Review: Tequila Herradura, Complete Lineup (2012)

This is my second full review of the Herradura line and my third of the blanco. My last review was 3 1/2 years ago, so another spin around the block certainly felt warranted. Why re-review anything? Because, after all, no spirit is made in a vacuum. (Well, OK, some spirits are made in vacuums, but…

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Review: Dimmi Liquore di Milano

The Italian answer to gin and absinthe, Dimmi is an old (1930s) product now making a resurgence. Distilled in the Lombardy region in Italy’s north, Dimmi is distilled from organic wheat (like a vodka) and infused with licorice, orange peel, rhubarb, ginseng, and vanilla. Following this infusion, peach and apricot blossoms are infused into the…

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Review: Dutch’s Spirits Sugar Wash Moonshine and Peach Brandy

Built atop the underground distilling and bootlegging operation of the gangster Dutch Schultz (and on family land now owned by co-founder Alex Adams), Dutch’s Spirits is a new New York-based distillery that’s attacking the spirits industry with some unexpected products — no gin or whiskey here, be warned! We tasted Dutch’s two inaugural spirits. Thoughts…

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Maker’s Mark Granted Trademark Protection for Red, Dripping Wax

Maker’s Mark’s red wax seals are so iconic that if you visit the distillery, you’ll find a massive line of people paying to dip their own bottle of Maker’s into a vat of bubbling wax — a unique keepsake from Bourbon Country, to be sure. In 1985, Maker’s trademarked the red wax seal, much to…

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Review: Faretti Biscotti Famosi Liqueur

You can take the Italians away from their amaro but you just can’t get the amaro out of the Italians. Faretti is one of those crazy niche ideas: a liqueur intended to taste like biscotti cookies. But stick your nose in a freshly-poured glass of the stuff and you’ll swear up and down you’re getting…

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Review: Blackwell Jamaican Rum

Chris Blackwell made music (he founded Island Records in 1959 and exposed the world to reggae). Now he makes rum. Dark, dark rum, hailing from Jamaica. Distilled at Appleton Estate, this is rum the color of cola, deep and dark. (Aging isn’t disclosed.) On the nose there’s that telltale scent of molasses, fresh and sugary,…

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Review: 2009 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Another new release from our friends at Pine Ridge, the 2009 release of the winery’s flagship Cabernet. This expression is a very jammy, fruit-forward wine, in keeping with the house style and along the lines of 2008 release. Big blueberry notes like this are a touch out of place in a Napa Cab, but the…

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Review: 2007 Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Certified organic in 1998, the 90 hectares of Chateau La Nerthe are part of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region’s oldest estates. This 2007 vintage is composed of 48% Grenache, 29% Syrah, 22% Mourvedre, and 1% Cinsault. Deep and rich currant aromas on the nose hint at a really big wine, but it’s surprisingly lively on the tongue,…

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