Wednesday, 14 September 2016

A Look Into The Distinctions Of American Whiskey

American whiskey descended from the Irish whiskey tradition, which is distinguished from its Scottish counterpart beyond just a difference in spelling. Unlike the barley-based scotch whisky, Irish whiskeys tend to mix other grains along with barley in the production of their whiskeys, a tradition that continued in what would later become the United States.

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The whiskey developed in America would then be made from ever more varied combinations of grains, which now include rye and corn and incorporate similar distillation processes as scotch, albeit with filtration processes that incorporate the use of charred oak and sugar maple charcoal. This has created a unique national tradition that has since diversified into a broad assortment of variants and flavors, which tend to lean toward the toasty, spicy, and sweet

The resulting flavor from the mash is tied in part to its grain content, which different grains adding their own touch to the resulting whiskey. Rye, for instance, imparts a distinct spicy flavor. The chief grain that goes into the creation of straight American whiskey is corn, which according to regulations for some variants must make up more than 51% of the mash used; the rules are similar for other grain variants like wheat and rye.

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Wood is a key component in many American whiskeys, with charred oak being a common (and in some variants like bourbon whiskey, exclusive) method of filtration. Whiskeys of the Tennessee tradition are filtered through this method as well. Most American whiskeys are also aged in oak barrels. The use of wood is responsible for the sweet vanilla notes in many whiskeys.

Adam Quirk is the co-founder Cardinal Spirits, a craft distillery that produces premium spirits using locally acquired ingredients. Visit this blog for more on the distinct flavors of American distilled beverages.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Intoxicating ‘Cheers’

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There is no sitcom like the iconic “Cheers.” It has been 23 years since the widely-watched series finale, but plenty of its viewers back then are probably still missing the influential show that ran for 11 years.

Even some of the current crop of famous comedians, particularly Amy Poehler, recognize the contribution of “Cheers” to modern sitcoms and comedies for its palatable mix of humor and sentimentality.

Set in a fictitious bar (named Cheers, of course) owned and bartended by former Red Sox relief pitcher Sam Malone, the show was beloved by a wide range of viewers. It was considered to be the epitome of the 
“family sitcom.”

ts main characters were not related by blood, but it sure felt like they were family as they bickered, nagged, grew, and loved like they were one – they can’t live with and without each other. It was not difficult to be fully invested and care for each main character.

And even as they convened almost daily in a bar with booze in their hands, the show’s humor was not dumbed down, and no one ever got drunk. The script was polished enough so that parents can watch it with the entire family.

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What many fans loved about it though was that the bar itself was one of the most important elements of the show. It was home for the characters. It was where they wanted to be at the end of the day. It was where everybody knew their name.

Adam Quirk, a former operative at a tech startup, is the co-founder of craft distillery Cardinal Spirits. Operating from downtown Bloomington, Indiana, the company provides local communities with a source of gainful employment and support. Read more about Mr. Quirk by visiting this Google+ page.