Review: Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon 20 Years Old

Recently named American Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate, this rarity from Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig brand has some big expectations to live up to. Distilled and barreled in 1991, it’s been lingering for 20 years before being bottled for your drinking pleasure. As John Hansell notes in the blog post linked above, Heaven…

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Review: Lost Spirits Distillery Seascape Peated American Whiskey

It isn’t every day we get to write about a product before anyone else on the planet. Recently I was one of the first people to ever taste Lost Spirits’ inaugural whiskey release, poured from a bottle so fresh the label hadn’t even been printed for it. With only 170 or 180 bottles produced, Seascape…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskies – Cascade Hollow, No. 8, and No. 12

Like Jack Daniel’s, George Dickel is not Bourbon. That’s not because, like Jack, it’s made in Tennessee instead of Kentucky; you can still make Bourbon down there (or anywhere in the U.S. now). Rather, like Jack again, it is filtered through charcoal before it goes into the barrel, a no-no in the Bourbon world. [Update:…

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Tasting Ron Zacapa 23 Rum, Step by Step

Recently I received a delightful little kit put together by the folks who make one of the best rums on the market, Zacapa 23. The idea: To taste what this complicated spirit is like at each step of its long production. Zacapa is made using a solera process, a complex system where a spirit is…

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Review: 2008 Hawk and Horse Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills

This Lake County Cab aims high: You’d be hard-pressed to find another wine from this humble district with a $60-plus price tag, but God bless Hawk and Horse for giving it a go. This 2008 wine — 98% Cabernet, 2% Merlot — isn’t shy with its fruit. Concentrated with blackberry and blueberry character, it also…

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Sangria Roundup: Senor Sangria and Eppa

Summer is in full swing, and that means sangria season is here. We’ve looked at Senor Sangria’s original red sangria in the past, now the company’s back with a white sangria. Also on tap: Red sangria from Eppa with a health-conscious spin. Here’s how these offerings from Senor Sangria (made in Washingtonville, New York) and…

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Batman Cocktails for “The Dark Knight Rises”

I always figured Bruce Wayne would be a martini or single malt kinda guy. Numerous distillers, looking to get in on Batman fever, are hoping otherwise. If you make and drink the first of these, please send us a picture of the face you make afterwards! Drambuie Catnip 1 1/2 part Drambuie 1/2 part Egg…

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Review: Zignum Reposado Mezcal

A new product from Casa Armando Guillermo Prieto, Zignum Mezcal is made from green Espadin agave. Silver and reposado expressions are currently hitting the market. An anejo will arrive later this year. We sampled the reposado, aged more than two months in oak barrels. Very lively and fresh, the medium gold color looks too good…

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