Episodes

Bottle #69: Marie Brizard Triple Sec

Bottle #69: Marie Brizard Triple Sec

When I sat down to do my research on Bottle #69: Marie Brizard Triple Sec, I figured it would be straightforward, and possibly a little boring. When a company is still around, they often do a lot of the work of telling their own story. But in this case, they didn’t...

Tasting Video #21

Tasting Video #21

In this tasting video with special guest Bill Ricker we pitted my tiny evaporated bottle of Bell's Extra Special blended Scotch up against a similar 1970s era full-size bottle that had fallen into Bill's hands. See how they compared! Prefer to read than watch? Check...

Bottle #68: Old Mr Boston Sloe Gin

Bottle #68: Old Mr Boston Sloe Gin

All things old are new again, and that includes Sloe Gin! This British gin-based liqueur is having a moment in recent years, but it’s been falling in and out of fashion for centuries. Bottle #68 is Old Mr. Boston Sloe Gin Cocktail. It must be from between 1962 to...

Bottle #67: Pousada Brandy

Bottle #67: Pousada Brandy

Bottle #67 is a bottle of Pousada Brandy from Portugal. The word “Pousada” means guesthouse in Portuguese, so researching this one was a bit of a challenge. But if you’re looking for a nice place to stay in Portugal, including ones with a brandy tasting experience,...

Bottle #66: Coloma

Bottle #66: Coloma

Bottle #66 is Coloma Coffee Liqueur from Colombia. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because I talked about it way back in Bottle #27: Convier Menta. Convier and Coloma are part of the same company, and that episode was a rollicking good time, with paternity suits,...

Reveal #14

Reveal #14

This one was a wild ride that really expresses the whole range of Grandma's dusty bottles. It's got half empty plastic bottles, beautiful figurine style miniatures, things that aren't even tiny bottles, and something labeled "100 poof." Never a dull moment in this...

Bottle #65: Drambuie

Bottle #65: Drambuie

Bottle #65 is Drambuie, and it was a bottle that I was really excited to see in Reveal #12, because I have a full-size vintage bottle of it just waiting to be compared! It’s also just a really tasty liqueur with a great backstory.While the story is perhaps a little...

Bottle #64: Café Noir

Bottle #64: Café Noir

Bottle #64 is Café Noir, a coffee liqueur. Clearly created before the internet era, because let me tell you, “Café Noir” is a completely useless name to type into a search engine.Which is say, it was pretty tricky to find out much about this one! I only found one...

Tasting Video #20

Tasting Video #20

When it comes to Google searches, Bottle #26: Boggs Cranberry Liqueur is one of the bottles on my website that gets the most hits. And it's because people who liked Boggs Cranberry Liqueur when it first came out LOVE the stuff, and they are searching still today for...

Bottle #63: Jonkanoo

Bottle #63: Jonkanoo

Bottle #63 is Jonkanoo, a coconut rum liqueur from Rieder Distilling in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. I’ve already told the story of Rieder Distilling in a joint episode about two of their other products, bottles #22 and #23.Based on trademark filings, Rieder first...

Bottle #62: Roncoco

Bottle #62: Roncoco

Bottle #62 is Roncoco, a coconut liqueur based on white rum, bottled in Lake Alfred, Florida, under the authority of Ron Matusalem of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As a rum fan, I was already aware of the Ron Matusalem name, although these days it is made and based in the...

Bottle #61: Taylor Fladgate 1982 LBV Port

Bottle #61: Taylor Fladgate 1982 LBV Port

Ah Port! There’s nothing so elegant as relaxing by the fire after dinner with some chocolate – or a cigar, if that’s your thing – and a glass of deep ruby red liquid. While there are tawny Ports and even white Ports, the deep red color is so synonymous with Port wine...