Nick Lappen

Nick Lappen is a bartender, writer, and occasionally a teacher from Watertown, Massachusetts. Nick has worked in the restaurant industry since age 13. Beginning as a busser, runner, and crab steamer at Cantlers in Annapolis, Maryland he has gone on to work at bars and restaurants across the United States and abroad. At one time or another Nick has held almost every position in a restaurant, from dishwasher to cook, food runner to bar manager. He has traveled to over 50 nations and brought with him a passion for discovering local food, beer, wine, and spirits which has inspired his bartending. Most recently Nick has worked as a cocktail bartender and bar consultant in the United States and China. When not caught in a global pandemic he lives in Shanghai and runs the cocktail instagram page @thenickromancer.

Whiskey Prices, Brands & Buying Guide

Whiskey (or Whisky) is among the most popular spirits on earth. Distilled from grains such as corn, rye, barley, or wheat, it can be made anywhere, though certain regional styles are protected by law. Whiskey is usually barrel aged after distillation for a relatively long period of time. It is commonly used in cocktails, as…

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Bombay Gin

Bombay Gin Prices & Buyer’s Guide

The Bombay Gin brand is a line of London Dry Style Gins known for their strong juniper influence and citrus-forward flavor profiles. The Bombay Gin brand is owned by Bacardi. Launched in 1986, the Bombay line was named due to the association with and popularity of gin in India during the British rule. The Bombay…

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Blanton's Whiskey

Blanton’s Whiskey Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Blanton’s Bourbon is produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. Blanton’s was the first single-barrel bourbon to be sold commercially. It’s bottled without an age statement, which may turn off some whiskey aficionados, but this is due to each bottle being from a single barrel. Blanton’s bourbon is selected by a master distiller…

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RumChata Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Rumchata is a rum-based horchata cream liqueur manufactured in Wisconsin. The primary flavors are cinnamon and vanilla, with hints of other spices such as clove and cardamom. Rumchata is manufactured by Midwest Custom Bottling Company and distributed by Agave Loco LLC. It was first introduced in 2009, and since then has become the second highest-selling…

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Macallan Whisky Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Understanding Macallan Whisky The Macallan brand is synonymous with exceptional quality and historical richness in the world of single malt Scotch whisky. This section dives into the origins of Macallan, its evolution, and the geographical influences that shape its distinctive character. Historical Background The Macallan Distillery was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley…

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Amazon UK Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey

Woodford Reserve Prices & Buyers’ Guide

Woodford Reserve is a Kentucky Bourbon marketed as a mid-to-high-end Bourbon. It is produced by the Brown-Forman Corporation, mainly in their distillery located near Versailles, Kentucky. Woodford Reserve is known as a smooth, well-made bourbon great for sipping or a high-end cocktail and is the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. They have won numerous…

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