Bluecoat: the Gin-Scotch

- February 6, 2016

They say Humphrey Bogart’s last words were: “I never should’ve switched from Scotch to gin.” Well, with Bluecoat Barrel Reserve, you don’t have to. It […]

The Unheralded 5-Star Metaxa

- February 1, 2016

What exactly is Metaxa?  “Cognac,” a Greek will say, even though Cognac (like Champagne or Scotch) applies to drinks specific to a particular region.  “Brandy, […]

Tsolias: Ouzo in Winter

- January 12, 2016

My annual Ouzo Review series usually goes on when people typically drink ouzo: during the hot summer months, and preferably at a seaside taverna at […]

A Good Christmas Scotch Find

- December 26, 2015

Along Tampa’s Dale Mabry Highway, near the airport, is one of the best-stocked liquor stores in the entire Northeast. It’s Tampa’s version of Total Wine […]

Biscotti Liqueur: Cookies in a Bottle

- November 25, 2015

Some years back when I was a college dean in New York City, some colleagues and I walked into one of our usual haunts, the […]

Laphroaig Quarter Cask: Bold Yet Mature

- October 23, 2015

For the discerning Single Malt Scotch drinker, Laphroaig is – true to its motto – “the most richly flavoured of all malt whiskies.” There are […]

Jura’s Peated Single Malt Scotch

- October 3, 2015

For those (like me) who are lamenting end of summer, arrival of all, and impending onslaught of…gasp…winter, be of good cheer! At least the weather […]

Athiri: It’s all Greek Grapes to Me!

- August 20, 2015

When thinking about Greek white wine varietals, Assyrtiko most readily comes to mind. But there are other types worth noting, and tasting, not least of […]