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A Quick Primer on Sloe Gin

December 26 is Boxing Day! In the States, that means<p>hangoverslittle to most, but in Her Royal Majesty’s Empire, the calendar square is reserved for …

The place of gin in Orwell's 1984

One of the few permitted vices in <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i> is Victory Gin, which oils the outer party and offers suggestions of Englishness and party …

Things you only know if you're a gin distiller

<b>... according to Cameron Mackenzie, chief distiller of Four Pillars gin</b><p><b>What makes gin, well, gin</b><p>“As long as there is a discernible juniper character …

Making Moonshine In A Homebuilt Reflux Still [Video]

Hackett distills some drinkable biofuel<p>In times of chaos, alcohol is a rare commodity that has universally recognized value. It can fuel engines, clean wounds, and ease social interaction. It’s also shockingly easy to make.<p>The first step is fermentation. Yeast cells are not good planners. If you …

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20-Year-Old Whiskey in 6 Days: Will This Self-Taught Chemist Upend the Liquor Industry?

Why does a well-aged glass of smokey whiskey taste so good? It's all about the chemistry of sitting in a barrel for decades. "The polymer structures …

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10 of the best gins with wonderfully unusual botanicals

<b>Tired of typical tipples? This summer, make sure your new drink is a gin that stands out! We’re shining a light on ten of the most weird and</b> …

From My Archive: A Study Of The Changes Taking Place In Whiskey Stored In Wood

In my days as archivist at United Distillers I was able to access many interesting pieces from the old Schenley collection in the archives. One of …

Booze's Secret Ingredient? Water

Distillers understand that the quality of their ingredients determines the quality of the booze. Kentucky bourbon-makers use commodity-sized …

What makes Japanese whisky so unique?

In their excellent book Distilled, Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley have fun with the idea of a Nineties Japanese salesman trying to sell whisky from the Land of the Rising Sun in the Scottish Highlands. It’s a Monty-Python-esque vision – a neat and quietly spoken man heading out into the wilds with …

Whiskey

Distillation Glossary: Pots, Columns, and a Bucket of Tails

Today we're continuing our cocktail glossary series with a look at some of the terms used in distillation, focusing on a set of basic terms used to describe the act of distillation and the two types of stills used to make virtually ever spirit available on the market. Not certain what the …

Cocktail Science: Simpler Simple Syrup

What could be simpler than simple syrup? Grab some sugar, add water, put it on the stove, and—<b>stop</b>. You've already gone to more trouble than you need to. Here's why.<p>Ready for the forehead slap?<p>Slap.<p><b>You don't have to heat simple syrup.</b> The science is simple, really. Sucrose (granulated sugar) …

A chemist reveals why rum tastes so good

Rum originates from the process that gives us sugar. Sugar cane has to be processed to produce sugar, and this processing produces a syrupy fluid known as molasses. Back in the 1600s, this was a problem in the sugar cane plantations of the Caribbean, as they didn't have any real use for these …

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9 things you never knew about gin botanicals and their health-boosting properties

<b>People may well tell you there’s no such thing as guilt-free drinking. But they clearly haven’t heard about this lovely thing we call gin.</b><p>Many gin …

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History of the column still

Whisky can be distilled in column or pot stills. Grain whiskies are usually distilled in the faster and more economical column stills, which produce …

When Old is New: Craft Distilling Comes Full Circle

The first thing I thought when I saw Corsair Distillery's Quinoa Whiskey was how great it is that hippie health food nuts now have their own spirit. The second was that it's refreshing to see that kind of experimentation emerging from today's craft distilling scene. American whiskey has been …

From Grain to Glass: An American Craft Spirits Renaissance

What Happens As Decades Pass In A Whiskey Barrel?

The science of how a spirit gets better over time<p>When The Glenlivet’s 50-year-old single malt scotch whisky was freshly distilled in 1964, the new spirit would have been perfectly clear in color and have tasted cereal-rich and slightly smoky from the smoked malted barley from which it’s made; …

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Finalists revealed for Talisker's 'Race to Sky' competition

Diageo Reserve’s premium Scotch whisky, Talisker has announced the seven finalists that will go through to the final for the ‘Race to Skye’ bartender …

Moonshine around the world: the good, the bad and the ugly

Moonshine is a broad term with a negative connotation. While in the U.S. it is generally made from corn or sugar – and infused with any number of …

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Open up to the singular zestiness of rye whiskey

<i>Welcome to Gateways To Drinkery, where</i> The Takeout <i>offers an entry-level course on our favorite libations, and some suggestions on where to start</i> …

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Rye Whiskey Styles

I was looking at a document from the first decade of the 20th century the other day that was a study of barrel aging and saw the reference to …

How Devon’s own Wicked Wolf gin is made

When you think of alcohol made in Devon images of ale and cider probably come to mind but a gin distillery in the north of the county is breaking all …

Exmoor

One Man's Quest to Make 20-Year-Old Rum in Just Six Days

From the outside, the Lost Spirits Distillery is just another boxy, early-20th-century building along the frayed edge of downtown Los Angeles. At …

Ultrasound Can Be Used To Age Liquor In Days Rather Than Years, Study Finds

Even the experts were convinced.<p>It normally takes years for brandy to mature, but researchers claim to have found a novel way to cut the process down …

Five Weird Whiskeys to Challenge Your Ideas About Whiskey

With over 1,300 craft distilleries currently operating in the United States as of October 2016—a number that has likely grown in the last nine …

Method to age whisky in just hours was axed over Scotch industry fears

Scientists were able to age whisky in just hours instead of years before the idea was shelved over fears it could undermine the industry by …

Wine Barrel Crash-Course: 10 Types of Oak Winemakers Love

Read this and you’ll have a new vocabulary to talk about those “oaky” notes in your glass.<p>Those sweet “oaky” notes radiating out of your glass of …

Turn Your Old Fruit Into Wine and Beer With This Nearly-Magical Device

If you buy a lot of fresh fruit, you probably see it go bad here and there. Now you can do better than lemonade out of lemons by making wine or cider …

Wild Whiskey: How Whiskey Mash Is Different From Beer

I’ve heard it dozens of times: whiskey is just distilled beer. And in one sense, it’s true: both are made from a fermented mash of grain, and if you …

Laissez-Faire

How Distilling Works | How Alcohol Is Made

A modern distillery kind of looks like it belongs somewhere in the Chocolate Factory (maybe adjacent to the “Fizzy Lifting Drink” room?): depending …

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