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A whiskey adventure for you and me.

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    Whiskey Family Tree. 
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    Participants in a new study were given small amounts of either beer or Gatorade and then given a game to play while having their brain scanned. The scanners saw that those who consumed the very small amount of beer had much higher dopamine levels than those who consumed Gatorade. Those who had reported a history of alcoholism within their family saw even higher levels.

    “We believe this is the first experiment in humans to show that the taste of an alcoholic drink alone, without any intoxicating effect from the alcohol, can elicit this dopamine activity in the brain’s reward centers,” the study’s senior author, neuroscientist David Kareken of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a statement.

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    Fact of Bourbon: Sip nicer whiskies to avoid hangovers.

    "It’s all about the type of still. Most cheap whiskeys— and vodka and gin—are produced on a column still. But good bourbon is made in a pot still, which allows us to cut out, with greater precision, the distillates that make people sick." —Daniel Prieto Preston, C.E.O., Cacao Prieto, Brooklyn 

    (Source: GQ)

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    What the hell is white whiskey anyway?

    This question keeps rolling in, as the bars keeps rolling out drinks with a “white dog” base. 

    Listen, it’s moonshine. 

    It’s baby whiskey fresh from the still, unaged. The barrels used for aging give bourbon its signature notes and flavors and, ultimately, its rich, distinctive hue. Bereft of that, you’ve got yourself a clear liquid flavored solely by the corn. 

    So no, this whiskey is not bootlegged from Uncle Bill somewhere in the yonder of the Adirondacks. It’s more than likely from your craft microdistillery — they’ve got something to put out on the shelves to stay afloat while the rest of the batch idles in barrels in the back. 

    Locally-minded bartenders plucked them on up, and began experimenting. Consumers took note, clamored for more. The trend is certainly reaching a swell, as major distilleries are now churning them out. Thus, moonshine is seeing a resurrection on bar menus nationwide. 

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    Alyson Thomas
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    While the more affable bourbon drinkers tipped their way all the way to “most generous” (at a 22.6% average) and into the hearts of their bartenders forevermore. 

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    Fact of Bourbon:

    "In Hollywood, hired by director Howard Hawks to write Road to Glory, Faulkner showed up to a script meeting carrying a brown paper bag. He pulled out a bottle of whiskey, but accidentally sliced his finger unscrewing the cap. If the film’s producer thought the meeting was over, he was wrong. Faulkner dragged over the wastepaper basket — so he could gulp whiskey and drip blood as they hashed out the story.”

    (Source: NPR)

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    "Jarosz’s team offers an intriguing glimpse at how an alcoholic buzz prompts intuitive insights into problems that require searching pre-existing knowledge, says psychologist Mark Beeman of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Further studies with intoxicated volunteers should employ complex problems that require information gathering and recognition of novel patterns, key features of many real-life problems, Beeman suggests.

    Intoxication may aid verbal creativity partly by lowering the ability to control one’s thoughts, comments psychologist J. Scott Saults of the University of Missouri in Columbia. He and his colleagues have found that alcohol reduces recall of sequences of sounds and images but leaves working memory unaffected.

    Saults’ team has also reported that intoxicated individuals become less afraid to make mistakes, another possible creativity booster.”

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    When to shake/when to stir:

    When you shake a drink, you’re aerating it, and you’re chilling and diluting it. That’s essential to something like a daiquiri because something with citrus should be really sprightly and almost effervescent on the tongue. When you’re talking about something like a martini, a Manhattan or a Negroni, there’s no citrus, there’s no eggs. It’s spirit on spirit. It’s going to be more of a sipper, something that’s consumed a little slower and it should be velvety smooth and heavy. You don’t want air bubbles in something like this. So the rule is: if you can see through it, you stir it. If you can’t see through it, you shake it.

    (Source: lamag.com)

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    Fact of Bourbon: on that ocean-aged whiskey

    "Aging has even gone beyond stationary warehouses. For its Ocean-Aged Bourbon, Jefferson’s Reserve placed several barrels on a 126-foot ship and let the casks cruise at sea for nearly four years. The increased oceanic air pressure (compared with its warehouse), along with the Panama Canal’s extreme heat pushed the whiskey deeper inside the wood, causing the wood sugars to caramelize and add a rumlike black hue. The whiskey breathed a little easier, too, says Trey Zoeller, who co-founded Jefferson’s Reserve. ‘The porous nature of the barrel not only allows for evaporation of bourbon out of the barrel, but also [for] the barrel to breathe in the salt air, giving it a briny taste,’ Zoeller notes." 

    When you put your whiskey to sea, maybe it’s time to admit we’ve gone a league or so too far. 

    (Source: scientificamerican.com)