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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 →

Limeburners Single Malt Port Cask Whisky Review

Limeburners Single Malt Port Cask Whisky Review

Having a friend in Western Australia has its perks. Because even though it’s on the opposite side of the world (from Cocktail Enthusiast HQ), such a locale can bring access to spirits that would otherwise stay off our radar. Spirits like those made by the Great Southern Distillery Co. In…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 →

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 →

Ghost Tequila Review

Ghost Tequila Review

I’m old enough to remember a day when if you wanted a hot pepper-infused tequila, you had to infuse the damn tequila with the damn peppers yourself. Oh, the burden. Now, any liquor store worth it’s… well, it’s liquor, likely stocks an array of hot-pepper agave spirits. Until now, they’ve…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 →

Havana Club Añejo Clásico Puerto Rican Rum Review

Havana Club Añejo Clásico Puerto Rican Rum Review

Hey, new Havana Club rum… with the word “Puerto Rican” on the bottle. You’re excused for any possible confusion. See, even though most drinkers know Havana Club as a Cuban brand, Puerto Rico-based Bacardi owns the U.S. rights to the brand name. Hence, two different rums sharing the same name.…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 →