Review: Germain-Robin Absinthe Superieure

My, absinthe, what a long while it’s been! Germain-Robin’s Absinthe Superieure (via Greenway Distillers) is a blanche (clear) spirit, distilled not up to a blazing 140 or so proof, but down to about 90 proof, making it perhaps the least alcoholic absinthe I’ve ever sampled. The spirit is infused with wormwood, rose geranium, lemon balm,…

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Review: Murray McDavid Mortlach 1997 13 Years Old Chateau d’Yquem Finish

I’m currently so infatuated with Bruichladdich’s 16 Year Old Yquem-finished “Cuvee E” whisky that I recently did the unthinkable: I bought a bottle of it. Curing my search I also found another Sauternes-finished whisky, a 13-year-old Mortlach privately bottled by Murray McDavid… and less than half the price of the Bruichladdich. Certainly worth a try,…

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Review: Russian Standard Gold Vodka

First there was Russian Standard and Russian Standard Imperia. Now there is Russian Standard Gold. Because that’s how Russia works. The bottle design of this new vodka line extension is less imposing but still hangs on its Russian street cred, all Cyrillic lettering and Old World nostalgia. Inside, yep, it’s vodka, and while it’s unclear…

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Review: Wines of Bodegas Farina, 2011 Releases

Bodegas Farina is one of the oldest family wineries in Toro, a poorly-known wine region in Spain that’s northwest of Madrid, near Salamanca and the northeast corner of Portugal. (Ribera del Duero is the best-known nearby region, off to the east.) The bodega makes seven wines, most coming in at relatively low (13-14 percent) alcohol…

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Review: Black Dot Vodka

The gaping black hole on the front of this new vodka brand’s bottle could suck your soul right out — and while its stark minimalism is controversial — the vodka itself is solid stuff. Distilled in Madison, Wisconsin from yellow corn and local cherries (hmm!), this is a very clean and restrained vodka. The mild…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Argentina 2011

Argentina continues to confuse me, showing off some excellent wines (at surprisingly high prices)… while the bulk of what I taste from this country is barely palatable. This round of Argentine wine was all over the map (literally, from all over the country), offering both lush Malbecs and plenty of over-jammed, tough, and green wines…

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Review: The Bitter Truth Apricot and Violet Liqueurs

The mad Germans at The Bitter Truth continue their march into odd liqueurs, this time with two new distillates: An apricot liqueur and a violet liqueur. Both are 44 proof. The Bitter Truth Apricot Liqueur is based on a traditional German tipple, brought into the ’10s for a modern audience. The nose is intensely apricot,…

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Review: Drinkwel Multivitamins for Drinkers

A reader asked me about this product and the company behind it was kind enough to send a sample. The idea is nothing like anything else I’ve experienced to date: Multivitamins designed for drinkers. Makes sense: Hangover remedies are almost always stuffed with various vitamins, so why not just incorporate those into your daily vitamin…

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