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Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur

Matt Birchard

Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur is a podcast for anyone that enjoys distilled spirits! Built on the premise of drinking, discussing, and discovering the world of distilled spirits, each episode features consistent tastings and much more. The featured spirit's backstory is covered, including history of production, marketing, availability, notable events for the spirit, as well as personal stories on enjoyment. This podcast features new episodes at least weekly, and is the work of host Matt Birchard, who created the podcast as a way to keep a new year's resolution to himself - which was to drink more! So enjoy each episode whenever you have time, but it's recommended you enjoy a liquor or liqueur during the show!
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Episode 87: Zacapa Rum
Episode 87: Zacapa Rum
Episode 87 features Zacapa Rum, full name of Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23. Hailing from Guatemala, this special rum is aged between 6 and 23 years using a solera system, and bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 and it retails for $45. Enjoy this episode with a pour of Zacapa neat. Zacapa's official website: https://www.zacaparum.com/ (https://www.zacaparum.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1940s - Four Guatemalan liquor producers join forces to form Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala 1960s - Dr. Alejandro Burgaleta begins working in quality control for Industrias Licoreras de Guatemala 1970s - A "diligent" auditor writes off old spirits stock and suggests they be dumped in the river 1976 - Zacapa is launched to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the town of Zacapa 1980s - Lorena Vásquez, current Master Blender, joins Zacapa 2004 - The bottle design is changed to feature only a band of Petate weaving 2008 - Diageo enters into a 3 year distribution and joint marketing deal with an option to purchase a 50% stake in the brand 2011 - Diageo buys a 50% stake in Zacapa for a rumored $100 Million 2015 - Packaging is further refined to the current version Key Cocktails: Just drink it neat, one large cube of ice if you must. References: https://www.diageobaracademy.com/en_zz/know-your-liquid/our-brands/zacapa/ (Diageo Bar Academy Listing) https://elperiodico.com.gt/opinion/opiniones-de-hoy/2020/12/16/dr-alejandro-burgaleta/ (History of Zacapa's Founder and Genesis of the Rum) (Spanish language and requires free account) https://www.olivemagazine.com/drink/ron-zacapa-the-story-behind-the-iconic-guatemalan-rum/ (Olive Magazine Article) https://exploredrinks.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-ron-zacapa/ (What You Need to Know About Ron Zacapa) https://refinedvices.com/ron-zacapa-the-evolution-of-the-packaging (Evolution of the Packaging) https://vinepair.com/articles/ron-zacapa-rum-guide/ (VinePair Article on Zacapa) https://www.revoluciondecuba.com/blog/zacapa-rum-hidden-story-house-clouds/ (House Above The Clouds Article) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Zacapa_Centenario (Wikipedia Article on Zacapa) https://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/diageo-signs-global-distribution-agreement-for-zacapa-centenario-rum.html (Diageo Signs Distribution Deal) https://www.reuters.com/article/diageo-rum/diageo-buys-half-of-zacapa-for-est-100-mln-plus-idUSLDE75C0S920110613 (Diageo Buys 50% of Zacapa) https://www.forcemajeure.design/project/brand-world-3 (Force Majeure Project Listing for Zacapa Redesign) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
2d ago
21 mins
Episode 86: Pusser's Rum
Episode 86 features Pusser's Rum, the official British Navy rum. The Blue Label used in the tasting for this episode is bottled in 750ml at 42% ABV, or 84 proof for the US market, and it retails for $27. Enjoy this episode with a Pusser's Painkiller®. Pusser's Rum official website: https://pussersrum.com/ (https://pussersrum.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1655 - The British capture Jamaica from the Spanish 1731 - British Naval regulations define a sailor's ration of rum to be 1/2 pint, twice a day 1740 - Admiral Edward Vernon, "Old Grog", decrees that the ration should be diluted with water, becoming what's known as Grog 1756 - Grog becomes the official way to serve the sailor's rum ration, referred to as a tot 1824 - The tot is reduced to a quarter pint of rum 1850 - the tot is reduced to an eighth of a pint of rum 1970 - The British stop providing rum to sailors in what's known as Black Tot Day, July 31st 1976 - Charles Tobias has his first drink of original naval rum and is gifted a demijohn of it 1979 - Charles Tobias is gifted Pusser's Rum from the British Navy 1980 - Pusser's Rum becomes commercially available 1990 - Pusser's Rum is sold to Jim Beam 2002 - Charles Tobias and Jim Jackson purchase Pusser's Rum back from Jim Beam 2013 - Headquarters is moved to Charleston, South Carolina, USA 2021 - Record breaking sales year for the brand Key Cocktails: Pusser's is one of a few brands with a trademark on their signature cocktail. Painkiller® 2 oz. (60 ml) Pusser’s Rum 4 oz. (120 ml) pineapple juice 1 oz. (30 ml) orange juice 1 oz. (30 ml) cream of coconut Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish. Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into a big glass filled with ice, garnish and enjoy! References: https://youtu.be/4eswMosMToA (History of The Pusser's Painkiller® and Pusser's Rum on YouTube) https://youtu.be/egcWjlRlmsA (Interview with Charles Tobias) https://cocktailwonk.com/2020/07/charles-tobias-part-one.html (Cocktail Wonk Interview with Charles Tobias, Part One) https://cocktailwonk.com/2020/07/charles-tobias-part-two.html (Cocktail Wonk Interview with Charles Tobias, Part Two) https://therumlab.com/rum-connoisseur-interview-of-the-week-gary-l-rogalski-president-ceo-pussers-rum-ltd/ (The Rum Lab Interview with Pusser's CEO Gary Rogalski) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pusser%27s (Wikipedia Article on Pusser's Rum) https://youtu.be/D7NiejyP-vA (YouTube Message from Charles Tobias) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producers/80/pussers-west-indies-ltd (Difford's Guide Listing on Pusser's Rum) Book: A Rum Tale by Joseph Piercy Page Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Jan 14 2022
23 mins
Episode 85: Amaro Montenegro
Episode 85 features Amaro Montenegro, a top selling Amaro which is bottled in 750ml at 23% ABV, or 46 proof, and it retails for $40. Enjoy this episode with some Amaro Montenegro neat. Amaro Montenegro's official website: https://www.amaromontenegro.com/en/#ProductionProcess (https://www.amaromontenegro.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1885 - Distillery is founded by Stanisalo Cobianchi and Elisir Lungavita is launched 1896 - Elisir Lungavita is renamed Amaro Montenegro in honor of Princess Elena of Montenegro on the occasion of her wedding to Prince Victor Emmanuel III of Italy 1921 - Famed Italian poet and war hero Gabriele D'Annunzio declares Amaro Montenegro the "Liqueur of Virtues" 2018 - First major packaging update in decades makes the bottle slimmer and easier to pour from Key Cocktails: Like most amaro, you can enjoy it neat or on the rocks. References: https://amaromontenegro.us/our-story/ (Amaro Montenegro's US Website) https://gruppomontenegro.com/en/ (Gruppo Montenegro) https://youtu.be/tsGMkHjgMVg (Amaro Montenegro Product Story - Chapter One) https://youtu.be/lwFhWeMKsfY (Amaro Montenegro Product Story - Chapter Two) https://youtu.be/fK2YnDJa_Qg (Amaro Montenegro Product Story - Chapter Three) https://youtu.be/bJXVlBFCccY (The Revelation - Short Film ) https://vinepair.com/articles/amaro-montenegro-distillery-tour/ (Vinepair Article - Tour of Tremano Production Plant) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producer/1167/amaro-montenegro/story (Difford's Guide Listing) https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amaro-montenegro-unveils-new-global-packaging-redesign-at-bar-convent-brooklyn-2018-300665273.html (New Packaging Announcement) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabriele_D%27Annunzio (Wikipedia Listing on Gabrile D'Annunzio) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Jan 7 2022
19 mins
Episode 84: Highland Park Magnus
Episode 84 features Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky, which is bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, and it retails for about $40. Enjoy this episode with a dram of Highland Park Magnus neat. Highland Park's official website: https://www.highlandparkwhisky.com/en/magnus (https://www.highlandparkwhisky.com) Brief Historical Timeline: 1798 - Local preacher and smuggler Magnus Eunson is arrested in the Orkney islands, in the far north of Scotland 1813 - A syndicate buys High Park and the distillery, buyers include the arresting officer 1818 - Highland Park is the name bestowed upon the distillery 1826 - The distillery gets a license to legally distill whisky 1979 - The first time whisky sold under the Highland Park name is bottled by the distillery 1999 - The Erdrington group acquires the distillery and brand 2012 - The brand pivots to a Viking theme 2017 - Magnus is launched Key Cocktails: Scotch whisky, especially a single malt like Highland Park Magnus, is really intended to be enjoyed neat, or perhaps with a bit of water. Enjoy it how you like! References: https://youtu.be/SzXjnTDyK4g (I F'ing Love Whisky Episode This Whisky Was Featured On) <- Subscribe to this show! https://scotchwhisky.com/whiskypedia/1867/highland-park/ (Scotch Whisky Listing for Highland Park) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Park_distillery (Wikipedia Article on Highland Park) https://vinepair.com/articles/highland-park-scotch-whisky-guide/ (Vinepair Article on Highland Park) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2017/07/highland-park-a-brand-history/ (The Spirits Business Brand Story) https://www.whisky.com/whisky-database/distilleries/details/highland-park.html (Whisky.com Listing) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producers/217/highland-park-distillery/history (Difford's Guide Listing) https://electricscotland.com/food/highlandpark.htm (Electric Scotland Article on Highland Park) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Dec 31 2021
21 mins
Episode 83: Ancho Reyes
Episode 83 features Ancho Reyes Liqueur which is bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, and it retails for about $27. Enjoy this episode with a spicy margarita. Ancho Reye's official website: https://anchoreyes.com/ (https://anchoreyes.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1927 - Locally made Menjurje of Ancho Chiles is consumed in Puebla, Mexico 2013 - Ancho Reyes liqueur is launched 2016 - Ancho Reyes Verde is introduced 2017 - Sales reach about 40,000 cases 2019 - The Campari Group buys Ancho Reyes as part of a $35.7 million deal 2021 - Drinks International ranks Ancho Reyes as the 8th most popular liqueur Key Cocktails: Ancho Reyes is sweetened, and therefore can be used in place of other sweeteners in cocktails. Try this spicy margarita recipe from the back label: 1 oz. Ancho Reyes 1 oz. Tequila 0.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 0.5 oz. Light Agave Syrup Shake with ice, strain into a double rocks glass over ice, garnish with a lime wheel. References: https://www.casalumbre.com/ (Casa Lumbre) https://www.alcademics.com/2015/03/distillery-visit-ancho-reyes-ancho-chile-liqueur.html (Alcademics Distillery Tour, Circa 2015) https://www.weholden.com/work/ancho-reyes (Weholden Design Agency) https://www.bonvivants.com/bon-vivants/ (The Bon Vivants) https://drinksint.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/9309/Brands_Report_2021:_Liqueurs.html (Drinks International 2021 Brands Report) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/10/campari-buys-majority-stake-in-montelobos-mezcal (Campari's Purchase of Ancho Reyes) https://www.oldliquorsmagazine.com/ancho-reyes-a-classic-1920s-redux/ (Old Liquors Magazine Article) https://www.vallartadaily.com/ancho-reyes-liquor-shouts-viva-mexico-world/ (Vallarta Daily Article on Ancho Reyes) https://punchdrink.com/articles/how-to-use-ancho-reyes-chile-liqueur-cocktail-recipes/ (Punch Drink Article on Ancho Reyes) https://medium.com/authority-magazine/ivan-saldana-of-casa-lumbre-5-things-you-should-do-to-become-a-thought-leader-in-your-industry-257777f1b4f5 (Authority Magazine Interview with Iván Saldaña) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Dec 24 2021
21 mins
Episode 82: St-Rémy VSOP French Brandy
Episode 82 features St-Rémy VSOP French Brandy which is bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, and it retails for about $17. Enjoy this episode with some St-Rémy neat or on the rocks. St-Rémy's official website: https://www.st-remy.com/ (https://www.st-remy.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1886 - Paul-Emile Rémy Martin II founds the distillery to produce high quality brandy 1917 - St-Rémy releases “Fine St-Rémy” 1949 - The distinctive black bottle is introduced 1980 - Napoleon VSOP version of St-Rémy is released 1990 - St-Rémy releases their XO bottling 2017 - Remy Cointreau Group invests in St-Rémy branding 2018 - Limited release Cash finished bottles are introduced 2020 - Sales are about 90,000 cases annually Key Cocktails: St-Rémy is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in a simple brandy focused cocktail. References: https://www.remy-cointreau.com/en/brands/st-remy/ (Remy Cointreau Group Listing) https://blog.cognac-expert.com/st-remy-craft-brandy/ (Cognac Expert Blog Post) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phylloxera (Wikipedia Article on Phylloxera) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/04/st-remy-brandy-relaunches-with-new-design/ (The Spirits Business Article on New Design) https://www.shankennewsdaily.com/index.php/2021/10/22/29704/remy-cointreau-sales-leap-52-in-fiscal-first-half/ (2020 - 2021 Sales Figures) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Dec 17 2021
20 mins
Episode 81: Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
Episode 81 features Jose Cuervo Especial, also known as Cuervo Gold, which is bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, and it retails for about $20. Enjoy this episode with some Jose Cuervo Especial Gold in a Margarita or other tequila cocktail. Cuervo's official website: https://cuervo.com/ (https://cuervo.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1758 - Jose Antonio de Cuervo y Valdes was given a land grant by King Fernand VI to plant agave in Mexico 1795 - Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo y Montana receives a license from King Carlos IV to produce tequila commercially, launching the tequila industry 1812 - La Rojeña, the distillery, is founded 1852 - The first Cuervo tequila makes its way to California 1880 - Cuervo wins a gold medal, and becomes the first tequila to be individually bottled 1900 - The brand "Jose Cuervo" is created 1945 - Jose Cuervo runs ads promoting the Margarita cocktail, featuring Cuervo 1970s - Tequila gains a designation of origin from Mexico, and the Rolling Stones drink a lot of Cuervo in Tequila Sunrise cocktails 1989 - The family sells 49% of the company to a predecessor of Diageo 2017 - Jose Cuervo becomes publicly traded on the Mexican stock market through an IPO of the parent company Becle SA de CV Key Cocktails: Try a Margarita, or do a shot, or go back to the disco era and try this: Tequila Sunrise 1.5 oz. Jose Cuervo Especial Gold 3 oz. Orange Juice .5 oz. Grenadine Pour over ice, garnish with a cherry and orange slice. References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Cuervo (Wikipedia Article on Jose Cuervo) https://vinepair.com/articles/13-things-to-know-jose-cuervo-tequila/ (Vinepair's 13 Things You Should Know About Jose Cuervo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaG7KilQP0U (Factory Tour Video on YouTube) https://www.statista.com/statistics/462718/jose-cuervo-tequila-us-sales-volume/ (Global Sales Figures) https://popsop.com/2011/08/jose-cuervo-restores-the-history-and-heritage-of-the-world%E2%80%99s-best-selling-tequila/ (2011 Bottle Update) https://drinkmanila.com/2018/02/03/new-year-new-look-for-jose-cuervo/ (2018 Bottle Update) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Dec 10 2021
21 mins
Episode 80: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
Episode 80 features Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which was on the market for decades before being spun off as a standalone brand and rocketing to popularity. Bottled in 750ml at 33% ABV, or 66 proof, it retails for about $15. Enjoy this episode with a shot of Fireball - if you dare! Fireball's official website: https://www.fireballwhisky.com/ (https://www.fireballwhisky.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1984 - Fireball is launched under the Dr. McGillicuddy's brand 1989 - Sazerac buys 7 brands from Seagrams, including Dr. McGillicuddy's 2007 - Fireball is rebranded as a standalone product and introduced to the USA 2010 - A social media campaign and brand ambassador heavily promote Fireball 2011 - Sales are only $1.9 Million US Dollars 2013 - Sales hit $61 Million US Dollars 2020 - About 6.3 million 9-liter equivalent cases are sold Key Cocktails: Fireball is for shooting. References: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-04-24/fireball-whisky-gains-on-jagermeister-via-social-media-bar-sales (Bloomberg BusinessWeek History of Fireball Article) (behind a pay wall) https://www.reddit.com/r/bartenders/comments/hfszun/hate_or_love_the_product_itself_the_fireball/ (Dr. McGillicuddy's Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Bottle) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireball_Cinnamon_Whisky (Wikipedia Article on Fireball) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fireball-whisky_n_3672309 (Huffpost Article on Fireball) https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/fireball-whiskey-millennials-popularity-decline-us (Thrillist Article on Fireball) https://www.ttb.gov/images/pdfs/spirits_bam/chapter7.pdf (TTB Regulations on Caramel Color) https://www.spicekitchenandbar.com/fireball-whiskey/ (Spice Kitchen and Bar Article) https://www.statista.com/statistics/462701/fireball-liqueur-us-sales-volume/ (2020 Sales Figures) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Dec 3 2021
26 mins
Episode 79: Black Velvet
Episode 79 features Black Velvet Canadian Whisky, the second best selling blended Canadian whisky on the market, and a tremendous value. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for about $10. Enjoy this episode with a whisky cocktail of your choice, made with Black Velvet. Black Velvet's official website: https://www.blackvelvetwhisky.com/ (https://www.blackvelvetwhisky.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1946 - The whisky for the first bottling was distilled 1951 - The brand was launched, as a range of Velvet named whisky, Black Velvet was the only one to survive in the marketplace 1969 - The first Black Velvet Lady is introduced, a spokesmodel campaign that endured into the 1990s 1973 - Production moves to a purpose built distillery in Alberta, Canada 1991 - Automation is added to the distillery, vastly reducing employee count and increasing efficiency 2014 - Sales hit a high of 2.05 million 9-liter equivalent cases 2019 - Heave Hill Brands acquires Black Velvet Key Cocktails: Black Velvet works well in cocktails. Enjoy it in anything calling for a blended Canadian whisky. References: https://my.captivate.fm/Business%20Insider%20on%20Why%20It's%20Called%20Black%20Friday (Business Insider on Why It's Called Black Friday) https://www.history.com/news/the-black-friday-gold-scandal-145-years-ago (History.com Article on the Black Friday Gold Scandal) https://heavenhill.com/press-detail.php?postid=what-is-black-velvet-canadian-whisky (Heaven Hill Brands Press Release on Black Velvet Acquisition) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2019/11/heaven-hill-buys-black-velvet-canadian-whisky/ (The Spirits Business Coverage of Heaven Hill Brans Acquisition) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Velvet_(whisky) (Wikipedia Article on Black Velvet) https://propadv.com/tag/black-velvet/ (Vintage Black Velvet Ads) https://www.statista.com/statistics/462786/black-velvet-canadian-whisky-us-sales-volume/ (Black Velvet Sales Volumes) https://youtu.be/G5DdRe5DnTI (Distillery Tour on YouTube) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Nov 26 2021
23 mins
Episode 78: Crystal Head Vodka
Episode 78 features Crystal Head Vodka, an exceptionally pure spirit bottled in a skull shaped 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for about $45. Enjoy this episode with some Crystal Head Vodka mixed in your favorite cocktail. Crystal Head Vodka's official website: https://www.crystalheadvodka.com/ (https://www.crystalheadvodka.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 2007 - Dan Aykroyd and John Alexander have lunch and Alexander's idea for the skull shaped bottle comes up in conversation 2008 - The brand launches 2008 - The movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is released in theaters 2011 - The vodka wins a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2011 - Sales surpass 1 million bottles 2015 - Crystal Head Aurora is launched, made from rye 2020 - Crystal Head Onyx is launched, made from Weber Blue Agave Key Cocktails: Crystal Head Vodka is very pure, and a perfect clean slate for cocktails. Try it how Dan Aykroyd likes it, in a simple dirty vodka martini: 2 oz. Crystal head Vodka Splash of white vermouth Splash of olive juice Pour into a shaker full of ice, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish if you like. Enjoy! References: https://youtu.be/dsHqfsoerWg (YouTube Virtual Tasting Produced During the Pandemic) Book: Vodka - How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America by Victorino Matus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Head_Vodka (Wikipedia Article) https://www.mashed.com/474540/the-untold-truth-of-crystal-head-vodka/ (Mashed Article) https://youtu.be/wwJmNaR_4hk (Original Launch Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80TnchP9a1A (Pure Spirit - Brand Video on YouTube) https://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/smallbusiness/1105/gallery.celebrity_entrepreneurs_secret/index.html (Money.com Reference) https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51113460 (BBC News Profile) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Nov 19 2021
19 mins
Episode 77: Licor 43
Episode 77 features Licor 43, Cuarenta Y Tres, a Spanish liqueur. (Why this wasn't episode 43, I don't know, I missed it!) Bottled in 750ml at 31% ABV, or 62 proof, it retails for about $25. Enjoy this episode with Licor 43 neat, or with espresso. Licor 43's official website: https://www.licor43.com/ (https://www.licor43.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 209 BC - The Roman's conquer a part of southern Spain and encounter "Liqvor Mirabilis" that Licor 43 is said to be based on 1946 - The Zamora family begin bottling Licor 43 themselves 1950s & 60s - Advertising is used to cement the brands position in the Spanish market 1970s - Exports to other parts of Europe and the Americas begin 1980s - The brand builds a sailing ship to sail around the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn 2011 - Licor 43 is recognized as the fastest growing premium liqueur in its category 2010s - Investments are made to double production capacity 2015 - New bottle is designed 2016 - Brand extension comes 2020 - Ready-to-Drink (RTD) products featuring Licor 43 are introduced Key Cocktails: Licor 43 has many key cocktails and their own glasses - visit their website for more. The Carajillo is so popular, it's sold as an RTD bottle. But you can easily make your own, here's how: 1 Part Licor 43 1 Shot of Espresso Ice Pour the Licor 43 over ice, top with the hot shot of Espresso. Enjoy! References: https://zamoracompany.com/passionate-people/our-history/ (Zamora Company Website) https://www.liquor.com/licor-43-review-5201500 (Liquor.com Review) https://www.thespruceeats.com/licor-43-spanish-liqueur-3083096 (The Spruce Eats Article on Licor 43) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producer/1093/licor-43/story (Difford's Guide Listing) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlf50xgF2IE (YouTube - Licor 43's Journey) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFRcS8yRANw (YouTube - Experiencia 43) http://www.trends360.nl/iconic-licor-43-bottle-with-a-new-look.html (Press Mention Showing Historic Bottles) https://goldenvisasinspain.com/blogs/licor-43-the-drink-of-cartagena (Golden Visas In Spain - Travel Listing on Licor 43) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2015/02/licor-43-launch-new-packaging-to-support-growth/ (The Spirits Business Article on New Packaging & Growth) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Nov 5 2021
19 mins
Episode 76: Shanky's Whip
Episode 76 features Shanky's Whip, an Irish Whiskey based liqueur. Bottled in 750ml at 33% ABV, or 66 proof, it retails for about $25. Enjoy this episode with Shanky's chilled, or mix it with root beer or cola. Shanky's Whip's official website: https://www.shankyswhip.com/ (https://www.shankyswhip.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1920s - Shanky is said to have raced horses and made whiskey, eventually turning to harness racing with his ostrich Shooter 2021 - Shanky's Whip is launched by Shanky & Shireman, a company formed by Biggar & Leith to produce the liqueur Key Cocktails: Shanky's Whip is intended for simple mixed drinks, experiment with it. A chilled shot is a suggested serve. References: Much of the information for this episode came directly from Lafayette USA, the US Importer and Distributor for Shanky's Whip. https://www.biggarandleith.com/ (Biggar & Leith) https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/10216854284 (Image of the vintage Japanese Matchbox the Shanky's Whip Label was Based On) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrfXNbIZSI0 (Shanky's Whip YouTube Video) http://www.historyofmatches.com/ (History of Matches) https://www.rte.ie/archives/2018/0320/948772-history-of-matchboxes/ (Irish Match Manufacturer Article with Video from 1983) https://allthatsinteresting.com/ostrich-racing (Vintage Ostrich Racing) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Oct 29 2021
17 mins
Episode 75: Beefeater Gin
Episode 75 features Beefeater Gin, a London Dry style produced in London. Bottled in 750ml at 44% ABV, or 88 proof, for the US market, it retails for $20. Enjoy this episode with a classic Beefeater Gin Martini, or served with tonic. Beefeater's official website: https://www.beefeatergin.com/en-US (https://www.beefeatergin.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1820 - Chelsea Distillery is founded by the Taylor family 1863 - James Burrough purchases the distillery 1876 - Beefeater Gin is first introduced 1895 - The nine botanicals used in Beefeater are recorded in a company recipe book 1908 - Production moves to a new distillery in Lambeth, a part of London 1958 - Distillery moves again, to a site in Kennington, a part of London 1987 - The Burrough family sells Beefeater to brewing giant Whitbread 1995 - Desmond Payne becomes Master Distiller for Beefeater 2005 - Pernod Ricard acquires Beefeater 2014 - A visitor center opens at the distillery 2019 - Sales peak at 3.4 million 9-liter equivalent cases Key Cocktails: Beefeater mixes very well, try it in a favorite gin cocktail. Suggested serves include Gin & Tonic with 1 part gin to 3 parts tonic. References: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20151023-the-secret-life-of-beefeaters (BBC Article on Beefeaters, the Yeoman of the Guard) https://www.thespiritsbusiness.com/2018/05/beefeater-a-brand-history/ (The Spirits Business Article on Beefeater) https://www.masterofmalt.com/blog/post/the-history-of-beefeater-gin.aspx (Master of Malt Article on Beefeater) https://vinepair.com/articles/ntk-beefeater-gin-guide/ (Vinepair.com Beefeater Overview) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beefeater_Gin (Wikipedia Article on Beefeater) https://www.statista.com/statistics/308833/beefeater-gin-global-sales-volume/ (Statista.com Sales Figures) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtcYspo8wK8 (YouTube Video on How It's Made) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgtQzyCrPAA (YouTube Video Behind The Scenes at Beefeater) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Oct 22 2021
18 mins
Episode 74: Damiana
Episode 74 features Guaucura Liqueur de Damiana, an herbal liqueur from Mexico. Bottled in 750ml at 30% ABV, or 60 proof, it retails for $30. Enjoy this episode with a Damian Margarita (just replace the triple sec with Damiana). Damiana's official website: https://www.damiana.net/ (https://www.damiana.net/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1960s - Damiana liqueur is imported into the USA 1990 - The spirit is "rediscovered" on a Spring Break trip to Los Cabos, Mexico 1991 - The Damiana Importing Co. is formed, bringing the liqueur back to the USA Key Cocktails: Legend has it the first margarita was made with Damiana! The brand suggests you try it frozen (put the bottle in the freezer, the liquid won't freeze solid due to the alcohol content). Also, try Damiana in a margarita, mix as you normally would, substituting Damiana for the triple sec/ References: My thanks to Jim Mcarthney, CEO of Damiana Importing Co., for speaking with me for this episode. The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnera_diffusa (Wikipedia Article on the Damiana Plant) https://chilledmagazine.com/damiana-liqueur-herbal-aphrodisiac-or-urban-legend (Chilled Magazine Reference) https://www.loscabosguide.com/mexicandrinks/damiana.htm (Los Cabos Guide Reference to Damiana) https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2007-jun-20-fo-drink20-story.html (LA Times Article Mentioning Damiana) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6SGjE6XX8A (YouTube Video about Damiana (in Spanish)) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Oct 15 2021
14 mins
Episode 73: The Classic Laddie
Episode 73 features The Classic Laddie from Bruichladdich, a single malt Scotch Whisky. Bottled in 750ml at 50% ABV, or 100 proof, it retails for $60. Enjoy this episode with a dram of The Classic Laddie! Bruichladdich's official website: https://www.bruichladdich.com/ (https://www.bruichladdich.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1881 - The distillery is founded 1937 - A speculator buys the distillery and flips it 1938 - The distillery is refurbished, but mothballed due to the war 1989 - Mark Reynier first visits Bruichladdich 1995 - The distillery is mothballed for 7 years 2000 - Jim Beam Brands is the owner and agrees to sell Bruichladdich to Mark Reynier 2010 - The Classic Laddie is introduced 2012 - Rémy Cointreau buys Bruichladdich Key Cocktails: None! Drink this spirit neat! You may add a few drops of water if you so choose. References: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/02/11/spirit-guide (2013 Article in The New Yorker Magazine) https://scotchwhisky.com/whiskypedia/1827/bruichladdich (ScotchWhisky.com Article on Bruichladdich) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruichladdich_distillery (Wikipedia Article on Bruichladdich) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producers/255/bruichladdich-distillery/history (Diffords Guide Reference on Bruichladdich) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Oct 8 2021
27 mins
Episode 72: Pau Maui Vodka
Episode 72 features Pau Maui Vodka, a vodka made in Hawaii from pineapples! Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $19. Enjoy this episode with your favorite vodka based cocktail! Pau Maui's official website: https://paumaui.com/ (https://paumaui.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1949 - The LeVecke family gets into the drinks business 1980s - LeVecke begins doing business in Hawaii, building Hawaiian brands 2006 - Open the Hali'imaile Distilling Company in Maui 2008 - License is issued. 2015 - Packaging has been updated, and a tasting room opens at the distillery 2018 - LeVecke buys the 800 acre Maui Gold Pineapple plantation Key Cocktails: Pau Maui is unflavored vodka, so the list of cocktails is literally endless. Recipes are on the brand's website. References: https://www.google.com/search?q=20.869N+156.341W (Link to Distillery Coordinates on the Bottle) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple (Wikipedia Article on Pineapple) https://flaviar.com/pau/distillery/ (Flaviar Description of the Distillery) https://www.hawaiibevguide.com/haliimailedistilling/pau-vodka (Hawaii Beverage Guide Listing) https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2018/05/16/maui-gold-producers-haliimaile-pineapple-company.html (Business Journal Article on Purchase of Maui Gold Pineapple) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCGpWXWjZy0 (YouTube Video on the Distillery for LeVecke Team) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9iQDJN-BNk (YouTube Distributor Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liAXZZ9V9Bo (Pau Maui Vodka Featured On Drinking Made Easy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNFiQv60Wkc (Original Promotional Video on YouTube) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Oct 1 2021
19 mins
Episode 71: Jägermeister
Episode 71 features Jägermeister, a herbal liqueur originally developed by a hunter for hunters, that became a global sensation when the college crowd in the US discovered chilled shots and clever marketing was applied. Bottled in 750ml at 35% ABV, or 70 proof, it retails for $26. Enjoy this episode with a shot of Jägermeister, and I dare you to try it neat! Jägermeister's official website: https://www.jagermeister.com/en-US (https://www.jagermeister.com/en-US) Brief Historical Timeline: 1878 - Wilhelm Mast founds a vinegar business 1934 - Jägermeister recipe is perfected by Curt Mast 1972 - Sidney Frank begins importing Jägermeister to the USA Early 1980s - A Baton Rouge Louisiana newspaper said that Jägermeister, to the drinker, is instant Valium. 1980s - The Jägerettes, attractive women promoting the drink, are introduced 1993 - The Tap Machine is launched 2015 - Mast Jägermeister buys Sidney Frank Importing 2019 - US sales are 1.49 million 9-liter cases, and about 7 million cases are sold worldwide Key Cocktails: Jägermeister is consumed as a chilled shot. To really get into a party mood, try a Jäger Bomb. 1 oz. Jägermeister 3 - 4 oz. Red Bull energy drink Drop a shot glass filled with the Jägermeister into a glass filled with the Red Bull. Drink as it fizzes. References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A4germeister (Wikipedia Article on Jägermeister) https://www.inc.com/magazine/20050901/qa.html (Inc. Magazine Interview with Sidney Frank) https://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/12/business/sidney-frank-86-dies-took-a-german-drink-and-a-vodka-brand-to.html (New York Times Article on Sidney Frank) https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/introducing-the-jagermeister-shotmeister-223182921.html (Press Release on the Tap Machine) https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150803005199/en/J%C3%A4germeister%C2%A0Acquires-Sidney-Frank-Importing-Company (Press Release on Sidney Frank Importing Acquisition) https://www.statista.com/topics/1755/jaegermeister/ (Sales Figures from Statista) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Sep 24 2021
28 mins
Episode 70: Goslings Black Seal Rum
Episode 70 features Gosling Black Seal Rum, a blended rum from Bermuda that's a key ingredient in the Dark 'n Stormy cocktail. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $19. Enjoy this episode with some Goslings neat, or in a Dark 'n Stormy! Goslings' official website: https://www.goslingsrum.com/ (https://www.goslingsrum.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1806 - William Gosling charters a ship to carry his eldest son James Gosling to Virginia from London with £10,000 worth of wine and spirits to open a merchant business, becalmed at sea, the ship only gets him to Bermuda before his charter runs out 1820s - Ambrose Gosling, younger brother of James, joins him in Bermuda 1857 - One of the blends Ambrose has been experimenting with becomes known as "Old Rum", later to be renamed Black Seal. Pre-WWI, the Goslings begin bottling their Old Rum in reused champagne bottles, sealed with black wax, locals begin to order the "black seal" 1940s - The logo with a black seal juggling a barrel of rum on it's nose is introduced 1991 - The Dark 'n Stormy cocktail is trademarked by Goslings Key Cocktails: Goslings is a required part of the trademarked Dark ' n Stormy. Here's how to make it: 4 - 5 oz. Ginger Beer (Goslings would prefer you use their brand) 1.5 oz. Goslings Black Seal Rum Lime Wedge Fill a glass with ice, pour in the ginger beer, float the black seal on top, and garnish with the lime. References: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlRAZc8EvWo (YouTube Interview with Charles Gosling from 2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUtqTSCY23M (YouTube History of Goslings with Malcom Gosling from 2011) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producer/1122/gosling-brothers (Diffords Guide Profile (with videos) on Goslings) https://vinepair.com/articles/get-to-know-goslings-rum-the-spirit-of-bermuda/ (Vinepair Article on Goslings) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda (Wikipedia Article on Bermuda) https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-38222271 (BBC Article on Bermuda Roofs & Water) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ved_igoQTTA (YouTube History of the Dark 'n Stormy) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Sep 17 2021
19 mins
Episode 69: Baileys Irish Cream
Episode 69 features Baileys Irish Cream, the best selling liqueur in the world. Bottled in 750ml at 17% ABV, or 34 proof, it retails for $29. Enjoy this episode with some Baileys neat, on the rocks, or baked into your favorite dessert! Baileys' official website: https://www.baileys.com/en-us/ (https://www.baileys.com/en-us/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1973 - Idea for Baileys created by David Gluckman and Hugh Reade Seymour-Davies, in partnership with Tom Jago of International Distillers & Vintners 1974 - Baileys launches in the UK 2010s - Baileys is the best selling liqueur in the world Key Cocktails: Baileys is great chilled by itself, but has a home in many cocktails, as well as in the kitchen, just substitute the milk in a recipe for Baileys! References: https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/in-1973-i-invented-a-girly-drink-called-baileys-1.3240945 (Irish Times Story by David Gluckman on Baileys Creation) Book: That Sh*t Won't Sell by Daivd Gluckman https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2019/03/baileys-irish-cream-the-real-story/ (Tom Jago's Perspective from The Drinks Business) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baileys_Irish_Cream (Wikipedia Article on Baileys) https://www.drinks.ng/baileys-irish-cream-history-made-price/ (Drinks.ng Listing on Baileys) https://youtu.be/OWra_PqtPn0 (YouTube Video on How It's Made) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Sep 10 2021
24 mins
Episode 68: Ouzo 12
Episode 68 features Ouzo 12, perhaps the best selling brand of ouzo worldwide. Bottled in 750ml at 40% ABV, or 80 proof, it retails for $20. Enjoy this episode with some Ouzo 12 neat if you dare! Ouzo 12's official website: http://www.ouzo12.com/ (http://www.ouzo12.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1830s -Ouzo production takes off in Greece, "spun off" from Tsipouro 1856 - The first commercial ouzo distillery is founded 1880 - Kaloyannis Distillery is founded in Constantinople 1925 - The Kaloyannis Distillery moves west to the Greek port town of Tessaloniki 1950 - Ouzo 12 is first bottled, becoming the first brand to be bottled 1999 - Gruppo Campari acquires the brand 2004 - Gruppo Campari acquires the Kutsiko distillery in central Greece 2005 - Ouzo 12 production is moved to the renovated Kutsiko distillery 2016 - Ouzo 12 is the number one brand of ouzo in the world Key Cocktails: Ouzo 12 is typically consumed on ice or with water - I highly recommend adding water! References: https://australianbartender.com.au/2014/06/04/do-you-know-ouzo-check-out-the-history-of-ouzo-12/ (Australian Bartender Article on the History) https://www.iqpstrading.com/product/ouzo-12/ (IQPS Trading Listing of Ouzo 12) https://bespokeunit.com/spirits/ouzo/#what (Bespoke Unit Article on What is Ouzo) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouzo (Wikipedia Article on Ouzo) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouzo_effect (Wikipedia Article on Ouzo Effect) https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/bs-xpm-1998-04-19-1998109007-story.html (Baltimore Sun Newspaper Article from 1998 Referencing Women's Love of the Smell of Good & Plenty Candy) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur
Sep 3 2021
20 mins

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