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My rye whiskey primer in The Takeout

Hey, kids—you like the whiskey? Then I’ve got something for you. It’s my latest piece in The Takeout, specifically on rye whiskey. Read it here!

 

I’ll talk your ear off!

Hey, looking for a booze expert for a lecture, guided tasting/dinner or any related drink-related speaking opportunity? Hit me up!JeffCiolettiheadshot-4 I’m for hire. I’m also a Certified Sake Sommelier and Certified Shochu Adviser, if those strike your fancy. But I my expertise extends to a wide spectrum of distilled spirits and fermented beverages (including beer!)

Drop me a line at jeff@drinkableglobe.com

 

Author Kevin R. Kosar releases Moonshine: A Global History

I was fortunate to attend a reception at the Distilled Spirits Council offices the other nightmoonshinehistory for Kevin R. Kosar, vice president of policy at R Street Institute, and his new book Moonshine: A Global History. Despite its close association with Appalachia, the concept of moonshine really is a worldwide phenomenon. Kosar offers some details on his new book:

Despite its reputation as a product of ramshackle stills hidden away in the Appalachian Mountains, moonshine has a long and storied global history. No matter where you go on earth, there is a local bootleg liquor, whether it’s white lightning, chang’aa, or hjemmebrent.

In Moonshine: A Global History (Reaktion Books/University of Chicago Press), Kevin R. Kosar tells the colorful and, at times, blinding history of moonshine, which features a crazy cast of crusading lawmen, clever tinkerers, sly smugglers, ruthless gangsters, pontificating poets, mountain men, beleaguered day-laborers and foolhardy frat boys.

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Tales of the Cocktail: Poolside tiki party w/ Haitian rhum drinks

A quick Tales of the Cocktail poolside check-in, as I sip tiki cocktails courtesy of Rhum Barbancourt Haitian rum.

 

Tales of the Cocktail: A whisky toast to Canada’s 150th Birthday

Here’s the first of what i’m hoping is many quick video updates from Tales of the Cocktail 2017 in New Orleans. Crown Royal threw a birthday bash, complete with cocktails and cupcakes. Canadian whisky expert Davin de Kergommeaux, author of Canadian Whisky: The Portable Expert, drops in to offer a few words.

Video: A return to London Gin Festival

Earlier this year I returned to London for Gin Festival and I lived to tell the tale in the latest episode of The Drinkable Globe.