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13 November, 2014

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
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Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey Dufftown, Scotland 40% ABV I picked up this triple malt Scotch whiskey from Trader Joe’s. The company’s been around since 1887, and this spirit takes its name from a medical condition that men used to acquire from working the malt press. I imagine it wasn’t fun to deal with, but
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19 July, 2013

Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Moonshine on by : The Gourmez
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Broadslab Legacy Reserve Hand-Crafted Liquor Johnston County, North Carolina 45% BV   This Broadslab liquor comes from a legacy of moonshiners according to the label. It’s corn heavy for a whiskey, but that moonshine history likely plays into that. Yellow corn is the coloring and it smells like corn, too, which either means that corn
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26 June, 2013

Bloggers’ Night at TOPO Distillery

Comments : 6 Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Events, Gin, Vodka, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Back in the fall, I spent a few days at TOPO Distillery’s facilities as part of the Terra VITA Sustainable Classroom. It was a strange sort of torture being so close to their organic, 99.6% local (more on that later) array of spirits that includes white whiskey, vodka, and gin. So I asked Esteban McMahan,
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4 March, 2013

Pizzeria Toro

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Durham, NC, Restaurants on by : The Gourmez
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Pizzeria Toro 105 E. Chapel Hill St. Five Points, Durham Website $12 to 1$16 11 am to 11 pm daily Pizzeria Toro is an alluring and exciting gourmet pizza restaurant. I am jealous of downtown Durham residents who have this gem down the block.  At first look, the main dining room appears to be an
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7 January, 2013

Redemption Rye

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Whiskey/Whisky on by : The Gourmez
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Redemption Rye Bardstown, Kentucky Seriously, that label is like porn to this foodie. The color, the slightly askew bold font with cursive writing and the handwritten lot # — I don’t know how to describe it. It does things to me. Things like make me buy the bottle. And I have not been disappointed since
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14 May, 2012

Bourbon Tasting

Posted in : Bars in the Research Triangle of NC, Bourbon, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Bourbon Tasting The Roxy (Bar Review) Brightleaf, Durham $20 The Roxy hosted a bourbon tasting the night before my birthday, and bourbon is something I’ve definitely grown to love during my time in NC. And let’s be real — I’m down for tasting any sort of alcoholic beverage. This was the first time I went
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2 April, 2012

Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Posted in : Bourbon, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars on by : The Gourmez
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Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Bardstown, KY A bourbon in a wine bottle? Why not? It’s enough of a novelty to make me interested, at least. Plus, the label art is pretty—I find simple ink or pencil drawings best for selling me wine or liquor, with three to four colors at most. Yes, I just
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17 February, 2012

The Brooklyn Food Scene Part 2

Posted in : Bars in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Dining in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Brooklyn, NYC on by : The Gourmez
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In Part 1 of our journey through two days of Brooklyn’s food and drink wonders, we started out in DC with some bacon and toffee waffles, then went to dinner at Buttermilk Channel in Brooklyn, and had brunch at Colonie the next day. Brunch was walked off with a visit to the waterfront and lovely
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1 June, 2011

Minneapolis Evening 1 and Day/Evening 2–Photo Blog

Posted in : Cocktails, Spirits, Bars, Restaurants, Travel, Travel Guide for Minneapolis, MN on by : The Gourmez
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I headed out of the restaurant after dinner on my first night in Minneapolis, only to find myself in the middle of a finish line! There were no signs of a race at all when we went inside, I swear! It was hilarious to suddenly have the whole street transformed. After a few minutes of
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