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OL’ MAJOR Bacon Bourbon Review

Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon, is a well made product, at first sight you see a screw top and a wooden looking label. Under the cap it smells like bourbon with a hint of bacon. I admit I do want to taste it, is it more bourbon or more liqueur. At 35% or 70 Proof I am hoping it is more bourbon, with that pleasant hint of bacon.

Taste is enjoyable, you will have the sweet taste of bourbon that is all the flavors you get from aging in charred barrels yet you also get the taste of bacon which makes it just that much better. I like to drink bourbon neat (straight without ice) and this would be great after dinner. I must say I did try it in a cocktail the Good Ol’ Bacon Bloody Mary and I liked it so much I had made 3 or 4 of them.

Yes if you like bourbon or bacon, you will find something in Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon that you will enjoy. Order a bottle online today by clicking here.

Here are some other peoples opinions;

“This product has no chance of failing.” – Eva Meszaros, Editor of Specialty Food Magazine

“Oh, it’s fantastic! It just has a subtle hint of it … And everything’s better with bacon” – Jimmy Fallon about a bacon bourbon old fashioned

“Bacon Bourbon USA Draws Mass Appeal” – National Associate of Specialty Foods Trade

“OK, so am I in heaven? Yes, bacon flavored bourbon! Imagine the possibilities” – A Local Table

“Mmm. We approve of anything with bacon in it.” – PRWeb

“Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon is the greatest thing since sliced bacon” – Us

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Kentucky Liquor Brokers Wine Beer Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands

Kentucky Liquor Brokers, is an efficient way to have full time sales representation in the state of Kentucky for suppliers and brand owners. Working on and off premise we offer in state distributor management, brand ambassador, sales force training, brand education, tracking sales, work with distributor sales representatives, placements, new account distribution while maintaining existing accounts, promotions, hand selling and taking existing brands to the next level.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers works with suppliers and brand owners to attain goals, stating how long and how much it will take to get there. We specialize in targeting accounts that fit your brands demographic. Working with the staff in the account and key on and off distributor sales staff to make sure that your brand becomes a focus. Hand sells, incentives, strategic promotions, cocktail menus, drink/wine lists… recognizing opportunities that will increase case sales.

Kentucky Liquor Brokers has been representing Wine, Beer, Spirits & Non-Alcoholic Brands with a focus on sales. Brokers have relationships with distributors and accounts to get sales results. Setting up distribution in the state, brand education, working with key distributor sales teams, targeting key accounts, incentive programs, promotions, day to day inventory, tracking goals and making sure goals are attained.

For information on representation in the state of Kentucky email info@kentukyliquorbrokers.com

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1-877-SPIRITS.COM Beer Wine or Liquor Delivered

1-877-SPIRITS.COM is your premier gift delivery service that can help you select the perfect gifts to impress your recipients. The all-inclusive prices include standard delivery (3-5 business days), gift wrap with personalized gift card, service fees and taxes. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact the concierge at 1-877-SPIRITS (774-7487) or email at info@1877SPIRITS.COM. They will locate even those hard to find special requests. (Note: HI & AK deliveries are subject to additional shipping fees. Additional fees may be charged for some State deliveries due to fees set by the State Liquor Commission.)

Here are some of my recommendations;

Champagne- Dom Pérignon

Wine- FAR NIENTE CABERNET SAUVIGNON ESTATE 2013

Liquor- Muchote Reposado Tequila

Gourmet Gift Baskets- Send Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne & Two Flutes and Gourmet Chocolate

Business Gifts- Engraved Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey

Anniversary Gifts- Etched Wine Bottles

Congratulations Gifts- Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky

Personalized Gifts- Custom Engraved Macallan 10 Yr Old Single Malt

Gift of the Month Clubs- Wine of the Month Club

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National Wine Day May 25th

National Wine Day, is definitely a holiday worth celebrating. Get behind this holiday, head over to your local wine shop and purchase some wine you love and a bottle of something new, different something you might have read about or been reading about. We all get into a routine of buying the same wine, I like to celebrate National Wine Day by expanding my horizons, treating myself to something a bit more something worth opening on this special holiday. My something new is;
2011 EDICT. Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon, CA – Napa Valley – Napa Valley, An inviting nose of Raspberries and Black Current that continues on the palate. Located in Coombsville, the Collinetta vineyard offers an elegant texture with lots of dense ripe red fruits. The acidity reinforces and balances the structure which entails a mouth watering finish that lingers in the end of the mouth long after the wine is gone. Fine hints of coconut and vanilla discretely reveal the 100% French oak aging. Together, powerful dense fruit, bight forward acidity and balanced oak integration birth a cohesive ensemble showing off Coombsville AVA at its finest – making a wine that will grow effortlessly for years to come.

More ideas on how to celebrate National Wine Day, it’s a great time to purchase some new glasses, a wine refrigerator or some accessories.

Wine Glasses and Stemware, head over to Crate&Barrel or shop online, I have always been a fan of their selection. Also you can purchase one glass, yes you will break a glass and can order one more and not have to purchase a whole new set.

Wine Refrigerator, Wine Cooler Direct has both great products and great prices, visit their site to look at the top sellers.

Wine Accessories, I always head over to FRONTGATE, they have wine accessories that are well built, fun and functional.

Wine Magazine, I am a fan of continued education, if nothing else get a subscription to Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator or Food & Wine Magazine.

Note: Do not get National Wine Day (May 25th) confused with National Drink Wine Day (February 18th). National Wine Day is all about drinking and enjoying wine, National Drink Wine Day is about educating people on the health benefits of drinking wine. Things like moderate drinkers have lower risks for liver disease, type two diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. Wine has also been known to reduce “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, and increase “good” cholesterol, known as HDL, a glass of wine has just 100 calories, and its fat-free and cholesterol free…

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Summer Of Tequila

Summer Of Tequila is this summers theme for Muchote a popular brand of tequila. Kicking off the Summer Of Tequila with three refreshing Muchote cocktails, All Natural Margarita, Paloma and Batanga.

All Natural Margarita Recipe
Margarita or rocks glass
Rim ½ the top of the glass with a lime wedge
Dip the rim in a dish of salt to coat
In a shaker 2/3 filled with ice add
Add 2 oz. Muchote Reposado Tequila
2 tsp. Agave Nectar
Fresh squeezed lime juice ½ a lime
Shake and strain into glass
Garnish with a lime wedge

Paloma Recipe
Highball or tall glass
Fill glass with ice
Add 2 oz. Muchote Reposado Tequila
Squeeze ½ a lime
Add a pinch of salt
Fill with grapefruit soda
Stir gently
Garnish with a lime wedge

Batanga Recipe
Highball or tall glass
Rim the top of the glass with a lime wedge
Dip the rim in a dish of salt to coat
Squeeze the juice of ½ a lime into the glass
Fill glass with ice
Add 2oz. Muchote Tequila
Fill with Coke
Stir gently
Garnish with a lime wedge

Muchote tequila is available at retailers in many states if it is not available in your state you can order it online, Hi Time Cellars will ship Muchote tequila to almost any state, order a case today for Summer of Tequila!

About Muchote Tequila
Muchote Reposado Premium Tequila, is made by Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, in Los Altos, Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. The Vivanco family have been agaveros, growing agave for five generations. The Vivanco 800 acre Los Altos farms are known for rich red clay soil that produce a softer/sweeter tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is a single estate tequila, made from 100% Weber Blue tequilana agave. The agave piñas are harvested and placed in brick adobe ovens (hornitos) where they are steamed for 24 hours then left to cool for 24 hours. Double distilled for smoothness, fresh agave flavor yet keeping the natural spice. Our traditional, handcrafted and careful process ensures a natural, smooth, and savory tequila. Muchote Tequila is a hand crafted small batch artisan tequila. Muchote Reposado Tequila is aged in American white oak seasoned whiskey barrels for seven months.

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Caskers Take Pride In What You Drink

Caskers Wine Beer & Liquor Delivered

Caskers, Start discovering great spirits at member prices today! On line liquor store that delivers wine, beer and liquor and featured selections are updated daily with amazing spirits at member prices. Clubs, get great spirits delivered to your door every three months without lifting a finger. If you need accessories, they sell everything to make your home bar complete. As a member you can earn credits get $10 to use towards anything on our site for each friend you refer when they purchase. Private casks can be purchased to make your special event or important occasion unforgettable with your very own private cask, bottle & label. And my favorite your own liquor concierge, to help you fill you wine cellar or find that particularly rare or premium bottle? We are at your service. They deliver to your home or office, so you can make your workplace look like a Mad Men show. Sign up for a Caskers account to get started.

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Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka 100% Colorado Review

Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka is distilled in small batches using a state of the art still. The source used for this vodka is sweet corn from the Olathe region of Colorado. Farmers here use snowmelt to irrigate. The corn kernels are smaller than the kernel of regular corn and have a concentrated flavor. It is analogous to the size of wine grapes to table grapes. The cost is much higher, but the quality of the corn is exceptional. Harvesting of the corn is done without pesticides and the corn is naturally Gluten Free. This corn is usually hand picked rather than machine harvested because of the soft nature of the corn.
The water used in irrigation, distilling and to cut the distillate begins as snowmelt and for the processing and cutting is then purified. While many distilleries use purified water, few begin with anything as pristine as ours.
The filtration process is another big difference between this vodka and others. They filter the vodka once and coarsely, they make it this way to leave more of the oils and to have a more flavorful vodka. This creates a weightier vodka.
The corn is brought in whole kernels from the farms and milled on site. This is important because pre-milled grains can become oxidized and lose much of the flavor. It is fermented right after milling sent straight to the fermenters to again guard against oxidation. The fermented liquid is then batch distilled. Unlike continuous distillation this leaves more of the original character. It is distilled correctly one time, and the heads and tails are cut. We cut 30% of the distillate to ensure only the heart of the distillate remains.
The label features mountains a depiction of the Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak in the Colorado Rockies, which is a backdrop to the distillery.

Highly recommended order a bottle of Anders’ Handcrafted Vodka here

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Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger

Tasting Couch Podcast Show with hosts Forest Cokely & Will Elger talk Wine, Beer, Spirits & Food

Tasting Couch is more than day drinking or an excuse to open a bottle or wine or high proof whiskey before noon. It’s taking time out of our busy days to sample top products in the food & beverage industry, while giving reviews, talking to the brand owners and educating consumers.

Tasting Couch hosts Forrest Cokely and Will Elger talk spirits, wine, beer, mixers, food and so much more. They interview the creators of brands as they join them on the tasting couch. Dive into a craft bourbon or a wine sent to them from a new winery, each and every day is a different brand. The tasting couch podcast started after years of consulting for many different brands. Brands that would send products to review, give feedback/suggestions or want us to create seasonal cocktails. We would sit down with a brand or with the brand owner talking about their brand and each and every time we wished we could have recorded the session, and share it with consumers who love these brands and want to know more about them.

Do you have a Wine, Beer, Spirit, Mixer, Food… and want to be on The Tasting Couch, email info@tastingcouch.com

About the hosts:

Forrest Cokely is a Charter Member of both the Ministry of Rum Connoisseurs Cabinet, in good standing and Rum XP (Expert Panel), where he has judged many international rum competitions. A founding (board) member and Key-holder for the Orange County Bartenders Cabinet (OCBC). Bar Smarts Certified and a Society of Wine Educators, Certified Spirits Specialist (C.S.S.) He is also a member of the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac. Forrest has been featured in several articles calling for his spirits savvy, sharpened while judging spirit and mixology competitions. Creating tastings, workshops, Branded and specialty cocktails for a variety of clients, drink and pairing menus for restaurants has afforded Forrest the opportunity to stretch beyond what can be found in his over 130 cocktail book collection.

Forrest takes part in multiple forum sites surrounding all aspects of his passion for spirits. His blog can be found here: adrinkwithforrest.blogspot.com
Minister of Culture – Haas Brothers’
Key holder – The Bartenders Cabinet
Tohunga Waipiro – Tonga Hut
Qualified Member – Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac
Member – Rum XP (Expert Panel)
Ministry of Rum Connoisseur’s Cabinet
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS

Will Elger author of The One Minute Bartender, a bartending book that helps establishments, bartenders and people who want to learn to bartend make cocktails in less time. Will has a degree in hospitality and marketing, has been a bartender, bar manager and restaurant manager in small bars to five star cruise lines. Will went on to sales positions with corporate liquor companies, working on the distributor and supplier side for the largest liquor brands in the world. Then as an ambassador and educator, which lead to starting the award winning brand Muchote tequila. Will also started then sold a wine bar and a distributor, and has helped entrepreneurs start and build successful liquor brands from the ground up. “I love helping consumers find quality brands that become a part of their life. They yearn to learn more about how and why they are made, and become ambassadors to the brands” Will Elger.
Certified – Bar Smarts & TiPS
Chilled 100 Member

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Cocktail Book The One Minute Bartender Book Second Edition By Will Elger

The One Minute Bartender Book Second Edition and The One Minute Bartender Second Edition ebook or Kindle Edition from Amazon will make it easy to learn all the basics of bartending, giving you more know-how and confidence to understand spirits and ‘how-to’ to prepare great-tasting cocktails. You will be able to set up your own home bar or host a cocktail party in no time! The One Minute Bartender takes a ‘back to the basics approach’ – the most complicated drink will seem easy to make. You will understand what’s behind popular and trendy cocktails, and always know what you want to order when you’re out with friends. You will learn what’s actually in all those bottles behind the bar, and what they are for; you will learn secrets from a professional bartender. The One Minute Bartender reveals simple, easy-to-use information that will get you mixing drinks and make you be more knowledgeable about what you drink.

About The Author, Will Elger a bartender for over two decades has turned bartending into more than just a career. Working in many different venues the goal has always been to make sure everyone has a drink. As cocktails have moved more to mixology or molecular mixology it seems like a longer wait at the bar to get a drink. The One Minute Bartender is a back to the basics guide for everyone, bartenders (more tips), bar owners (more drinks equal profit) and consumers or guests in your home (realize not waiting for a cocktail makes any party better).

Also check out The One Minute Bartender You Tube Channel, to view how to make cocktails in under a minute.

You can order The One Minute Bartender Second Edition from Lybrary.com.

The One Minute Bartender Second Edition is also available in both paperback or NOOK at Barnes & Noble stores or from Amazon online click below.

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Reed’s Ginger Brew Review & Moscow Mule Recipe

Moscow Mule Cocktail has and remains very popular so I wanted to add my review on Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew, a staple ingredient in the Moscow Mule.

Moscow Mule Cocktail Recipe
1-1/2 ounces vodka
Cold Ginger Beer
Garnish Lime Wedge
Copper Mug
Pour the vodka into a copper mug filled with ice, squeeze lime into mug. Fill with Ginger Beer.
Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew is the same recipe as Original Ginger Brew, but has 26 grams (instead of 17 grams) of fresh ginger root for a stronger taste. The other ingredients are the same lemon, lime, honey, cane sugar, pineapple, herbs and spices.

Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew Here is a list of ingredients from the bottle, Sparkling Filtered Water (Sweetened by a blend of raw cane sugar, pineapple juice from concentrate and honey), Fresh Ginger Root, Lemon and Lime Juices from concentrate and spices. Non Alcoholic. Free of Preservatives, Caffeine, Gluten & GMO’s.

Here is the story of Chris Reed who founded Reed’s Ginger Brew. He first decided to create a ginger ale made with fresh ginger in 1987, he went to UCLA library, pre internet, to research into the early formulas for soft drinks. He figured if he went back far enough in time he would find recipes that worked with real ingredients. Then he found a book from the 1780’s, before the first bottling plants even existed, that talked about brewing sodas from whole roots, spices and fruit juices in the kitchen. Chris knew he had found what he was looking for. These early soft drinks, besides being delicious, were also used as herbal tonics. After two years of much trial and error, Reed’s Original Ginger Brew was ready to launch.
Reed’s brews are a delicious revival of the lost brewing art of brewing sodas. Each small batch is hand crafted with pride, carefully brewed and aged by expert brew masters. They choose only the finest fresh herbs, roots, spices and fruits. They don’t use any preservatives or artificial anything in our beverages. And in my opinion Reed’s Brews make the best cocktails.

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