Best Of 2014

Best Of 2014

The Stupendous 5


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The Stupendous 5. 
 
The Best of the Year list is back! This isn't just a matter of tradition anymore. The heritage of selecting Only the Best had to be driven to absolute perfection.
 
We debated, we licked, sniffed and compared, we even broke some arms. But of course, we didn’t forget our Power source, the Flaviar community. With amazingly advanced data-mining techniques we peeked in MyBar sections, carefully considered your feedback, checked sales numbers and even looked up into the stars. Just to be sure. 
 
And in the end we had to choose. Some cried, some nodded insecurely, some thought that this is just insane, but when we saw the final line-up... we all became speechless.
 
Meanwhile Uncle Flaviar was quietly sitting on his couch, sipping the Dram of the night and watched as things unveiled, he had his sure bets in his heart...
 
So just like Kylie, we can’t get them out of our head... Those drops that rocked our World in 2014!

(drumroll in the background) 
Mesdames et Messieurs THE STUPENDOUS 5 are:
 
- Knappogue Castle 1995
- Koval Single Barrel Millet Whisky
- Bruichladdich Scottish Barley Malt Whisky
- Antinori Brandy
- Gold of Mauritius Dark Rum
 
Cheers,
Team Flaviar

Trivia & SmartAss Corner:
 
1) Irish Whiskey became the most prominent Whiskey and most popular spirit in the 19th century because of the outbreak of phylloxera and the total devastation of 
Cognac production in France.
 
2) Thought on Whiskey: “My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I 
think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.”  — Igor Stravinsky  
 
3) Holy Barley was one of the first cultivated grains. It is a staple in Tibetan cuisine and was eaten widely by peasants in Medieval Europe. Barley is also used as a - Here we go - source of fermentable material for Beer and certain distilled beverages (Wheeeeeesky!).
 
4) Due to the tropical climate common to Rum-producing areas, Rum matures at a 
much faster rate than is typical for Whisky or Cognac. An indication of this faster rate 
is the angels' share, or amount of product lost to evaporation. While products aged in 
France or Scotland see about 2-4% loss each year, Rum producers may see as much as 10%.
 
5) Millet is known for growing in arid regions and the making of "millet-beer" in the 
Far East. As a grain for distilling it is a fairly popular base for spirits in Nepal and 
Central-Eastern Europe.
 
6) Dutch traders introduced Brandy to Northern Europe in the 16th century. The 
origins of Brandy are clearly tied to the development of distillation when Arab 
alchemists experimented with distilling grapes to make medicinal Spirits. 
The word Brandy is derived from the Dutch word Brandewijn, which translates to “burnt wine.”  
 
7) "Claret is the liquor for boys; Port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink Brandy." – Samuel Johnson

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