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Private Club Vodka Review

Private Club Vodka Review

Private Club Vodka is a relatively new entrant to the crowded vodka market. It’s made from American corn, distilled four times and bottled in Rochester, NY–and that New York theme runs through the packaging, with a gold Empire State Building emblazoned on the white bottle. It comes from Empire Spirits…read more →

Grant’s Ale Cask Finish: a New Whisky Aged in Beer Barrels

Grant’s Ale Cask Finish: a New Whisky Aged in Beer Barrels

William Grant & Sons has something new: Grant’s Ale Cask Finish, a whisky that, according to the brand, is the first blended scotch to be finished in ale casks. Led by Master Blender Brian Kinsman, Grant’s worked with a small Scottish brewery to season barrels with beer, after which Grant’s…read more →

The Oak Bottle People Are Making an Oak Tumbler Now

The Oak Bottle People Are Making an Oak Tumbler Now

If you want to impact spirits with wood, you could go the traditional route–which is to put said spirit into an oak cask and let it sit there awhile. Maybe a few month like a reposado tequila. Maybe four to seven years like many bourbons. Or perhaps as many as…read more →

Five Spring Cocktails for Drinking Right Now

Five Spring Cocktails for Drinking Right Now

Spring has officially sprung, so now’s the time that we shift our attention away from hot toddies, Irish coffees and other cold weather staples and begin to embrace refreshing spring cocktails. Drinks made with gin and garnished with flowers. Or drinks that just evoke the season in all their invigorating,…read more →

Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse Whiskey Review

Orphan Barrel The Gifted Horse Whiskey Review

The Gifted Horse is the latest release from The Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co., an enterprise that rescues forgotten barrels of whiskey and bottles them. In this case, The Gifted Horse is purportedly a mistake–the result of a 17-year-old whiskey being accidentally mixed with much younger whiskeys. Whether that’s believable…read more →

Tasting The Macallan Edition No. 1

Tasting The Macallan Edition No. 1

I was recently invited into the Edrington Group offices to sample the latest release from The Macallan. Dubbed The Macallan Edition No. 1, this is the first release in a series that will see new whiskies released annually. Edition No. 1 is drawn from eight different styles of oak casks–seven…read more →

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

San Francisco-based Distillery No. 209 has a lot of things going for it, starting with some legitimate history–the original 209, at a winery in St. Helena, California, dates back to 1882. The owners, as you might expect, have some background in the wine business. They own Rudd Oakville Estate Winery…read more →

Humboldt Distillery Launches Cannabis Infused Vodka

Humboldt Distillery Launches Cannabis Infused Vodka

Humboldt Distillery–the small northern California brand behind a handful of spirits including organic vodka, spiced rum and brandy–has just released Humboldt’s Finest, a cannabis infused vodka. That’s right, cannabis. The small batch, 80-proof vodka is made with Oregon-grown hemp seed (otherwise known as cannabis sativa), but before you rush to…read more →

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and soon the streets will run green with beer and the hordes of people drinking it. But there is a better way. Namely, to drink better drinks, like these St. Patrick’s Day cocktails sporting Irish whiskeys, Irish creams and absolutely zero green beer. So…read more →

The Pogues Irish Whiskey Review

The Pogues Irish Whiskey Review

You might know The Pogues as a Celtic punk band that was big in the ’80s and ’90s. But now, you can know the Pogues as whiskey people, because they’ve just released The Pogues Irish Whiskey. Having consumed their share of whiskey over the years, the band was involved in…read more →