Review: Voyant Chai Cream Liqueur

Voyant is not your typical Bailey’s knockoff — and there are many — nor is it another off-brand version of Kahlua. It is rather exactly what it claims to be: A liqueur designed to mimic milky chai tea. It is indeed a very credible simulacrum of boozy chai — with cinnamon, cloves, and a milky…

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Review: Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky

You got your spiced rum… well now you got your spiced whiskey, too!. From Phillips Distilling in Minnesota comes Revel Stoke, a Canadian Whisky with “spice and other natural flavors” added. Relaunched after years of absence from the shelves (it was originally released in 2000 and was often written as “Revelstoke”), the cult classic (as…

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Review: Tequila Espolon – Blanco and Reposado

This tequila brand, from the Jalisco Highlands, has been absent from the U.S. market after several years of exile. Now repackaged in squat bottles with wild, “Dance of the Dead”-inspired imagery depicting Mexican history on the labels, these 100% agave tequilas are being offered in both blanco and reposado expressions. The company also lays claim…

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Review: 2006 Catena Zapata Catena Alta Malbec Mendoza

An outstanding Argentinan Malbec, this wine is made from grapes harvested from four different estate vineyards, each at a different elevation in Mendoza, ranging from 2,850 feet to 4,725 feet. The result is an eye-opener, an intense yet fruit-forward wine with cherry and plum notes and a thick, vibrant licorice core. That sounds gross, I…

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Review: Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 and P.X. Aged Rum 5+5

These unique rums hail from Guyana and Barbados, and after aging there for five years they’re shipped to Spain for finishing in Sherry barrels. The amount and type of said finishing is what distinguishes the two rums from one another, and the end result couldn’t be more different. Dos Maderas Aged Rum 5+3 – As…

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Review: 3 Gruner Veltliners, 2010 Releases

Three new Gruner Veltliner white wines from our friends in Austria, all very low in alcohol and worthy of attention! 2008 Zantho Gruner Veltliner – A very crisp wine, with apple, lemon, and some peach notes. Very light body, and just 11.5% alcohol by volume, with a simple and light finish. Quite refreshing. Sealed with…

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Book Review: The Quick-Fix Hangover Detox

Subtitled “99 Ways to Feel 100 Times Better,” this slim tome (just 99 pages long including the index) is a straightforward list of recipes and advice for correcting the worst part of drinking: the hangover. The advice is split into three sections – before, during, and after you drink – and the advice varies from…

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Review: Patron Silver Tequila

For many, Patron is the gold standard of premium tequila. And indeed, Patron has done for the tequila market what Grey Goose did for vodka. Whether you like them or not, they have convinced the world that there were people out there who would pay for expensive versions of what many had previously assumed only…

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