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Papa’s Pilar Sherry Cask Finished Rum Review

Papa’s Pilar Sherry Cask Finished Rum Review

The man retrieved a bottle of Papa’s Pilar Sherry Cask from his shelf. It was rum. Rum was good and the man liked drinking it and he liked writing about it. Pilar had been the name of Ernest Hemingway’s boat. Ernest Hemingway had liked rum. This was a blend of…read more →

Stranahan’s Snowflake 2017 Quandary Peak Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Snowflake 2017 Quandary Peak Whiskey Review

Not every whiskey is heralded by an overnight, alcohol-fueled outdoor sleepover upon its release, but Stranahan’s Snowflake is not every whiskey. The annual release of the spirit has become a major event for the Denver-based Distillery, which invited me to experience the most recent Snowflake release on December 2. 2017’s…read more →

Healthy Cocktails to Start the New Year

Healthy Cocktails to Start the New Year

New Year, new opportunity to do a few things differently this time around. That’s assuming you want to, of course. If you really nailed 2017 or otherwise have things figured out, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’d like to make a few positive changes in…read more →

New Year’s Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2018

New Year’s Eve Cocktails to Ring in 2018

New Year’s Eve. It’s a crapshoot, and when it goes wrong, it can go very, very wrong. But at its best, it’s a Champagne-fueled celebration of what was and what shall be. Or something. Either way, you’re going to need good drinks. For that, try one of these New Year’s…read more →

Holiday Cocktails With El Guapo Bitters

Holiday Cocktails With El Guapo Bitters

Holiday-themed drinking is upon us, yet man cannot (and definitely should not) live on eggnog alone. Anyone looking to expand their yuletide tippling beyond eggy punches has an ally in the form of El Guapo, a Louisiana-based maker of syrups and tonics. El Guapo has a released a Holiday 2017…read more →

5 Christmas Cocktails for Your Festive Drinking Needs

5 Christmas Cocktails for Your Festive Drinking Needs

You look like you could use a drink. Maybe it’s the last-minute shopping for gifts, or the influx of relatives who’ve just turned your house into a crowded hotel. Or maybe you just want to hoist something merry beside a roaring fire while toasting to your loved ones. Either way,…read more →

Jameson the Blender’s Dog Irish Whiskey Review

Jameson the Blender’s Dog Irish Whiskey Review

Jameson The Blender’s Dog is the second in a three-part “Whiskey Maker Series” from the classic Irish whiskey brand. We’re sorry to disappoint animal lovers, but that “Dog” in the title doesn’t refer to a loyal pooch: rather, it’s a reference to the copper tube used by distillers to sample…read more →

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut Bourbon Review

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut Bourbon Review

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is the newest offering from the powerhouse Kentucky bourbon distillery. It’s bottled at 100-proof, aged 5-6 years and not chill filtered–all things that make Distiller’s Cut a bolder, more flavorful option than the flagship white labeled Jim Beam. After aging, bourbons are typically “chill filtered,” which…read more →

By the Dutch Batavia Arrack Review

By the Dutch Batavia Arrack Review

We’ll start by saying what Batavia Arrack isn’t: rum. Well, not exactly. This obscure spirit is like a distant cousin of rum, made with both molasses and rice. It originated in Indonesia, back when that island nation was a Dutch colony and Jakarta went by another name, Batavia. You’ll notice…read more →

Koskenkorva Vodka Review

Koskenkorva Vodka Review

Koskenkorva is a Finnish vodka that hit U.S. shores over the summer. It’s distilled in a same-named village of just 2,100 inhabitants, and produced from the northernmost-growing barley in the world. The simple but attractive bottle features a wooden top and a rustic village scene. On the nose, you’ll find…read more →

Bedtime Bourbon Review

Bedtime Bourbon Review

Bedtime Bourbon is the first release from The Louisville Bourbon Company, a new, non-distilling whiskey producer based in Kentucky. The spirit was launched on October 31, 2017, with a 840-bottle run limited to its home state. The juice itself is an 8-year-old straight bourbon sourced from Tennessee, but proofed and…read more →

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey, the latest expression from the Colorado-based distiller, was created by finishing their four-year-old Rocky Mountain Single Malt in Oloroso Sherry barrels. It has a dark amber color and a sweet nose containing raisins, green apple, vanilla and nutmeg. It opens sweet on the palate with raisin…read more →

Afrohead 7 Year Rum Review

Afrohead 7 Year Rum Review

Afrohead Rum may have one of the most literal labels I’ve encountered: a highly stylized woman with a magnificent, crowned afro with curls that expand outward in every direction. As far as liquor bottle logos go, it’s pretty great. This seven-year-old spirit is made from molasses chiefly sourced in the…read more →

Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

This week, your pumpkin pie consumption is likely to increase about 600%. And that’s just counting the traditional variety of actual, edible pies. But let’s not discount the liquid kind. Because that, plus your proclivities for spiking everything in sight, can really come in handy this time of year. But…read more →

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

Hennessy Paradis Impérial was created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux in 2011. The brandies that make it into the final blend are sourced from one of the oldest libraries of eaux de vie in the world. And only 10 out of 10,000 eaux de vie of any given vintage…read more →

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

It’s for the environment. That’s what you can tell yourself when pour an extra glass of Reservas de la Biosfera, a new limited-release mezcal from Mezcales de Leyenda. Reserves de la Biosfera is one of four new releases, each of which benefit a specific environmental or social cause. In this…read more →

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Ireland’s Kilbeggan Distillery has no shortage of history. Founded in 1757, it’s recognized as the Emerald Island’s oldest licensed distillery. Its recent history, however, is filled with stops and starts. American prohibition and general economic depression led to its closure, and then, after a series of sales, the brand was…read more →

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

We’re a few years removed from the days of “Do you know Japan makes whisky?” But the days of “Do you know Japan makes gin?” are just beginning. This September, Nikka, one of the two Japanese whisky greats, debuted its gin and vodka in select markets stateside. These spirits, respectively…read more →

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

If you’re nursing a Halloween hangover, there’s no better way to get moving than with a cocktail. And since today happens to be Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, you’ve got a built-in excuse for doing just that. We’re naturally going with tequila to observe this Mexican…read more →

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

The latest season of Game of Thrones may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break out this White Walker cocktail inspired by the show. Because White Walkers are scary, and it’s Halloween time. This drink comes from Hemant Pathak at Junoon restaurant in NYC. Starting with a base of…read more →