Review: Clear Creek Pear Brandy

Pear brandy certainly doesn’t get a whole lot of play in the spirits business. But I guess pears don’t get a lot of play in the produce department, either. Tis a pity. Clear Creek (which makes a stellar Oregon whiskey) offers this classic Poire William, made from crushed whole Bartlett pears from its own orchards,…

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Review: Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka

For some reason, this brief review of Grey Goose vodka is regularly the most-visited page on this website. Why is that? I have no idea, except that it seems that a lot of people really like to drink France’s wheat-based Grey Goose, and I guess they want to read all they can about what they’re…

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Review: 3 Williams & Humbert Sherries – Don Guido, Dos Cortados, and Jalifa

I’ve said before that I am not much of a sherry drinker, but seriously, Harvey’s Bristol Cream is about the only sherry that America knows: You even see it on the dessert wine list at some of the finest restaurants… despite the fact that you can nab a bottle for about 12 bucks. Following up…

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Review: Maker’s Mark Bourbon

I’ve written a lot about Maker’s Mark — hell, I spent like half a day with one of the “Makers,” Rob Samuels — but somehow I never got around to actually writing about the bourbon they make. I’m not going to rehash the distillery’s history, but I will talk a bit about this phenomenally popular…

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Snapple Goes Natural

The call it the Best Stuff on Earth. Hyperbole, perhaps, but at least that now means it’s not loaded with corn syrup. That’s right: Snapple has the “natural” bug, undergoing what the company calls the most significant makeover in its 37-year history, replacing corn syrup with natural cane sugar. (Previous “natural” claims got Snapple into…

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Review: Tanteo Flavored Tequilas (2009)

Thanks to new Mexican legislation, flavored tequilas continue to arrive, and Tanteo has two of the most intriguing concoctions we’ve seen yet (plus one already-familiar infusion). All 100% agave, these three tequilas add natural flavors to an 80 proof base, with curious results. All appear to use unaged blanco tequila as the starting point: Though…

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Recipe: The P.B.L.T.

This is an insane amount of work for a drink (and it’s barely a drink), but I absolutely love the presentation. This recipe for a reinvented (and alcoholic) BLT sandwich comes from Gina Chersevani. P.B.L.T. 1 oz Plymouth gin 1 cube of lettuce water 1 cube of tomato water Spray vinegar on one side of…

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Review: LiV Vodka

Who knew they grew potatoes on Long Island? Who knew they made vodka out of them? Crazy, yet here we are, with LiV Vodka — aka Long Island Vodka, 80 proof, all potato-based, and bottled in French glass. The flavor is unique. While it lacks a discernible nose, it’s got a huge rush of flavor…

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