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Yamazaki 18 Year Japanese Whisky Review

Yamazaki 18 Year Japanese Whisky Review

Pouring the hot water into whisky, the fragrance suddenly rises in the light of a cold white morning. Lines from a poem by Japanese naturalist Bokusui Wakayama, reflecting on his oyuwari–a drink akin to a hot toddy–as he enjoyed it one cold winter morning. It struck me… read more →

Review: Son Tinh Vietnamese Liqueurs

Review: Son Tinh Vietnamese Liqueurs

Awhile back, we received an intriguing wooden crate from Vietnam. One that was nailed shut, required a crow bar to open and, much to our delight, contained six liqueurs that were heretofore unknown to us. Turns out, Son Tinh is producing 12 products ranging from clear spirits to herbal and…read more →

A Look at Monkey47 Gin

A Look at Monkey47 Gin

I’ve never been a huge fan of monkeys, little troublemakers that they are. But fortunately, in the drinks world, monkey is becoming code for delicious. At least, it was on Wednesday when I had the pleasure of sipping a Monkey Gland cocktail featuring Monkey47 Gin at Monkey Bar in New…read more →

Old Pulteney Navigator Scotch Whisky Review

Old Pulteney Navigator Scotch Whisky Review

Old Pulteney produces a range of single malt scotch whiskies, from the introductory 12 Year to the just-released 35 Year. And occasionally, the brand puts out limited edition offerings, like this bottle of Old Pulteney Navigator that hit the market in the fall of 2013 and recently crossed our desk.…read more →

Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Whisky Review

Hakushu 12 Year Old Japanese Whisky Review

At the beginning of this series, I mentioned receiving a bottle of Hakushu 12 from Cocktail Enthusiast two years ago. Below is the review I wrote. I think it deserves to be revisited, not only because I have revisited the spirit myself, but also to reflect on the context of the time it was written… read more →

Brockmans Gin Review

Brockmans Gin Review

The newest gin to cross our desk is called Brockmans, and it’s billed as an “intensely smooth, premium gin” that’s made with a unique blend of botanicals. Now, if “intensely smooth” sounds confusing and somewhat contradictory, well, we agree. But it’s a claim that piqued our curiosity, and so here…read more →