Tales of the Cocktail 2016 Recap

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This is a familiar site to Tales of the Cocktail’s seminar attendees: little plastic cups with world-class cocktails in them. This year’s Tales conference was our second time attending, and in the 4 days we were in New Orleans, our schedule was packed with great drinks and great interviews with some world-class people in the cocktail business.

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Interviewing Jeffrey Morgenthaler

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Los Angeles: Seven Grand

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The presence of craft cocktail bars has been growing exponentially since the early 2000s, and finding a craft bar in many cities (even smaller ones) is becoming easier and easier. It’s strange, then, that one of the largest metropolitan areas of the United States, Los Angeles, has lagged behind other cities in the U.S. in the development of their own cocktail culture.

The reason for this, I’d hypothesize, is that there was no central location for bars to establish themselves as Downtown LA had only begun its revitalization in the early 2000s. In 2007, though, one craft bar launched in Downtown and has built a great reputation since then.

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Tales Podcast 5- 7/27/16

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Peach Colada Daiquiri and frozen cocktails generally. What we missed. Best swag. Mr. Boston. Best kids’ swag. Best thing we stole. Coziest interview. All podcasts and a photo gallery can be found here.

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Tales Podcast 4- 7/24/16

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On episode 4 we bid farewell to Tales of the Cocktail 2016, but not before some beignets, a peach frozen daiquiri and amazing interviews with Jim Meehan, Matthew Rowley, Willy and Nils from Jägermeister and Rick Bayless.

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Tales Podcast 3- 7/23/16

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On episode 3 we talk about Mr. Boston Drinks, go to a Milk Punch seminar and see Bartender at Large. Interviews with Gary Regan, Bill York, Lizzie Asher, and Charlotte Voisey.

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Tales Podcast 2- 7/22/16

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On episode 2 we talk seminars with Fred and Camper, big-brand parties and big names. Interviews with Fred Minnick, Cocktails for You, Sarah Lohman and Steven Soderbergh.

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Tales Podcast 1- 7/21/16

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Tales of the Cocktail 2016 podcast #1! Parties, party buses, and seminars! Interviews feature Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Paul Clarke, and Adam Ford (who wrote “Vermouth“).

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Podcast 97- Sukkah Hill Liqueurs and Southside

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Off to Tales with our sponsors Catoctin Creek and Macchu Pisco! Harry Potter spirits? We taste Sukkah Hill liqueurs Etrog and Besamim. “Lemonade with croquet and shit.” Lisa can taste the 1%? “I always sneak booze into that thing.” We reference the Southside Fizz, then make a Southside. The list of cocktail podcasts.

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Baker’s Bourbon

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A few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to meet Bobby “G,” Beam’s Master Mixologist, and we talked about whiskey and cigar pairings briefly. If you’d like, you can hear that interview on the podcast.

Bobby suggested that Baker’s Bourbon is a great cigar pairing, as the aging for Baker’s puts their barrels higher up in Beam’s rickhouses, creating a rich, bitter and quite spicy bourbon. Baker’s is a 7-year-old, 107 proof bourbon, too, bold enough to pair with even the boldest cigar as well.

Baker’s is shockingly smooth and easy to drink for being 107 proof. I’ve tried it with a bold cigar (Gurkha Red Witch) and a mild cigar (Arturo Fuente Dominican Seconds), and really enjoyed the interplay Baker’s had with both. The Red Witch is flavorful and Gurkhas tend to have lots of smoke output, so it was richness that was the stand-out in this pairing. The Fuente was a milder and earthier smoke, highlighting Baker’s nutmeg flavors. Alone as a nightcap, Baker’s spiciness is exceedingly clear: pepper and nutmeg are the standout flavors.

Baker’s is definitely a cigar smoker’s bourbon and those who prefer their whiskies spicy, like rye drinkers or even Four Roses drinkers, may want to give this bourbon a shot as well.

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