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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

Redemption Wheated Bourbon Review

The 4th of July is now in our rearview, but that’s no reason to stop appreciating one of America’s greatest contributions to global civilization: bourbon whiskey. Adding to that storied legacy is Redemption’s Wheated Bourbon. This new limited-edition offering is notable for its mash bill, which contains a whopping 45%…read more →

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers Gin Review

Long Road Distillers hails from Michigan, and they want you to know it. Their wide assortment of spirits—which includes gins, vodkas, aquavits and more—is made using locally sourced ingredients from West Michigan. West Michigan must be a great place to produce gin, as the brand currently offers three varieties: Dry Gin,…read more →

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin Review

Little River Gin comes from California’s Humboldt Craft Spirits, the guys behind Blue Lake Vodka and Redwood Rye. The independently-owned distillery makes all of its products from scratch, by hand, one batch at a time, and from grains sourced throughout the Pacific Northwest. Little River Gin is made from a…read more →

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

Highland Park Valkyrie Scotch Whisky Review

“Severed heads.” “Servants of Odin.” “Ghostly Armies.” Did these phrases come from the liner notes of a Viking metal album? No, they actually appear on the box holding Highland Park’s Valkyrie Single Malt Scotch, the first of three new Viking Legend releases from the Scottish distiller. Highland Park is located…read more →

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila Review

Tres Agaves Tequila Blanco comes from Mexico’s Tequila Valley which, unsurprisingly, has a rich tradition of making good tequila. This specific spirit pours clear in the glass, with agave and lime peel on the nose. It begins soft, light and cool on the palate, with notes of charcoal followed by…read more →

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Jura 10 Single Malt Scotch Whisky Review

Once described by George Orwell as “most un-get-at-able,” the Isle of Jura is a remote place in a country that prizes remoteness. The isle, which sits only a few miles from Scotland, has just 200 residents, one road, one pub, and importantly for our purposes, one distillery. The Jura distillery…read more →

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Roaming Man Tennessee Rye Whiskey Review

Sugarlands Distilling Co, located in the mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is primarily known for its colorful range of flavored and unflavored moonshines. But Sugarlands has stealthily been at work producing a rye whiskey that is distilled, aged, and barreled on the property. That rye whiskey is Roaming Man, and…read more →

Wild Roots Marionberry Infused Vodka Review

Wild Roots Marionberry Infused Vodka Review

Wild Roots Spirits hails from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and uses the abundance of local fruit to make naturally infused vodkas. They currently offer six spirits: Apple & Cinnamon Infused Vodka, Raspberry Infused Vodka, Marionberry Infused Vodka, Pear Infused Vodka, Cranberry Infused Vodka and Dark Sweet Cherry Infused Vodka. The base…read more →

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Irish Whiskey Review

The Tyrconnell 16 Year Irish Whiskey Review

The Tyrconnell, an Irish whiskey that takes its name from a racing horse, has been at it since 1876. A scant 140 years later, they decided to release a limited edition 16 year. Like the classic Tyrconnell, a single malt that features no age statement, Tyrconnell 16 is made in…read more →