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Louis XIII Cognac Review

Louis XIII Cognac Review

Louis XIII Cognac is the flagship product from the House of Rémy Martin. It is an ultra-premium cognac, and has been a symbol of wealth and luxury for many generations. The cognac comes housed in unique, handmade crystal decanters—individually numbered, so no two are exactly identical. Louis XIII is made…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 →

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin comes from California’s Humboldt Craft Spirits, the guys behind Blue Lake Vodka and Redwood Rye. The independently-owned distillery makes all of its products from scratch, by hand, one batch at a time, and from grains sourced throughout the Pacific Northwest. Little River Gin is made from a…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 →

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 →