Rye whiskey named after Hillary Clinton

Hic’n Hill! Nah; it’s called Rodham Rye. (Rot ’em Rye?)

As far as consolation prizes go, having a whiskey named after you isn’t bad.

Republic Restoratives, a D.C.-based distillery, had been making plans for a rye whiskey prior to the 2016 election, with the intent of celebrating the first woman president, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Obviously that did not happen, but that hasn’t stopped owners Pia Carusone and Rachel Gardner from forging ahead with their plan and creating Rodham Rye, a blend of sourced one-year-old and three-and-a-half-year-old ryes from Tennessee.

Carusone had worked for Congresswoman Gabby Giffords before campaigning for Clinton last year, and she told The Washingtonian that despite the name, Rodham Rye isn’t a Clinton-exclusive spirit.

“It’s a tribute to women in history, and a tribute to women in our everyday lives,” she says.

The water in the whiskey has a symbolic tie to Clinton as well: It’s from an Adirondack Mountain spring located on a maple syrup farm in upstate New York owned by Gardner’s family for several generations. (Clinton was, in case you needed reminding, formerly a New York state senator.)

Rodham Rye hits the shelves on March 25. The whiskey has a relatively high price tag at $79, with five percent of sales from the 4,652-bottle batch being donated to EMILY’s List, an organization that assists pro-choice female Democratic candidates.


New Scotch named after the infamous Lehman Brothers bank


LONDON–Lehman Brothers is gone, but anyone wanting to savor the distinct taste of financial ruin that its name evokes has ways to do so.

With a dram of Lehman Brothers Scotch, say.

“It has a contrite, bereft peatiness,” says James Green, a 34-year-old London entrepreneur who has created a new liquor line with the doomed bank’s logo.

He is describing his flagship Scotch whisky, labeled Ashes of Disaster. “The remit to the master blender was to taste the ups and downs of the economic devastation of 2008.”

That year Lehman hit the rocks, helping trigger the global financial crisis. But its name lives on.

“Lehman moment” is shorthand for failure of companies, politicians and countries. Rap lyrics, cartoons and concept artists have invoked the name.


Lehman Brothers was once a strong brand in a good way. Founded in 1850, it was a global finance leader going into the 21st century.

But after Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, already-shaky markets swooned, and governments poured money into bailouts.

“Lehman moment” soon came to describe problems elsewhere, etymologist Barry Popik says. China is a frequent sufferer, judging from news reports.

In his 2011 book, “Our Queen,” journalist Robert Hardman wrote that for Britain’s royal family, the “Lehman moment is still the day, in 1987, when Prince Edward put on Tudor fancy dress and cajoled certain members of his family to take part in a televised game show,” making them look less than royal.

The name appeared in movie and song. In the 2010 movie “Despicable Me,” villain-turned-hero Gru enters “Bank of Evil” through a urinal, seeking funds for his plot to steal the moon. Beneath the bank’s sign appeared: “Formerly Lehman Brothers.”

A 2009 Black Eyed Peas lyric about the high life rhymed Lehman with semen. Dre Murray in 2013 rapped: “And the boy stay scheming, thief like Lehman.”

A Danish artist group dubbed itself “Lehman Brothers” for several Copenhagen art-gallery exhibitions exploring capitalism’s underbelly.

The exhibitions riffed on the crisis’s causes in multimedia works that included a gram of cocaine blown by a fan across a glass table and frozen fish thawing to represent themes like greed and inequality.

Scottish University Creates Fabric That Always Smells Like Whisky

Because what could be better than smelling like you’ve been boozing, even when you haven’t been? 😉

Johnnie Walker Whisky and Harris Tweed Hebrides, two of Scotland’s most iconic brands, teamed up with Heriot Watt University to create a new smart fabric that permanently smells like whisky. Because who doesn’t want their clothes smelling like booze all the time, right?

Whiskey Matured in Outer Space Is One Small Step for Man But One Giant Leap for Liquor

Will S.' Sunny Side Blog

Space whisky!

The Ardbeg Distillery is getting ready to test a drink that’s literally out of this world – the first whiskey to have ever been matured in outer space. After spending three years on the International Space Station, the vial of single malt is finally returning to Earth. It is expected to land on solid ground in Kazakhstan on September 12, before making its way to Houston.

The project is part of an experiment to study the impact of gravity on how alcohol matures. The whisky was launched into outer space in an unmanned cargo spacecraft in October 2011, along with particles of charred oak. The vial containing the alcoholic drink was specially designed for the mission, and has been orbiting the earth 15 times a day for 1,045 days, on the ISS.

When the vial returns, the alcohol won’t be consumed right away. It has to be tested…

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