Mark finishes the first annual Quench! Awards with a handful of the most superlative spirits he tasted during 2013. As with last week’s wine awards, these aren’t necessarily best-of-category selections, but rather the spirits that stood head and shoulders above the rest:
Glenrothes Select Reserve Scotch Whiskey ($50) Canadian Club Sherry Cask ($30) Angel’s Envy Bourbon ($45) Patron Silver Tequila ($50)
And the winner of the Quench! Award for outstanding achievement by a spirits producer:
Whistle Pig Farm, producer of Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey (Raj Peter Bhakta, proprietor)
On Bizarre Beverage News, Mark examines the curious case of a Frenchman who faked death to avoid paying for wine and Champagne; the strange prevalence of vineyard scarecrows who look like Gumby; and the breaking news from England that James Bond, Agent 007, is a drunk.
Binny’s Beverage Depot—Link to: http://www.binnys.com
Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History—Link to: