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).
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    • Pain & Sulfuring.

      Pain & Sulfuring. Chapter Twelve. Part Six. Contrary to public opinion, wineries didn’t start adding sulfites to wine in 1987. That’s simply the year the US government dictated all wine containing more than 10 ppm, the smallest detectable amount at the time, be labeled with the warning “contains sulfites.

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  • 2014 In Review: A Collection of Favorite Lists

    … that they should strongly appeal to most of my readers. Kudos go to all of those who are listed in my Favorites as they have well earned the accolades. This post collects links to all of my 2014 Favorite lists. I hope you enjoy. 2014: Top Ten Wines Under $15 2014: Top Ten Wines Over $15 2014: Top Ten Wines Over $50 2014: Favorite Wine Related Items 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink Related Items 2014: Favorite Restaurants & My Top 50 2014: Favorite Food-Related Items 2014: Favorite Sake Items …

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  • 2014: Favorite Spirits & Drink-Related Items

    … of the event, and I highly recommend you check out next year's Thirst Boston. Favorite Cocktail Supply Shop: Located near Davis Square in Somerville, The Boston Shaker offers everything you need to create cocktails, except for the alcohol. Plenty of spirit & cocktail books, a wide range of bitters, shakers, stirrers, glasses, and so much more…

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  • First we take Manhattan…

    ……in which category it is joined by Champagne and most other sparkling wines (save pet-nats), Sherry, and nearly the entire universe of fortified wines. To my knowledge, Port doesn’t have a Marco de Bartoli-style iconoclast (Infantado would be the closest I’ve tasted) working to reduce or eliminate all but the most necessary interventions…

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

    … “Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” --Ernest Hemingway As I mentioned previously, on Saturday and Sunday, Thirst Boston held two Sponsored Bars on each day, running from 9am-6pm. Essentially, you could taste some spirits neat or in one of a few different cocktails. And you weren't limited…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 4 readers -
  • Thirst Boston 2014: Rye-sing Tide

    … has never received such a distinction and Dave feels that's unfortunate as he believes rye is at the backbone of American history. I attended the Thirst Boston seminar, Rye-sing Tide: A Look at Rye Whiskey from Pre-Prohibition to the Present, which was led by Master Distiller, Dave Pickerell, who I recently met at Hillrock Estate Distillery…

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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

    … to the press release, “In UNITED STATES OF DRINKING, Ozersky explores how culture, science and history all come together in some of America’s favorite drinks, including moonshine, distilled spirits, beer, wine, and cocktails. Along the way, he meets with some of America’s top moonshiners, brew masters, vintners, craft distillers and mixologists…

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  • Rant: DON'T DRINK & DRIVE!!

    … 17,000 people are arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts each year. That is a huge figure, showing that far too many people still don't understand that they should not drink and drive. How difficult is it to understand? DON'T DRINK & DRIVE! I'm sure drunk driving incidents in other states are just as significant. Each time you drink…

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

    … enough to stay focused at a wine tasting when you’re sampling dozens of wines without your body throwing this kind of monkey wrench into your perception mechanisms. Sensory adaptation comes into play when extended contact with wine’s acidity, tannin and alcohol deadens your palate, which explains why you may find it difficult to make accurate…

    Don Carter/ winesnark.comin Sauvignon Blanc- 1 readers -
  • 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. …

    Fred Mctaggart/ Artisan Wine on a Budget- 3 readers -
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