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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 →

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review

Last month we heralded the arrival of Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, the first such offering from the popular bourbon maker. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand and are taking it for a spin. Basil Hayden’s Rye is actually a blend of two whiskeys. The first is a four-year-old traditional…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 →

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 →

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

Ancho Reyes Verde Review

You might know Ancho Reyes. It’s the sweet and spicy poblano chile liqueur that’s a natural companion to agave spirits. Ancho Reyes Verde is similar, in that it’s made from those same poblano chiles. But where the former uses sun-dried peppers (known as ancho chiles), the verde version uses early-harvest…read more →

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

WhistlePig FarmStock Rye Whiskey Review

A few weeks back, we wrote about WhistlePig FarmStock Rye, the brand’s first release to include whiskey distilled, aged and bottled on its Vermont farm. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand… WhistlePig FarmStock is composed of three whiskeys, and together, they make for a tasty trio. The mashbill goes…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 →

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX Scotch Whisky Review

Glenfiddich Project XX is part of the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, which inspires unusual and unexpected whiskies. Newly launched in the U.S., Project XX (pronounced “twenty”) is the result of a collaboration between Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, and 20 whisky experts from 16 countries around the world. Each selected a…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 →

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 →

Zephyr Gin Review

Zephyr Gin Review

“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries.” You can attribute that to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and chalk it up as one of the stranger insults we’ve heard. But apparently, some people find the smell of elderberries offensive–though to be fair, in this case,…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 →

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 →