Djinn's Blog

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:53

  • Thu, 09/25/2014 - 06:53 Krupnik

    500 hundred years ago, a Lithuanian monk discovered the magic of spiced honey and spirits. This golden Liqueur was adopted by Polish families who considered it a symbol of family and friendship, using it to honor their most special guests. Intense spices are blended with New Hampshire wild-flower honey, then aged in small whiskey barrels for ultimate smoothness. Enjoy this timeless drink hot or cold.

    Saturday, 27-Sep-14, Krupnik Sneak Peak
    Come meet the beekeepers and sample their product...and maybe even learn a little about...the bee.
    We'll have Krupnik to sample, and we can give you a tour of the Krupnik Process.

    Saturday, 1-Nov-14, Krupnik Release Party
    It's coming off the barrel and into the bottle. The feds approved the label (yay!) Come sample the goodness (again...) and maybe even buy a bottle...or two.

Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:03

  • Sun, 09/21/2014 - 11:03 Hancock Inn - A hidden NH Gem

    It's been way too long since I posted anything here, but now I just have to say something. Cindy and Andy just had a wonderful time at the Hancock Inn where we had a whiskey tasting and dinner with whiskey author and blogger Chuck Cowdry.

    First, the Inn. Housed in a 200+ year old residence, the Inn provides Bed and Breakfast accommodations, plus an impressive restaurant, plus a bar, plus a beautiful setting. You get the picture: plus, plus, plus... Just go, eat, drink, and relax.

    I only just discovered Chuck's writings when we were invited up to take part in the tasting. He is an absolute crusader for our industry. Granted, the rules for liquor production are just plain Byzantine. However, there are many areas that are relatively straight forward to understand, and one would think, for any distillery with reasonably bright people to understand... AND FOLLOW. It's the "following" part that a number of manufacturers seem to be having a hard time with. Basically, there's a truth in advertizing issue and Chuck is holding people accountable. Huzzah! Now go read Chuck's blogs, and maybe buy a book or two. I will.

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:37

  • Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:37 Beat 3 - Reserve Release Party

    What a party! Thanks to all the folks that came to drink whiskey and eat barbeque. We have wonderful local fans. Thanks to Shannon our guest wine and spirits extraordinaire. Shannon not only gave a mini tasting class with each sample pour, but looked marvelous while standing behind the bar. Shannon, if I drink more whiskey will I grow taller? Katie, our resident musician and songwriter, performed original songs that she made up on the spot. Evan our photographer and cocktail creator. took pictures and kept track of who won the bottles of custom barbeque sauce. The sauce was made with our whiskey by Andrew of Riverside Barbeque. Andrew is a wizard, alchemist, potion master....he made this amazing sauce just for us. Beets added sweetness and a lovely color to the sauce. Keith...words escape me, that's why we need Keith. Thanks to Drew, Precia, and Torin for supporting the family business. My lovely children made sure I had dinner and a beverage waiting at home. The Auburn ale from Able Ebenezer was a lovely drink to finish the day with. Of course I had to have a wee cocktail with the Reserve. Evan mixed an amazing cocktail with Beat 3 Reserve and maraschino liqueur. Torin, we missed you at the event but, I understand you had to attend your first weekend of duty with the National Guard.

    For all ya'll who missed the party don't worry. We are planning the next release party. We will be unveiling our spiced honey liqueur this fall. Check back for updates.

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:20

  • Sat, 07/12/2014 - 15:20 The Whisky - Spirits 102

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    The Whisky - As American as Bourbon, yet produced in over 20 countries around the globe. The stuff of mystery, of machismo, of long-time friendships, the occasional bar fight, and of a passion stronger than few others. Oh, just close your eyes, inhale slowly ... and taste it.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:51

  • Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:51 Best of NH 2014 - GIN!

    We are extremely pleased to be selected for the Best of NH award for Gin this year! (Who knew they even had that category?) We worked hard to craft a unique and superior taste and it's quite an honor to be recognized. Here's the article.

    Cheers!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:37

  • Thu, 06/12/2014 - 06:37 A Taxing History

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    With debts owed on the US revolution, in 1791 Treasury Secretary Hamilton proposed an excise tax on whiskey. This first American tax was 6 cents per gallon for large producers, 9 cents for small operators. The large manufacturers accepted it, but this put many small producers at risk of bankruptcy. In 1794, a group of these farmer distillers in western Pennsylvania started the Whiskey Rebellion. After negotiations failed, the rebellion was eventually put down by a show of George Washington's federal forces. The two people convicted of treason on the matter were later pardoned by Washington. In 1801, once the immediate debts were paid, the tax was repealed. Following is a chart of beverage taxes over history ending with the current rate of $13.50 per gallon. Note this is Federal only - the states get their share too!

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:42

  • Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:42 DON'T PANIC

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    OK guys, you waited to the last minute again. You have a wife, and you know that excuse, "But she's not my Mom."? Well, using logic on Mother's day is NOT a good idea. You've got to think long-term here. But it's OK cause I've got your back. Do this:

    Procure a flower arrangement of some type (even if you have to wander out in the yard!)
    Write a card. No, not a factory produced one with a cute cat picture on it. Start with a blank card and put your words on it. You can do it. Like pushups. Gimme a few more.
    If she's into spirits, I happen to know where there's an amazing gin available today (or even a whiskey if she's one of those special women.) Fix her a cocktail, and score extra points if you cook too.
    Score maximum points if you clean up after...

    Carpe Mulierem!
    (Take the woman)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:04

  • Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:04 NL: Growin' Up Whiskey

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    We're happy with the quality of our white whiskey. It's smooth and malty, and it has the simple, unrefined aspect of a white whiskey. We just can't stop there! Practically every whisky buff in the area has asked us, "When will you be offering an aged product?" And... it's time. The latest batch of Beat 3 marks the start of our aging program. Will it take 2 years? Nope. Using our filtering process and small barrels we'll be able to offer some seriously good aged spirits in a few months. And this Saturday (April 19th) we're having an Open House to allow people to taste, and even purchase, a potential new product. Code named "Amber", this will be our Beat 3 product with just a hint of the barrel vanilla and caramel notes, and just a hint of color. Want to experience a whiskey as it grows up? Come try it. Saturday, April 19th, 10 - 5.

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:17

  • Tue, 04/08/2014 - 06:17 Whiskey testers needed!

    So we were having a design jam session the other night. We agreed we've nailed the White Whiskey. It's a great white, but now what? The thinking went along the lines of... Well, we've got those small barrels back there we can try some things with...and if we just use our carbon filtering prior to barreling, then leave the whisky down just long enough to get "barrel kissed" (sorry for the marketing-speak there.) Regardless, the whiskey would be a little brown, a little toasty, and have just a little vanilla note. In short, we're all more than just a little curious to see what it tastes like. So through the miracle of small-batch production, we're producing about 30 bottles of the stuff. And we're pushing back the next Open House a week to get it ready. So mark your calendars cause we're introducing an "alternate" Beat 3. Maybe we should call it "Batch 3.1"... or not.

    Open House Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Samples will be available for your merciless criticism. And if you like the stuff, you can purchase one of these REALLY limited edition whiskeys.

    See you there!

Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:42

  • Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:42 NL: Russian Diplomacy

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    For several years, once a year my father and step-mother hosted a child from the Republic of Belarus - one of the Soviet Republics. The church-sponsored trips allowed kids who had been exposed to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to come here for more advanced medical checkups than they would otherwise get. Since it was the same child each year, they got to know the parents quite well and even traveled to Belarus to visit them. A few years ago was the last time that Alexander could visit, so his parents arranged to come with him for the visit. I planned a trip home so I could finally meet them as well. Alexander's father could not really speak English, and as a typical American, I couldn't speak Russian, so we had some fun conversation through a darling young Belurus girl who acted as interpreter. (We also had some hilarious pantomime conversations without her.) The last night, he insisted on grilling a traditional pork dish with, of course, some good Russian Vodka. Both extended families gathered on the patio. The summer night was pleasant, the pork was outstanding, and the vodka flowed freely with the toasts. THAT was successful diplomacy!

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