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Those with any inkling of Irish history or – more likely on this side of the pond – a certain mid-90s flick depicting the life and death of an IRA revolutionary played by Liam Neeson, the name “Michael Collins” might ring a bell. And that’s the point, explains Abaigeal Hendron, marketing brand manager for Michael Collins Irish Whiskey.
“Instead of naming it after a distiller or a place in Ireland, we decided to name it after a gentleman named ‘Michael Collins’ who fought for Irish independence in the 1920s,” she elaborates. “The whole theme of the brand is independence, character and being authentically Irish.”
Distilled by Cooley Distillery, the only independently-owned distillery in Ireland, the complex and well-balanced single-malt whiski…Read more >
If Peruvian TV personality Johnny Schuler has his way, a new spirit will become the toast of US mixologists – pisco.
A strong but nuanced distillate of wine (but clear, unlike brandy and cognac), the spirit was first developed in Peru by Spanish settlers in the 16th century. Now, Schuler and his backers are proffering their own brand, Pisco Portón, which launches in select U.S. cities this April. Their hops is that it finds its ways into cocktails in the manner of other “white” spirits such as vodka and gin.
Schuler’s ultra-premium pisto is what’s dubbed a “mosto verde,” literally “green must” and is distilled from partially fermented must, before the sugars are completely transformed into alcohol. The result is a complex flavor, an enticing…Read more >
Ogden Nash said “Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.” Yes, the quote is often misattributed to Dorothy Parker, which says more about her punchy, if jaundiced, view of courtship than Nash likely intended –or did he? Who knows, maybe they dated –the point is the venture might have been more successful if there was a little limoncello involved. The lemon-flavored liqueur is “quickeur” if you catch my drift. If you don’t, perhaps a primer on Limoncello di Sonoma airing at 8:30 p.m., (EST), Wednesday, February 23 on HDNet’s Drinking Made Easy will illuminate you. The boozy travelogue features comedian Zane Lamprey and its title says it all. Fortunately, Limoncello di Sonoma proprietors Amy and Fred Groth have enough of the traditional Italian…Read more >