Dartmoor Whisky and Artisan Spirits Startups: A New Approach to an Old Industry

Dartmoor Whisky and Artisan Spirits Startups: A New Approach to an Old Industry

By Ryan Ross, Foodable Contributing Editor

In recent years, we’ve seen the emergence of a craft/artisanal/DIY trend in the beverage industry. It began with craft beer, and a few years after that, craft soda came along and continued this evolution. But between those two, there was another trend that quietly took root in the beverage industry: artisan spirits. Artisan spirits are created with the same values in mind that craft beer and soda companies espouse: smaller batches, crafted with care and attention and using better ingredients.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Current State of Whiskey in Two Minutes

Everything You Need to Know About the Current State of Whiskey in Two Minutes

By Carlynn Woolsey, Foodable Contributor

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” -Mark Twain

Trendsetters are apt to agree with Twain because 2014 promises to be a big year for whiskey, or whisky, depending on where you are from. Since the 15th century, this spirit has been made and used for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Regardless of the reason for imbibing, whisk[e]y has definitive feel-good properties, but it can be pretty confusing for the average consumer to navigate, too. With so many different ways of distilling it — not to mention two different ways of spelling it — and brands and flavors galore, this is one trend that can benefit from a breakdown.

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More Than Just a Shot: Dallas Mixologists are Taking Irish Whiskey More Seriously

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St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to open up a conversation about Irish whiskey. And, generally speaking about the spirit, if it seems more people are ordering whiskey these days, you’re right: The Wall Street Journal reported the spirit has increased up to 400 percent since 2002, making it the fastest growing spirit in the U.S. market right now. The many variations and flavor profiles have certainly helped, and now, industry insiders are confidently basking in the resurgence of Irish whiskey. 

Some Dallas bars & restaurants are hopping on this, infusing Irish whiskey drinks onto the menu, revealing that the variety is more than just a shot, but something worth sipping. Read More

Whiskey 101: A Blind Tasting

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In this episode of Across the Bar, Paul heads to The Flatiron Room in New York City for a blind whiskey tasting. Whiskey Sommelier Heather Green explains how to distinguish a taste for whiskey – beginning from olfactory senses to the point of actually tasting all the notes in a variety. Green goes into the history of different whiskey variations, what makes them unique, and what elements qualify a proper Bourbon. Watch the full episode below as we make our way from a smoky, peaty whiskey to a creamy, silky Japanese variety.