Review: Martell Exquisite L’Or de Jean Martell Cognac

We’ve reviewed rare spirits before, but Martell’s Exquisite L’Or de Jean Martell cognac is to date the absolute rarest: Just 120 bottles are being sold. We got a taste — not much, mind you — but enough for a serious review. And my how quickly that went down. The 80-proof Martell’s Exquisite L’Or is, indeed,…

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Review: Gvori Vodka

Polish. Distilled from rye (four times). Positioned as a luxury brand. At 13 bucks a bottle. Gvori’s price is hard to beat — go much lower and you’re getting your vodka in plastic jugs — but the body of this one is exceedingly unusual. The initial palate is quite sweet, but then it fades quickly…

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Review: Thatcher’s Liqueurs – Cucumber, Apple Spice Ginger, and Tres Chiles

Typical liqueurs may be bottom shelf at your local liquor store, but this stuff, this is the real deal. Thatcher’s is distilled in rural Michigan, using organic ingredients and even organic fruit juice for appropriate coloring. These liqueurs are in very limited distribution right now, but pester your local booze merchant, because they’re worth checking…

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Review: 2006 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Robert Craig sent this pre-release vintage of its 2006 Howell Mountain Cabernet, and it’s quite a wine. Very big and, certainly, worth some time in the cellar before it’s ready for prime time, the ultra-dark wine features aromas of roasted meats and smooth plum notes. Right now the wine is tight and really needs time…

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Review: Seagram’s Brazilian Rum, Complete Lineup

It looks like cachaca is continuing its rise, and now even mass market spiriters Seagram’s is getting into the mix. Seagram’s (yeah, the gin guys!) new line of Brazilian rum doesn’t say cachaca on the label (and doesn’t offer a whole lot of information about what they’re created from or where, aside from “Brazil”), and…

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‘Cello Roundup: Limoncello and Beyond from Pallini and Loft (2009)

Limoncello is a lovely and simple liqueur that is made from lemon rind and sugar and steeped in alcohol. Served chilled, it can be a bracing way to start the afternoon or end the evening, and it’s an essential ingredient in any number of cocktail recipes. But it seems you can make a ‘cello out…

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Review: Dry Sack Oloroso 15 Years Old Solera Especial

One reader recently asked why we don’t review much sherry around here, and the answer is simple: They don’t send us much sherry to review, and in fact they don’t sell much of it in the U.S. at all. In fact, Williams & Humbert’s Dry Sack 15-year Oloroso is the first sherry we’ve formally reviewed…

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Successful Drinking: It’s in the Genes

Why can some men drink so much and create masterpieces of literature and art in the process, while others are turned into simpletons by half a glass of beer? Prospect Magazine has the answer: Beethoven fell under the influence in the later part of his creative life. Among painters, Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon…

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