Whiskey

Rolling out with a ‘Rol & Rye.

2016 is finally winding down and frankly, it can’t end soon enough. This has been a pretty crappy year on a number of levels, and the icing on the cake for me was getting a 16 penny nail through the sidewall of the driver’s side tire on my car today. Can’t be fixed, so that means I’m buying a new tire. I’m sending 2016 out with a bang this year and starting January 1, 2017, I’m giving up the booze. Yes you read that right, I’m quitting drinking. (this is where all my friends and relatives roll their eyes and say “I’ll believe it when I see it.) The goal is to make it June 1 and just like when I quit smoking cold turkey January 1, 1992 it’s a goal I intend to keep.

One of the things I intend to do between January 1, and the first day of summer is document the physical changes the lack of alcohol will have on my body. I intend to take a photo a day of myself, weigh myself, and take note of any positive and or negative effects it has on me. Hopefully, come June 21, 2017 I’ll have something interesting to report. Maybe not, but the challenge is on in a little less than 48 hours.

Since I’m choosing to “Lose the Booze” in 2017, I thought it would be fitting to post a nice New Years Eve cocktail recipe that everyone can make and share. Behold the ‘Rol and Rye. It’s easy to make, easy to drink, and easy to share. Enjoy.

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Out of the Jar.

Out of the Jar by Gestalten is a new book about the best, and some of the most unusual spirits from small distillers around the world. These are spirits made by a new generation of distillers who are using combinations of rare fruits, herbs, grains and spices to reinvent and reinterpret high octane recipes for alcoholic drinks. The book features distillers that are crafting these by hand from the distllery to to bottling the final product. The video above introduces a hands-on whiskey maker from a prohibition-era distillery in Brooklyn, a passionate mezcalero who doesn’t chicken out from an unusual recipe, and a Berlin-based artisan whose rum is taking the world’s best cocktail bars by storm.  It’s a nice little video short with quality production value, and it makes me want to go find some of the booze featured here.

The Bushmills x Grado Labs Headphones. Cans Made From Whiskey Barrels.

I like whiskey, music, and design. When you combine all three, it’s love. Grado is producing a line of headphones made from Bushmills whiskey barrels. The limited edition headphones are hand crafted, feature vented backs, leather headbands and ear cups.

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Designed by Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie, these aren’t light on tech specs. They feature dynamic operating transducers with a frequency response of 16hz to 26kHz spl at 1mW – 98dB nominal impedance – 32 ohms driver match – .05dB.

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Sunday Morning Jameson Shots with Martin Wonnacott

Have ever looked at a photo and asked yourself how did they get that shot? I ask it all the time. Martin Wonnacott is known as the “Master of Liquid” and with good reason.his photos for the beverage industry are absolutely outstanding. The video below is a behind the scenes look at a recent photo shoot Wonnacott did. There is an in-depth interview on ProFoto’s blog here that is definitely worth the read if you are into this sort of thing.

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Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit Saloon Promotion.

whiterabbit1I’ve written about the exquisite design work Stranger and Stranger creates for the beverage industry before. Their work never ceases to amaze me, and the bottle and packaging design for Jack Daniel’s White Rabbit is no exception.

To help promote the the new adult libation and the packaging design, designer Florent Carlier teamed up with ReflexParis to create a direct mail piece that was printed directly onto a wooden substrate. The limited edition promotion piece was based on the original design by Stranger & Stranger, and used a digital printing method to produce the final result. Even the white ink. Great work from both Florent Carlier, and Stranger and Stranger.

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“I wanted to print typography on wood. I was surprised to learn it was possible to do it by digital printing. Even with white ink!”

It’s Happy Hour Friday with Kansas Clean Whiskey.

It’s Friday afternoon, and that mean the weekend starts for most of us within the hour. Since I live in Kansas City, Kansas (a state with some pretty crazy liquor laws) I thought I’d post a little something about a whiskey I really want to try.

Kansas Clean Whiskey is a column distilled whiskey. By using a column still, like the kind used in distilling high-end vodka, the whiskey is produced with very few congeners which produce a bitter taste or finish. When the distillation process is finished, the producers of Kansas Clean Whiskey marry the freshly distilled grain to their select artisanal whiskey for the finished product. Along with the vodka-esque distillation process, Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey is made from steel roller milled amber winter wheat for a lighter taste than traditional whiskey.

Did I mention that it comes in a really nice bottle design featuring Aviano Sans Bold for the logo font? The main copy is a font that was designed, kerned and leaded by the font designer Jeremy Dooley of Insigne. If the bottle itself looks familiar, it takes its stylistic cues from the classic Chanel Number 5 perfume bottle.

Bull • A • Rook Whiskey.

Over the last 9 days I have been celebrating the 12 days of cocktails, by trying a new to me drink each night at cocktail hour. Almost all of them have been some form of whiskey based drink. I’m not sure why. I think it has something to do with it being winter, and the idea that whiskey is a winter drink. (It is in my head, so keep your snide liquor remarks to yourself). Anyway while perusing the internet today looking for a new and tasty recipe for an adult libation, I came across this wonderful packaging for “Bull • A • Rook” whiskey designed by Kyle Poff.

The bottle shape is really wonderful, almost like a cologne bottle. Stout and solid with an inset that highlights the liquid and refines the overall shape creating a nice balance between the inner and outer layers. The attention to detail in the label and the stopper are executed so well with the “B” logo echoed throughout via the perforated label, and the embossed touch on the stopper.