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Author: Jeff Dufour

Jeff Dufour is a D.C.–based journalist who covers cocktails and spirits when he's not covering politics. He prefers rye, and he believes that a full ounce of lemon juice is almost always too much. Follow him at dcdufour

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 →

BroVo Project Amaro No. 14 Review

BroVo Project Amaro No. 14 Review

Usually when you’re talking amari, you’re talking about recipes handed down over the course of generations by Italians. Seattle-based BroVo’s line of amari is almost the polar opposite. The liqueur-centric distillery had been working on a rhubarb spirit. When they couldn’t quite get it right, they decided to turn it…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 →

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 →

Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP Review

Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP Review

Boulard is one of the legacy producers of Calvados, distilling from cider in the Normandy region of France since 1825. The Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP, one notch up from their entry level, is a blend of brandies–each aged for a minimum of four years. Unlike almost every other brown…read more →

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

Distillery No. 209 Gin Reviews

San Francisco-based Distillery No. 209 has a lot of things going for it, starting with some legitimate history–the original 209, at a winery in St. Helena, California, dates back to 1882. The owners, as you might expect, have some background in the wine business. They own Rudd Oakville Estate Winery…read more →

Derek Brown’s Columbia Room Is Back in DC

Derek Brown’s Columbia Room Is Back in DC

It would be an overstatement to say that Derek Brown birthed DC’s cocktail renaissance. After all, before he burst onto the scene, there were plenty of Washington bartenders–Todd Thrasher and Gina Chersevani notable among them–doing interesting work. But when Brown opened The Passenger on an emerging block in late 2009,…read more →

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

Drinking in Some History (and Whiskey) in Downtown Nashville

We’ve seen all kinds of fanciful claims when it comes to whiskey brands and history. This one says it’s distilled in the dungeon of a 13th century castle. That one comes from Davy Crockett’s brother’s recipe. Too many of these backstories can charitably be called “improbable.” Uncharitably, they can be…read more →

Corsair Oatrage Whiskey Review

Corsair Oatrage Whiskey Review

One thing you can say about Nashville’s Corsair Distillery: you’ll never get the expected. That’s true for their widely available flagship releases, like the peat-, cherrywood- and beechwood-fired Triple Smoke, or the clever-if-gimmicky Quinoa Whiskey. It’s also true for their experimental and seasonal releases, several of which I had the…read more →

Tasting Wicked Dolphin Rums

Tasting Wicked Dolphin Rums

I remember my reaction the first time I saw a bottle of Alaska Outlaw whiskey. “They make this stuff where? Wasilla, Alaska? What?!” It must say something about the drinking culture in South Florida that when I heard about Wicked Dolphin Rums, I had much the same reaction. But then…read more →

George Washington Single Malt Whisky Review

George Washington Single Malt Whisky Review

You may have heard about some of the ultra-limited edition spirits that have been coming off the still at Mount Vernon’s recently restored, circa-1797 distillery building. Among them are a white rye, an aged rye and a peach brandy. But their newest release, a single malt, is something completely different.…read more →

WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey Review

WhistlePig Old World Rye Whiskey Review

Dave Pickerell has been tinkering. The guy who’s maybe America’s foremost maker of rye whiskey has taken lately to aging his rye in casks more common to scotch whisky production. He started with an extremely limited-release Sauternes finished rye, the first ever American whiskey so finished, followed by a Madeira…read more →

Koval Rose Hip Liqueur Review

Koval Rose Hip Liqueur Review

If you happen to live in the Midwest, you’re probably familiar with Koval Distillery, which in 2008 became Chicago’s first booze producer since Prohibition. But even if you’re from the heart of Big Ten country, you’re probably mostly familiar with the brand’s single-barrel whiskey expressions and their solid dry gin.…read more →