November 11 at Caña: Mount Gay Rum Tasting with Chesterfield Browne

November 8, 2010

On Thursday, November 11th, Caña Rum Bar welcomes Chesterfield Browne, the International Brand Ambassador and Mixologist for Mount Gay Rum. Browne will educate guests on the 300-year-old distillery and its offerings, including complimentary tastings of Mount Gay Extra Old and the 1703 Old Cask Selection. Browne (creator of the acclaimed Chester’s Own rum punch) was…

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A Taste of The Macallan 64 Years Old Sells for $16,000 to Benefit charity: water

November 4, 2010

A remarkable crystal decanter, containing some of the rarest single malt Scotch whisky in the world, arrived in Los Angeles yesterday for the penultimate stop of its global fundraising journey. Earlier this year, The Macallan and Lalique partnered to produce the one-of-a-kind decanter, made using the ancient cire perdue (“lost wax”) method. Created in conjunction…

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Thirsty in Las Vegas: Hit Me with Your Best HARLEM Shot

October 30, 2010

With over 300 years of distilling experience, it’s safe to say the Nolet family knows from spirits. Since assuming the role of chairman in 1979, Carolus Nolet Sr. assured his legacy with the worldwide success of Ketel One Vodka, introduced in 1983. The family distilling tradition continues with HARLEM Kruiden Liqueur, the brainchild of Nolet’s 10th and 11th generations (Carl Sr. and his two sons, Carl, Jr. and younger brother Bob). HARLEM is named for the historic Dutch city of Haarlem (where Nolet Sr.’s mother was born), while kruiden means “herbal” in Dutch.

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October 23: Bourbon Grand Tasting at Seven Grand

October 21, 2010

With Los Angeles weather skipping fall and heading straight into rainy winter, what better way to keep warm than by spending an evening tasting some of the nation’s best bourbons? This Saturday, October 23rd, is hosting a Bourbon Grand Tasting, a gathering dedicated to drinking and learning about America’s Native Spirit. For the Grand…

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October 23-24: Artisanal LA at the Cooper Building

October 18, 2010

On Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24, Artisanal LA invites Angelenos to spend a weekend shopping, tasting, and learning about the city’s finest local, sustainable food and beverage artisans. Taking place over two days in the penthouse of downtown’s historic Cooper Building, Artisanal LA gives attendees the opportunity to shop from nearly 100 up-and-coming vendors, many…

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Whisky Live LA 2010 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel

October 9, 2010

On Wednesday, October 13th, Whisky Live LA invites Angelenos to taste whiskies from all over the world in a luxurious setting in the heart of Beverly Hills. Now in its second year, Whisky Live LA has moved from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, located at the intersection of Rodeo Drive…

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It’s Single Malt Season at the Wine House

October 1, 2010

This month, two outstanding single malt tasting events are taking place within a week of each other at the Wine House. First is Glenfarclas, which has produced its award-winning single malt whiskies since 1836, and has been owned and managed by the Grant family since 1865. On October 5th, Brand Ambassador George S. Grant, who…

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September 9: Cruzan 9 Tasting Events at Nine LA Bars

September 8, 2010

Earlier this summer, Cruzan Rum launched its latest expression, a spiced rum called Cruzan 9. The new Cruzan derives its name from its nine-spice blend of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, mace, allspice, pepper and juniper. The number nine is also a nod to the nine districts of St. Croix, home to the historic Cruzan distillery.

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Choose Your Weapon: Sampling the New Cocktails at Caña Rum Bar

August 30, 2010

Although President Obama’s recent fundraising visit to Los Angeles caused a traffic nightmare for thousands of rush hour commuters, in other parts of the city drivers had no problem reaching their destinations. Thanks to a nearly deserted 10 Freeway, I arrived in downtown in record time for the Caña cocktail menu launch party, a celebration…

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Bigfoot Lodge West Steps It Up with New Cocktail and Whiskey Menus

August 29, 2010

Good friend and fellow imbiber Scot checks out the newly expanded cocktail menu and whiskey selection at Bigfoot Lodge West.

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