Review: Beers of Samuel Adams, 2009 Releases

Judging by that chill in the air, fall is definitely here, and that means a new batch of brews from Samuel Adams (and some old ones, too). Here’s how they stack up. Samuel Adams Boston Lager – The original, and more bitter than you’d think considering how commonly available this has become. Light body, with…

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Review: “Art in the Age” Root Liqueur

It takes balls to launch a new herbal liqueur these days. Bittersweet amaro-type liqueurs are not exactly part of a category which has bartenders and consumers jumping up and down, clamoring for more. But Art in the Age did it anyway, adding to their mixing bowls 13 herbs, spices, roots, and other ingredients — and…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2009

Big thanks to all who organized and publicized WhiskyFest San Francisco. Had a wonderful time and was dazzled by dozens of whiskeys… and I hope to try them all in greater depth in the coming months (some of the spirits sampled at the show weren’t even “finished” with their aging and bottling). Bummed by the…

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Review: Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey (2009)

Yes Virginia, they make whiskey out of wheat. Not all wheat, mind you, but mostly wheat. While Scotch is made from malted barley and bourbon is made primarily from corn, Bernheim Original is the only known whiskey on the market to use winter wheat as its primary grain. To be sure, wheat is a grain…

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Review: 901 Tequila Silver

Most tequilas try to trick you into feeling nostalgic with their fancy, old-school bottle designs, calligraphied labels, and rich histories. 901 says to hell with all that: This is a modern tequila with up-to-the-moment styling. (Curious why? This is a Justin Timberlake project. No, really.) The tequila, however, is indeed a classic experience. Available exclusively…

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Review: Don Roberto Tequila, Complete Lineup

Don Roberto is a tequila that’s been made in Mexico since 1840. Now it finally arrives in the U.S., and the company had master mixologist Junior Merino on hand to talk teq (did you know: There are only 128 tequila distilleries in Mexico but over 1,000 tequila brands?) and mix up some delicious tequila cocktails…

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Preemptive Apology

For all whom I might offend tonight, I offer a preemptive apology in the style of these high-society Chinese gentlemen… from the year 856. Click through for the elaborate original. Here it is translated… Yesterday, having drunk too much, I was intoxicated as to pass all bounds; but none of the rude and coarse language…

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Review: The Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph 1991

With WhiskyFest a mere 48 hours away from its triumphant beginning, we turn to another triumph — Glenlivet’s limited release Nadurra Triumph 1991. This 18-year-old spin on the distillery’s standard Nadurra 16 Year, Triumph 1991 is similar in color but richer in flavor, offering more depth than its more readily available brother. Here the wood…

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