New Jersey: Atlantic City

I recently spent a couple of days in Atlantic City, N.J., and it wasn’t too long before I needed a drink. At Carmine’s, a New York-based chain of family-style Italian restaurants (this one in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino), I…

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Four Roses 2011 Edition

Four Roses Single Barrel Limited Edition 2011 12 years old, unfiltered barrel strength (this taste, 109.4 proof) Aroma: Vanilla, caramel, nutmeg, oak, some floral notes Taste: Burns at the start, rising into the sinuses, then “blooms” on the palate, revealing…

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Kindred spirits

When I was in college, “bourbon” meant Maker’s Mark, and “rum” meant Bacardi, each mixed with Diet Coke, of course. Now that I’m a grown-up, I still enjoy Maker’s (although I have stopped desecrating it). But aside from the occasional…

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‘Deadwood’ on bourbon

Cy Tolliver: Mr. Wolcott, how do you do? And what do you drink? Francis Wolcott: Kentucky bourbon, if you’ve got it. Cy Tolliver: Pour Mr. Wolcott a bourbon, Jack, and tell him it’s from Kentucky.

Four-star Four Roses Dinner

I don’t want to make you feel too bad if you missed the Four Roses Dinner at Buck’s Restaurant last Thursday night, but it was one of the best food-and-drink pairings I’ve ever had. Each of Executive Chef Andrew Welenken’s…

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Jim Beam Rye

Our Jim Beam Sampler Pack Adventure concludes today with a taste of Jim Beam Rye. Jim Beam Rye Four years old; 80 proof Aroma: Grassy, lots of grain, spicy Taste: Spice, vanilla, lots of alcohol, soft finish  Verdict: I have to…

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Jim Beam/Jim Beam Black

Today I’m resuming my tasting notes from the Jim Beam Sampler Pack. To give the Black and the Rye some context, let’s first sample the original.  Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Four years old; 80 proof Aroma: Lots of…

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Bourbon Women, unite!

It’s happened more than once. I’m at a restaurant or bar with my husband. He, an aspiring oenophile, orders a glass of wine; I order a bourbon. The waiter brings the drinks – and guess which one he sets in front of me….

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Jim Beam Sampler Pack

There is a lot of bourbon out there to be tasted, and acquiring it can become an expensive proposition – especially if you decide that what you’ve purchased isn’t quite what you thought it would be. That’s where samplers come…

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