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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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Nightclub & Bar Show

Start Date: March 7th, 2016
End Date: March 9th, 2016
Attendees: 40,000+
Location:
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 892-0711
Tweet: .@NightclubBar brings together the best of bar & nightlife for another year in @Vegas! Register: #NCBShow16 Nightclub & Bar Show

The Nightclub & Bar Show is the biggest and best bar and nightlife event that happens each year in Las Vegas, NV. A great networking event for suppliers, distributors, bar owners, bartenders… Listen to speakers, go to educational workshops, parties and see what is happening in the industry.

Nightclub & Bar Show is in it’s 31st year, you will meet new brands, distributors and bar staff and network with industry greats that have been returning year after year for 20+ years. You will see people from all over the world, joining together to learn, taste, buy, sell, teach, party…

The 2016 Nightclub & Bar Conference program offers 92 seminars and workshops. Industry experts Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Bob Brown and Charlotte Voisey and organizations like MillerCoors, Constant Contact and Johnson & Wales University. Sessions on food, training tips, social media, design strategies… The 2016 conference will focus on eight tracks Bartending & Mixology, Promotions & Marketing, Social Media, Operations & Management, Beer, Food & Wine, Customer Experience & Liability, Industry Trends & Research and Nightlife.

EXPO (March 8-9) will Showcase 700+ exhibitors, new product, innovative technology, celebrity red carpet appearances. Cocktail competitions, entertainment as you connect with suppliers showing off their brands. Emerging Brands Pavilion features the hottest entrepreneurs featuring emerging products, sponsored by Hotmixology the national TV show. Host Dave Elger will be onsite filming a new episode of Hotmixology.

This is a must attend event the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show can visit www.ncbshow.com for more information or Register Nightclub & Bar Show 2016 today.

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Panamá Pacific Rum 23 Year Review

Panamá-Pacific Rum 23 Year, is a newly imported rum is amazing, it jumped out at me as I have not seen the label before. I learned that it was just imported into the USA so if you can’t find it ask your local liquor store to order it for you.

Panamá-Pacific Rum is crafted in Panamá, from local ingredients, the sugarcane is processed, fermented, distilled and aged in the midst of the sugar cane fields. As an honored testimonial, this rum is never chill-filtered– no caramel color and no artificial flavoring. The 23 year age statement represents the minimum age of the expression.

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HANDCRAFTED ROCA PATRÓN SILVER TEQUILA REVIEW

ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, this tequila really did surprise me, I did a taste test against a handful of other silver tequila brands including the regular PATRÓN SILVER and ROCA PATRÓN came out on top not just with me but with two friends that were doing the blind tasting with me.

So here we have it, ROCA PATRÓN is a handcrafted 100% de agave tequila. After doing a bit of research I found out that this version of PATRÓN uses the finest weber blue agave that this company has available. Their finest agave is all used on the ROCA brand. They slow roast their Weber Blue Agave and then crush it with a two ton tahona stone wheel, the original/traditional way to crush agave. The juice is then fermented and distilled with the agave fibers. All this adds to a very complex taste with earthy tones and a long smooth finish. I highly recommend the ROCA PATRÓN SILVER, another sign is when it’s the first empty bottle on the table. I found a great price online if you want to order bottle Liquorama liquor store has a great price.

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ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA
ROCA PATRON SILVER TEQUILA

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Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner

Alberta Rye Dark Batch Review

Alberta Distillers embraced this challenge and not only made rye whisky, they made a great one. Alberta Distillers is the number one rye producer in North America with more than 450,000 barrels aging on site, this is not a new brand they have been making whisky for almost seventy years.

The master distillers at Alberta Distillers wanted to continue to push the rye envelope and come up with not just another rye whisky, but a better rye whisky, Alberta Rye Dark Batch is the result. Highly recommended and winner of many awards, Craft Competition Gold 2015, SIP Awards Gold 2015, Los Angeles Spirits Competition Gold 2015, The World Whisky Masters Master 2015…

For more information on Alberta Rye Dark Batch visit www.albertarye.com

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Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner
Alberta Rye Dark Batch Whisky Craft Competition Gold Medal Winner

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Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California

Beverly Hills Awards For High End Brands

Beverly Hills Awards is the original competition, California boasts the top restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and top critics. There is not a better place or venue to bring together the most exclusive brands in the world and have them carefully tasted and judged for excellence. The Beverly Hills Awards is the elite competition recognizing the very best, the industries top, luxury, classic, reputable… brands. Establishing the highest standards, through an experienced panel of respected judges to award perfection through extensive blind tastings. Competitions are held by classification of category in the most exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California. Every step of this competition will guarantee that Beverly Hills Awards be regarded as the most elite, credible, reliable and coveted competition in the industry. Note that these exclusive tasting events will only be open to the judges and preregistered media members and photographers, they will not be open to for general public. Beverly Hills Awards is thankful to all brands who participate, as Beverly Hills Awards has become a brand that brands want to be associated with each and every year.

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Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California
Beverly Hills Awards 90210 California
2015 Beverly Hills Awards Medals
2015 Beverly Hills Awards Medals

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CRAFT BEER HELLHOUNDS ALE MALS-39 REVIEW

HELLHOUNDS ALE MALS-39

239TH Marine Corps Birthday 2014

This is a 1 Pint , 6 Fluid Qunces Alc. 6.39% by Vol.
Brewed & Bottled By Mother Earth Brew Co. Vista, CA

On The Back Of Each Bottle It Says:

Each one of you earned the title “Marine” and has a lifetime membership in this organization that is respected, admired, and feared. The title has no rank, no age, and it applies whether you are active duty, in the reserves, or retired. Everyone who has earned the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is a marine for life and there is no greater civic calling.

For 239 years, Marines have protected our great nation with skill and military distinction. The Hellhounds of MALS-39 have supported every major operation since our inception during the Vietnam War. Currently, we have Hellhounds involved in operations in Afghanistan, embarked aboard the USS MAKIN ISLANS, and in Okinawa as part of the Unit Deployment Program. Individually, we are Maintenance and Supply professionals, IYAOYAS, and Warrior Monks, but collectively we accomplish the mission as the Hellhound TEAM and we will be prepared to do so whenever our nation calls upon us.

Happy Birthday Marines and Semper Fi!

LtCol R. W. Sherwood
Commanding Officer, MALS-39

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Muchote Tequila 100% de Agave Tequila

The World’s Best Reposado Tequila Muchote Tequila

Muchote Tequila is produced in the heart of the Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico from 100% Blue Weber estate grown Agave. A traditional, handcrafted and careful process ensures a natural, smooth, and savory tequila flavor.

A partial list of awards include:
Highest Rated Tequila (94) –Tequila.net, Gold Medal & Judge Favorite – Agave Spirits Challenge Competition, Gold Medal – Spirits of Mexico Competition, Platinum Medal – The SIP Awards, Gold Star Award – SANTÉ Magazine, Gold Medal – Viewers Choice Hotmixology, Gold Medal – MicroLiquor Spirit Awards, Gold Medal – Craft Spirits Competition, Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition.

Muchote Tequila has remained consistent both in price and excellent quality; a remarkable handmade spirit for $30 making it one of the best tequila values. Mucho in Spanish means a lot, what’s more than mucho, MUCHOTE.

For more information, please visit Muchote Tequila Please always enjoy Muchote Tequila responsibly. 
40% Alc./Vol. (80 proof) – To purchase a bottle or a case online click here!

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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

NEAT Glass Official Glass Of Craft Competition

Craft Competition uses a glass engineered to expose all the aromas hiding behind nose-numbing alcohol. NEAT Glass allows you to taste the truth and discover what’s hiding in your glass.

In 2003, a simple mistake in a glass blowing class created a misshapen tumbler which was used in a pinch for want of a clean glass. The amazing change in expression led to a new approach to glass design which is called Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology (NEAT). By studying links between human physiology and molecular behavior, they unlocked the hidden dimensions of distilled spirits for your exquisite pleasure and hedonistic enjoyment, with a spirits glass that directs strong alcohol away from the nose. Over the next nine years, fifty two different design iterations, hundreds of tastings, and GCMS studies led to the perfect ultimate spirits glass now known as the NEAT glass.

Science builds better glassware: The NEAT glass…Design driven by science brings truth in taste.

The Patented Design: Create a wide vessel to enhance evaporation, short enough to allow heavy aromas to reach the nose, and squeeze the vapors so lighter molecules like ethanol alcohol move faster. Flare the rim so squeezed molecules have room to expand, and alcohol scurries over the rim to disappear and never numb the nose, while the other slower moving aromas are detected in the sweet spot, without alcohol. This design patented in the USA D663165, utility patented in the People’s Republic of China, and utility patent pending in Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Definition of Flavor: The blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth. A thousand aromas, five tastes define flavor. The total impression includes mouth feel, from sensors that detect oily or dry, temperature, texture, minty, and many others. Aroma (90%) + Taste (5%) + Mouth Feel (5%) = Flavor.

Evaporation: The “engine” that powers aromas to the nose aided by large evaporation area and vigorous swirling. Without evaporation, there is nothing to smell.

Compress and Release: The neck of the NEAT Glass compresses, and the wide flared rim allows expansion as vapors pass through the narrow opening. The lightest vapor – ethanol alcohol – diffuses and disperses.

What’s the benefit?

No more nose burn or numbness. Your nose is free to detect, savor, and enjoy the subtle, wonderful aromas the distiller intended. Your nose will also tell you if the distiller did his job with care, making the proper head and tail cuts, using clean equipment, and even the condition of the barrels. Without alcohol dumbing down your sense of smell, absolutely nothing can hide from your nose.

What’s the scientific verification?

The NEAT Glass was designed for maximum drinking enjoyment and tested under controlled, uniform conditions against other spirits glasses at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) Chemistry Department to verify our claims.

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NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition
NEAT Glass Official Glass of Craft Competition

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33 STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY AWARD WINNING WHISKEY

33 Straight Bourbon Whiskey is limited so try to pick up a bottle ASAP. The small release, small batch whiskey had a big following. They celebrate the events of 1933 that ended the Era of Prohibition in the United States. 33 combines distinct barrels, each aged for 6 years in a private rack house. The distinct flavors from each barrel are then expertly blended, at Cutler’s Artisan Distillery in Santa Barbara, California. With an end result being a very smooth whiskey with balanced sweet notes of honey, smoke, caramel, vanilla as well as spice, with a dry finish, I do like the fact that this is a higher proof (86 Proof) whiskey, you would not know it, yet when I wrote this I looked and was impressed once again at how smooth it is, Cheers!

AWARDS

2014 Craft Spirits Competition Gold Medal Winner
2014 SIP Awards Gold Medal Winner
2014 Los Angeles Spirits Competition Bronze Medal Winner

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