October 2013

It’s a sin to waste rare tequila

October 8, 2013
It's a sin to waste rare tequila

TEQUILA, MEXICO–Most spirits tastings are pretty standard: Someone explains how they’re made, how they’re aged, what aromas and flavors to look for—and then you smell, taste and savor. Shattering that standard into a thousand pieces is to enjoy a tasting at the actual distillery—such as in the barrel aging room at Casa Noble Tequila, in […]

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On whiskey stones, a growing love of bourbon and gin bargains

October 3, 2013
On whiskey stones, a growing love of bourbon and gin bargains

Noooobody should buy whiskey stones! (Sing it like Dylan and you’ll get the joke.) On a recent tour of Very Old Barton Distillery in Bardstown—I recommend it highly—I browsed the gift shop and found what are called whiskey stones. These are small squares of smoothly cut soapstone that, when made cold by hours in the […]

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Questionable? Zagat Guide says Michael’s Pizzeria best in U.S.

October 2, 2013
Questionable? Zagat Guide says Michael’s Pizzeria best in U.S.

Michael’s Pizzeria in Long Beach, Calif., is the best pizzeria in America. According to the Zagat Guide. I don’t buy it. No matter how good Michael’s is and no matter how many Michael’s customers Zagat said it contacted. Saying, “You’ve got to taste this—it’s great!” is one thing, but saying, “This is the best!” is […]

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