoor garden, most of which is available for private event rentals.
“We are thrilled to present our new facility to the public, and to celebrate it’s opening with members of the DFW community,” said Quentin Witherspoon, founder and master distiller. “Creating high quality, handcrafted spirits is our passion, and we are honored to have the opportunity to share our products with Texas consumers, one sip at a time.” Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Going down to the Hill Country? Visiting Fredericksburg, Johnson City or Blanco? Make a spirited trip to Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye (along the 290 Wine Trail) where they make Texas Bourbon. I delayed a visit until last month. I can tell you, I should have gone earlier. The whole visitor experience at Garrison is superb. Not just the quality of the finished product, although that is crucial, but also all the organisational aspects of the tour. In fact, wine makers could use the Garrison tour as a template of how to do winery tours.
The experience starts on Garrison’s web site, where you reserve your $10 (per person) tour. Tours take place at set times two hours apart Wednesdays through Sundays. The site is straightforward and reliable. In fact, I upped my reservation from two people, to four, and then, a few days later, to six as more friends heard that we were doing it. Each time, the site found my earlier reservation and incremented the number of people, charging me only the additional cost. We kept one reservation number throughout. One thing to bear in mind, no refunds for cancellations. Continue reading