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Don Papa Rum Review

Don Papa Rum Review

When it comes to rum, you can’t let the Western Hemisphere have all the fun. Shoring up that gap is Don Papa, a dark rum from the Philippines that is just making landfall in the United States. We shouldn’t be surprised that the Pacific island nation is making rum: turns…read more →

Purus Vodka Review

Purus Vodka Review

As a general rule, most everything the Italians make is pretty. This maxim also applies to vodka. Purus Vodka, which hails from the peninsula’s Piedmont region, comes in a bottle with a long, sinuous, asymmetrical neck. It looks like something your investment banker friend would use to store olive oil.…read more →

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

To say that Bar High Five comes highly recommended is a whopper of an understatement. The Tokyo cocktail den has become a permanent fixture on international best-of lists, and achieved household name-status among bartenders the world over. So on a recent trip to Japan, my two brothers and I decided…read more →

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

When discussing a bottle of booze like Courvoisier’s L’Essence, one must, almost out of necessity, begin with matters like its scarcity and its cost. So let’s just get that out of the way: the legendary cognac house releases only about 3,000 bottles of it per year, and a 750ml bottle…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is the final culmination of a product cycle that included an unaged rye, a rested rye, and a single barrel offering. Now, Jack is ready to debut the finished product, which will hit shelves in October. The new rye sports a grain bill that is 70%…read more →

Welcome to the Ice Dojo

Welcome to the Ice Dojo

Japan has no shortage of natural wonders. But for cocktail enthusiasts, one stands out in particular: the baseball-sized, hand-carved ice spheres that chill libations in every bar from Sapporo to Osaka. In April I attended a class at Thirst Boston entitled “Welcome to the Ice Dojo” with the high hopes…read more →

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

The Bitter Truth, the lauded German producer of cocktail bitters, has finally freed the olive. Previously, their olive bitters were only available in a 20mL size as part of the The Bitter Truth Bar Pack. But in April the brand acquiesced to demand and released it in a full 200mL…read more →

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

When it comes to whiskey, America’s least inhabited state punches far above its population density. The latest evidence of this is Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask, a limited edition bourbon that launched earlier this year. To create the release, Wyoming Whiskey finished their five-year-old bourbon in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The…read more →

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Here’s some exciting news. The Nikka Whisky Distilling Company, known for producing some delightful Japanese whiskies, will soon be introducing a gin and vodka. Dubbed Nikka Coffey Gin and Nikka Coffey Vodka, the new spirits will be distributed by Anchor Distilling Company and hit shelves this fall. To be clear,…read more →

Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Drake—yes, that Drake—has made a whiskey. It’s called Virginia Black, and it comes in a bottle that vaguely resembles a vessel for holding perfume. The spirit was made by blending a collection of two, three and four-year-old bourbons. The spirits were distilled in Indiana, and the words “Not From Virginia” appear…read more →

Viva XXXII Tequila Reviews

Viva XXXII Tequila Reviews

Brush up on your Roman numerals, because there’s a new tequila in town: Viva XXXII. The Los Angeles-based maker receives its spirit from a distillery in Tequila, Mexico, using blue agave harvested from fields owned by Viva XXXII. It currently produces joven and reposado varieties. The owner of the brand…read more →

307 Vodka Eclipse Edition Review

307 Vodka Eclipse Edition Review

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout the entire United States for the first time since 1918. You may want to witness this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic wonder with a drink in hand. Enter Wyoming’s Backwards Distilling, which has released a limited Eclipse Edition of its 307 Vodka.…read more →

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are a new release from the company behind Scrappy’s Bitters. The trio of canned cocktails is comprised of classic drinks–the Bramble, Daiquiri and Paloma–each made with real spirits and canned at 30psi, which is champagne-level carbonation. The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by a 1700s sailor term, “half–seas…read more →

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

This scotch cocktail comes from the mind of Greg Buda, Director of Education at the Dead Rabbit, one of the world’s best watering holes. Beginning with a base of Jura 10, which is soft and full of fruit, the Whirlpool gets a healthy dose of herbal and floral notes via…read more →

Lawley’s New England Small Batch Rum Reviews

Lawley’s New England Small Batch Rum Reviews

Rum, once a pillar of Boston’s economy, has returned to its harbor. Boston Harbor Distillery recently released their Lawley’s Small Batch Rums, available in silver and dark expressions. Boston Harbor Distillery (also the maker of Putnam New England Rye) is located in a brick building built in 1859, and “Lawley’s”…read more →

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

Discovering Tokyo’s Bar Cocktail Book

When I set out for Tokyo, I had my bars picked out. No matter that it was the largest city in the world: I’d made up my mind to spend my nights at must-visit spots like Bar High Five and Zoetrope. But as my two brothers and I walked back…read more →

Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka Review

Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka Review

We hope you like cucumbers. Or, to be more specific, Prairie Organic hopes you do. The brand produces a small portfolio of gins and vodkas made with organic ingredients, and one of those happens to be a cucumber flavored vodka. Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka offers a powerful, fresh whiff of…read more →

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 →

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

Rethinking the Piña Colada for National Piña Colada Day

The Piña Colada often gets a bad rap as an overly-sweet, amateur hour concoction that should be relegated to vacations and swim-up bars. But made with fresh ingredients and some attention to detail, the Piña Colada is a delicious cocktail to be taken seriously. So to celebrate the made-up holiday that…read more →