Review: Espanita Tequila Reposado Double Barrel

We recently tried Espanita’s core lineup of tequilas, which are made with 100% blue agave from the Jalisco Highlands. Today we are trying their limited release Reposado Double Barrel, which was rested in American oak before being finished in a second set of fresh, first-fill ex-bourbon barrels for up to four extra months. Let’s give…

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Review: High Camp Campfire Bitters

Our friends at High Camp make some pretty awesome drinking vessels — and they also make one thing you can actually consume, their own bitters, called Campfire Bitters. Campfire is a rarity in that it lists (most of) its ingredients on the label. Those include gentian, cinchona, cinnamon, salish, pepper, and then “natural roots and spices.”…

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A Visit to William Chris Vineyards

I’ve spent countless hours traversing the wineries of California, but the operation at Texas-based William Chris surprised me right away, with its focus on hospitality, a wide range of tasting experiences, and — most critically — a huge ability to get people in and out of the place, often by the busload (a very rare…

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Review: Wilde Irish Gin

Three guesses to figure out where Wilde Irish Gin hails from — and, no, the spirit isn’t purple, only the bottle is. Made in West Cork from 100% Irish grain, the pot-distilled gin’s botanicals aren’t specified save for a couple: wild mountain purple heather and bitter orange peel. Quite aromatic, there’s a strong floral thread…

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The Top 10 Gins of 2022

  Spring is nearly here, and gin is in. Whether it’s gin and tonic, a stiff martini, or a fancier cocktail that’s on your mind, we’ve got you covered with a look at our 10 favorite gins to hit shelves in the last year. Need more picks? Check our top gin lists from 2019, 2020, and…

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Review: Beers of Pike Brewing, 2023 Releases

Seattle’s Pike Brewing loves its IPAs. Today we look at three of them, alongside a solid pilsner. While some are seasonal, all offerings are available in cans — and all recently repackaged and rebranded. Pike Brewing Seattle Freeze Cold IPA – The cold IPA trend — IPA fermented at lower temperatures than normal — never…

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Review: GlenAllachie Single Casks – Marsala Cask 12 Years Old and Languedoc 9 Years Old

The GlenAllachie continues to periodically add to its single cask collection with distillery exclusive bottlings as well as limited releases selected and bottled just for the states by ImpEx. We received a small sample of a 2021 U.S.-only release and picked up a more recent example on a trip to Scotland last year. Thoughts follow.…

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Review: 2019 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Here’s the softer side of Napa cabernet, a dry but fruity wine from producer Derek Benham. The garnet rim of the wine offers the only hint of lightness before you dive in, where notes of baking spice, milk chocolate, and maraschino cherry quickly emerge before segueing into a light touch of tannin. The finish offers…

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