Review: Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Cognac

I regret to inform the reader that Remy Martin’s new Cognac, 1738 Accord Royal, is not 273 years old. It is rather a new blend of some 240 eaux de vie, 65% Grande Champagne and 35% Petite Champagne grapes, aged between 4 and 20 years in Limousin oak barrels. The name derives from a 1731…

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Tasting Report: Nicolas Feuillatte Champagnes, 2011 Releases

Nicolas Feuillatte has appeared a few times in this blog, but at a recent event I had the chance to taste through a wide range of offerings from the upstart Champagne house — it got its start in 1976 but is no the #1 Champagne merchant in France and the #3 seller in the world…

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Review: iX MiXers

One way to prevent a hangover is to try any number of hangover prevention products before you go out. (I’ve reviewed dozens of them on this blog.) Another idea: Drop your poison into a hangover-stopping mixer directly, bypassing the need for a preliminary (and often nasty-tasting) pre-cure. That’s the idea with iX MiXers, a pair…

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Top 10 Geek Beers

Love this story about the geekiest beers on the planet, from Bachelors Degree Online (which apparently also has a lot to say about booze). My favorite on the list is actually #10: Sapporo Space Barley: Japanese brewery Sapporo holds the honor of making the first beer with space-grown ingredients. The barley that’s used for Sapporo’s…

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Review: Koval White Whiskeys, Rye, Millet Whiskey, and Ginger Liqueur

To call Koval Distillery an “artisan” operation would be the understatement of the year. Koval, based in Chicago, is a microdistillery of the bizarre: It takes organic, single grains — not just wheat and rye, but stuff like oats, millet, and spelt — and makes booze out of them. Bottled without aging (under the Koval…

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Review: Lixir Vodka

Wow, a powerful gut-puncher of a vodka from Michigan, artisanal, organic, and all that good stuff. Distilled from local (Michigan) red wheat, plus a little rye and barley from Minnesota, it goes through a continuous column still, purportedly a total of 88 times. It translates bizarrely: Not into a smooth operator with all the nuance…

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Review: Bootlegger 21 Vodka

The speakeasy craze has migrated from the bar world to spirits makers: From New York’s Prohibition Distillery comes this new vodka, Bootlegger 21. Its Old School aspirations aren’t easy to miss: From the retro paper label to the etched, green-glass bottle, Bootlegger will look right at home next to your rotary dial telephone. It takes…

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Review: Manso & Contreras Spanish Brandy de Jerez

Spanish brandy is not a product most drinkers have a familiarity with — nor does it resemble French brandy in any shape or form. Hailing from Jerez, Spain, Manso & Contreras comes from a distillery that has been making brandy since the 1800s. While it’s a new brand — Manso is a native Cuban who…

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