Bottle #44: Long John Scotch Whisky

Bottle #44: Long John Scotch Whisky

Bottle #44: Long John Scotch Whisky Bottle #44 is Long John Special Reserve, another blended Scotch whisky from the 1970s. I’m getting quite a collection of these! The Long John name comes from Long John McDonald, described in his time as a “6’4” giant of a man” and...
Bottle #43: Bell’s Extra Special

Bottle #43: Bell’s Extra Special

Bottle #43: Bell’s Extra Special Bottle #43 is another lovely old bottle of blended Scotch whisky, Bell’s Extra Special, packaged in a cute little bell-shaped bottle. Even though it’s made of glass, it is sadly half-empty, maybe thanks to its odd little plastic...
Tasting Video #12

Tasting Video #12

When Tammy first posted this tiny bottle of Deniset-Klainguer Grande Liqueur de Sapins, an Instagram follower (Evan Draper, @diggingmygraves) responded by posting his tiny bottle of Deniset-Klainguer Liqueur de Genepy. So clearly these bottles were friends who needed...
Bottle #42: Dubonnet

Bottle #42: Dubonnet

Bottle #42: Dubonnet If you’re familiar with Bottle #42: Dubonnet at all, it might be because of recently departed Queen Elizabeth II. She was apparently a big fan, drinking two parts Dubonnet to one part gin, over ice, with a lemon twist. She might have picked it up...
Tasting Video #11

Tasting Video #11

For this tasting I was joined by Kara Newman, a long-time friend who is also a cocktail and spirits writer and author. We had a fun time opening up Bottle #18 – The Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur. This long lost ancestor of modern Domaine de Canton has...
Bottle #41: Christian Brothers Brandy

Bottle #41: Christian Brothers Brandy

Bottle #41: Christian Brothers Brandy Bottle #41 is Christian Brothers brandy. Today, this American brandy is a perfectly adequate bottom shelf brand, but it has a fascinating history. Read the rest of the story Some historians think brandy might have been the first...
Bottle #40: Tia Maria

Bottle #40: Tia Maria

Bottle #40: Tia Maria Bottle #40 is a bottle of Tia Maria, or as I have sometimes thought of it: “the other coffee liqueur.” Kahlua comes to mind more easily, although I don’t know why it should, when my stepmother would make a batch of homemade “Tia Maria” for...
Reveal Video #9

Reveal Video #9

Reveal Video #9 I got pretty excited about this set of bottles that feature sun ripened… something I couldn’t read, and a bottle with a great looking label with a guy on a horse. Plus some not-the-usual bottles from some famous names. Prefer to read than...
Tasting Video #10

Tasting Video #10

In this tasting video I’m joined by Matt Ritchey and Lauren Bloom from Bløm Meadworks⁠ in Ann Arbor, MI. We cracked open my not-so-tiny, 40ish-year-old bottle of Wawel Mead from Poland and saw how it fared! Plus we talked about making mead and more. So much fun!...
Bottle #39: Wawel Mead

Bottle #39: Wawel Mead

Bottle #39: Wawel Mead Bottle #39 is an extra-large mini of Wawel Polish Honey Wine. It doesn’t have any kind of volume measure on it, but it’s probably about 100 mL, or twice the size of a regular mini. The bottle itself has a lot going. Its squat shape is similar to...