It has been announced that Martin Miller, founder of Martin Miller’s Gin, has recently passed away on Christmas Eve after fighting a battle with cancer. We’ve chosen to reflect on this entrepreneur, artist, and award winning gin producer by sharing our interview with Mr. Miller from March 2011.
Rest in Peace Martin.
Gin is not just vodka that tastes like pine trees. Feeling that way led Martin Miller, a successful English businessman and hotelier to start his nth new venture, Martin Miller’s Gin, over a decade ago when vodka had pushed the genteel clear spirit to the brink of extinction. Mutineer caught up with the serial entrepreneur turned distiller in between jet-setting trips across the Atlantic to chat about all things British.
What is the last thing you drank?
That’s a strange question with spooky overtones to it! Well, I nearly gave up drinking for good back in 1998. That was the year I first distilled Martin Miller’s. I was with some friends and had just been served three of the most atrocious gin and tonics imaginable. As a lifelong gin drinker, the choice was stark. Either to continue drinking the rubbish that was, in those days, masquerading as gin or give up drinking altogether. That was unthinkable, so it was then that I set out to create a gin to my own recipe. It’s hard to remember in these days of what I call the ‘Gin Renaissance’ just how bad things had gotten for gin in those dark days of vodka madness!
Where did your interest in gin come from?
When I was a small child my parents used to mutter that ‘I was conceived on gin.’ Of course, back then I hadn’t a clue what they meant, but it made gin sound like some mysterious elixir with magic properties. After all it had somehow conjured me up! From then on, I was hooked by gin. By conception too, I guess. I have five daughters… See the full post »
Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from Old 4th Distillery & Tasting Room out of Atlanta, GA.
5 Atlanta locals–brothers Jeff and Craig Moore, along with their pals Gabe Pilato, Justin Gray, and Andy DuVall–are working to open the first distillery in the city of Atlanta since Prohibition. Located right in the heart of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, Old Fourth Ward Distillery plans to produce vodka, gin, whisky, and bourbon. In August, the distillery received their federal permit to operate the still and they are on track to receive their state and city permits once the build out of the facility has been completed which is estimated to be around February 2014. And the stills? They’re still in German being custom made, and the cost of those is what the Old Fourth Ward team need help with.
Just 3 days left to fund their project, which is currently sitting at 81% funded. Interested in backing their project? Check them out!
George Dickel has recently announced that they will be releasing an unaged white whisky. Called The No. 1 Foundation Recipe, it is the same distillate that goes on to become George Dickel No. 8, No. 12 and Barrel Select. The difference? It’s not rested in barrels to mature. Aside from that, it will utilize the same grain bill, the same Cascade Spring water and the same filtering method using their signature Chill Charcoal Mellowing process.
According to the distillery, “George Dickel No. 1 is a 91-proof (45.5 % ABV) whisky with a clear appearance and initial aroma that is soft, yet full of raw grain. Those raw notes vanish upon a mellow and smooth first taste, with a creamy and sweet corn flavor. The Chill Charcoal Mellowing process gives the liquid a soft, smooth finish.”
Distributed nationwide beginning in Jan., George Dickel No. 1 will retail at a suggested price of $21.99 for a 750 mL bottle.
Events • Spirits
The Spirit of Italy, a group of eight iconic Italian distilleries with the common goal of promoting Italy’s premium spirits, will begin a short West Coast tour on December 4. With stops in San Francisco and Las Vegas, The Spirit of Italy will host bartenders for an in-depth class on the spirits and liqueurs held in the portfolio and will be led by world renowned Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi and alongside the owners of the brands themselves.
The Spirit of Italy SF Event: Quick Details
WHAT: West Coast Tour 2013, The Spirit of Italy
WHEN: December 4, 2013 // 12 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: RN74 – 301 Mission St, San Francisco
The Spirit of Italy Las Vegas Event: Quick Details
WHAT: West Coast Tour 2013, The Spirit of Italy
WHEN: December 6, 2013 // 12 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada – 8400 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas
This event is full.
The Spirit of Italy is also participating at La Cucina italiana Food & Wine Festival at the Venetian Hotel. During the four day festival, The Spirit of Italy will be found at: See the full post »
Due to a demand for rye whiskey that couldn’t be planned for in 2012, Wild Turkey 101 Rye Whiskey was replaced with Wild Turkey 81 in many areas. Naturally, what limited stocks of rye whiskey Wild Turkey had could be spread further by adding water to decrease the proof from 101 to 81. While people did enjoy the 81 proof version, there was still a void that many passionate whiskey enthusiasts and bartenders wanted filled. One of those bartenders was San Diego’s Erick Castro of Polite Provisions, who created a “Bring Back Wild Turkey 101 Rye” group on Facbeook.
Luckily for Castro, Wild Turkey listened. “To be completely frank, we didn’t realize bartenders had such a passion for it. Given the bartending community can be directly attributed for the current resurgence in Rye and classic cocktails, we had to listen and take the necessary steps with our available aged stock to bring 101 Rye back,” said Master Distiller Jimmy Russell.
As for Erick Castro? “It was definitely a tough blow to the cocktail world when Wild Turkey 101 Rye disappeared. I always found it worked beautifully in cocktails, both stirred & shaken,” said Castro. “Because of this, I am elated to hear that it will be available again for craft bartenders looking for a quality rye that shines in drinks we serve across the bar.”
Wild Turkey 101 won’t be brought back nationally, but the brand will be re-introduce in one liter bottles targeting on-premise accounts in 21 markets across the country.
Like whisk(e)y or know someone who does? Want to learn more about whisk(e)y or know someone who does? Look no further than Master of Malt’s Whisky Advent Calendar.
What better way could there be to count down the each day of December with a different dram of Bourbon, Japanese whisky, or Scotch?
Aside from the the Whisky Advent Calendar pictured above, Master of Malt also offers a Premium Whisky Advent Calendar which highlights higher end whisky and a Givent Calendar with an incredible array of gins.
Whisk(e)ys included in the Whisky Advent Calendar are:
– Yamazaki 12 Year Old
– Grants 25 Year Old
– Evan Williams Single Barrel
– Mackmyra Brukswhisky
– Bowmore 15 Year Old
– Scapa 16 Year Old
– Glencadam 21 Year Old
– Blue Hanger 9th Release
– Tomintoul 14 Year Old
– Dalmore 18 Year Old
– Auchentoshan Three Wood
– Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
– Yellow Spot 12 Year Old
– Talisker Port Ruighe
– Nikka Whisky From The Barrel
– Balcones Texas Single Malt
– Glen Garioch 12 Year Old
– Johnnie Walker Platinum
– Balvenie 17 Year Old Doublewood
– Smooth Ambler 7 Year Old Bourbon
– Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Distillery Edition
– Balvenie Carribean Cask
– The Glenlivet Nadurra
– Glenfarclas 40 Year Old
To learn more, visit Master of Malt online.
Here at Mutineer HQ, we are all about cheering on beverage entrepreneurs and their efforts to bring something new to the table. Kickstarter is a great resource for people to bring their ideas to life. The latest project to capture our attention is from Black Button Distilling out of Rochester, NY.
Founder Jason Barrett is looking to bring bourbon, gin, vodka and shine to your glass, but due to cost overruns on building the distillery he is having a little difficulty and needs Kickstarter contributors to get involved. Jason is halfway to his $20,000 goal and has 16 days left. Check out the project and help bring a little more fine beverage into the world.
Tequila Herradura has just announced the release of its second in a series of small-batch tequilas, Tequila Herradura Colección de la Casa, Reserva 2013 – Cognac Cask Finish Reposado.
The tequila gets it start using traditional production methods and a proprietary fermentation from naturally occurring wild yeast before being aged in American oak barrels for 11 months. It is then transferred to French oak casks sourced from the historic Cognac region for an additional three months. See the full post »