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Author: Eric Twardzik

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 →

Tubi 60 Review

Tubi 60 Review

So, what the hell is Tubi 60? That’s the question I asked myself as I unboxed a mysterious bottle filled with a cloudy, amber-colored liquid, complete with a plain label that pictured a dove flying off with some sort of fruit. The combination of the homely bottle and unfiltered-looking spirit…read more →

LEAF Organic Vodka Review

LEAF Organic Vodka Review

Organic. Non-GMO. I’ve long grown accustomed to seeing those words in the bread aisle. But at the liquor store? Not so much. Both words feature prominently on the bottling of LEAF Organic Vodka, a relatively new offering from the makers of Khortytsa Vodka. The brand currently sells two different varieties,…read more →

Diplomatico Planas Rum Review

Diplomatico Planas Rum Review

There’s something about dodging snow drifts for a week straight that puts you in a rum drinking mood. Perhaps it’s the tropical environs evoked by a sip of the distilled molasses beverage: or more likely, it’s just a nice way to take the edge off during the February blues. Last…read more →

Whisky Japan: The Essential Guide to the World’s Most Exotic Whisky

Whisky Japan: The Essential Guide to the World’s Most Exotic Whisky

When it comes to American whiskey, Irish whiskey, or Scotch, scribes have had centuries to tell their tales. But Japanese whisky, which was all but unknown to Western drinkers before the 21st century, presents a yawning information gap in desperate need of demystification. Fortunately, English writer Dominic Roskrow has stepped…read more →

Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Review

Diplomatico Mantuano Rum Review

As far as names for new rum expressions go, “A local nobleman” is one to beat. That’s the English translation of “Mantuano,” the title given to one of the two new rums launching this month as part of Diplomático’s new Tradition Range. Mantuano’s bottle bears the snazzy image of Venezuelan…read more →

Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend Tequila Review

Blue Nectar Añejo Founder’s Blend Tequila Review

If you want to attach the word “founder,” to a bottle, you want it to look stately. Blue Nectar Tequila certainly hit that mark when it came to designing the vessel for Founder’s Blend, the añejo tequila sitting at the top of their lineup. The squat glass rectangle features a…read more →

Highland Park Fire Edition Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Fire Edition Scotch Whisky Review

When I was six years old, I checked a book on Norse mythology out of my local library and made my mom read the entire book to me. This episode is burned into my mind because of the trauma it caused: once my mom completed the chapter on Ragnarok, the…read more →

Rutte Gin Review

Rutte Gin Review

I spent my college study abroad period in the Netherlands, and spent one miraculously exam-free day during finals week on the train to The Hague, disembarking to investigate any interesting towns along the way. That’s how I ended up in Dordrecht for perhaps two hours, where I mostly recall admiring…read more →

Kohler Original Recipe Dark Chocolate Brandy Review

Kohler Original Recipe Dark Chocolate Brandy Review

It’s not everyday that you receive an email solicitation from a plumbing manufacturer asking you to sample their new chocolate brandy. So when I received that exact offer from Kohler Co., I was way too curious to turn down a chance at Kohler Original Recipe Dark Chocolate Brandy. Now, most…read more →

Land of the Rising Suntory

Land of the Rising Suntory

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Japan with my two brothers. We stuck to a fairly conventional route during our two week sojourn: Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka. But there was one detour we couldn’t miss: the Yamazaki Distillery. It was just a 20 minute train ride from Kyoto station, conveniently en…read more →

Dragon Dance Gin Review

Dragon Dance Gin Review

Dragon Dance may sound like a power metal band, but it’s actually a jalapeño-infused gin. And according to its maker, Pennsylvania’s Revivalist Distillery, it’s the very first of its kind. Dragon Dance Gin is clear in appearance, and has a nose ripe with pepper. Those expecting a no-holds-barred blast of…read more →

Brainville Rye Whiskey Review

Brainville Rye Whiskey Review

Do you realize… that a Flaming Lips rye exists? Sorry. Had to do it. Anyway, it really exists. Brainville Rye is a collaboration between the psychedelic rockers and Illinois-based FEW Spirits, and features fittingly psychedelic bottle art by Justin Helton. At 80 proof it’s slightly more mellow than other ryes…read more →

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

The Bitter Truth Pink Gin Review

It’s said that sailors first began the practice of mixing bitters with gin to cure seasickness (or, more likely, to get toasted on the job). In today’s world, we have The Bitter Truth. The decade-old German company, known primarily for its bitters, also produces a gin blended with aromatic bitters…read more →

B Beet Spirit Review

B Beet Spirit Review

Thanksgiving is nigh: meaning it’s as good a time as any to talk about clear brandy made entirely from root vegetables. B is a new product of Boardroom Spirits, a distillery hailing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. B is Boardroom Spirits’s take on Pálinka, a class of traditional fruit brandies native to…read more →

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Glen Grant 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

You may get a whiff of Glen Grant 18’s hype before you open the bottle: it was recently named the second best whisky in the world by the 2017 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. Glen Grant 18 is light gold in color. The whisky’s aromas are fruity and pleasant,…read more →

Braulio Amaro Review

Braulio Amaro Review

Being an admirer of food and drink, there’s a soft spot in my heart for all things amari. So it’s been my pleasure to take a crack at Braulio, an “Amaro Alpino” named for Italy’s majestic Mount Braulio. Created by a pharmacist in 1875, Braulio’s recipe calls for a blend…read more →

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition Japanese Whisky Review

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition Japanese Whisky Review

Yamazaki has had an interest in sherry since long before its Sherry Cask 2016 hit shelves. Sherry cask whiskey has been part of the distillery’s lineup since 1924, and the experience shows. This Yamazaki Sherry Cask single malt has a deep, reddish-brown hue, unsurprising considering its finish in an Oloroso…read more →

Martell Blue Swift Review

Martell Blue Swift Review

Martell was the first French cognac house to ship its product to America, way back in 1783. Now, 233 years later, they’re doing us another solid by finishing their 100% VSOP French cognac in American bourbon barrels to make a little something called Martell Blue Swift. The spirit itself is…read more →

Partying in Vegas Like It’s 1893

Partying in Vegas Like It’s 1893

When it comes to mixing spirits with cola, most think of spiking the latter with a little whiskey and stopping there. But the imbibing world may be in for a change, courtesy of a tall, slim can called 1893. 1893 is a new cola from the makers of Pepsi, and…read more →