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Review: 2007 Henry Fessy Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

By Christopher Null | December 16, 2007 |

I should have written this up a month ago, when the 2007 Beaujolais Nouveaus first hit the market, but time got away from me… plus, there are still plenty of Beaujolais Nouveau wines available, including this one from Henry Fessy. For those not familiar with Beaujolais Nouveau, this is a young wine from the Burgundy…

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Review: Tequila Partida, Complete Lineup (2007)

By Christopher Null | December 9, 2007 |

Finally got to sample Partida’s new, full line of tequilas today. Color me impressed. No, seriously. Here’s how they shake out. Tequila Partida Blanco (2007) – This is a peppery but very clean silver tequila, perfect for mixing and even for sipping straight in a pinch. Among the best tequilas I’ve tried. A- / $40  [BUY…

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Review: G’Vine Floraison Gin (2007)

By Christopher Null | December 8, 2007 |

The name may sound like a gangsta rapper, but this premium gin isn’t something you’ll want to be mixing with OJ. Made in France and distilled from grapes, this is not your father’s Tanqueray. The juniper flavor, a requirement of all gins, is there, but it’s substantially mellowed in G’Vine. In fact it’s lemon peel…

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Review: Christiania Vodka

By Christopher Null | December 4, 2007 |

Here we have another high-end, traditional potato vodka, straight outta Norway (note the neck of the bottle) and distilled six times, bottled at 80 proof. The makers in fact claim it to be the world’s first ultra-premium vodka, with a heritage dating to 1602. The flavor is indeed smooth, especially for a potato vodka, herbal…

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Review: Pyramid Snow Cap Ale (2007)

By Christopher Null | December 2, 2007 |

Another holiday beer, this one a spin on a traditional brown ale, but overloaded with hoppiness. The dark brown “winter warmer” is certainly rich, giving off a nice aroma of chocolate and caramel malts… but an overpowering bitterness wipes the sweetness away once it hits your lips. It’s not a hard beer to drink by…

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Review: 2002 Plaimont Madiran Plénitude

By Christopher Null | December 1, 2007 |

I’d wager you’re unfamiliar with any of the terms in the name of the wine in this review… and to be honest I had to look up the Madiran region on a map myself. Here’s what you need to know: Madiran is a tiny spot of land in southwest France (you’ll sometimes see these wines…

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Review: Bulleit Bourbon

By Christopher Null | November 28, 2007 |

I love the Bulleit guys. I have honestly never met friendlier people in the course of my travels. Gracious, honest, and plain spoken, I’d drink Bulleit even if it tasted like swill just because I think it would make me a better person. Fortunately, Bulleit’s “Frontier Whiskey” is plenty good going down the hatch. Bulleit…

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Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

By Christopher Null | November 25, 2007 |

This is a classic sipping bourbon. Once you get through the alcoholic heat (splash some water in the glass; at 100 proof it needs it), you’ll find a rich, oaky flavor, some maple syrup, some vanilla, and a nicely sweet finish. The vague herbal notes are interesting, and picking them out — sage? rosemary? it’s…

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Review: Lost Coast Winterbraun

By Christopher Null | November 23, 2007 |

Winter is approaching and that means holiday brews are hitting the stores. A nice choice is Lost Coast’s Winterbraun, a microbrew that is as holiday-appropriate as you’re likely to get. The secret is chocolate and caramel hops, which give this brown ale a distinct flavor of cocoa powder, even a bit of grittiness in the…

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Review: Playboy Energy Drink

By Christopher Null | November 22, 2007 |

Considering the amount of Red Bull that’s likely consumed on the premises of the Playboy Mansion, making his own Playboy Energy Drink would probably save Hef enough money that it’d be a good business venture even if they didn’t sell it to the public. Besides, the world might quit spinning if it failed to churn…

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