Review: Gordon & MacPhail MacPhail’s Collection 8 Years Old – Glenrothes, Highland Park, and Tamdhu

Gordon & MacPhail is one of the most — if not the most — well-respected independent bottlers of Scotch whiskys in the world. Recently the company put out three young and inexpensive renditions of whiskys drawn from the casks of some major-name distilleries. Here’s how they stack up. All are 86 proof and, oddly, eight…

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Recipe: Scotch Mist

I’ve had this recipe, ripped from Imbibe Magazine, on my fridge for the better part of the year. Finally whipped a few up in recent days — and they’re quite tasty. The original recipe is noted here, but I recommend easing up on the St. Germain, maraschino, and honey syrup by at least 25 percent…

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Review: 2007 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee Chalk Hill

For such a young wine with big grapes (this Bordeaux blend is 39% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 22% cabernet franc, and 9% malbec), Calluna Vineyards’ 2007 Cuvee Chalk Hill is remarkably easygoing. This Sonoma wine spent 22 months in oak barrels, and it comes across with flavors of fresh fig, cedar, some chocolate, and light…

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Review: Brugo Travel Mug

By now every urban legend fanatic knows what a deadly menace too-hot coffee can be. Between the scorched privates and scaled tongues, it’s a miracle anyone drinks this stuff at all. How do you get your coffee down to a tolerable temperature without it getting too cold? Brugo’s answer is an elaborate travel mug with…

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Review: Compass Box Orangerie

The folks at Compass Box make some unusual whiskys to begin with, but Orangerie is something unlike any other Scotch you’re likely to have tried: Take a Highland single malt whisky (from Fife) and add hand-zested Navalino orange peel, Indonesian cassia (cinnamon), and Sri Lankan cloves to it. Bottle the infusion and you have Orangerie,…

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Review: Rain Flavored Vodkas, Complete Lineup

The folks at Rain — which makes vodka from organic white corn and distills it seven times — have recently expanded their lineup to four uniquely flavored vodkas. We got our hands on the complete lineup. All are 70 proof and flavored naturally. Rain Lavender Lemonade Vodka is a comparably mild concoction, but quite sweet…

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Tasting Report: VinItaly San Francisco, October 2009

Wandering around the crowded, poorly-organized, no-signs-anywhere VinItaly tasting of a rather random collections of Italian wines, a fellow attendee asked how I was liking the show. I remarked on the above and added that the program was of absolutely no help in any of this and the man smiled back, shrugged, and noted, “That’s the…

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Review: Kahlua Coffee Cream Liqueur

Kahlua keeps expanding its product lineup, and the latest member of the Kahlua family is this limited edition bottling: Kahlua Coffee Cream 100% Arabica. The recipe is pretty simple: Kahlua liqueur mixed with real cream and bottled for your convenience. It’s slightly lower in proof than standard Kahlua — 34 proof vs. 40 proof —…

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