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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 →

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 →

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie recently unveiled a new expression. Dubbed “Peat Week,” this 14-year-old scotch whisky carries a 2002 vintage date, and is made from 100% peated barley. Back in 2002, very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in their production. But that’s when The Balvenie decided to distill a batch of…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 →

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 →