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In Preparation of National Scotch Whisky Day: 5 New Scotch Whiskys You Need to Try


National Scotch Whisky Day

With July 27 being National Scotch Whisky Day, we couldn’t think of a more appropriate time to highlight several new Scotch Whiskys that have recently popped on our radar.

Scotch, obviously, comes from Scotland and, more specifically, is produced in five regions: Highlands, Lowlands, Speyside, Islay, and Campbeltown. Through a combination of terroir, heritage, and technique, each region produces whisky with distinct qualities and characteristics of that region. While not all regions are represented below, here are a few new whiskys we recommend trying.

anCnoc Flaughter
anCnoc (pronounced a-NOCK) recently released two new expressions that are all about the peat. Flaughter (pronounced FLAH-ter) is named after the Flaughter spade used to remove the top layer of peat which is richer, more rooty and produces more peat reek. Flaughter is part of a Limited Edition Peaty Collection that explores the bolder, smokier aspect of their classic Highland flavor in three different expressions. Pale gold in color, Flaughter is heavy on the peat, weighing in at 14.8 PPM of peat. It is robust and earthy and full of warm smoke, fruit, and honey.

Auchentoshan American Oak
Released in May 2014, Auchentoshan American Oak is a triple distilled single malt aged in first fill bourbon casks hailing from one of the Lowland’s last remaining distilleries. This is a great whisky for someone looking to get into scotch, especially if they already enjoy bourbon as notes of vanilla and caramel are readily available much like one might find in American whiskey. The level of smoke on this is low so it’s a great scotch to introduce to those who are still unsure how they feel about peat smoke.

The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask
Balvenie, the Speyside Single Malt Scotch distillery famous for their DoubleWood, has announced their newest release: The Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel Sherry Cask. Much like their original Balvenie Single Barrel 15, each bottle will denote the barrel number it came from and what number bottle it is from that barrel. As I have personally found between different bottles of Balvenie Single Barrel 15 from different barrels, as well as having nosed casks in Speyside, the variation between casks is enormous. For this release, no more than 650 bottles will be drawn from each European oak sherry butt, which this whisky has been exclusively aged in for at least 15 years. Looks for notes of dried fruit and nuttiness coming from the Oloroso sherry casks.

The Glenglassaugh Distillery Revival
Making its American debut is Glenglassaugh and their Revival Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Appropriately named, Revival is the first whisky from the re-born Glenglassaugh distillery which was first opened in 1875 and mothballed in 1986 until production resumed in 2008. Revival is aged in a mix of ex-red wine and first fill bourbon casks before being finished in rich sherry casks and bottled at 46%. Look for notes of orange, sherry nuttiness, charred oak, and honey.

Laphroaig Select
Laphroaig, the Islay distillery known for the smoky peat and essence from the sea characteristics of their scotch, has just released a new expression: Laphroaig Select. Laphroaig Select takes some of their benchmark offerings–Quarter Cask, PX Cask, Triple Wood and Ten-Year Old Casks–and blends them together to create a whisky that creates a harmony of peat, oak and sweetness. To finish, during the peak of Scottland’s summer, final maturation takes place in new American Oak, which is rarely used in Scotch.

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Suntory Launches New “3D on the Rocks” Campaign


Suntory 3D On The Rocks

Suntory, the brand most well known for their Japanese whiskey that includes Hibiki and Yamazaki, as well as their recent acquisition of Beam Global, has introduced a new marketing campaign which is pretty incredible.

Suntory’s 3D on the Rocks features incredibly intricate ice carvings milled on a CNC machine and that fit perfectly in a whisky tumbler. So far we’ve seen a Buddhist temple as well as an astronaut.

This campaign, which was focused on Japan, allowed consumers to send in submissions of what they’d like to see made.

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Four More Days to Enter Tales of the Cocktail’s 2014 Official Cocktail Competition


Tales of the Cocktail

Just four more days remain to enter the Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Competition. The inspiration of this year’s cocktail is The Hurricane and must follow these rules:

  • Your base spirits must include (but are not limited to) at least one rum.
  • Your sweetening agents must include (but are not limited to) passion fruit.
  • It doesn’t matter how you get there, but the color of your drink should be red — or at least reddish, which is one of the hallmarks of the Hurricane. So is the Hurricane’s signature curvaceous tall glass; bonus points for crafting a drink that looks good in one.

Judges for this year will be Jeff Berry (pictured above), Ian Burrell, and Wayne Curtis.

The winning recipes will receive the following:

  • The first place recipe will be named the “Official Cocktail” of Tales of the Cocktail 2014
  • The Official Cocktail will be in the Toast to Tales of the Cocktail Press Conference and in the official program.
  • The first place recipe will be featured with photography in the Mutineer Magazine and Mutineer online publication
  • The top three winning recipes will be featured in on TalesoftheCocktail.com and featured in the Tales of the Cocktail newsletter which reaches over 20,000 readers.

The deadline to submit recipes is this Friday, April 25, 2014. The winner and top three cocktails will be announced May 1.

To enter and for complete information, click here.

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Hungry Mutineer: Chocolate Whiskey Afternoon Cake with Tullamore Dew


Irish Whiskey Cake

Booze and chocolate have been longtime friends. I remember when I was a kid, sneaking those little bottle shaped chocolates filled with liqueur into my pocket when my parents weren’t looking. As I grew older, the combinations became more refined with grappa filled bars from Swiss chocolatiers and truffles with champagne. But, for all of those liqueurs and libations, my favorite combination has to be whiskey and chocolate. They were made for one another.

There is something about the melding of rich cocoa and the heat of the whiskey that makes it particularly satisfying. I like to use whiskey a lot when I bake and for this particular cake, I chose Tullamore Dew Original. The complimentary flavors of vanilla and marzipan that it gets from the time it spends cooling its heels in bourbon and sherry casks are quite conducive to baking. See the full post »

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The Tales of the Cocktail 2014 Cocktail Competition is Now Live


Tales of the Cocktail

Mutineer Magazine is proud to once again be sponsoring Tales of the Cocktail’s Official Cocktail Competition.

For the 2014 Cocktail Competition, Tales of the Cocktail is getting back to its New Orleans roots by celebrating one of the city’s most renowned cocktails: The Hurricane. A legend of the French Quarter since the 1940s, the Hurricane has become a staple in bars around the world. Now we’re challenging bartenders to pay homage to this classic cocktail with their own creations.

The Hurricane hails from Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street. Whiskey was in short supply after WWII, while liquor distributors were overstocked in rum; their solution was to force bars to buy a case of rum with every Scotch purchase. Legend has it that Pat O’Brien’s head bartender, Louis Culligan, came up with the Hurricane as a way to get rid of all that rum. Culligan revealed his recipe to “Cabaret” magazine in 1956: 4 ounces of gold rum, the juice of 2 lemons, and 2 ounces of “Fassionola,” a brand of bottled red passion fruit mix.

How you reinterpret this drink for 2014 is up to you, but in order not to stray too far from the original concept, your recipe must follow these three rules:

  • Your base spirits must include (but are not limited to) at least one rum.
  • Your sweetening agents must include (but are not limited to) passion fruit.
  • It doesn’t matter how you get there, but the color of your drink should be red — or at least reddish, which is one of the hallmarks of the Hurricane. So is the Hurricane’s signature curvaceous tall glass; bonus points for crafting a drink that looks good in one.

See the full post »

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Op-ed: Community Support Needed to Make Small Businesses “Prime Time” Concern of WA’s Rep. Hurst



Below is an op-ed by Tiffany Hereth Adamowski, co-owner of 99 Bottles in Federal Way.

Tuesday I went to Olympia to testify before the Washington State Government & Accountability Committee, of which Representative Christopher Hurst is chair. I live in Rep. Hurst’s district, and I was there in support of SB 5731, which would allow Specialty Beer/Wine Stores to sell craft distilled spirits.

I was optimistic going in, as SSB 5731 has already overwhelmingly passed the Senate (43 Yea, 4 Nay), but felt it necessary to attend and give testimony as this bill could ultimately mean life or death for Specialty Beer/Wine Stores like mine.

A little background…
Seven years ago my husband and I quit our full-time jobs and embarked on a new journey as entrepreneurs. We opened a little Specialty Beer Store just nine miles from home, over in Federal Way. It is called 99 Bottles. There we have had the joy of sharing our passion of craft beer with others, selling local, import and American beers.

Two years ago voters approved 1183 to privatize liquor sales in Washington State. Since that time, sales margins have started to go downhill…

We look at options for diversification. Our first choice would be to bring in craft spirits. Our dream was always to run a specialty alcohol store, not a tavern. But the law, as is, won’t allow us to bring in spirits. Why?

Approval of 1183 made Washington State Law state that to sell liquor a store must be 10,000-square feet or larger, be a former state store or meet another criteria which we do not.

Flash-forward two years: 60% of the former state liquor stores have gone out of business. National corporate chains BevMo and Total Wine & More are taking advantage of Washington Liquor Laws written in their favor. We fight against these billion-dollar corporate liquor chains for customers…in beer sales only. See the full post »

Utah’s High West Distillery Unveils ‘A Midwinter Night’s Dram’


A Midwinter Night’s Dram

High West Distillery announced today the release of A Midwinter Night’s Dram, which went on sale at the High West Saloon and General Store in downtown Park City on Valentine’s Day.

A Midwinter Night’s Dram is a limited-release of High West’s award winning Rendezvous Rye whiskey finished for several months in port and French oak barrels. Rendezvous Rye is a mix of a straight 6-year-old with a mashbill containing 95% rye/5% barley malt and a straight 16-year-old with a mashbill containing 80% rye/10% corn/10% barley malt

“The rye forms a beautiful vanilla, caramel and cinnamon base, the port barrels add plums and dried fruits, and the French Oak adds a spice accent,” High West proprietor David Perkins said. “It tastes like a proper Christmas plum pudding with lovely mulling spices, dried fruits and crème Anglaise. We knew this was just perfect in the middle of a long cold winter.”

It is bottled at 98.6 and priced at $79.99. It is currently available in limited quantities at the High West Saloon and General Store in downtown Park City and will go on sale nationwide in October.

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Celebrate President’s Day With a Cocktail


Basil Hayden's Presidential Cherry Spice

It’s no secret that George Washington was a fan of alcohol, with his favorites being sweet fortified wines like Madeira and Port. He also drank rum punch, porter, and whiskey.

It’s not known if he drank whiskey, but after his death in 1799, plain whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, apple, peach and persimmon brandy, and rectified apple brandy were all found in his cellar. One also can not overlook the fact that Washington himself had a distillery consisting of five still operating at his Mount Vernon home, which has been resurrected and it operates today much as it did back then and is powered purely by backbreaking manual labor and wood fires.

Basil Hayden’s teamed up with acclaimed Chicago bartender Charles Joly of the Aviary and asked him to create a cocktail in honor of our first very president. The cocktail combines cherries, Washington’s favorite fruit, with Basil Hayden’s, a whiskey whose namesake is Basil Hayden Sr., who started distilling in 1796 when George Washington was in office.

Basil Hayden’s Presidential Cherry Spice
Recipe by Charles Joly – Chicago, IL

2 Parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
3⁄4 parts Heering® Cherry Liqueur
1 dash Fee Brothers® Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
2 parts Milk Stout Beer
Fresh Nutmeg

1. Combine Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon, cherry liqueur and bitters in a mixing glass.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Roll in the milk stout beer.
4. Strain into an old fashioned glass with ice.
5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and cherry on top

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