Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2001 Vintage

Every year Evan Williams produces a single barrel version of its classy Bourbon. Incredibly affordable, these bottlings feature outstanding quality and are regularly snapped up soon after release. For 2001, Evan Williams a quieter whiskey than last year’s masterpiece, which, compared to this year’s expression, has a spicier backbone and a racier structure. Lots of…

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Review: Adult Chocolate Milk

In its old-timey stoppered bottle featuring comforting, cartoony lettering, Adult Chocolate Milk is nothing if not enticing. The very name alone makes you want to guzzle the stuff. But then, well, you’d be sorry. Essentially a variation on Baileys, Adult Chocolate Milk is not particularly chocolaty nor milky. At 40 proof it’s a touch more…

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Absolut Glimmer Adds Bling to Booze

Talk about your glitz. Absolut’s limited edition bottle, “Glimmer,” available for the holidays, is packaged as an alternative to “the usual champers” for hostess gifts and the like, and it certainly makes a statement. The company sent me one of the specially-cut decanters (available in full 1-liter sizes; $26, 80 proof) and it really does…

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Review: Distinguido Tequila, Complete Lineup

Tequila Distinguido (“distinguished”) is a relatively new tequila brand (stop me if you’ve heard that one before), now available largely in Texas and Illinois. As it rolls out further, we had the opportunity to sample the three traditional expressions. All are 100% agave, of course. All are 80 proof. Distinguido Silver Tequila – One of…

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Review: Glenmorangie Finealta

Highland distillery Glenmorangie will release its latest expression in the U.S. in January 2011: Finealta. Finealta finds Glenmorangie, as many Scots distilleries are doing, experimenting with peat more and more, opening up new avenues for their malts beyond special wood finishes, which have dominated for a decade. Finealta is certainly a change of pace for…

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Review: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve (2010)

Honoring its recent expansion, The Glenlivet has released this very special, limited edition malt called Founder’s Reserve. Just 1824 bottles (an homage to the year the distillery was opened) were produced, encased in nifty wooden boxes, held shut with magnetic clasps embedded in the planks. The whisky is 21 years old, a special bottling crafted…

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Review: Moon Mountain Vodka

This brand new vodka hails from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. It’s certified organic, and, somewhat more interestingly, is distilled in copper pots. The triple-distilled spirit is sourced from (unspecified) grains grown in Minnesota and Indiana. Bottles don’t look like much, but they are individually numbered. Moon Mountain has no fear of slapping you upside the head with…

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Review: Rock Sake Junmai Ginjo and Cloud

Hailing not from Japan but from sunny Forest Grove, Oregon, Rock Sake is a contender that could bring a blush to any yakuza. Available in two varieties, we tried them both. (Both are 15% abv.) Rock Sake Junmai Ginjo is the company’s traditional, filtered sake that drinkers will be most familiar with. The sake is…

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