Review: Don Elias Tequila Extra Anejo

It’s hard to find an extra anejo tequila that isn’t any good, and Don Elias proves that you can make a really solid one — even if you don’t charge an arm and a leg. At just $75 a bottle, Don Elias Extra Anejo is the least expensive Extra I’ve ever tried, and yet the…

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Review: Michael-David Lust, Sloth, and Gluttony Zinfandels, 2011 Releases

Michael-David’s 7 Deadly Zins is a staple of every Supermarket in America. But it is also endeavoring to bottle individual “Zins,” with three serious vices — lust, gluttony, and sloth — now available. Personally, I’m holding out for greed, but meanwhile we tried the three current editions, each a Zin from a different part of…

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Review: Esprit de June Liqueur

Nothing if not a unique spirit, Esprit de June is crafted from the vine flowers of a variety of grapes, primarily Ugni Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The French company would love for you to believe that the flowers on each grapevine contribute different flavor characteristics to the liqueur, but with something this sweet, picking…

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Review: Pisco Porton

I’ve learned more about pisco in the last 48 hours than I’ve ever wanted to know. In a nutshell, pisco is the Peruvian or Chilean take on brandy (the two countries are virtually over war over which pisco is “real”): Made by distilling wine then bottling it without aging, pisco is a white spirit that…

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Review: 2011 Sparklers from Lamberti, Freixenet, and Valdo

Just because New Year’s Eve has come and gone doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking sparkling wines. (Remember, Valentine’s Day is just weeks away!) Here are four affordable and widely available non-vintage sparklers from our friends in Italy and Spain. Get more easy-to-find sparkling reviews here! NV Lamberti Prosecco Extra Dry – (Italy) – A…

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Review: Cockspur Fine Rum and Bajan Crafted Rum 12 Years Old

Cockspur isn’t a new name in the rum business, but corporate changes have led to Cockspur recently updating the way it sells its product in the U.S. Most notably, for the first time in decades, Cockspur’s U.S.-sold bottlings will be bottled in Barbados, where all the rum is made. Previously, Cockspur you purchased here was…

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Review: Single de Samalens Armagnac 8 Years Old

Good armagnac can be elusive, but Single de Samalens makes a compelling case for its revival. This armagnac is “single distillery, single grape” — Samalens is 100% ugni blanc, aged 8 years — and is designed to be dry (like whisky) instead of sweet. Sure enough, Single de Samalens has an intensely woody character, not…

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Review: John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey

After Jameson and Bushmill, most drinkers would be hard-pressed to come up with another Irish whiskey brand. Well, I’m going to tell you to check out John L. Sullivan. This small batch Irish, named after the last bare-knuckled boxing heavyweight world champion, is distinguished by being aged in “single use” Bourbon barrels. Now, most Irish…

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