Food & Spirits: Johnnie Walker Select Casks Rye Finish

It’s not Scotch and it’s not Rye. So what is it, then? How about just damn good. Johnnie Walker Select Casks is going to be a series over the coming years where their Cardhu single malt is aged in barrels atypical to their usual Scotch production. The first in this line is American Rye whiskey…

Food & Spirits: Customize Your “Flight” at Huckleberry’s

I was just expecting to stop in for one drink at Huckleberry’s after a busy day on Monday. I ordered a Rusty Nail (Scotch and Drambuie for those of you who don’t know what comprises this classic yet forgotten cocktail) while Will pondered his options. The featured drink of the day was a “flight” of…

Food & Spirits: The Westfield Trader Joe’s is Gone

Sure, I joked around when I heard about it. “No! Please tell me they saved the wine!” But the recent northeastern snowstorm which caused the roof of the Trader Joe’s in Westfield, New Jersey to cave in and the walls to buckle is no laughing matter. Thankfully no one was hurt, but quite a few…

Food & Spirits: Notes on My Liquor Lecture

This past Thursday, I gave a lecture on the history of liquor at Brookdale Community College. To my happiness, it was very well received, with many participants asking if I would present a sequel in the spring. I tried to cover as much as I could. Such an extensive topic could not be condensed into…

Food & Spirits: Are there Too Many Kinds of Whiskey?

I have only been of drinking age for three years, but it does appear there are way more whiskeys available now than there were just a short time ago. Chalk it up to the “craft whiskey” movement that is apparently sweeping the nation, following closely in the footsteps of “craft beer”, which tricks potential customers…

Food & Spirits: Trader Joe’s Cranks Out a Super Cheap but Decent Scotch

From the trendy food store that brought us the glory of “Three-Buck Chuck” (Charles Shaw wine for $2.99) and so many other tasty and organic goodies comes their very own blend of scotch-whisky. This store has long been famous for their wine selection and wonderfully creative food items, which covers such a wide variety and…