Episodes

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 a...

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.Some historians think brandy might have been the first spirit distilled in what would become America. On the east coast,...

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 Christmas every year....

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 watch? Look for the...

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 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 the bottle of VAT 69...

Bottle #38: Godet White Chocolate Liqueur

Bottle #38: Godet White Chocolate Liqueur

If asked to name a brand of white chocolate liqueur, I suspect most people would say Godiva. While that brand is better known, if my research is correct, tiny bottle #38, Godet White Chocolate liqueur, might actually have been the first!People have been putting...

Bottle #37: La Mallorquina Anis Seco

Bottle #37: La Mallorquina Anis Seco

Bottle #37 is a bottle of Anis Seco from La Mallorquina. The name comes from the island of Mallorca, which is where it is made. It’s one of the Spanish Balearic islands in the Mediterranean, and a beautiful place I have been fortunate enough to visit.I didn’t have any...

Bottle #36: Opal Nera Black Sambuca

Bottle #36: Opal Nera Black Sambuca

I owe this tiny bottle an apology. In the reveal video where I unboxed Bottle #36, Opal Nera Black Sambuca, I cast shade on its claim to be “the original black sambuca.” But it turns out it actually is!All my years of researching cocktails and spirits means that I...

Tasting Video #9

Tasting Video #9

I had a great time taking tiny bottle #35 - Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez back to Spain for a tasting! I've got two different takes on this bottle. My first guest, Borja, is a man of few (but carefully selected) words, while my second guest, John, has a lot to say...

Bottle #35: Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez

Bottle #35: Cardenal Mendoza Brandy de Jerez

Tiny bottle #35 is definitely wins the prize so far for packaging. It was in a cork box, which picked up some mold in its decades of storage. Inside the box, the bottle was wrapped in bright yellow cellophane. Beneath that was the bottle, with its elaborate and ornate...

Reveal Video #8

Reveal Video #8

Some random selections from my grandmother's miniature liquor bottle collection are better than others. And this is one of the good ones! So many delightful bottles I can't wait to explore and tell you about in future episodes. Prefer to read than watch? Look for the...