We Dig: Holiday Gift Guide #4

by Nick Thomas

Well, this is it—our final 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Hopefully these guides gave you some much-needed inspiration for what to…

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Koenig Distillery and Winery’s Seven Devils Straight Bourbon Whiskey draws its name from the same place it draws its water: the Seven Devils mountain range in west central Idaho. Lauded as Idaho’s first whiskey (though soon to be one of at least a handful), Seven Devils is understandably beloved by local bars and bartenders alike.

With Thanksgiving just one week away, holiday hosts are frantically putting together their turkey day menus. Classics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and other festive favorites will take the stage and delight appetites during this day. One of my favorite sides, however, is cranberry sauce. And I don’t mean that weird Jell-O-type goo that slides out of the can, I mean a preserve loaded with cranberries, bright in color and bursting with flavor.

“A family of spirits that entice and intrigue.” Such is what Vancouver’s Odd Society Spirits is on a mission to make.
The young craft distillery’s new Crème de Cassis hits the mark, marrying a secret recipe from the personal chef to the late Belgian King Leopold III with blackcurrants sourced entirely from within BC borders.

Since the late 1890s, vodka has been made throughout countries in the “vodka belt,” a string of nations spanning from Russia, throughout countries on the Baltic sea and Scandinavia. While many vodkas were and continue to be distilled from grains such as barley, potato vodkas continue to be a more interesting, and flavorful option available among vodka producers.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that the potato capital of the United States—Idaho—is producing vodkas distilled from potatoes.

T-minus 17 days until Black Friday. You still have plenty of time to waste and lollygag about as the leaves fall and frost begins to form, but there’s no harm in pondering some great gift ideas and drafting up some wish lists, right? This week’s suggestions includes everything from boozy gift packs to kitchen gadgets and fancy new breathalyzer.
McMenamins’ Holiday Gift Pack: A basket or gift pack is often a great way to go when it comes to gift giving.

Just as Chuckanut Bay serves as an icon of the Northwestern Washington shoreline, a quiet inlet sandwiched between Bellingham and Samish Bay, the folks at its sister distillery are purveyors of iconic local ingredients, manifested in a line of terroir-focused spirits.

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming! O, come let us be prepared for this festive yet stressful time of year with well-planned gifts for the beverage-lover in your life. November’s We Dig will feature presents promised to please the drink enthusiast, from cocktail apps to ice cube molds and more.
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Layer upon layer of lemony citrus complicates the caraway-flavored base liquor that anchors Old Ballard Liquor Co.’s Alskar Aquavit Citron. Similarly to the increasing number of gins whose supporting herbs and spices quite nearly take center stage alongside the juniper, this golden-hued Seattle take on the Scandanavian spirit’s powerfully zesty lemon flavor will appeal to caraway skeptics, while aquavit lovers should also find that it augments the spirit as a whole.

Absinthe, the high-proof, herbal elixir had its heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s, particular among artists, painters and writers in European cities like Paris. It was eventually banned in the United States until around 2007. But absinthe is back! Along with the resurgence and renewed interest in classic cocktails like the Corpse Reviver #2 and the Sazerac, absinthe is being produced around the world, including several producers in the Pacific Northwest.

 
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