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Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Win Tickets to the Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience

Two weeks ago we told you about the upcoming Kentucky Bourbon Tasting Experience hosted by The Filson Historical Society and featuring Bourbon Hall of Fame Member Mike Veach. The event is coming up on April 29th and tickets are still available. However, if you’ve been wanting to go and haven’t pull the trigger today’s your lucky day. 

The Filson has generously provided Bourbon & Banter with two sets of tickets to giveaway to our loyal readers. Winners will receive two tickets, valued at $400, for the event on April 29th in Louisville, KY. Winners will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations but admission to the event is on us. 

In order be eligible to win a pair of tickets you need to follow these instructions:

1) Either ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follows us on Twitter

2) Submit your name and email address using the link below.  

That’s it. Very simple. We’ll then draw the two winners on Tuesday, April 22nd after 5 pm.

Enter to win tickets now!

 

 

 

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Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Glencairn Glass vs Old Fashioned Glass

Whether it’s different types of wine, beer or a classic cocktail, there is a style and shape of glass for everything.

For years however, when drinking whiskey you either shot it or drank it from an old fashioned or rocks glass. Of course, that all changed several years ago when the Glencairn Glass was introduced. Originally designed for single malt Scotch, it seems every whiskey distiller, regardless of style, has come to embrace this one glass for tasting and enjoying whiskey neat.

But old habits die hard, and I was one of the many who questioned whether the shape of the glass could really affect the smell, taste and enjoyment of whiskey. Leave it to a friend of mine to introduce me to the ways of the Glencairn.

My friend had me do a side by side comparison of the same whiskey: a shot in a traditional old fashioned glass and a shot in a Glencairn Glass. The differences were astonishing.

However, we were using George T. Stagg as our test whiskey and we wondered if the results would be the same using a less intense, everyday bourbon like Wild Turkey 101. Let’s check it out.

Old Fashioned Glass

 

  • Nose: strong, boozy; hint of toffee
  • First Sip: heat up front, followed by vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a bit of rye spice
  • Finish: the flavors fade quickly, but the burn lasts a bit longer

 

 Glencairn Glass

 

  • Nose: lots of caramelized sugar and toffee, but no boozy smell like in the old fashioned glass
  • First Sip: very little heat; viscous sugar with a bit of rye spiciness
  • Finish: long; the flavors stick around this time, complementing the burn

 

The conclusion is fairly obvious.  After comparing the 2 glasses the Glencairn Glass actually enhances the aromas and flavors of whiskey. This doesn’t mean I won’t drink from other glasses in the future, but if I have my choice, it’ll be a Glencairn Glass from now on. 

If you don’t own a Glencairn glass yet I suggest you check out some of our very own custom designs made for just for the bourbon drinker.

Explore Custom Glencairn Glass Designs

Do you think using a Glencairn glass makes a difference? Let me know in the comments what you think.

 

 

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Booze How-To: Building a Bar for Whiskey Cocktails

Booze How To: Building a Bar for Whiskey Cocktails

Of the many things I learned while attending the San Antonio Cocktail Conference was that there is an art and a science to making a drink. Every year, the market is flooded with new (and many wonderful!) liqueurs, bitters, spirits, gadgets, and other mixology materials that can be used to craft the most basic to the most sophisticated of libations. In relating my bacchanalian exploits of the SACC to a friend, including the more educational parts (Yes, we did attend actual educational seminars. And yes, there were at least two drinks served during each class. Learning is better this way.), she asked me a very important question: if I want to build a small bar at my house, what do I need to include? 

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Bourbon Classic Recap

 

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The second annual Bourbon Classic was held last weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. The event drew bourbon fans from around the country to join with distillers, bartenders, restaurants, and media representatives in celebrating all things bourbon. I was lucky enough to be among them and I left feeling very lucky to be living so close to bourbon country. 

The event began Friday night with “From the Barrel to Bar,” a cocktail-centered event.  Teams of master bartenders were paired with a local chef and a Bourbon Classic sponsor distillery to compete for the title of “perfect cocktail.” A select panel of media personalities and industry experts evaluated the cocktails individually and as pairings to select the winner. I was really impressed with level of food at this event. The small plates included things like short ribs in bourbon sauce, bourbon ice cream with apple tarts, and a plate of chicken and waffles that was so good I went back for seconds. The cocktails were a nice mix of classic and contemporary offerings and there were few I wasn’t willing to finish.  Throughout the night we were able to both mingle with friends, break off to explore on our own, take in the cocktail competition, and relax in the VIP lounge so we never felt like we had run out of things to do.

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