Review: 8 Bruichladdich Expressions, 2010 Releases

Islay’s Bruichladdich produces so many whiskys that it’s hard to keep up. We got a look at eight of its most recent releases. Bruichladdich 16 Years Old First Growth Series: Cuvee E Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes Finish – Part of a series of six cuvees, each finished in a first-growth Bordeaux cask. This one is from…

Read More about Review: 8 Bruichladdich Expressions, 2010 Releases

Review: 2008 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Lodi

You can always count on the Zinfandel people to come up with a punny name for their wines — and none is more over the top than Michael-David’s 7 Deadly Zins, a bargain Lodi wine that is ubiquitous in liquor stores. What’s it like? Seriously, intensely smoky — deadly, even — with huge raisin and…

Read More about Review: 2008 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel Lodi

Review: 2008 & 2009 Mouton Cadet and Cadet d’Oc Wines

Now on its 80th year, Mouton Cadet is a venerable budget label from the venerable Baron Philippe de Rothschild. (If your supermarket carries any French wine, it’s probably this.) The brand is now extending the line but instead of blending a selection of grapes, traditional with all Bordeaux wines, the new Cadet d’Oc wines (pictured)…

Read More about Review: 2008 & 2009 Mouton Cadet and Cadet d’Oc Wines

Recipe: Pass the Turkey

I love a good Thanksgiving cocktail… but boy are they hard to do right. This one, “Pass the Turkey,” created by Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer, sounds just about perfect. Pass the Turkey 1.5 oz. Wild Turkey 101 2 oz. apple cider 1 Tbs cranberry jelly 1 sprig fresh sage 1 sprig fresh thyme Muddle sage…

Read More about Recipe: Pass the Turkey

Review: Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps

Admittedly, we don’t review a lot of schnapps here, but when Hiram Walker asked us to look at Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps, I figured it couldn’t hurt. The company’s triple sec is an amazing product at a ridiculously cheap price. And who doesn’t like cinnamon? Well, grated atop your eggnog cinnamon it’s one thing, but…

Read More about Review: Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps

Review: Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

The latest entry into the Kahlua family is this limited edition flavor designed for the holidays: Peppermint Mocha. The named characteristics are authentic: It’s quite minty, with a chocolate undertone. What’s missing is much sense of traditional coffee flavor. It’s mint, then chocolate, the coffee, in that order. In fact, the peppermint pretty handily overpowers…

Read More about Review: Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

Review: Southern Comfort 100

The folks at Southern Comfort were convinced that, though I didn’t care for SoCo Lime, something a little more refined would be to my taste. So they sent this: Southern Comfort 100 (100 as in proof), a higher-alcohol version of the classic Bourbon-peach liqueur. For starters, it’s darker in color and with none of the…

Read More about Review: Southern Comfort 100

Review: 2009 Foppiano Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Lightly oaked but with a very rich mouthfeel, this Russian River Chardonnay features mellow fruit with just a touch of wood on it. Butter, apple, a touch of fig — not much complexity, but it’s a wine that really doesn’t need it. Good value. B+ / $18 Related Stories: Review: 2008 Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah…

Read More about Review: 2009 Foppiano Chardonnay Russian River Valley