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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 →

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 →

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition Japanese Whisky Review

Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 Edition Japanese Whisky Review

Yamazaki has had an interest in sherry since long before its Sherry Cask 2016 hit shelves. Sherry cask whiskey has been part of the distillery’s lineup since 1924, and the experience shows. This Yamazaki Sherry Cask single malt has a deep, reddish-brown hue, unsurprising considering its finish in an Oloroso…read more →

Martell Blue Swift Review

Martell Blue Swift Review

Martell was the first French cognac house to ship its product to America, way back in 1783. Now, 233 years later, they’re doing us another solid by finishing their 100% VSOP French cognac in American bourbon barrels to make a little something called Martell Blue Swift. The spirit itself is…read more →

Suntory Whisky Toki Review

Suntory Whisky Toki Review

We’ve been entangled in a pretty serious love affair with Japanese whisky for many years. And just when things start to look stagnant, and we consider moving on in search of some other exciting elixir, we’re met with something new. In this case, that something is Suntory Whisky Toki, the…read more →

Glen Grant 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Glen Grant 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

You don’t just become an “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” for nothing. This honor was recently afforded by Queen Elizabeth to Dennis Malcom, the master distiller behind Glen Grant, and it’s fair to say that he’s worked at it. This summer the Speyside distillery released…read more →

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

Another year, another Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. Each September, to honor founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday, Old Forester releases a limited-edition, 12-year old vintage-dated expression. It’s always a fun exercise to taste the new whiskey and compare notes with previous years. But mostly to taste it. So that’s exactly what…read more →

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Colorado-based Leopold Bros. distillery is something of a trailblazer in the world of gin. Their American small batch gin, originally released in 2001, was at the leading edge of the “American gin” movement, eschewing the juniper-forward style of London dry gins in favor of a more subtle, herbal character that’s…read more →

Gem & Bolt Mezcal Review

Gem & Bolt Mezcal Review

Gem & Bolt’s unique packaging is no accident. The female co-founders of this new mezcal brand are artists, and they’ve clearly left their mark on the bottle—and more. Gem & Bolt claims to be the first available mezcal made with damiana, a Mexican herb renowned for its healing properties and…read more →

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

The closest we’ll ever get to having a calendar made purely of gin may just be the Revivalist Botanical series, a new portfolio of gins from Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Branch Distillers that draws inspiration from the four seasons. But rather than rolling them out seasonally, each Revivalist gin will be available…read more →

Kimo Sabe Joven Mezcal Review

Kimo Sabe Joven Mezcal Review

Kimo Sabe Mezcal is a relatively new entrant to the market, first appearing in 2015 and then gaining some recognition this year for winning a gold medal and “Best of Class International Specialty Spirit” from the American Distilling Institute. The brand is currently producing three expressions–joven, reposado and anejo–each from…read more →