Review: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

Spring is nowhere near in the air just yet, but Samuel Adams gave us a sneak peek at its latest brew, Alpine Spring. Sounds (and kinda looks) more like a shampoo or a body wash, but let’s not judge on name alone. Sam Adams describes this unique brew thusly: “This beer has the balanced maltiness…

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Review: Vida Tequila Blanco

Vida is a relatively new brand on the tequila scene, 100% blue agave and available in the usual expressions. We tasted the Blanco expression, which is a pure agave/unaged rendition. This silver tequila is classic in structure. Some time in the glass is helpful at airing things out and letting some of the heavier agave…

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Review: Captain Morgan Tattoo Rum

For a good time, do a Google Image Search for “Captain Morgan Tattoo.” You’ll find plenty of pictures not of this spiced rum but of unique and ill-considered body art on all kinds of anatomical bits. I’ve actually had a mini of Tattoo for years. It’s that mysterious. What’s it all about? Tattoo is a…

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Three Tequila + Sage Cocktails

Quick, name a green herb popular in cocktails. If you said mint, sorry, you’re wrong. We’re talking about sage! Our friends at Tequila Partida put together these oddball libations all revolving around that staple of turkey stuffing. Partida Sagerac, by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Tequila Partida Bartender Ambassador 1.5 oz Partida Reposado 1.5 oz Partida Anejo 5…

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Review: Bombay Sapphire East Gin

Take your Bombay Sapphire and give it an “Eastern” spin and, boom, you’ve got Bombay Sapphire East. From the ingredients list, you might think BSE is a far different beast than its progenitor. Take a look: lemongrass, black peppercorns, lemon peel, liquorice root, almonds, angelica root, coriander, cassia bark, cubeb berries, grains of paradise, juniper…

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Review: John B. Stetson Bourbon

Don’t let the New Jersey office location of Vision Wine & Spirits, the owner of this new whiskey, give you a scare. It’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, through and through. Crafted using both rye and wheat in the mashbill (in addition to corn and barley, of course), the whiskey is double distilled in traditional copper pot…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon

On April 2, 2006, a storm ripped through Kentucky, tearing apart two of Buffalo Trace’s warehouses. One was empty. One, Warehouse C, was full of 24,000 barrels of then-young, far-from-release E.H. Taylor Bourbon. The walls and roof were ripped open, but the whiskey survived. But this did expose the barrels inside to the elements (see…

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Travel Report: The Rheingau, Germany

Germany may be best known for its beer, but this is Old World wine country just like everywhere else in Europe. True, you won’t find classic reds here, but you will find some of the most vibrant white wines in the world on the western side of the country. This is the home of Riesling…

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