The Iconic Spirits Blog

The Dalmore

February 29, 2012

Tags: The Dalmore, Richard Patterson, King Alexander III, Whyte & Mackay

In September 2011, a bottle of The Dalmore 62 year-Old was sold to an anonymous Chinese businessman for the staggering price of $320,000, making it the most expensive bottle of Scotch (or anything else) ever sold. The bottle had been sitting in a glass case in a shop at Singapore’s Changi Airport. Only 12 bottles of the 62 year-Old were ever produced, blended from casks of whisky made in 1868, 1878, 1922, 1926 and 1939. (more…)

National Margarita Day

February 22, 2012

Tags: National Margarita Day, Margarita, Paloma

Today is not a federal holiday (except perhaps in Key West and parts of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico), but National Margarita Day will be celebrated in most of the civilized world.
Like most classic cocktails, the origin of the Margarita is shrouded in mystery. One version places the invention of the drink in Ensenada, Mexico in 1941, when bartender Don Carlos Orozco first served the drink to Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German diplomat. (more…)

Inflight Cocktails

February 15, 2012

Tags: Inflight cocktails, airline cocktails, Mile High Mojito, Five O'Clock Somewhere, Virgin Kiss, Virgin Redhead, Pacific Sunrise, Cloud Nine

We constantly hear that airlines are striving to upgrade their wine offerings. This may be true in business or first class, but coach is another story. Despite all the public relations noise, you’re still likely to be handed a 187ml bottle of one of the Unmentionables (Glen Ellen, FishEye, etc.).
What about mixology? Is it alive and well at 30,000 feet? (more…)

Flavored Vodka: Stop the Insanity

February 8, 2012

Tags: Flavored vodka, infused vodka

A friend who works as a spirits broker informs me that the liquor companies release two or three new flavors of vodka every week. In a normal economy, he says the output would be double.
The full impact of this factoid hit me last summer, when I received a flurry of press releases about new flavors of infused vodka. From Pinnacle, owned by White Rock Distillers, there was cotton candy and whipped cream. One step further out, from Three Olives, was “the world’s first root beer flavored vodka.” This release included recipes to help us celebrate National Root Beer Float Day, which occurs on August 6. Stuff like this makes you think that the Baptists and Mormons were right all along. (more…)

The Rodney Dangerfield of Whisky

February 1, 2012

Tags: Canadian Club, Canadian Club Premium Six Year-Old, Canadian Club Reserve 10 Year-Old, Canadian Club Classic 12 Year-Old, Canadian Club Sherry Cask, Canadian Club 30 Year-Old

If you believe that Canadian Club was your father’s whisky, think again.
To be sure, he probably drank it, but that doesn’t mean that the appeal of Canadian Club is old-fashioned or dated. It works brilliantly as a component of classic cocktails, and appeals to anyone who is craving both flavor and affordable luxury. (more…)