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Ginerations of Juniper Juice

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to Tastings

Gin, gin, gin, makes you want to sin...or so college students were wont to sing a couple of generations ago, and it did, although students then and now hardly needed encouragement. Gin, however, has always had that reputation, however unfairly.
 
The Brits called it the charlady’s drink and Mother’s Ruin, based largely on the unfortunate gin craze in the 18th century, brought about by English tariffs on French brandy (things were touch-and-go between the two for a few centuries) among other things.   more >>


We’re Going to Bourbonland!
Fee, fi, faux fun.

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to Tastings

“…a five story high Bourbon bottle,” the under-hyphenated press release read, and for a moment I thought it was an announcement of a new 750,000ml packaging innovation. Be a little hard to carry home, I thought, but it sure would save on trips to the liquor store.   more >>


Cone-Yak
(That’s how it’s pronounced)

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

Well, Cognac, from the town of the same name. It’s called brandy, or eau de vie, when it’s out of town, but the best grape spirit in the world, by popular consensus, is cooked up in the fields surrounding Cognac in more or less concentric circles, starting with Grande Champagne and the Borderies in the bulls-eye with Petite Champagne, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and Bois Ordinaire circling it.   more >>