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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

by TK September 16th, 2014| Liquor
file0001203135117The American whiskey sales explosion has shown no sign of slowing down.  There are new distilleries and new brands hitting the market every month.  The global markets can't get enough of the oak flavor that comes with most American whiskeys.  So with all of this expansion it is always great to go back to a brand that has been around since the 19th century and do a little tasting.  Four Roses is a bourbon brand that got its start in 1888 and its distillery is in the National Register of Historic Places, and while there have been a ton
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Blanton’s Bourbon: Depth and Sweetness

by TK September 9th, 2014| Liquor
blanton'sIt is not often that you get to review a liquor that you have grown to love.   Love may feel like a strong word for many people when you use it to describe a distilled liquid that is meant to enhance your life experience, but Blanton's Bourbon is a love for me.  Everything about the caramel, sweet-tasting bourbon is something that I can close my eyes and feel.  I am a huge horse racing fan, so the stylish rider and jockey stoppers that adorn the top of every Blanton's bottle are always the first thing I envision from my closed-eye-dreaming
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Kru 82 Peach Mango Vodka

by TK September 2nd, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140824_175636_906Every once in awhile you have to shake things up.  Try new things or use different techniques.  It is the only thing that keeps life interesting.  Without the variety that comes with experimenting you really are just living in a black-and-white movie that you have seen one hundred times.  So when we had company over this Sunday and it was time for me to do my official tasting work, I decided to rope my friends in.   Why not get their thoughts and reactions to this week's spirit selection?

The selection of choice this week was Kru 82 Peach Mango Vodka. 
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Jim Beam Kentucky Fire

by TK August 26th, 2014| Liquor
jim_beam_kentucky_fireOur dear friends at Wikipedia describe fire as:

Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products.[1] Slower oxidative processes like rusting or digestion are not included by this definition.

But I think if we step away from the scientific description of "fire", we all have visions that come up in our minds.  We see the flames of a bonfire or the white hot excitement of a fiery interaction with someone in our brain.    "Fire" brings out the mental heat in almost everyone.  My opportunity to taste test
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Paul Masson Peach Grande Amber Brandy

by TK August 19th, 2014| Liquor
rsz_paul_masson_peachI am a product of the 1970s and 1980s.  These were my formative years, so all things cultural that have any lasting power in my limited brain capacity come from those two decades.  Thus when I hear the name "Paul Masson", my mental archives pull up images of Orson Welles saying "We will serve no wine until it's time."  As I walked through my local liquor convenience store, a bottle of Paul Masson Peach Grande Amber Brandy jumped out at me, and I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

Before writing this article I decided to
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Captain Morgan Lime Bite Spiced Rum

by TK August 12th, 2014| Liquor
captain_morgan_lime_biteWhat American male has not at some point in this life not wanted to be a pirate?  The swashbuckling excitement coupled with the carefree life of a buccaneer has great appeal to the male psyche.  I am not sure if that perception plays out in the historical reality of being a pirate, but let's not allow history to creep into the idle fantasies of boys and men everywhere.  So when I was looking for something to review for this week's article, I saw Captain Morgan Lime Bite Spiced Rum, and high jinx on the open seas came rushing to
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Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

by TK August 5th, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140727_085645_037I have a visual in my brain.   It comes from about 20 years ago when I was at a cookout at a friend's house.  This friend lived in a rural area perched on top of a hill with rolling fields of crops all around.   As dusk came over the cookout gathering, I could see down in one of the valleys a man and his dog -- a bird dog.  They were working diligently together walking through the field.  Mourning doves were the target, and the hunter would pluck off the occasional dove and the reliable bird dog would
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1800 Tequila Reserva Anejo

by TK July 29th, 2014| Liquor
lime tequila shot MGD©Chicago is not a city that probably first comes to mind when you think of tequila, but I am here to tell you it should be.   Downtown Chicago has a vibrant nightlife and a great selection of Mexican restaurants to choose from.   A weekend trip to the Windy City with Peku Publications CEO, Michele Kuegler, was a great setting for me to sample 1800 Tequila Reserva Anejo for my latest tasting on Parched No More.

Sitting at an evening meal at a restaurant inside the Loop, I asked the waitress for a glass of 1800 Tequila Reserva
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Paddy BeeSting Irish Honey: “Sting” Is Right

by TK July 22nd, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140712_155816_520When I was a child of elementary school age, I was fond of walking around shoeless in the summer grass of my parents' yard.  I loved how I could really feel the warmth of the ground between my toes.  For a young kid, this was a great way to feel alive.  All of this connecting with warm mother earth came crashing down one warm summer day, when I stepped on a honey bee that was wrapped up in some clover.  The piercing bee sting on the bottom of my foot was followed by a swelling and the tears of
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Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

by TK July 15th, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140704_155128_184I am child of the 1970s and 1980s.   Those two decades are the cultural references that I usually understand.  The movies I know, the songs I can sing, and the pop culture icons I gravitate to are all from that 20-year period.  So when I think of Jim Beam bourbon, my mind thinks of of a dingy bar and setting right out of a George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers song.  Cheaper whiskey that is in every bar and serves the purpose of reducing the pain of life for the consumer.  So when I visited my local
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Spud Ginger Lemongrass Flavored Vodka: A Review

by TK July 8th, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140629_125123_327I love Thai food.  I needed to get that out there as soon as I could in this liquor review.  Coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger chicken is a dish that gets my mouth watering.  I think of the flavors circling my mouth, dancing with my taste buds, and gleefully reaching my stomach.   Thai food equals happiness for me.

So when I got a chance to review Spud Ginger Lemongrass Flavored Vodka, my mouth began its Pavlovian reactions and felt the anticipation of liquid Thai food.  The clear bottle with a photo of an exploding potato let me know it was
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J.P. Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Whisky: A Review

by TK July 1st, 2014| Liquor
IMG_20140622_081336_965Most Canadian whiskeys are sweet and make fabulous drinks either neat or over a few rocks.  They conjure up the thoughts of crisp Canadian air and smokey North American wood.  Canadian whiskey has become one of my go to beverages if I am out and relaxing with friends at a bar.

Unfortunately, I had the displeasure of sampling J.P. Wiser's Spiced Vanilla Whisky and the experience was anything but brisk, fresh or savory.  The interesting thing was that my overall reaction is not something I was expecting at first blush.  Pouring the whiskey into my rocks glass over a couple
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