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Category: Cocktails and Spirits

Guest Appearance: WhiskyCast Virtual Tastings

Posted in Announcements, Cocktails and Spirits, and Pods and Presos

I experienced my first proper whisky tasting at Tales of the Cocktail in 2008. As I recall, the tasting mat featured six Maccallans, and they were excellent. Two other very important points: F. Paul Pacult of The Spirit Journal fame led the tasting, and it took place at 10 AM. That’s what I call a baptism by fire. This year’s Tales of the Cocktail is happening right now, and I wish I could be there!…

Tales Bound

Posted in Cocktails and Spirits

Well, it’s finally here; Tales of the Cocktail week. I’m headed to New Orleans to watch and learn, and cover a tremendous event for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Did I mention sampling spirits and cocktails of all varieties? I’ll be filing posts for The Spirit World, as well as offering observations and photos right here. So watch this space.

How to Really Cover Events, Social Media Style

Posted in Cocktails and Spirits, New Media and Tech, and Podcasting

I’m a big ol’ critic of the current frenzy for social media. That is, I’m critical of the “social media can do EVERYTHING, replace ALL mainstream media, CURE CANCER, etc. school of thought. But I am not critical of the tools that make it possible to exchange information, or add deeper meaning to the content of media. Platforms like Twitter, podcasting, uStream, and Facebook, to name just a few, can unleash not only creativity of…

Baby Booze Blogger’s First Steps

Posted in Cocktails and Spirits

In the past couple of years, I’ve become a spirits and cocktails enthusiast. I’ve toured distilleries in Kentucky, sought out great bars when I travel, and collected bottles of spirits, liqueurs, and assorted drink-making stuff. As some of you know, I’ve been writing for a blog called The Spirit World, and I’ve added a mixology segment to Shelly’s Podcast. Last week’s Tales of the Cocktail absolutely filled my brain with information and inspiration. And it…