Tallgrass Beers puts the party in LAN-party with 8-bit beer. If you’re going to throw a shindig, make it interesting – give people something to talk about or try for the first time. Why not a themed craft-brew for you and your fraggin’ friends? Oh better yet, what better way to enjoy a lonely retro-gaming session than getting completely sloshed with a beer that understands you?
Here, have a beer. Relax. Let’s beat Super Mario together.
Just like those classic video games we all grew up with, 8-Bit Pale Ale is spectacularly simple at first glance yet remarkably fun and complex when you get into it. Our Hop Rocket infuses the character of Austrailian grown Galaxy Hops into an American Pale Ale, giving a unique tropical, almost melon aroma in a classic American style.
Every once in a blue moon we here at MorningLemon.com HQ like to sip on a soft drink, rather than the harder fair we normally sip on. We’re also very cognizant of new mixes and their potential impact. Dry Soda has emerged as an opportunity to enjoy a soft drink while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s a good thing. With Dry Soda we’ve got a unique, low calorie, lightly sweetened, highly interestingly flavoured soft drink that also arrives in a nicely formed and featured bottle. If there was ever a good time to be had drinking soda, I believe it can be had with the Dry Soda Co’s particular brand of soda.
Seattle-based DRY Soda Co. has re-imagined what soda can be: better tasting and better for you. DRY Soda uses only four, all natural ingredients and keeps the pure cane sugar to a minimum. Each twelve-ounce bottle of DRY contains just 45 – 70 calories and 11 – 19 grams of sugar. The result is a less sweet soda that allows its fruit, flower and herbal flavors to shine through. DRY Soda is available in eight distinctive flavors – Wild Lime, Lavender, Lemongrass, Blood Orange, Rhubarb, Juniper Berry, Vanilla Bean and Cucumber – each with a unique flavor profile that makes it refreshing to sip on its own, pair with a great meal or mix into the perfect drink.
We don’t drink a lot of Gin around the MorningLemon.com HQ, but I think we’re about to start. Not only because we’re about to become raving mad drunkards, no, not at all, but simply because the description of this particular brand of gin has me so enthralled that I’m going to be sampling its fine timbre as soon as I possibly can.
Hendrick’s uses a blend of spirits produced from a Carter-Head Still (constructed in 1948), of which there are only a small number in the world, and a small pot still, originally built in 1860 by Bennett, Sons & Shears.
Both have been restored to working order after being bought at auction in the 1960s by current William Grant Life President, Charles Gordon. The two stills produce strikingly different styles of gin due to their different construction and methods of distillation. The pot still is generally referred to as the Bennett still. The still itself is quite small, which in general will allow most of the flavour characteristics of the botanicals to pass into the spirit. The still is charged with neutral spirit and the botanical recipe added to the liquid, along with some water.
This is left to steep for 24 hours, which begins the process of extracting the flavour from the botanicals. The still is then heated by means of an external steam jacket to boil the liquid. As the pot begins to boil, vapour moves up the short column of the still and eventually meets the condenser, where vapours are turned back to liquid and collected. First runnings can be as high as 92% alcohol, with a gradual decrease in the strength as the distillation progresses.
Once all of the alcohol is collected, the final spirit will be approximately 75% alcohol v/v.
This spirit is of a heavy, oily character with a strong juniper-flavour. In contrast, the spirit derived from the Carter-Head still is much subtler with light floral and sweet fragrances. Its method of production is quite different, with only the neutral spirit and water added to the pot of this still.
All botanicals used with the Carter-Head are added to a flavour basket at the very top of the still. Rather than boiling the botanicals, which produces the strong pungent spirit of the Bennett still, the Carter-Head bathes the botanicals in the alcohol vapours only. As these rise up through the still, they enter the base of the botanicals basket. Inside, the botanicals are contained in copper baskets, which hold them together while allowing the vapours to be fully exposed. As the evaporated alcohol moves through the botanicals it efficiently extracts flavours from them, which are carried out of the basket along with the alcohol until they reach the condenser. Only the lighter, sweeter and floral flavours are able to be extracted by this method, which gives the spirit its distinctive character.
The final Hendrick’s gin is a blend of these two spirits with an addition of Cucumber essence and Rose petal essence and the net net results is a rich, creamy Gin that has more in common with Grey Goose Vodka and say Bombay. I keep my bottle in the freezer and drink it neat.
That’s a clever name I’ll bet you’re thinking. No, it’s not – it’s truth. Actual monkey’s picked these tea leaves.
RARE WILD CHINESE TEA
PICKED ONLY BY SPECIALLY TRAINED MONKEYS
CONTAINS POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS
No folks we’re not pulling you leg! This rare chinese tea is carefully picked by specially trained monkeys in a remote mountain rehion of China. Legend has it that monkeys were first used to collect tea ten centuries ago, because upon seeing it’s master trying to reach some tea growing wild on a mountain face, the monkey climbed up the steep face and collected the tea growing there and brought it down to his master.
This wild tea was considered so delicious that other people began to train monkeys to collect this rare wild tea. Nowadays the practice of monkeys picking tea has all but died out, except in one small remote village where they still continue this remarkable tradition. No monkeys are harmed or mistreated in order for us to bring this rare brew to you! In fact the monkeys and their ancestors before them have been doing this job for generations and are treated as respected members of their humn keeper’s families.
I have my suspicious about other companies using monkey’s for various tasks too. Strange that I actively avoid those companies, yet when promoted as a feature I am strangely drawn to the product. Curious.
Vintages from the 1970’s and 1980’s are increasingly hard to come by. The Vintage 1988 is of that rare breed. Never before bottled the Vintage has benefited from more than two decades maturing in a combination of Spanish and American oak; previously seasoned with both sherry and whisky. The combination gives the citrus notes a delicious cooked orange flavour and plenty of fruit as well which are evident on the nose and the palate.
This expression is the next Core Vintage to follow the Vintages 1991 and 1994. It is the first of the vintages expressly laid down at origin to be bottled as Glenrothes on maturity . As a result it is anticipated that The Glenrothes 1998 Vintage will have greater longevity than some of the earlier vintages. It is also the first bottling to carry the label signature of Gordon Motion, who has taken over as ‘Malt Master’ with the recent retirement of John Ramsay. The comparatively youthful 1998 Glenrothes boasts a nose of spicy vanilla, golden syrup and lemongrass. The palate is gentle and quite sweet, with vanilla custard and cinnamon notes.
Great looking tea infuser, first hurdle passed. Double walled glass design keeps your drink hot, that’s good. Built in strainer steeps your tea for you, yes, check, also good. Dishwasher safe, that should make make the wife happy (geddit? dishwasher safe?). What’s not to love about a badass tea infuser, other than it may seem a bit gay? Hey, if you don’t like tea, don’t bother – but brother, believe me, there’s only so much coffee and soda a man can drink. Infusing your hot water with a bit of flavour is a decidedly awesome time. Drink tea!
Featuring a built-in strainer, this glass tea tumbler allows you to steep tea on-the-go. The clear glass design shows off the color of your tea while the double-walled construction keeps the tea warm and your hands cool.
New York state is not exactly known as a distillers paradise, there are very few true spirits raised in New York. That can’t be said about the Tuthilltown Baby Bourbon Whiskey, which is distilled and aged right in New York state, for a unique drink.
Hudson Baby Bourbon is the first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York. This single grain bourbon is made with 100% New York corn and aged in small American Oak barrels.
Each bottle is hand waxed and numbered. It is a true American classic.
In Canada, if you don’t have a bottle of Crown at home, something must be wrong with you. Are you injured? Sick? Have you not had people over in a while? What’s wrong with you? That type of thing. The virtues of Crown are slowly starting to permeate throughout the world, and to that extent, we now have Crown Royal Black. A darker, higher proof and stronger tasting alternative to your regular Crown Royal regimen.