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Want to Craft a Cocktail for a Wedding Party?
Mr. Sullivan Suggests You Examine the Bride’s Knees

By Terry Sullivan, Very Special to BTI

The bride’s knees were a hit. You never see the bride’s knees, of course, and this bride was no exception, but the bride’s knees in question here was a bespoke cocktail.

The bride herself was my new daughter-in-law Kate.   more >>

Vodka, The Recession Proof Spirit
Results From The World’s Largest Vodka Tasting

By Jerald O’Kennard

Despite the weak US economy vodka sales remain strong with an increase of 6% in volume over last year. Our own informal barometer of the vodka market, the number of vodkas entered into our annual International Review of Spirits vodka tasting, confirms this trend with over 143 entries this year, a new record for us and probably the world.   more >>

The Bourbonation of America
The State of Whisky Addressed

By Jerald O’Kennard

As dead leaves fall and bitter winds bellow, I find myself reaching for a fortifying glass of America’s native spirit, bourbon. My old Kentucky friend is always near and dear, but something new is bubbling, brewing, and becoming across the land.   more >>