Liquor 101


Craft Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day We got our first taste of the Irish whiskey revival last spring at a Glendalough pop-up at Service Bar. Since then, we’ve grown in our appreciation for Irish whiskey as a more companionable spirit for mixing. We understand now why so many old cocktail recipes specifically call for Irish; and it’s not because they didn’t care. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we...

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Liquor Review: Eagle Rare Pemberton Single Barrel Select Eagle Rare has long been our preferred Bourbon. It’s a straight Bourbon, aged 10 years, smooth and even, with a nice round sweetness, surprisingly affordable at about $30 per bottle. Its combination of affordability and amiability make it a great mixing whiskey. It’s not the most distinctive of whiskeys, but that very lack of rough edges means that you can use it...

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Liquor Review: Wigle’s Deep Cut Rye The arrival of an unexpected package at the office is always a moment of great anticipation. Sure, most of the time it’s an insurance policy renewal to review, but every once in a while it’s Wigle’s seasonal sample. Most recently, we especially hit the jackpot; not only was it a Wigle delivery, but of full-sized bottles instead of samples. And what full bottles! Walkabout...

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Maurin Vermouth Rouge On a recent trip home from the office, we stopped by our DC All Purpose liquor store, Schneider’s, to replenish our vermouth supply. As we mentioned in our profile of Schneider’s, one of its features is that the clerks are very forthcoming with help. While it means that the Schneider’s shopping experience is not particularly leisurely, it has its benefits as well. It is, in fact, hard to find...

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Liquor Stores We Rely On: Wine and Cheese Cask We write all the time about the bottles we buy, what we think of them, and what we make with them. Every once in a while we give a little credit to the liquor stores where we find those bottles. Profile of a Liquor Store: Cambridge Wine and Cheese Cask Class of Store: The Specialist Location: technically on the Somerville side of the line, on the corner of Beacon and Kirkland/Washington...

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How to Read a Cocktail Menu on Cook’s Cook We’re excited to announce that our main content for the day is actually over at Cook’s Cook, an international collection of food writers, chefs, and recipe testers. We’re excited to be in the company of such an eminent collection of food experts, where we hope to occasionally pitch in something about the right cocktail to match with your amazing dinner. In our first...

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