Facts On The Rocks: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Whiskey

You might love sipping your whiskey neat at your local distillery, but how much do you actually know about this golden spirit? This liquor dates back hundreds of years, and has picked up an interesting history along the way. The next time you are sharing a night with your friends, pull out these fun whiskey facts. They might just buy you a drink in return. Grain Inclusive: Have a grain? You can make whiskey out of it. While the liquor is generally made from corn, barley, and rye, a distillery can technically make it out of quinoa, oats, and other grains. Millions Of Barrels: Since some whiskey makers prefer a long aging process, there are millions of barrels just waiting to be bottled. Jack Daniels alone has over 2 million. Climate Control: Ambient temperature affects the whiskey aging process, since this air can pass through the barrel. Sudden shifts in air temperature can cause the barrel to expand and contract, and this may shorten or lengthen the duration of aging. Old Soul: You might want to put your favorite whiskey bottles in your will. If stored in glass bottles, whiskey can last for 100 years. Talk about leaving a legacy for your great-great-grandchildren. True Expertise: True liquor lovers can take their knowledge to the next level by earning a PhD in distilling. If you love gluten free spirits, you can truly understand the ins and outs of this special distilling process. Or you might prefer to be the expert on the traditional. Barrel Born: As whiskey sits in barrels, it takes on the dark color of the wood. This...
MurLarkey Makes it Better Contest!

MurLarkey Makes it Better Contest!

MurLarkey Makes it Better Contest Information We are excited to announce the first ever MurLarkey Makes it Better contest! To enter, contestants must follow @MurLarkey on Instagram or Twitter and post a photo with MurLarkey merchandise (delivery truck, one of their fine spirits, their merchandise, or even a cocktail) using the hashtag #MurLarkeyMade and tag three friends in the photo. You can also enter and see the full contest rules here. Entrants have many chances to win MurLarkey gear or MurLarkey branded merchandise each week from Sunday, December 17, through Wednesday, January 31; with a grand prize drawing for a tour and tasting at the MurLarkey distillery in Bristow, Virginia for you and seven of your friends ($1,500 value). We can’t wait to see all of your #MurLarkeyMade photos! To see the full contest rules click here. Contestants must be 21 or older and must post a minimum of one entry to participate. You will be notified by email or via Instagram or Twitter private message with instructions on how to claim the prize. The first four (4) drawing winners, drawn at random, will be announced on January 6, 13, 20, and 27 and will receive MurLarkey merchandise and MurLarkey branded articles as prizes. The grand prize winner, to be announced on February 14,...
Potato Vodka: Meet Your Favorite Gluten Free Spirit

Potato Vodka: Meet Your Favorite Gluten Free Spirit

Spirit enthusiasts who have a gluten free diet should not be barred from their favorite craft cocktails. About one in 133 Americans, or 1% of the population, has celiac disease, and this condition should not hold you back from all of the possibilities vodka has to offer. Textured and flavorful, potato vodka is your gluten free liquor solution. Before you head to your local distillery or ask for a cocktail at a bar, use this guide to learn about this delicious liquor option. How is potato vodka different from grain liquid? While grain vodka is made of a wort, a substance of grain and water, potato vodka starts with mashed up potatoes. The distillation process is similar for both of these varieties. A heating process breaks down the starches into sugars, which then are left to ferment. Then the vodka is distilled until it is pure. After the distillation process, potato vodka is a bit thicker than grain vodka, but it is still held to the same purification standards. What does potato vodka taste like? Along with its thick texture, potato vodka is slightly sweet. While this doesn’t offer the neutral taste of grain vodka, it adds more flavor to mixed drinks. It’s oil texture and sweetness also make it more pleasant to drink neat or try at tastings. What’s the best way to drink potato vodka? You can drink potato vodka the same way that you would drink grain vodka. This liquor tastes delicious neat and in cocktails. While this vodka pairs well with my different flavors, many popular cocktails include lemon, lime, cucumber, and other fresh tastes....