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Hi.

I'm Bri Garbani, a designer + photographer living in San Diego, California. It's here that I express my passion for dogs, design + DIY through writing + photography. If you like what you see, you'll want to check back often as I have a constant need to create + Native Blonde is my prime creative outlet.

Women + Whisk{e}y

Women + Whisk{e}y

Pull out a bottle of whiskey around women and the result can generally feel like a fifties time warp… but not with this girl!  As women, our more astute palates make us ideal candidates for sampling the incredible variety and rich nuances of whiskey.  After personally tasting a handful of amber hued cocktails that had pleased my taste buds tremendously, I decided to treat myself to a distillery tour and tasting with the goal of gaining more knowledge on the subject, to be comfortable talking about it and purchasing a spirit that has traditionally been marketed and advertised toward men.  It’s been a little over two years since my visit to Firestone & Robinson Distilling Co. and to this day it is still my preferred producer.  Everything about their process, the facility, their packaging and of course the taste had me sold.

This North Texas premiere whiskey distillery was recently awarded “Best American Craft Whiskey” (San Francisco World Spirits Competition) for its TX Blended Whiskey, my absolute favorite product that Firestone & Robinson makes.  With a complex spectrum of fragrance and flavor that mixes well and can also stand alone, TX Whiskey is, in my opinion, a masterpiece in liquid form.

Blenders' Tasting Notes:

Color: Auburn
Nose: Vanilla bean, oak and pear
Taste: Honey butter, banana, caramel and coffee
Finish: Long, smooth and slightly sweet
Proof: 82

Have you ever wondered why whiskey has been seen spelled two different ways?  Here’s a quick lesson, Whisk(e)y 101, if you will.

No matter how you spell it, whisk(e)y is an umbrella term for a type of spirit distilled from a mash of fermented grains. Within this broad category, there are many sub-categories including bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Scotch, Canadian, American and more.  The manufacturer of each of these styles is guided and regulated by the government of the spirit’s country of origin and as a result this produces the variety available on the market today.

American and Irish liquor producers prefer the spelling Whiskey, while Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese producers favor (or should I say, favour) Whisky. An easy way to remember how some of the world’s biggest producers spell their product is by whether or not the country has an ‘E’ in their name.  For example, The United States and Ireland spell it as Whiskey yet Canada, Scotland and Japan spell it as Whisky.

Interesting, right?  At this point you might be happy to just enjoy a glass of the good stuff no matter how it’s spelled – time for a drink!  And as you're sipping away, enjoy my photo journal of the tour I took at Firestone & Robinson Distillery.  But be warned, it may inspire you to plan a trip to Cow Town (that’s what us Texan folk call Fort Worth) to stock up your liquor cabinet right away.  Cheers!

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Dog Surfing Competition

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