Hennessy Releases Limited Edition Artists’ Bottling

Why is there primary color squiggling all over your Hennessy? Because the company hired street artist “Futura” to graffiti up their label for a limited edition run of the Henny. You can check out both the bottle and the artist below. Just 200,000 bottles are being produced. Ahem. Inside it’s still the same Hennessy, VS-class…

Read More about Hennessy Releases Limited Edition Artists’ Bottling

Review: Kahlua Iced Coffee Grab & Go Cocktails

You can pour your Kahlua into coffee, or you can get it in one-stop format, thanks to Kahlua’s new “grab & go” canned cocktails. (I’m not sure where you’re supposed to be “going” with one of these in hand, but that’s another story.) Each of these pre-mixed cocktails are fairly self-explanatory, and each includes 100%…

Read More about Review: Kahlua Iced Coffee Grab & Go Cocktails

Review: Buffalo Trace Giant French Oak Barrels Experiments Bourbons

With all the hubbub over small whiskey barrels going on, it almost went unnoticed that Buffalo Trace released a whiskey that went the opposite direction: Aged in oversized French oak barrels for a long, long time. To be sure, the 135-gallon barrel (likely a “puncheon” as terminology goes) is not the largest wooden barrel out…

Read More about Review: Buffalo Trace Giant French Oak Barrels Experiments Bourbons

Review: The Arran Malt Devil’s Punch Bowl

Best whisky name ever now goes The Arran Malt, whose new Devil’s Punch Bowl single malt is seductive and devilish — and comes with packaging to match. Named for a glacial hollow called Coire na Ciche on the Isle of Arran, the boggy hill sits in the distillery’s backyard. The whisky inside is drawn from…

Read More about Review: The Arran Malt Devil’s Punch Bowl

Review: Cu Dhub Black Whisky

How do you turn Scotch whisky black as stout? Well, the secret isn’t as fantastical as you might have hoped: Cu Dhub is colored (heavily) with black caramel. Cu Dhub, pronounced “kaddoo,” is actually a very loose recreation of a whisky called Loch Dhu, which was bottled for only a few years in the ’90s…

Read More about Review: Cu Dhub Black Whisky

Review: White Lion VSOA

Billed as the “world’s oldest naturally fermented, single ingredient spirit,” VSOA is a beverage that defies description or easy categorization. VSOA is part of a group of spirits called arrack, which can can be made from just about anything (the better-known Batavia Arrack is made from sugarcane, like rum). This version (VSOA stands for Very…

Read More about Review: White Lion VSOA

Review: Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur

Let’s start with the natural first question: Mariposa’s not tequila. Tequila is made from roasted agave hearts which are juiced and fermented. Mariposa is made from agave nectar — a natural sweetener that’s frequently used in margaritas and other applications — plus enough vodka and tequila to bring it up to 60 proof. Rose and…

Read More about Review: Mariposa Agave Nectar Liqueur

Review: Dancing Pines Chai Liqueur

Believe it or not, Dancing Pines is not the first chai tea liqueur we’ve reviewed. That honor goes to Voyant, a cream-based liqueur so nice we named it our favorite liqueur of 2010. Dancing Pines is not cream-inclusive — it’s a straight, syrupy, brownish liqueur — and that alone is a curiosity. Chai — as…

Read More about Review: Dancing Pines Chai Liqueur