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Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka Review

Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka Review

We hope you like cucumbers. Or, to be more specific, Prairie Organic hopes you do. The brand produces a small portfolio of gins and vodkas made with organic ingredients, and one of those happens to be a cucumber flavored vodka. Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka offers a powerful, fresh whiff of…read more →

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin Review

Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin Review

Irish craft distiller Glendalough may be best known for its whiskeys, but the brand’s gin made landfall on American shores this June. Its full name is Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin, and that fanciful moniker appears to be well-earned. According to Glendalough, the botanicals used in the gin are foraged from…read more →

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

The 4th of July is now in our rearview, but that’s no reason to stop appreciating one of America’s greatest contributions to global civilization: bourbon whiskey. Adding to that storied legacy is Redemption’s Wheated Bourbon. This new limited-edition offering is notable for its mash bill, which contains a whopping 45%…read more →

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers hails from Michigan, and they want you to know it. Their wide assortment of spirits—which includes gins, vodkas, aquavits and more—is made using locally sourced ingredients from West Michigan. West Michigan must be a great place to produce gin, as the brand currently offers three varieties: Dry Gin,…read more →

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

“Severed heads.” “Servants of Odin.” “Ghostly Armies.” Did these phrases come from the liner notes of a Viking metal album? No, they actually appear on the box holding Highland Park’s Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch, the first of three new Viking Legend releases from the Scottish distiller. Highland Park is located…read more →

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Tequila Blanco comes from Mexico’s Tequila Valley which, unsurprisingly, has a rich tradition of making good tequila. This specific spirit pours clear in the glass, with agave and lime peel on the nose. It begins soft, light and cool on the palate, with notes of charcoal followed by…read more →

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Once described by George Orwell as “most un-get-at-able,” the Isle of Jura is a remote place in a country that prizes remoteness. The isle, which sits only a few miles from Scotland, has just 200 residents, one road, one pub, and importantly for our purposes, one distillery. The Jura distillery…read more →

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Sugarlands Distilling Co, located in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is primarily known for its colorful range of flavored and unflavored moonshines. But Sugarlands has stealthily been at work producing a rye whiskey that is distilled, aged, and barreled on the property. That rye whiskey is Roaming Man, and…read more →

Wild Roots Marionberry Infused Vodka Review

Wild Roots Marionberry Infused Vodka Review

Wild Roots Spirits hails from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and uses the abundance of local fruit to make naturally infused vodkas. They currently offer six spirits: Apple & Cinnamon Infused Vodka, Raspberry Infused Vodka, Marionberry Infused Vodka, Pear Infused Vodka, Cranberry Infused Vodka and Dark Sweet Cherry Infused Vodka. The base…read more →

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Irish Whiskey Review

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Irish Whiskey Review

The Tyrconnell, an Irish whiskey that takes its name from a racing horse, has been at it since 1876. A scant 140 years later, they decided to release a limited edition 16 year. Like the classic Tyrconnell, a single malt that features no age statement, Tyrconnell 16 is made in…read more →

Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac Review

Martell VS Single Distillery Cognac Review

The House of Martell, that three-hundred-year-old veteran of the cognac industry, has a new offering drawn from a single distillation source: the aptly named Martell VS Single Distillery. This new cognac pours a rich, reddish-brown in the glass and has sour cherry and stone fruit on the nose. It’s a…read more →

Cráneo Mezcal Review

Cráneo Mezcal Review

Cráneo is an organic mezcal produced by 123 Spirits, the makers of the 123 Organic Tequila line. It exists outside the main line, acting as a sort of sister product to the tequila. And last week, I had the opportunity to taste it at their distribution center in Everett, Massachusetts.…read more →

C Carrot Spirit Review

C Carrot Spirit Review

Easter may have passed, but that doesn’t negate the need for a liquor made from 100% carrots. C Carrot Spirit comes from Boardroom Spirits, a Lansdale, Pennsylvania-based distiller making unique spirits based on Hungarian-style fruit brandies. We’ve previously reviewed their B Beet Spirit. C pours clear in the glass, and…read more →

Talking Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Gin with Carl Nolet, Jr.

Talking Ketel One Vodka and Nolet’s Gin with Carl Nolet, Jr.

Ketel One is an anagram? That’s just one of the things we learned while sitting down with Carl Nolet Jr. over Bloody Marys at last month’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Nolet Spirits, which produces Ketel One Vodka, traces its origins back to 1691: Carl represents the 11th generation of Nolets to…read more →

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Review

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin Review

Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin is precisely what it sounds like: Bluecoat Gin finished in charred American oak barrels. The finish gives it a light gold color. On the nose it’s heavy with juniper, as well as bubblegum and a spicy, incense-like oak aroma. The strongest and most immediate tasting notes…read more →

Vivacity Turkish Coffee Liqueur Review

Vivacity Turkish Coffee Liqueur Review

Leave it to the Pacific Northwest to roll out a Turkish coffee liqueur. The bottle in question (pictured at left) comes from Oregon’s Vivacity Spirits, which touts itself as one of the few female-owned distilleries in the nation. First, a shout-out to the branding. The label features a vintage-looking Istanbul…read more →

Thirst Boston 2017 Is Almost Here

Thirst Boston 2017 Is Almost Here

New England, we hope you’re parched. Because Thirst Boston is returning to its namesake city for a fourth time, running from April 28th-30th. Its schedule of seminars is now online, and some of this year’s more interesting events include a hands-on lesson in Japanese ice carving from Suntory Brand Ambassador…read more →

Putnam New England Rye Whiskey Review

Putnam New England Rye Whiskey Review

Putnam New England Rye Whiskey comes courtesy of Boston Harbor Distillery, which set up shop in said harbor in 2015. Fitting for its location, the brand is steeped in history. It’s located inside a brick building first built in 1859, and the many businesses it hosted over the years have…read more →

The Lost Distillery Company Benachie Whisky Review

The Lost Distillery Company Benachie Whisky Review

The Lost Distillery Company is doing something decidedly different: using single malts to create blends that evoke the whiskies once made by long-vanished Scottish producers. You can see our Towiemore Whiskey review for a more thorough introduction to the brand. The Lost Distillery Company’s Benachie blend attempts to recall the…read more →

Lost Distillery Towiemore Classic Selection Whisky Review

Lost Distillery Towiemore Classic Selection Whisky Review

What black magic can bring a scotch back from the dead? If we’re to believe the methods of The Lost Distillery Company, such spirit summoning doesn’t require magic at all. All it needs is meticulous research and some expert advice. Co-founders Brian Woods and Scott Watson established The Lost Distillery…read more →