Alcohol

In chemistry, an alcohol is an organic compound in which the hydroxyl functional group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom. In particular, this carbon center should be saturated, having single bonds to three other atoms.An important class of alcohols are the simple acyclic alcohols, the general formula for which is CnH2n+1OH. Of these ethanol (C2H5OH) is the alcohol found in alcoholic beverages; in common speech the word alcohol refers to ethanol.Other alcohols are usually described with a clarifying adjective, as in isopropyl alcohol (propan-2-ol) or wood alcohol (methyl alcohol, or methanol).
Posts about Alcohol
    • 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

      What were some of my favorite spirits and drink-related items of the past year? Let me continue the lists of my best recommendations and favorites of 2014. I have already posted my Favorite Wine lists. This post will now concentrate on some of my Favorite Spirits and Drink Related Items. This is certainly not a complete list but it is more a sampling of compelling and memorable ...

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    • 2014 In Review: A Collection of Favorite Lists

      At the end of each year, I compile a number of lists of my Favorites of the past year: the top wines, restaurants, foods, sake, spirits, and more. These summary posts help my readers more easily find my favorites of the past year, rather than skimming through hundreds of posts on their own. I also enjoy compiling these lists as it enables me to scan over my blog for the past ...

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  • First we take Manhattan…

    … A scientist, an artist, and an artisan walk into a bar… …and order a cocktail. Because they can actually have a conversation about that. Wine? Impossible. On that subject, the three shall never speak, nor (even more tragically) listen. The long silence of this blog has been accompanied by a significant personal focus on cocktails both in concert…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: World of Whisk(e)y Bar & Cocktail Cherries

    … and elegant, it has a more intense flavor than the Glenfiddich, with flavors of citrus, spice, vanilla, and salted almonds. Also recommended. Tuthilltown Distillery, located in the Hudson Valley of New York, was established in 2005, and produces a number of different spirits, including vodka, gin, whiskey and cassis liqueur. They source about 90…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: Rye-sing Tide

    … in the Hudson Valley. Dave previously spent 14 years working at Maker's Mark. He now runs Oak View Consulting, assisting a number of other distilleries, such as Whistle Pig (the sponsor of this seminar) and George Washington's Distillery. He is nationally recognized as a whiskey expert, and his services are sought out by many distilleries. He apparently…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: America’s Incredible Whiskey Innovators:

    … of 8 whiskies, providing us a glimpse into the experimentation and innovation that is currently occurring in American whiskey. There isn't an element of whiskey production that is not the subject of experimentation by some distillery. Even if those experimental whiskies are never released to the general public, the information gleaned from some…

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  • Thirst Boston 2014: Overall Impressions

    …, immersed in the world of spirits, cocktails, and other alcohols, As I attended last year's Thirst Boston, I can compare the two, noting any changes, whether positive or negative, as well as their similarities. In short though, this year's Thirst Boston was an excellent event, informative and fun, tasty and interesting. The event was created…

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  • The Smithsonian Channel: United States of Drinking on November 20

    … The Smithsonian Channel will air United States of Drinking, a one hour special on November 20. The show will air at 8pm ET. The show will begin with host Josh Ozersky in rural Virginia where traditional moonshine is being made. The next stop will be in Washington, DC at distillery and the journey continues throughout the country. According…

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  • Rant: DON'T DRINK & DRIVE!!

    … It couldn't be any simpler so listen carefully. If you've had too much alcohol to drink, if there is any doubt in your mind, don't drive. Any questions? Once again, I step forward with probably my most important Rant of the year. It is an absolutely vital issue for everyone who enjoys alcohol of any type, from wine to beer, from Scotch…

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  • Don’t Be So Sensitive; Sensory Adaptation & Wine Tasting.

    … reader of WineSnark, you’ve learned the various ways your body perceives flavor so now you can relax, have a bite to eat and enjoy a glass of wine. Once you do however, you might as well throw all you’ve learned into the recycle bin because when you introduce new chemical compounds to your body the equation changes. By the way, my wife just loves…

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  • Altitude 500 Ventoux, 2011

    … but that changes as the wine airs. Very smooth. Fruit leather flavors. Now some traditional pepper and warmth. A bit high in alcohol (15%) for a Ventoux, but that seems to make the wine all the more attractive, at least at this stage of its development. …

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  • Château de Bellevue Lussac St. Émilion 2010 Bordeaux

    … and escalating tannin. Though this is a dry red wine, a red cherry flavor with an edge of sweetness dominated the flavor profile, but coffee, cedar, and blackberry flavors were rich and interesting. Finished long on the trailing palate with spice notes and a well integrated 13.5% alcohol. Commentary: Easily a $50-$70 Bordeaux red wine that has made…

    Dennis Tsiorbas/ New Hampshire Wine-man- 8 readers -
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