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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


Allen Katz Article
Mixologist Blurs the Line Between Bartender and Distiller   April 3, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

A New York bartender now is serving his own gins in his new bar, The Shanty. It may be the dream scenario for many bartenders, but what does it actually take to make your own spirits and serve them in your bar? Let's ask Allen Katz.

Jack Robertiello Blog
What Tasting Teaches   March 20, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

After three days swilling and judging the world's best liquors during the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City, I reflect on what's good, bad and indifferent.

Paul Pacult Article
Paul Pacult, The Man Behind the Scores   March 20, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Paul Pacult, whose most recent competition — the Ultimate Spirits Challenge — just released results, is the dean of American spirits evaluators, and his trio of competitions legitimately vie for leading contest honors. We check in on what happened at this year's event from behind the scenes:

Vesper Article
Drink Menu Updates Propelled by "Mad Men," Garlic   March 20, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Menu changes these days are driven by just about anything: seasonality, odd "holidays" and even the return of popular TV programs. Almost anything is a sufficient reason for a new drink, it seems.

Mezcal Article
Mezcal Makes its Move   March 7, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Why the sudden interest in mezcal? Loving mezcal is nothing new — it’s just that those inspired by the rustic and smoky Mexican spirit have kept it mostly to themselves until now.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Bacardi Gets Global Bartender Respect at Competition   March 6, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Shingo Gokan of New York City's Angel's Share won top honors at Bacardi's 2012 Global Legacy Cocktail Competition, but just as interesting to U.S. observers is the brand's international rep as mixology supporter.

Burlap Article
Drinks of the Zodiac   March 6, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

In Del Mar, Calif., the new drink menu for Burlap revives something retro: the Chinese zodiac placemat. Can creative and playful coexist on a serious drink menu?

Bryan Dayton Article
Sparkling Drinks Require Imagination    March 6, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Carbonation plays a larger part in drinks once the weather warms, but for some, year-round, housemade adult sodas make sense for lots of reasons. That's the case with Bryan Dayton, co-owner and beverage director of the newly reopened OAK in Boulder, Colo.

Jack Robertiello Blog
Who Owns This Drink?   February 21, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

When the debate about bartenders’ intellectual property — drink concepts and recipes, mainly — broke out, I admit to being completely without interest. But something that’s now in federal court should give everyone in the drink business pause.

Tasting Shochu Article
Shochu Deserves to be Recognized Worldwide   February 21, 2012
By: Jack Robertiello

Once wrong (or maybe just premature), a bar prognosticator again tries to prove that soju/shochu/sochu has a place in cocktails and behind American bars.



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