Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Rare Rye Selection – New Cask Rye and Aged Cask Rye

Every year Woodford Reserve releases a limited-release Bourbon, usually with a special finish or mashbill. This year it’s not releasing a Bourbon. It’s releasing a rye. Or rather, two of them. I caught a sneak peek of this being prepared for bottling when I visited Woodford this summer. Now here it is, on my kitchen…

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Review: Bell’s Winter White Ale

While some breweries use the holiday season as an excuse to release heavily spiced or cloying sweet beers, Bell’s deviates from this track with its Winter White Ale. Styled as a Belgian-yeast fermented witbier, Winter White pours cloudy and straw-colored before being capped by snowy head. The yeast imparts the strongest aspect to this beer…

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Tasting Report: The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza 2011

The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza is the smallest of the whisky shows, but that doesn’t mean it has something to prove. With fewer crowds and more thoughtful selections — no white dog here, folks — you can find quality whisky (overwhelmingly Scotch) at every table in the room. This year the Extravaganza seemed…

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Review: Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka

Is it too late to celebrate that Kardashian wedding? Not in my book, and while it may be gauche to send a set of knives, why not honor the happy couple privately with a bottle of Pearl Wedding Cake Vodka. Yes, vodka flavored like wedding cake. I didn’t know wedding cake had a flavor —…

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Review: Malibu Winter

Malibu Rum, always one to experiment wildly with additional flavors and added tweaks, updates the classic coconut rum with this limited-release version: Malibu Winter. The twist: Little flakes of real coconut are suspended in the liquid, giving the spirit the distinct look of snowfall and, for the first time ever, successfully associating the words “Malibu”…

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Holiday Rum Drink Recipes, 2011

The weather outside is frightful, so cozy up with one of these rum-centric drinks from our pals at Don Q Rum. Snowy Day Punch Esteban Ordoñez, DonQ’s Corporate Mixologist and Brand Ambassador 1 liter Don Q Coco Rum 16 oz. Don Q Cristal Rum 16 oz. Coconut water 16 oz. Coconut milk 4 oz. Simple…

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Please, Tip Your Waitresses

Ever wonder how much you should tip your bartender? Here comes the science, courtesy of Sailor Jerry rum and in honor of Bartender Appreciation Day, which apparently exists. NEW YORK, December 1, 2011 – – December 9 is Bartender Appreciation Day (www.bartendersday.com) and, to celebrate the hard work and graft of bartenders across the country,…

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Holiday Recipe: Cockspur Silver Belle

This recipe comes to us from our friends at Cockspur, who promise it will provide a “Caribbean Christmas.” My fingers are already chilly. Sounds good to me. Silver Belle 1.5 oz Cockspur Aged Rum .25 oz maraschino liqueur .75 oz earl grey tea .75 oz hibiscus grenadine .75 oz pineapple juice Shake well with ice…

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