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Best Buy Spirits for Your Home Bar
Tight Bars for Tight Wallets

By Jerald O’Kennard

Putting a solid home bar together is a good way to save a few extra dollars, especially with inhospitable winter weather looming. But, finding the right spirits to warm up your evenings can be a daunting task especially with so many new brands and so much accompanying hype.   more >>

100 Bottles of Vodka on the Wall
The World’s Biggest Vodka Tasting Sheds Light on the State of Vodka in America

By Jerald O’Kennard, jerald@tastings.com

Well we did it. We made it through our largest tasting of vodka ever. In fact it was the largest professionally organized vodka tasting ever done in America and perhaps the world. All in all, some 108 unflavored and flavored vodkas were swirled, sipped, and most importantly spit in our tasting room in Chicago.   more >>

Building a Best Buy Bar
No Need to Break the Bank to Drink Well

By Jerald O’Kennard, jerald@tastings.com

These days it pays to know what you’re drinking. Not for counting calories or making sure that you are not being over-served, although these are important things indeed. No, I mean it literally: it’s about watching your wallet. Have you noticed that your pocketbook now seems to be getting supermodel thin every time you go out for a few drinks? It not your imagination, it’s the new economy of drinking in America.   more >>