Reviews

  • Preview: Cocktail & Sons Cocktail Syrups

    … You can’t buy Cocktail & Sons spirits — yet — because the company hasn’t launched officially. As I write this, it’s about $8,000 of the way into a $10,000 Kickstarter campaign, so if you want to get these syrups for yourself, you should kick a few bucks into the startup. We tasted the complete lineup from the fledgling company — but as these…

    Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com- 2 readers -
  • 3 Amazing Dessert wines for the Holidays

    … We all know that wines can be enjoyed with or without food. And we know that wines can be paired with food. But can wines be considered food? In the case of dessert wines, I think the case can be made. Instead of eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream and apple pie, try some or all of the following wines as an after dinner dessert, or as an aperitif…

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  • Review: Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin

    … to a reposado tequila. On the nose, the juniper is restrained, relegated to the background while notes of cedar wood, butterscotch, and honeysuckle take over. There’s also a sharp, acidic edge to the aroma, something that’s tough to identify but which I can best describe as a lingering floral character that’s mingled with crushed red berries. The body…

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  • Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Ale

    … Georgetown Trading is the company behind John L. Sullivan Irish whiskey and James E. Pepper “1776” whiskey — and now the company has decided to get into barrel-aged beers, too. Proprietor Amir Peay explains: We had been selling our whiskey barrels to some great brewers and always loved the beer they had been making, and wanted to do some type…

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  • A Visit to Cain Vineyard and Winery

    … Cain Vineyard and Winery Last June I spent five days in Napa Valley and decided to venture off the beaten path to see what I could find. I looked at Google Earth as I was planning my trip and came across Cain Vineyard and Winery. It looked pretty far off the beaten path, so I contacted them for a tour and tasting* Cain is located in the Spring…

    Weekly Wine Journalin Cabernet Sauvignon- 8 readers -
  • Review: Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon

    … Ginger and bourbon go together so well that bourbon and ginger ale is a classic, standard, two-ingredient cocktail. Why not put them together in one bottle, then? Named after a supposed bootlegger from South Carolina, where this spirit also hails form, Virgil Kaine is made from a (sourced) “young” bourbon composed from a mash of 60% corn, 36…

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  • Review: Glenfiddich “The Original” Single Malt Whisky

    … In 1963 Glenfiddich launched a single malt whisky and sold it outside of Scotland, a highly unusual move considering that the whisky world at the time really only knew of blended Scotch, not single malts. While many may very well debate the claim (considering single malt whisky dates back to at least the 1400s), the distillery has put a stake…

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  • Review: Lost Spirits Colonial American Inspired Rum

    … Monterey, Calif.-based mad scientist Bryan Davis is back at work with a new rum called Colonial American Inspired. Ultra-high in alcohol, it’s an iteration on the distillery’s Navy Style Rum that came out at the beginning of the year. Colonial American uses the same white rum as a base; the changes involve some production tweaks in the aging…

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  • Update: Clyde May’s Whiskey Makes Some Changes

    … It hasn’t quite been two years since we reviewed Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Whiskey, but big things are afoot at this operation, which is rapidly picking up steam and notoriety. A rebranding and radically updated design is the major news. “Conecuh Ridge” has been shrunken down on the label and in fact is no longer part of the official name…

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  • Four Value Bottles from Wine.com

    … and zucchini. They all seem to go well with food! Here are the bottles that were sent to us. Each have pretty labels and would look lovely on your table: Tuscan Sun Pensiero This bottle is a 2012 Pinot Grigio from Tuscany, Italy. Pinot Grigios are often acidic but this particular bottle isn’t overly so. It has a round, smooth mouthful with a pleasant…

    2 Hollywood Winosin Sauvignon Blanc- 4 readers -
  • Tasting Report: 6 Spanish Garnacha Wines

    … features muted, well-smothered tannins. The finish is complex, echoing everything that’s come before with a fresh denouement. A / $15 2009 Vinas del Vero Secastilla Somontano - A little pruny and overcooked, almost stewed. Very dense fruit competes with balsamic notes and runs up against a finish that offers coffee bean and dense, oily leather…

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  • Review: Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao and Creme de Menthe

    … by the downfall of peppermint schnapps. But Tempus Fugit is undaunted. This liqueur distilled from winter wheat, then flavored with real peppermint and spearmint, plus added botanicals (in keeping with historical recipes). The result is both traditionally minty and surprisingly piney on the nose, leading into gentle peppermint candy notes with touches of vanilla extract and citrus peel emerging late in the game. An excellent digestif, but a bit syrupy for continued sipping. 56 proof. A- / $31 tempusfugitspirits.com …

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  • Review: Victorious B.I.G. Beef Jerky and Punch Drunk Hot Sauce

    … More and more consumer products are using beer and spirits in their creation, including these two artisan offerings, both of which rely on Victory Brewing’s Storm King Imperial Stout in their ingredient list. Some thoughts on eating your beer instead of simply drinking it follow. Victorious B.I.G. Beef Jerky is an artisanal, all natural jerky…

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  • Meiomi | 2013 vintages

    …-$50 range while Meiomi retails in the $20-$25 range. The American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) Meiomi sources their fruit from included Sonoma County, Monterey County and Santa Barbara County. Each area imparts it’s distinct characteristics on the wine and helps to create a consistent wine year after year. A wine that is suited quite well…

    Weekly Wine Journalin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 3 readers -
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