"Don't get hung up on numbers," Dave Broom, author of "The Complete Bartender's Guide," told Tales of the Cocktail attendees Saturday at "The Blind Truth About Aging Whisky" seminar, sponsored by Diageo. "Age just tells you how long it's been in a cask, not how good it is."
The Tales seminar focused on Scotch whisky, but experts say that tenet also extends to other whiskeys produced around the world. It's an increasingly important message for shoppers browsing liquor store shelves these days, with spirit distillers releasing both un-aged whiskeys and super-aged rarities—and many more that don't have an age noted.
The majority of stout beers are served up in glasses that resemble a contoured version of your average pint glass (Guinness) or a snifter-like goblet (a whole lot of domestic/microbrew stouts). Spiegelau is a 500-year-old German company that has already perfected the art of making flavor-enhancing mugs for IPAs, pilsners, lagers, and wheat beers, not to mention a fleet of wine varietals. The company teamed up with Left Hand Brewing Co. and Rogue Ales — two breweries who know a thing or two about stouts — to build the ultimate stout delivery vessel.