Tales of the Cocktail – Day 1 and Tasting Spirits with F. Paul Pacult

Posted in Events on July 22nd, 2010 by Josh

Well, the time has come again – Tales of the Cocktail! The annual New Orleans gathering of bartenders, spirit brands, enthusiasts, and even us lowly bloggers, where we taste, shake, talk and live the world of spirits and cocktail culture. It’s a pretty good time!

I arrived yesterday, and was lucky enough to kick off the event with two amazing parties – a welcome reception hosted by Beefeater Gin at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, and a classic New Orleans garden fete at the Elma Mansion hosted by William Grant & Sons (the group that brings you Hendricks Gin, Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Sailor Jerry and more). Once again, a pretty good time! Many thanks to Beefeater and William Grant & Sons for a warm (very, very warm) welcome to New Orleans. Read More

Tags: Paul Pacult, Tales of the Cocktail

TOTC09: The Beauty of Tasting Rooms

Posted in Events, Reviews on July 14th, 2009 by Josh

tales While the sessions at Tales of the Cocktail are wonderfully interesting and informative, another big draw at TOTC are the tasting rooms. At any given time over the course of the day, there are usually 3-4 rooms running simultaneously, and there are usually at least 3 sessions per day per room. So when you do the math, there ended up being about 40 different tasting rooms over the course of the event. Of course, not every tasting room is dedicated to one individual brand, either. There was a cognac tasting room, a scotch tasting room, and so on.

So here are some of the new (or particularly noteworthy) things I tried at Tales: Read More

Tags: averna, cognac, cointreau, Events, gin, martin miller, pierre ferrand, sambuca, Tales of the Cocktail, ty ku, xante

TOTC09: Spirit Award Winners

Posted in Events on July 14th, 2009 by Josh

Our friends at LOUNGERATI have pulled together a list of the winners of the Spirited Awards at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. We join LOUNGERATI in expressing our pride – and our thanks – to the winners representing the New York scene: Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club, Julie Reiner at Clover Club, and Jim Meehan at PDT (finally recognized as the World’s Best Bar!) Congratulations on this well deserved recognition. Read More

Tags: dale degroff, PDT, Pegu Club, Tales of the Cocktail

TOTC09: The Science of Shaking

Posted in Events on July 13th, 2009 by Josh

tales I’m still sifting through all of my material from Tales of the Cocktail – so many sessions, so many tastings, so many parties… So maybe it’s not so much that I’m sifting, as recovering.

I didn’t want to wait any longer though before I started to share some of the best information to come out of the show.

One of my favorite sessions of the week was “The Science of Shaking,” presented by Eben Klemm (beverage director of the B.R. Guest restaurant group), Alex Day (bartender at the famed Death & Co.), and Dave Arnold (director of the culinary technology department at the French Culinary Institute and author of the Cooking Issues blog). This session was the perfect blend of the two biggest areas of my life: mixology & tech geekery. Read More

Tags: Events, geek, gin, shaking, Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail – First Impressions

Posted in Editor's Notes, Events on July 9th, 2009 by Josh

Tales of the Cocktail The fact is, there’s so much going on here at Tales of the Cocktail that I barely have time to blog (at least not in a way that will do the event justice.) So here’s the deal: I’ve decided to provide regular updates via Twitter (which will constrain my thoughts to 140 characters each), and I’m going to share initial impressions here with you now. Then when I get back to New York, I’m going to write up a detailed post that covers all of the nitty-gritty, and highlights the best of what I’ve seen. Read More

Tags: dave wondrich, Events, martin miller, Tales of the Cocktail

I’m Packing For Tales – What Should I Bring?

Posted in Events on July 7th, 2009 by Josh

As with many of my inebriated brethren, I’m packing up this week and heading to New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail for what’s sure to be five days of unbridled debauchery; the way New Orleans should be.

So for those of you who have been before, or those who are just smarter than I am: as I pack, what am I forgetting?

@Mr_Cocktail, an organizer of the conference, tweeted a few suggestions the other day: sunglasses, business cards, and extra suitcase for swag – all good ideas. But what else am I missing? For those of you who have already landed in NOLA – what should I know?

This is going to be fun. Next message from the site of Tales of the Cocktail 2009. See you there!
-Josh

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