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Sunday
Feb132011

Literary Drinking Vocabulary

I'm not as nearly as prolific a reader as I once was, but I still go through at least two books a month.  There was a time when I was on the path to being a literature professor, although I only made it halfway through the program, taking my master's degree and choosing to drink instead.  When I find a book that combines my favorite hobby of imbibing with the voracious vocabulary of an old Dennis Miller stand up, it's a rare treat.  Since I received a Kindle for Valentine's Day (a device I thought I would most definitely abhor, yet instead am now endeared to), I've been going back to the classics because they are free to download.  Moby Dick is a book that I just never got around to, and, man - is it full of alcohol related zingers!  Here are two true winners:

Toper - a person who regularly drinks alcohol to excess

Obstreperous - loud and difficult to control

I'm only about fifteen pages in, but I'm really gearing up to unleash a few of these at work - especially on the folks who spend too long in the tasting bar.  "Aye, hurry up ye obstreperous topers and get yerselves into the store.  There are portentous deeds that must be attended to of the arrantest importance!"  I'll be talking like that for the next week at least!  The point is: read Moby Dick if you want to learn a few new words related to booze, boozing, and boozers. 

-David Driscoll

Friday
Feb112011

Podcast #6 - Cognac Importer Nicolas Palazzi

The man who brought us two of the best spirits from 2010, Nicolas Palazzi, sits down with me to discuss the differences between Cognac and Armagnac, catering to the American whiskey palate, and building relationships with rural French producers.  This is required listening for anyone trying to get into French brandies!  The podcast can be downloaded here from our server (right click for PC users or hold "option" for Mac people).

Previous podcast episodes can be downloaded here or from iTunes.  You can also listen using the embedded Flash player below.

-David Driscoll

Friday
Feb112011

Tasting French Spirits

A big thank you to all of you who attended our Cognac/Armagnac/Brandy seminar last night.  Christine Cooney was a wonderful presenter and her products were delicious, as was the cheese and terrine plate from our lovely host Martin's West.  I learned a great deal from Christine, who understands French spirits well and is fantastic at breaking them down in an easy-to-follow manner.  I hope those of you who attended had as wonderful a time as I did and we hope to see you again in the future.  We were at full capacity so that made it very special.

Here is what we sampled for those of you who were not able to attend:

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Feb102011

Podcast Tomorrow Will Be...

Since we're doing the Cognac/Armagnac/Calvados seminar at Martin's West tonight, I thought it would be appropriate to continue the brandy education by sitting down with my favorite Frenchman Nicolas Palazzi and discussing the ins and outs of the spirits francoises.  For those of you who cannot make it to the event tonight, I am going to have Nic breakdown the fundamentals of Cognac, the differences between it and Armagnac, and the practices that go into producing both of them.  After four straight weeks of whisk(e)y talk, I figured it was high time for some diversity.  Join us tonight at Martin's West, or tomorrow via podcast (available via iTunes or here on the blog).

-David Driscoll

Thursday
Feb102011

Future Gordon & MacPhail Selections

I have been quite impressed with the quality, price, and selection of the Gordon & MacPhail bottlings as of late and I am now even happier with their list of upcoming arrivals.  I was given a special pre-order sheet to secure quantities of these selections and, even without having tasted them, there are obviously some fantastic deals to be had with interesting names and vintages.  Here is a sample of a few i immediately picked up on:

1976 Banff 28 Year - should retail for around $155

1984 Glenesk 20 Year - same as above

1991 Ardmore 16 Year - should come in at $99

1969 Linkwood 36 Year - should be $225-ish

1998 Isle of Arran 8 Year - around $35

Good deals at various ages and price points.  Good job G&M.

-David Driscoll