Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gettin' Misty

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Is March Whiskey Awareness Month? Two weeks ago, representatives from Bushmills poured gratis jiggers of its Black Bush and 1608 Reserve Irish whiskies at Clever Wine Bar. And at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at the New Orleans Museum of Art, two mixologists from Canadian Mist Whisky will present “Mistology: The Science Behind the Cocktail,” a pseudo-educational, entirely wino-friendly event that promises to answer burning whiskey questions like “Why do bartenders pour the alcohol before the mixer?” and “Why no ‘e’ in Scotland and Canada, eh?” Tim Laird is the brand’s CEO (that’s chief entertaining officer, wink) and Steve Hughes is its R&D “spirits scientist” (formal education: doctorate in drunk). Their show will be followed by a hands-on demo, which reads an awful lot like “pour your own” -- and if so, no problems there. Canadian Mist, despite sounding like a laundry detergent, is actually an award-winning spirit from Ontario made using “water from the pure Georgian Bay.” So it’s no Pontchartrain, but it’ll do in a pinch. Tickets $15 general admission, $5 NOMA members.

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