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My Tiny Bottles with Tammy Coxen

My Tiny Bottles with Tammy Coxen

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Tammy Coxen explores the history of hundreds of tiny vintage liquor bottles that she inherited from her grandmother.
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#49 Ouzo by Metaxa

#49 Ouzo by Metaxa

2024-02-2803:31

Oh boy, it's another tiny bottle of anise flavored liqueur. Listen in to find out who created it and why they were proud to announce it was miserable in a martini! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on ⁠https://mytinybottles.com/⁠ for photos and more. Leave a comment or follow me on ⁠Instagram⁠, ⁠Facebook ⁠or ⁠BlueSky⁠. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at ⁠https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
To tell the story of this tiny bottle of Canadian whisky, first I had to dive into the story of one of the men most responsible for making bourbon what it is today - Lewis Rosenstiel. Check out these two great links for more about the rise and fall of Rosenstiel's company, Schenley Industries. https://bourbonveach.com/2021/02/01/schenley-distillers-corporation-the-forgotten-giant-part-one/ https://bourbonveach.com/2021/02/08/schenley-distillers-corporation-the-forgotten-giant-part-two/ Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on https://mytinybottles.com/ for photos and more. Leave a comment or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or BlueSky. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
Tony is back! He was so great I had to taste two bottles with him. Tony loves all things cherry - will he love this 40 year old cherry liqueur? We find out. Check out ⁠this episode on https://mytinybottles.com/ to watch the video or read the transcript. Leave a comment or follow me on social media: https://www.instagram.com/mytinybottles/ https://www.facebook.com/mytinybottles/ https://bsky.app/profile/tammylc.bsky.social Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
#47 Polmos Wisniak

#47 Polmos Wisniak

2024-02-2003:33

It seems that everywhere cherries grow, people soak them in alcohol. And that includes Poland! This episode dives into a few of the guises of cherry liqueur, with a little side of Polish state liquor monopoly! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on https://mytinybottles.com/ for photos and more. Don't forget to follow @mytinybottles on social media! Want more? Check out my online and in-person cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/
"Give me something weird and interesting" said Tony. Tony... have I got a bottle for you. Did Bottle #46, Mandalay, fail because it was on the wrong shelf at the liquor store, as the marketing director thought? Or did it really just not taste good, like the product development firm said? We tasted it and we have opinions! Check out ⁠this episode on https://mytinybottles.com/ to watch the video or read the transcript. Leave a comment or follow me on social media: https://www.instagram.com/mytinybottles/ https://www.facebook.com/mytinybottles/ https://bsky.app/profile/tammylc.bsky.social Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
#46 Mandalay

#46 Mandalay

2024-02-1303:21

Sometimes when you hire a product development firm to design the perfect product, you get a big hit. Other times, not so much. I bet you can guess which one of those this bottle is! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on https://mytinybottles.com/ for photos and more. Don't forget to follow @mytinybottles on social media! Want more? Check out my online and in-person cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
Oh boy, it's another cream liqueur from the 1980s! Well, at least it's from an interesting brand. Myers's Rum was THE name in rum for a long time, and you'll find out why in this episode, and hear how their attempts to jump on the Bailey's train worked. For a famous brand, they were surprisingly hard to find information about, so thanks to Matt Birchard of the Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur podcast for doing some digging and providing an excellent summary! https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/episode/episode-106-myerss-rum Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on https://mytinybottles.com/ for photos and more. Don't forget to follow @mytinybottles on social media! Want more? Check out my online and in-person cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
Bottle Reveal #10

Bottle Reveal #10

2024-02-0606:16

It's another unboxing episode, and another round of "huh, I really did NOT expect Grandma to have that!" I should probably stop trying to even imagine what all might be in there! But this was a really fun bottle pick, with lots of bottles that will be fun to research and taste! Check out ⁠this episode on mytinybottles.com to watch the video or read the transcript! Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
It's another great looking bottle of blended Scotch from the 1970s! This one's named after a man described as a "Happy Hercules" and has a really fun brand history. And like my previous episode about Bell's Scotch, this is another brand that really knew how to market themselves - but in a very different way! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on https://mytinybottles.com/ for photos and more. Want more? Check out my online and in-person cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
The story of Bell's Extra Special should be in every marketing class. Find out how this bell-shaped bottle become not just Scotland’s but the UK’s bestselling blend, and controlled a whopping 35% of the market in Britain! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
When I first posted this tiny bottle of Deniset-Klainguer Grande Liqueur de Sapins (Bottle #12) one of my Instagram followers (Evan Draper, @diggingmygraves) responded by posting his tiny bottle of Deniset-Klainguer Liqueur de Genepy. So clearly these bottles were friends who needed to meet and Tammy and Evan also became friends who needed to meet and now it is finally time for the grand meeting of the liqueurs. How many shades of green can there possibly be? Check out ⁠this episode on mytinybottles.com to watch the video or read the transcript. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
#42 Dubonnet

#42 Dubonnet

2024-01-2404:42

Bottle #42 is Dubonnet, a liqueur that's sometimes French and sometimes American. Find out how it started out as medicine for French Legionnaires and ended as a favorite of British queens! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
For this tasting I was joined by Kara Newman, a long-time friend who is also a cocktail and spirits writer and author. We had a fun time opening up Bottle #18 - The Original Canton Delicate Ginger Liqueur. Check out ⁠this episode on mytinybottles.com to watch the video or read the transcript. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
Bottle #41 is Christian Brothers brandy. Today, this American brandy is a perfectly adequate bottom shelf brand, but it has a fascinating history. Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
#40 Tia Maria

#40 Tia Maria

2024-01-1204:20

It's a great old bottle of a classic coffee liqueur, complete with dueling origin stories, commercials featuring 80s supermodel Iman, and a series of transformations! Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
Bottle Reveal #9

Bottle Reveal #9

2024-01-1004:50

I got pretty excited about this set of bottles that feature sun ripened... something I couldn't read, and a bottle with a great looking label with a guy on a horse. Plus some not-the-usual bottles from some famous names. Check out ⁠this episode on mytinybottles.com to watch the video or read the transcript! Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
I'm joined by dear friends and meadmakers Matt Ritchey and Lauren Bloom from Bløm Meadworks to taste my bigger-than-usual tiny bottle of 1980s Polish fruit mead. Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com to watch the video or read the transcript! Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
#39 Wawel Mead

#39 Wawel Mead

2024-01-0304:04

Thanks to the help of a Polish friend I was able to unlock the story of this extra-large tiny bottle of Polish mead from the 1980s. It's got a gorgeous label, a mystery exporter, and a shoutout in the US Congressional Record from 1968! What's not to like? Check out ⁠this bottle⁠ on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
If my research is right, this might actually have been the first white chocolate liqueur on the market! Find out what else I learned about this late 1990s bottle of (now mostly solid) cream liqueur from Cognac maker Godet. Check out this bottle on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
It's not just a tiny bottle, it's a musical instrument! In this episode you'll find out all about that and how this bottle of anis is connected to Charles Darwin and French perfume. Check out this bottle on mytinybottles.com for photos and more. Want more? Check out my cocktail classes at ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠https://www.tammystastings.com/⁠⁠⁠
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