Review: Old Pulteney 12 Years Old (2011)

My favorite Old Pulteney has always been old Old Pulteney: At 30 years old, Pulteney takes on the essence of a longshoreman, but at a young 12 years old, as we have it here, it’s but an innocent seafaring lad of a whisky. Hailing from the Highlands, Old Pulteney is the northernmost distillery on the…

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Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais, Moulin-a-Vent and Morgon

2010 vineyard-designated cru Beaujolais is starting to hit the scene, and Duboeuf is (as always) one of the first out of the gate with a range of Gamay-based wines from the major Beaujolais regions. We took a stab at tasting a couple of representative bottlings. 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Moulin-a-Vent – Young, but not without…

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Review: HealthGuard Be Happy Mood Booster

Most “relaxation drinks” require consuming 8 to 16 ounces of sugar water to deliver their dosage. Be Happy comes in a much more manageable shot format — a good thing considering many of these concoctions are not the best tasting beverages in the world. Be Happy, designed by a doctor, is careful to note it…

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Review: 2010 Esporao Verdelho

Portugal doesn’t just do fortified wines, it also has a wide array of dry table wines, many quite affordable. Esporao, one of the country’s top table wine producers, brings us this wine produced from the Verdelho grape, a hot-weather grape widely planted in the Alentejo region. The wine: Lemony, moderate body, almost Chardonnay-like in the…

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Review: Jarritos Mexican Cola

Hipsters who want a soft drink know how to order their fix at any taqueria: By asking for a Mexican Coke instead of a can of domestic crap. Why? Because in Mexico the Coca-Cola is made with real sugar. Here, of course, it’s made with corn syrup. Is that worth the extra buck? You be…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Blood Orange Vodka

Skyy already makes a fine citrus vodka, so why mess with things by introducing a Blood Orange version? Because it’s even better. The juicy blood Orange is the king of citrus fruits, and sure enough it makes for a mighty fruit-infused vodka, too. This one if amazingly fruit-forward, really lush with authentic orange notes: Tart…

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Review: I Spirit Italian Vodka

Italy and vodka: Two names that, well, I’ve never heard together before. I Spirit bills itself as “the original Italian vodka,” and I’m hard-pressed to argue with that self-assessment. The distillation base includes both grape and grain components, distilled five times in both copper and column stills, then blended with water from the Dolomites to…

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Review: Oxley Classic English Dry Gin (2011)

England’s Oxley gin is nothing if not unique: From its production technique — a “cold distillation” using a vacuum to lower the boiling point of the liquid, yielding just 240 bottles of product each day — to its avant garde bottle — partially clad in metal and with its neck wrapped in leather — Oxley…

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