Whiskey Barrel Aged Tea is Something We Can All Drink To

first_img If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Portland’s Steven Smith Teamaker is known for sourcing some of the highest quality teas of any purveyor in the country.The company has built a reputation creating exciting blends and unique collections. Their latest is the next iteration of their sought-after Barrel-Aged Collection.Smith’s head teamaker, Tony Tellin, worked with two local distilleries to age a black and yaupon tea in whiskey and brandy barrels respectively.“I was offered a whiskey barrel from one of our neighbors and a brandy barrel from another,” he says. “Then, after a lot of tasting, negotiation and logistics we landed on a smoked tea from Zheijang, China and the yaupon leaves from Catspring, Texas.”These whiskey-barrel gifting neighbors happen to be two of Portland’s top distilleries – House Spirits and Stone Barn Brandyworks. The “Wuyi Whiskey” varietal is a smoked tea aged in Westward Whiskey barrels, while the “Yaupon Brandy” is aged in an apple brandy barrel.“I like to think of the Wuyi as a tea for Ron Burgundy. It pairs well with mahogany furniture, leather bound books, etc.,” he says.He adds that the Yaupon really took on the character of the brandy, while not being too watery or weak. Both are as much reflective of the original barrel liquid as they are as their own finished products.The Wuyi drinks like a scotch with an almost cigar-like front, smoky nose and rich finish. The Yaupon is delicate and really carries the apple, peach and pear notes from Stone Barn, while retaining plenty of traditional tea flavor.As for future projects, Tellin plans to continue to the collaboration series into next year and beyond. Although he won’t disclose what those teas are as of yet, you can be sure that they’ll be partnerships that continue to push the boundaries of flavor and fusion.The Wuyi varietal is now sold out, but limited boxes of the Yaupon are available here. 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall last_img read more

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La Mamounia in Marrakech Best Urban Hotel in the World

Rabat – The prestigious hotel la Mamounia of Marrakech has been awarded “Best Urban Hotel in the World” in the Spanish version of UK travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.Managing Director Pierre Jochem received the award Thursday, May 10, during the 10th ceremony of “Traveler 2018 Awards.”The hotel has won numerous awards since it reopened in 2009. The award confirms la Mamounia’s position as the flagship of the Moroccan hotel industry. La Mamounia was built in 1923 but received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009.In traditional Moroccan style, complete with intricate patterns and arabesques based on Berber and Arab-Andalusian architecture, la Mamounia is set in royal gardens, marked by Moorish opulence. The hotel, situated near the famous Jamaa El Fna Square has 209 rooms (including 71 suites), gardens, a spa with hammams (Moroccan traditional baths), and three riads.In 2016, the British newspaper The Independent ranked la Mamounia’s garden  the fourth best garden retreat in the world.In 2015, the hotel was ranked the world’s best hotel in Conde Nast Traveller’s annual reader poll.La Mamounia’s spa was named the world’s best hotel spa by the same magazine in 2011, Hotel of the Year in 2010 by Tatler Travel Guide, and Best Resort in 2010 by Travel and Leisure. read more

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Opinion Ohio State mens hockey a viable threat to win the Big

OSU junior goalkeeper Christian Frey (30) during a game against Michigan State on Jan 29. at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and his Buckeyes are primed to make the trip up to St. Paul, Minnesota, for the third Big Ten hockey tournament, beginning on Thursday.The last time the tournament was hosted at the Xcel Energy Center was in 2014. All the Scarlet and Gray did that year was beat Michigan State 2-1 in overtime, stun No. 1 Minnesota in front of its home crowd in the semifinals and come 6:52 from an NCAA tournament berth, as they held a 4-2 lead before everything fell apart and they lost to No. 6 Wisconsin 5-4 in overtime in the title game.  With the way the second half of the season has gone, there’s plenty of reason to believe OSU has more than an outside chance to win the tournament and clinch its first NCAA bid since 2009. Why OSU can winOSU heads into St. Paul more confident than Kanye West and his 2020 presidential campaign. The Buckeyes haven’t lost in their last seven games (5-0-2) and have dumped their abysmal 0-7 start to the season into the Olentangy River. After entering the second half of the season 3-11, they have gone 10-6-2, with six of those wins coming against top 20 opponents: Boston College, Cornell, Michigan and Penn State. Looking at the rest of the fieldThe Buckeyes’ opponent on Thursday is scheduled to be Michigan State, who they went 2-1-1 against this season. You can bet that, like 26 of their 34 games this season, Thursday’s matchup will be decided by two goals or less. In fact, the series this year was so close that they scored just 11 goals apiece against each other.If they win they would be set to play No. 20 Minnesota, who beat them in all four games this year. But here’s the thing: OSU could’ve beaten them each time, as three of the games went to overtime, and the last game in Columbus ended up 4-3 favoring the Golden Gophers in regulation. On Dec. 4 in Minneapolis, OSU held a 2-0 lead before falling 3-2 in overtime. The next night, the Scarlet and Gray tied the game with less than a minute left, something they’ve excelled at this season, before falling again in the extra frame. On Feb. 12, OSU held a 3-2 lead at home before again losing in overtime.The only question remaining is if the Scarlet and Gray can finally break down the wall against these guys.As far as the other three teams go on the other half of the bracket, OSU split the season series with No. 19 Penn State, went 2-0-2 against Wisconsin and recently swept No. 7 Michigan over a weekend for the first time since 2011, taking the season series 2-1-1.Opposing goaltenders or six-foot slices of swiss cheese?During this seven-game unbeaten streak beginning on Feb. 20 with a 7-4 win at Penn State, the Buckeyes are averaging 5.2 goals per game. At the beginning of the year when they went 0-7, their offense averaged a paltry 1.7 goals per game and only got slightly better by the winter break when they averaged 2.7, helping them marginally improve their record to 3-11.Rohlik and the Buckeyes channeled their inner Undertaker immediately upon their return on Dec. 28, as his crew has lit the lamp an average of 4.2 times per game, making it currently the ninth-best offense in the nation.Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey has been on an absolute tear lately. He has points in seven of the last eight games, compiling six goals and 10 assists in that span. He is fourth in the Big Ten in scoring with 41 points and leads the team in goals, as well, with 19.He was named an All-Big Ten second team member on Monday.His classmate in David Gust has had a breakout season to remember. He held a 15-game point streak at one point and has only been held pointless in seven games this season. All-Big Ten freshman team member Mason Jobst has been a great story, as well. Not only has he stayed healthy this year, but he has emerged as the Buckeyes’ top faceoff man, winning over 50 percent of his draws while putting up 28 points, which third among freshmen in the conference.They know the road to the promised landIt was the same place, almost two years ago. The Buckeyes had it locked up.Although it seems like yesterday and players have graduated since then, OSU still has 10 players from that 2013-14 team, including the guy who almost carried them to the NCAA tournament, junior goalie Christian Frey.   Drew Brevig, Gust, Anthony Greco, first-team All-Big Ten member Josh Healey, Tyler Lundey and Schilkey all played in that title game against Wisconsin. This season has been quite a learning experience for one of the youngest teams in college hockey. After that 0-7 start, this group has been playing for this weekend, and they have peaked at the right moment.Rohlik has found consistency in his top forward lines and his defensive pairings over the past few weeks, and there’s no reason to expect major changes come Thursday. OSU has beaten the best teams, hung around with other top teams like the defending national champion in Providence, and has lost to a much-less-talented Mercyhurst team across this season. Anything can happen with the Buckeyes.If they win this weekend, don’t be surprised.If they lose, you can bet they won’t go down without a fight.OSU’s tournament journey is set to begin Thursday against Michigan State. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

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