GSN Presents: Our Most Popular Articles of the Decade

Good Spirits News been writing reviews of spirits, cocktails and mixology for over ten years. On the last day of the decade, we thought it would be a fine time to share the 25 most popular articles we’ve written.

Cheers! See you in 2020!

  1. Colina Colada
  2. Nikka Miyagikyo Yoichi Single Malt Whiskies
  3. Olmeca Altos Tequila
  4. McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  5. Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10-Year Old Whiskey
  6. Mr. Boston Black Cat Cocktail
  7. Michael Godard Vodka and Gin
  8. Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  9. Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, Reserva Ocho and Gran Reserva Diez Rum
  10. Hochstadters Slow Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
  11. Mi Campo Tequila
  12. Woody’s Northwoods Bourbon Cream
  13. Basics of Mixology: Modifiers
  14. Koskenkorva Vodka
  15. Bumbu XO Rum
  16. Tequila and Mezcal Jarritos Glasses
  17. Black Tears Spiced Rum
  18. Tabu Absinthe
  19. Capel Pisco
  20. Cointreau versus Hiram Walker Orange Curacao
  21. Collaboration Bourbon
  22. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
  23. 2018’s Best of the Best
  24. Shaker Spoon Cocktail Club
  25. Deep Eddy Peach Vodka

GSN Review: Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey

The Cooper Spirits Company launched Slow & Low Rock & Rye in 2017. Slow & Low is based on America’s original bottled cocktail – “rock and rye”– and takes its inspiration from the Hochstadter label’s pre-prohibition era recipe. Slow & Low combines aged straight rye whiskey, air-dried navel oranges from Florida, 100-percent raw honey from Western Pennsylvania, Angostura Bitters and a small dose of rock candy. The cocktails sugar content is 7% abv.

Rock and rye’s heritage dates back to the early 1800s, the company says, when barkeeps in saloons would serve a shot of rye whiskey, often unaged and unpalatable to many, with a small bowl of rock candy which could be added by the customer to take the edge off. Later, to avoid the wrath of the growing temperance movement, the drink moved to pharmacy counters as a pre-bottled cure-all for the common cold, sniffles, sore throats, coughs and any manner of ailment.

We suggest keeping a bottle on hand, just in case you’re feeling something coming on.

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye Whiskey (84 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: Orange citrus on the nose, supported by a slight honey funk painted over a slight rye spice. Sweet, fruity and tempting.
Taste: Very much like a cocktail with a vibrant orange flavor interlocking with a sweetened rye base. The honey character whiffs away quickly, leading a cheery and easy-to-drink combination.
Finish: Medium long, with the citrus zest bidding a long farewell.
Overall: Really, this is a perfect beverage for whiskey newbies or long time enthusiasts. Bring a bottle of this to a party, and you can leave all of the mixology at home.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Drink Slow and Low