Philip Dobard
Philip Dobard

Philip Dobard is Vice President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of The Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, NatFAB’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations. He leads Nitty Grits Media and produces NatFAB's Pacific Taste, The Thoughtful Feast, and Touring the Cocktail events. Under the Nitty Grits Media banner, he’s executive producing several web series, among them Drinking Heads, Eating Heads, Touring the Cocktail, and World Eats. Philip produced the series Deadtime Stories for Nickelodeon, and his film Grave Secrets enjoyed its world premiere at the San Diego Film Festival. He served as General Director of Opera Columbus and Professor of Arts Policy and Administration at The Ohio State University. At the University of New Orleans, Philip directed the Graduate Program in Arts Administration and conducted research sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Pew Charitable Trusts. He completed graduate studies at UCLA, is an advisor to the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles, contributes to several publications, among them Bonfort's Wine and Spirits Journal, Drink Me Magazine, Nitty Grits, and The Tasting Panel Magazine, and regularly serves as a judge at cocktail, spirits, and cooking competitions.

Nemiroff Honey Pepper Vodka, 90 Points

Distilled by Nemiroff Distillery, Nemyriv, Ukraine.

Flavored with red chili peppers, honey, and herbs.

Grain: Wheat

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Decidedly honey hued and long legged.

Nose: Extraordinarily gentle, with notes of banana, honey (of course), and piquant herbs.

Flavor: A surprisingly oily mouth feel supports chili peppers on the front … Read the rest

Three Olives Rosé Vodka

Distilled by Three Olives Rosé

Flavored with “natural flavors and certified colors,” employing Welsh “lake water.”

Grain: English wheat.

ABV: 30%

Appearance: Pink, as one might expect from a beverage billing itself as a “Rosé Vodka,” but without the chromatic depth seen in most high-quality rosé wines.

Nose: Fruity (no … Read the rest

Corralejo Tequila Reposado, 90 Points

Distilled from 100% Blue Weber Agave by Hacienda Corralejo, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Age: Four months in three different types of casks: French, American, and white oak.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Clear, with a hint of straw; oily consistency; very long legs.

Nose: Extraordinarily gentle, with floral notes.

Flavor: Salty, spicy, almost fizzy … Read the rest

Los Arango Tequila Añejo, 85 Points

Distilled from 100% Blue Weber Agave by Hacienda Corralejo, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Age: 13 months in American oak barrels.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Lighter in hue than one might expect from an añejo, and with very long legs.

Nose: Refreshingly fruity for an añejo.

Flavor: Light oil, very floral, with an explosion … Read the rest

Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Distilled by MGP in Indiana. Aged in Kentucky. Finished and bottled by Jos. A. Magnus & Co., Washington, DC.

Age: Sourced eight- to nine-year-old bourbon from MGP in Indiana. Triple finished in oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximénez sherry, and cognac casks.

ABV: 50%

Appearance: Dark amber, approaching the color of port, … Read the rest

Old Henry Clay Straight Rye Whiskey

Distilled by MGP in Indiana. Bottled by Jas. E. Pepper & Co., Bardstown, Kentucky.

Age: No statement. No barrel information.

ABV: 43%

Appearance: Dark straw; oily consistency; long legs.

Nose: Strong notes of fermented white grape, almost to the point of a fino sherry!

Flavor: From a delightfully powdery and … Read the rest

Pure Scot Virgin Oak 43 Blended Scotch Whisky

Distilled, matured, and bottled by Bladnoch Distillery.

Age: A nine-year-old Lowland single malt, distilled by Bladnoch, blended with malt and grain whiskies from Scotland’s several whisky regions. This is the same blend used in Pure Scot original, but then finished in virgin American oak casks and bottled at a slightly … Read the rest

Kaiyo Mizunura Oak Japanese Whisky

Maker: Kaiyo Trg Ltd, Hong Kong

Age: No statement, but aged in Mizunara oak, initially in Japan and then at sea.

ABV: 43%

Appearance: Medium amber; oily consistency; long legs.

Nose: Ship ahoy! Oak meets the sea.

Flavor: Salt and spice, supported by a well-rounded, medium-oily base, figuratively dance on … Read the rest

Silent Pool Intricately Realised Gin

Produced and bottled by Silent Pool Distillers, Surrey, England.

Featuring 24 botanicals, including cubeb, a pungent pepper berry.

Grain: No information.

ABV: 43%

Appearance: Richly viscous, with very long legs.

Nose: Mild floral notes give way to a burst of pepper.

Flavor: Medium oil, very floral, with lime and black … Read the rest

Blue Ice American Potato Vodka

Bottled by 21st Century Spirits, Rigby, Idaho.

ABV: 40%

Appearance: Long legs but not viscous.

Nose: Mild and welcoming.

Flavor: A creamy mouth, super oily right off the bat; sweet, as in corn, although this vodka is distilled from russet potatoes; redolent of coconut water, in the very … Read the rest