It’s painfully hard to believe that there are forgotten barrels of whiskey out there. It simply breaks my heart [insert uber-tearful emoji here]. But thanks to the good folks at Diageo these orphaned barrels of whiskey have now found themselves a home. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Diageo would soon be introducing their Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company project. As part of the project, the beverage behemoth has chosen to locate these forgotten barrels of whiskey and share them with the public.
“The whiskey warehouses and rickhouses these spirits come from are special places filled with the incredible smells of seasoned oak, rough textures of weathered wood and amazing tastes of precious liquid,” said Ewan Morgan, Master of Whiskey for DIAGEO. “It’s every worker’s dream of finding that forgotten barrel of delicious whiskey and sharing it with their friends. That’s exactly what we’re doing.”
The first two whiskeys that will be available to the public will be Barterhouse Whiskey ($75) and Old Blowhard Whiskey ($150). Both were discovered at the Stitzel-Weller facility in Louisville, Kentucky and were then hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Both whiskeys will be available in limited quantities beginning in March. And if you do happen to get your hands on a bottle feel free to send a shot or two this way.
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For actress Mila Kunis, Kentucky is a far cry from her native Ukraine, but that certainly doesn’t mean the actress lacks familiarity when it comes to one of America’s most celebrated spirits, bourbon whiskey. In fact, Mila has just been named the new face of Jim Beam Bourbon.
“As a fan of bourbon and a huge proponent of making history, I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Jim Beam family,” said Mila in a statement.
Personally, I’m pretty excited about the partnership. No shade to “Sex & The City,” but for too long women have been relegated to cosmos and any drink that ends in “-tini.” I love margaritas and pina coladas just as much as the next gal, but a good whiskey on the rocks is heaven in a glass. AM I RIGHT?? So, kudos to Mila and Jim Beam for showing that women and whiskey is gradually becoming the norm.
You can expect to see Jim Beam commercials featuring Mila beginning in February, but in the meantime check out this video of the self-proclaimed bourbon fan visiting the Jim Beam American Stillhouse Distillery.
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It’s only January 6 and already my daydreams are being fueled by thoughts of boozy drinks enjoyed while beachside. And with the announcement of the new Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut, I’ve really found myself longing for the tropics-inspired cocktails prominent during the warmer months. News of Smirnoff’s newest addition is still pretty fresh, so I can’t quite tell ya when you’ll be able to get your hands on a bottle, but rest assured that you’ll likely have this latest spirit in time for your homegirl’s pool party and all those other warm weather celebrations.
In the meantime, you can find a few added details on the new Smirnoff Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut as well as a drink recipe (via Smirnoff Hub) below.
Full-flavored, sorbet-inspired vodka with natural fruit flavor, containing juicy, ripe pineapple and creamy toasted coconut notes. It offers sophisticated fun with only 78 calories per 1.5 fl. oz.
New Year, New You
1.5 oz. SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Pineapple Coconut
2.0 oz. Coconut water
1 oz. Pomegranate juice
Fill rocks glass with ice, add ingredients, stir and garnish with lime wheel or pineapple wedge.
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Why is it that the absolute worst singers love karaoke? As someone who falls under that category, I can say that I honestly have no idea. I just know that whenever I’m singing Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” at the top of my lungs with a group of friends, a good time is usually had. So, I have to say that when I saw Heineken’s “Carol Karaoke” commercial it brought a smile to my face as well as a little jealousy. I may sound like a combination of Gollum and a dying cat while singing, but there is absolutely no way I’m turning down a chance to have my karaoke experience broadcast in front of thousands.
Check out the video below to see what happened when Heineken surprised a group of karaoke-goers with just that opportunity.
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Goodbye, Claire Forlani. Hello, The Baron. Oh, and hello controversy too. Yep, it appears that Dewar’s has released a new commercial and it’s already drawing a great deal of criticism. In Dewar’s commercial, titled “Meet The Baron,” a man and his trusted sidekick are seen dodging a number of ill occurrences during their time spent together. At one point in the commercial the narrator goes on to commend The Baron as he states, “He wouldn’t just take a bullet for ya, he’d be the one throwing himself on the explosives.” As the narrator reads that particular line, a full-figured woman appears in the shot and is immediately met by The Baron who seems to “take a bullet for” his companion by entertaining this woman.
I’m sure men, likely Dewar’s target audience, found the commercial absolutely hilarious mildly funny. But as a woman who’s far from a size two I can see where some may find the commercial offensive. It pokes fun of full-size women and I’m pretty sure that cornball tactic was relegated to D-list comedians and not spirits brands…guess not.
Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to check out Skate Atlantic Station, Atlantic Station’s first ever ice skating rink. It served as my first time ever ice skating so I was a little nervous and unsure of how much fun I’d actually have hovering over the sides of the ice rink. Needless to say, I had a blast! I got the hang of things surprisingly quickly and only fell once. I blame the ice.
So, I’m extremely eager to check out Skate Atlantic Station again and this time I will of course be following up my visit with a seasonal cocktail or two. And in case you’ve got the same idea (which you should!), I’ve compiled a list of the four best, seasonal sips (of the boozy variety) you can indulge in after hitting the ice. And the best part is you can find them at restaurants located in Atlantic Station. So, no need to struggle with that dreaded Midtown Atlanta traffic. Check ‘em out below.
Mezcal Cider – Served at Yard House, this cocktail combines Del Baguey “Vida” Mezcal, St. Germain, apple juice, house citrus agave blend, and orange bitters.
Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale – Also available at Yard House, this seasonal ale is a no-brainer for all the Apollo Ohno-channeling, craft beer aficionados out there.
Irish Coffee – Ice skating followed by mugs of Irish Coffee? Yes, please. Served at Cafe Nineteen, this take on the Irish Coffee cocktail combines Bailey’s, Jameson Whiskey, Illy coffee, and whipped cream. Yeah, I’m drooling just typing those ingredients.
Aguila Real – Nothing says we’ve made it to the holiday season like sipping on a richly decadent cocktail. And nothing says “richly decadent” like Rosa Mexicano’s Aguila Real, a blend of Hennessy VS, Kahlua, Licor 43, cream, and chocolate bitters.
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