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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Moonshine’s History

August 27th, 2020

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Moonshine has a history that’s as abundant as the styles of the spirit itself. While most people might be aware of the infamous side of its past, this authentically American spirit boasts plenty of qualities worthy of being celebrated today. Don’t believe us? Here’s 5 facts you probably don’t know about this specialty spirit.

Some Seasoned Advice For The Bourbon Novice

August 19th, 2020

Written by John Raiona, Executive Bourbon Steward.

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a lively discussion with a group of several people very new to the Bourbon scene, as well as a couple of newly Certified Bourbon Stewards.

Themes of discussion ran the gamut – from deliberating the spirit’s beginnings to advancing the debate on which brand deserves the title of “best Bourbon,” to which my stock answer has always been, “whatever someone else is paying for!” But the part of the conversation that I found most interesting was on the topic of how best to (as Bourbon novice) advance your knowledge of whiskey while also developing a greater appreciation for the spirit itself.


Which Rum is Right for Your Palate?

August 13th, 2020

Rum has a history as rich as its depth of styles, flavors, and aromas – you’re cheating yourself if your only experience drinking it has been with a Coke.

Depending on the unique conditions in which its source material was grown, as well as the techniques utilized in its production (and there are many), this delightful spirit can range from sweet and floral, to dark, smokey, and everything in between.


Baiju – The World’s Most Popular Spirit You’ve Never Heard Of

August 5th, 2020


Pop quiz: What’s the world’s most popular spirit? Hint – it’s not whiskey, or vodka, or bourbon. If you’re still stumped, then you might be surprised to learn that the most widely consumed spirit in the world is Baiju.


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