Lew Bryson Recipe

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2 oz. Few Single Malt Whisky

1 tsp. Honey

1 tsp. Sweet vermouth

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Lemon twist

Add all the ingredients to an Old Fashioned glass filled with a large ice cube. Stir well until the honey dissolves and garnish with a lemon twist.


Cooper’s Cask Coffee Review

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Today we feature a product review and one that I was very excited to taste and review. Cooper’s Cask Coffee combines the best of both worlds, whiskey and coffee, and brings them together in a delicious and smooth drink. It all started when two friends met, Jason Maranhao was passionate about coffee and was importing and roasting his own beans and one day he handed John Speights a delicious cup of coffee. John was instantly hooked and a several years later he found a few companies that were aging coffee beans in used whiskey barrels. John thought to himself, he could do that and so he decided with the help of Jason to get things rolling. They have truly put the work in folks and one sip of this coffee will clearly show that. Below is our full review of Cooper’s Cask Coffee. I want to start off by saying a sample was provided to me by John and Jason for this review.

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I began grinding the beans to a course grind since I was preparing to use a french press coffee maker. I poured the grind into the french press and added hot water. I gave it a gentle 30 second stir about 40 seconds into the brew process. I then allowed the press to sit for approximately 7 minutes. Once it finished brewing I poured the coffee into my mug and tried it black, which is how I enjoy most of my coffees. I also tried this with cream, which is pictured below. The coffee is extremely smooth, in fact, I’ve not had coffee this smooth. Being that this is my first cup of whiskey aged coffee, I’m not sure if that is something that is a result of the aging process with coffee or not, but it sure is smooth. The taste is very unique and a bit more reminiscent of rum than whiskey and there are some spice notes in there as well. It reminded me of a rich spice cake. There is a noticeably long finish and the aftertaste is the same as the flavor of the coffee and quite enjoyable. I am a coffee guy and by that I don’t mean I just go to Starbucks on a daily basis; however, I’m not an expert either. I do seek out good coffee, grind my beans at home, and always use a french press. Most of the time I use fair trade organic coffee and prepare it as mentioned above. Cooper’s Cask Coffee is a product I could see myself ordering and making a staple in my morning routine. If you enjoy a good cup of coffee that honestly has a unique flavor, then I suggest trying this coffee. From reviewing their site, it looks as if they will soon have a subscription service available to have the coffee sent automatically each month, which for me will be a great option.

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Meet the makers:

Jason Maranhao:

 My friends and family know me as a person of many passions.  One of my strong passions is for great tasting coffee!  My passion for coffee developed over the years.  In the beginning I would drink the office “stink” pot of coffee and throw in the cream and sugar to make it palatable.  Then I started with a french press at home and better quality beans while drinking it black.  It wasn’t until I started roasting my own beans where I truly found my passion.

I first started roasting beans on a frying pan on the stove sending the house smoke detectors into a frenzy.  Then I modified a hot air popcorn popper, and now a commercial roaster.  I tried all kinds of beans from different locations around the world.  Now we have ventured upon an entirely new level of the coffee experience, whiskey barrel aged beans.  The aroma and flavor is incredible with a intensely long finish!

John Speights

 I love taking risks.  Whether it’s starting a new business or pushing myself in the gym.  I’m in to motorcycles, building cafe’ racers,  health & fitness and having fun.  I am still involved in the tech field as a contract consultant in the software development (quality assurance) and web development field. This is how I met my good friend and business partner Jason over 15 years ago.


I’ve started several online business throughout the years.  It’s rare to be able to work on something that you’re 100% passionate about.  It stops becoming ‘work’ and evolves into part of who you are.  I hope to share this experience with others who appreciate an awesome cup of coffee.  Thanks for stopping by the site!




J.R. Revelry Bourbon Review

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Name: J.R. Revelry Bourbon Whiskey

ABV: 45%

Proof: 90

Nose: Corn, Spice, Brown Sugar, Vanilla

Palate: Sweet corn, oak, fresh cinnamon, vanilla, and fresh fruit.

Finish: Moderate and straightforward with flavors of fresh ground cinnamon and oak.

Overall: J.R. Revelry is a unique bourbon with great flavor profile. This whiskey pours a medium amber color. It is straightforward in its flavors and has a good balance of sweet and spicy. The balance between sweet and spicy comes from the cinnamon and earth flavors up front with some unique underlying notes of fresh fruit. The finish is moderate and simple with the flavors of fresh ground cinnamon and oak. I enjoyed this whiskey neat, with a splash, and in a cocktail and I enjoyed it all three ways. Adding a splash of water helped bring out more of the flavors in the bourbon and made them a bit more distinctive. Overall, this is a smooth whiskey that I would recommend to anyone wanting to try something new or the beginning bourbon drinker who is looking for a great entry level whiskey. There are numerous new startups on the scene and some are hits and some are a miss, this one is a hit in my opinion.

History: J.R. Revelry is produced by La Bodega Internacional (LBI) out of Atlanta, Georgia but begins in Lawrenceburg, IN at the old Seagram Distillery. Their team in Nashville crafts all the bottles and the packaging materials. There is a short video here that explains the whiskey and story in full detail.

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Few Cocktail Recipes

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In honor of FEW Spirits recent expansion we will be featuring cocktail recipes all this week featuring their Bourbon Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Single Malt Whisky, and Gin. We hope you enjoy their products as much as we do. Cheers!


Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States

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 Few Spirits Launches in New Jersey and Three Other States

 

Chicago-area craft distillery expands distribution into the Garden State as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut

 

EVANSTON, Ill., March 23, 2015—At less than five years old, Few Spirits has gained an oversized reputation in the drinks world, making an award-winning line of gins, whiskies and other craft spirits. And as the craft distillery ramps up production, it’s expanding its distribution, launching in New Jersey as well as Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut this month.

 

The new market launches make Few available in a total of 20 states, as well as Washington, D.C. The brand is also distributed in the UK, throughout Europe and in select locations in Australia, Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong. “It’s been incredible to see my dream become a reality and to watch this business grow—we’ve gone from making 100 gallons a month to 100 gallons a day,” says Paul Hletko, Few Spirits’ founder and master distiller. “And now I’m excited to get our products out there in front of a wider and wider audience.”

 

A true grain-to-glass producer, Few sources the grain for its spirits from within 100 miles of the distillery and does all fermentation, distillation, aging and bottling on-site. Other ingredients come from as close to Evanston as possible, right down to the Cascade hops used in Few American Gin, which are grown in Hletko’s own backyard. “If we can’t grow it ourselves, we buy it locally,” he says. “And if we can’t buy it locally, we buy it from friends.”

 

In New Jersey, Few will be distributed by Hunterdon Brewing Company, a wholesaler focused on craft beverages with a portfolio of some of the most sought-after beers, ciders, sakes and distilled spirits. “Quality craft whiskey is more in-demand than ever,” says Hunterdon’s spirits division manager Jeremiah Goldovitz, “and Few has boldly established themselves as a leader in the category. We’re excited to partner with them.”

 

Few has partnered with top distributors in the other new states as well: Georgia distribution is handled by United Distributors; Indiana distribution by Glazer’s; and Connecticut distribution by Craft Beer Guild.

 

These new state launches are the culmination of 18 months of work to expand production and capacity, a project that included installing three new 30-barrel fermenters and a new column still last year, as well as moving barrels and bottling to an 8,500-square-foot warehouse facility about a mile from the distillery.

 

About Few Spirits

Based in Evanston, Ill., a Chicago suburb that was once an international headquarters for the temperance movement, Few Spirits is a craft distillery making whiskies and gins from locally grown grains and other ingredients sourced as close to home as possible, including Cascade hops grown in master distiller Paul Hletko’s own backyard. Few Rye Whiskey was named Whisky Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year in 2013, and its Bourbon Whiskey and Barrel Gin were both awarded gold medals by the Beverage Testing Institute. For more information about Few and its award­winning spirits, visit fewspirits.com.