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June 14 2015

The Finest Drinks on Offer at these World Class Casinos

The Finest Drinks on Offer at these World Class Casinos

There are lots of things which make the city of Las Vegas the perfect party city. One of them is its relaxed alcohol licencing laws that allows patrons to continue drinking all night long without fear of somebody yelling “last call!” Whilst there are some amazing drinks on offer in Las Vegas, there are also some excellent casinos each with their own signature drink dotted around the globe.

Here are five of them:

Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo Casino (photo by Dennis Jarvis)

Monte Carlo Casino (photo by Dennis Jarvis)

The Casino de Monte-Carlo is legendary for its luxury and opulence and cannot be missed off on a list of the world’s finest casinos. With 12 different bars and clubs on site, there is bound to be something to suit every taste. The Sea Lounge Bar, for instance, serves the 21-year-old Royal Salute as well as the J.W. Blue Label; they aren’t cheap, but if you’re lucky your winnings will cover the bar bill.

MGM Grand, Las Vegas

The MGM serves ‘The Last Drop’, a 1960 Scotch Whiskey of which only 1347 were made, in its Whiskey Down gaming lounge. With blackjack tables and video poker, it is the perfect spot of relax and unwind by playing a few games and tasting some of the 100 different whiskeys on offer. Continuing the whiskey theme, they also offer mint-infused whiskeys in their specialty cocktails as well as Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Woodford Reserve double Oak, and Four Roses Single Barrel.

Home, your house

Thanks to the advent of online casinos, it is now easier to play your favourite games online using the likes of the VIP club at Slotocash to practice without needing the expense of flights and accommodation. Of course, the budget should accommodate for some world-class alcohol to sample at home and enjoy whilst you play from the comfort of your sofa.

Crown Casino, Melbourne

Melbourne’s Crown Casino is home to the exclusive 28 Skybar Lounge which offers its patrons stunning views across the Australian city. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Dandenong Ranges. Unsurprisingly, there is an extensive range of drinks available. The bar offers a range of whiskey, from a wide budget range including Jack Daniel’s and Jameson to the Chivas Regal 25 yrs.

Whiskey Collection (photo by Ian McKellar)

Whiskey Collection (photo by Ian McKellar)

The Palm Beach Casino, London

Located in the heart of Mayfair, the Palm Beach Casino offers a wide selection of top-quality wines at its bar. If you favour red wine, they offer the 2004 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery for £45 a 37.5cl bottle or £85 for a 75cl one, which is a popular favourite amongst wine aficionados. If you prefer white, they offer wines from France, Italy, Australia and New Zealand including the 2010 Puligny-Montrachet for £85 (75cl) and the 2009 Meursault for £70 (75cl).

March 4 2015

The Bourbon Boom

I was contacted a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in a guest blog post about the Bourbon documentaries as there has been a fair few of them recently.
Of course I said yes, and here it is.

Thank you to @MariaRamos1889 for writing this excellent post!

The Bourbon Boom:
5 Documentaries Showcasing America’s New Favorite Spirit

In recent years, craft liquor distilleries have sprung up across the country like so many small geysers spouting whiskey and bourbon. Bars designed to look like speakeasies, increasingly popular as well, serve dark spirits to younger and younger clientele – a growing number of them female. Programs such as Mad Men have also helped to bring old-school drinks like the Manhattan back in style. Given the mini-renaissance bourbon and whiskey are currently experiencing, it makes sense look at a few films charting their rise to new heights.

Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers (2002)

When the production and distribution of alcohol was prohibited in the United States, bootleggers and criminals built an empire around the illegal rum-running industry. American history was forever changed, even after liquor became legal again. This History Channel documentary focuses on the secret history of American distilleries – many of which had their humble beginnings in someone’s uncle’s bathtub. Rumrunners, Moonshiners and Bootleggers includes rare footage and photos to help showcase America’s past and present relationship with illegal alcohol and focuses on how whiskey can and has been illegally produced for decades.

Addicted to Pleasure: Whisky (2012)

This BBC documentary explores the origin and history of Scottish whisky and the alcohol addictions that have arisen alongside it. Because urban life in Scotland was hard, the people turned to whisky to forget and avoid dealing with the difficulties they inevitably had to face. However, this came with a reputation that Scottish people still deal with today. Addicted to Pleasure: Whisky showcases this history and teaches us that there is a story behind this heavy drinking reputation and it isn’t just caused by lack of will power.

Bourbontucky (2015)

Bourbontucky is a new documentary from DirecTV’s Audience Channel that explores the traditions and processes behind the making of Kentucky bourbon. It explores Kentucky’s role in bourbon history, and interviews top-notch distillers and bourbon aficionados to give viewers a closer look into the culture of the Bluegrass State. Kentucky bourbon is more than just another hard liquor to these folks, their passion for grain alcohol borders on religious fervor.

Made and Bottled in Kentucky (2003)

Dating back to the 18th century, the story of Kentucky bourbon is almost as old as the state itself.  Made and Bottled in Kentucky dives the oldest bourbon-making traditions, charting its rise and fall from public favor throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to tours of old and new Kentucky distilleries, this documentary gives us interviews with some of the best – Kentucky’s premier historians, bourbon distillers, and industry leaders who tell us their own stories surrounding the Kentucky bourbon experience.

Great Scotch Whisky (2006)

This documentary gives us a tour on the history and process of distilling whisky in Scotland, proudly showcasing the hardworking Scottish spirit. Many have considered the making of whisky to be an “art form” and this is clearly seen throughout the documentary. Travel to Scotland in Great Scotch Whisky and learn about the remarkable traditions and values that are imbedded in the old tradition of creating whisky.

The cycles of popular culture can be fickle; how long whiskey and bourbon remain at the forefront of craft cocktails remains to be seen. However, no matter its airtime on television, or its popularity with the younger generations, whiskey and bourbon are ingrained in the fabric of America.
The tradition of whiskey and production and the families that preserve the love of the spirit are unlikely to go anywhere.

Maria is a writer interested in comic books, cycling, and horror films. Her hobbies include cooking, doodling, and finding local shops around the city. She currently lives in Chicago with her two pet turtles, Franklin and Roy. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaRamos1889.

July 29 2014

Balls of Steel – Cool Your Whisky For a Cause

There are many different ways to cool your whisky, from the standard method of ice to chilled stones and more.
The other day I was contacted by a company that has come up with an alternative, Balls of Steel.
These are literally, balls of steel and not just a cool product name.

As well as being rather cool looking, the company that came up with them, “OriginalBOS“, are also raising money for a great cause, testicular cancer research, so another reason to give them a look.

Here’s what they had to say:

While there are many types of whiskey, there is only one way to drink it: chilled.

Balls of Steel are stainless steel whiskey chillers that allow you to enjoy your drink without diluting it the way water does. These stainless steel balls will allow you to drink your whiskey the way it was made to be enjoyed. You will no longer have to deal with the unwanted dilution that drowns out the flavors when your ice melts.

Balls of Steel

Balls of Steel

Inside each ball is an arctic core, developed by OriginalBOS, which allow Balls of Steel to get cold fast and stay cold longer. Place the balls in the freezer for at least 90 minutes and then drop them in a glass to enjoy whiskey at the perfect temperature.

Chilling whiskey is not the sole purpose of Balls of Steel. Just by purchasing Balls of Steel, you are supporting mens’ health. For every purchase, OriginalBOS donates a portion of its proceeds to testicular cancer research.

Now you can enjoy your perfectly chilled whiskey and have Balls of Steel.

Balls of Steel are available for purchase at www.OriginalBOS.com

What are Balls of Steel? from Original BOS on Vimeo.

Get your set at: www.OriginalBOS.com

DISCLAIMER: I received no compensation, monetary or otherwise for writing this post. I just thought they looked pretty cool and wanted to spread the word.

June 17 2014

Samurai Beer from Sapporo

To coincide with an NHK drama about Samurai (one of many!), Sapporo have changed the designs of their Sapporo Beer Black Label and Sapporo Mugi and Hop The Gold Daisan cans and added some rather cool Samurai drawings.

Sapporo Samurai Beer

Sapporo Samurai Beer

Sapporo Samurai Daisan

Sapporo Samurai Daisan

The beers are from Sapporo so are pretty drinkable, even the daisan (third-category “fake beer”).

June 16 2014

Father’s Day Sake

My son (with some help from his mum, he’s only 3!) bought me this excellent personalised bottle of sake for Father’s Day this year!

Fathers Day Nihonshu

Fathers Day Sake

It has my name on it in Japanese, and “Thanks Dad” down the side.

Not sure if the nihonshu inside the bottle is any good, but the bottle itself is definitely going to be treasured!

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