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Beer Landscape Of New Orleans

Here’s a good overview of the state of NOLA brewing. All sounds quite positive so long as over-hopped IPAs aren’t indiscriminately peddled as good craft beer, as they have most elsewhere in North America. alcoholBeergastronomynew orleans

Château Latour 1917

I had the good fortune to be able to taste a 100 year old Château Latour this past week. Now I’ve never had any strong desire to experience a vintage merely for its exclusivity and I certainly would not ever pay even a fifth of the market price for the privilege, however fantastic a wine…

Martini time

Staying true to the spirit of the recipe as handed down by the patron saint of martinis, Luis Buñuel, here is a marriage made in heaven. The London Nº1 is an absolutely superb well-priced not gimmicky new gin on the market: so smooth, it was palatable straight up ice-cold! Where I respectfully deviated from Buñuel was my use of Fee Brothers bitters rather…

Morgon Mathieu and Camille Lapierre

I had hoped to score a $20 bottle of Morgon but they were out. So I went with this one hoping for that dank, damp character that I so enjoy, impressions not exactly jibbing with an expert opinion as per below. In addition I experienced an almost carbonated bubbly feel on the tongue. The aroma was fantastic:…

Smoke & Mirrors

If you like Islay single malts and/or smokey dark chocolate, you might like this brew, not to be confused with- but certainly a good accompaniment to- reading the very excellent Smoke and Mirrors by James Robert Brown, one of the earliest and one of the most smarting bitch-slaps to the social constructivist tripe (typically associated with gender studies,…

Laphroaig Lore

I own enough square footage (albeit not contiguously) of Laphroaig to build a decent sized detached house on. Last night I tried Lore for the first time and my default scepticism was immediately and absolutely blown away. This was possibly the greatest all round Islay I’ve ever had. If I were to offer an analogy…

Bourbon vs Scotch

Having just cracked open a long anticipated bottle of Yellowstone I have bourbon on my mind — and this coincides with Julia Reed’s discussion taking wing from Walker Percy’s famous essay. Sociological musings aside, I’m of the view that the pitching of Bourbon vs Scotch is a false dichotomy: there is no legitimate comparison. If I had…