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Author: Eric Twardzik

Eric Twardzik is a writer and frequent imbiber living in Boston who believes in the healing powers of Fernet.

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 →

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

“Uncle Nearest” may sound like a moniker produced by a whiskey name generator, but it’s actually tied to a real, woefully under-looked figure in whiskey history. Nathan “Nearest” Green was an African-American distiller who helped develop the famed Lincoln County Process of charcoal filtering in post-Civil War Lynchburg, Tennessee. He…read more →

Don Papa Rum Revisited

Don Papa Rum Revisited

I recently reviewed Don Papa Rum, and the response from some in the rum community was quite passionate. I’d unintentionally waded into an ongoing controversy on what is and what isn’t rum, an energetic debate in which Don Papa has become a flashpoint. To explore the issue, I reached out…read more →

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Hey, I’ve got nothing against leering luchadores and dancing skeletons. But it’s refreshing to see the modern approach that Tequila Ciudad has taken in its presentation. The brand, which currently sells its Blanco, Reposado and Anejo varieties in more than 27 U.S. states, comes in a decanter-esque bottle that deserves…read more →

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Campari, You know that I love you. But I feel that we should see other people. No, it’s nothing you did. It’s just that Martini & Rossi is releasing their new Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur in October. And—I just don’t know how else to say this—it reminds me of the…read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →