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Super Spirits for Super Celebrations
Raise the Bar for your Bar

By Jerald O’Kennard

As Samuel Johnson famously said, "Claret is the liquor for boys; port for men. But he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy." An update for the modern man (or woman) would further specify that the brandy should not only be of the ultra-premium variety (preferably a luxury Cognac or vintage dated Armagnac), as all your other spirits should be, but to be a super-hero (this is a post comic book world we live in after all) and separate yourself from all of the wannabe heros out there, you need to lead trends, not follow them.   more >>

On the Bourbon Trail
Finding Treasures in Your Own Backyard

By Jerald O'Kennard, jerald@tastings.com

The lush, rolling countryside of Kentucky is home to some of the finest horses and friendliest people that you’re ever likely to meet. And as almost every whisky drinker knows, it’s also the home of one the world greatest spirits, bourbon whiskey.   more >>

The 2004 Best Spirits
A Quest for Serious Satisfaction in a Glass

By Jerald O'Kennard, jerald@tastings.com

The world of spirits is a fascinating place. It’s a world of hand made, artisanal treasures made for friends, small communities, and maybe a few lucky outsiders; multinational, corporate lab creations with marketing campaigns thoroughly developed before the first drop leaves the still; importers scouring the world in search of the ¥¥¥Next Vodka¥¥¥; and everything in between.   more >>