Review: Gran Centenario Leyenda Extra Anejo Tequila (2009)

Reportedly the first ever “extra anejo tequila” — a new designation recently allowed under Mexican law, established in 2006 for tequilas aged three years or longer — commercially released (others have since followed), Gran Centenario’s Leyenda is as dark a tequila as I’ve ever seen. The oak-brown color is seriously misleading, for this is as…

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Original Recipe: Great Prince of the Forest

Inspired by Rich Goldsmith (who asked if the primary two ingredients would work together — they do, and well), innovated by yours truly. I mixed up a bunch of these for our dinner guests tonight and they all went down quick. Great Prince of the Forest 1 1/2 oz. Jim Beam Red Stag 3/4 oz.…

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Review: Stevens Point Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA and Imperial Pilsner

Stevens Point releases these two new brews — be careful, as the labels and bottles look nearly identical — in time for summer. Both are limited edition releases, so shop early and shop often if you want to nab them. Stevens Point Whole Hog Six-Hop IPA is a beer with a gimmick, but it’s a…

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Review: Corzo Silver Tequila

Fragrant with light evergreen notes, Corzo is a delicate, lovely blanco tequila (100% agave, of course) that deserves top-shelf attention. Most blancos are heavy with vegetal agave notes — which can be pleasant but are often overpowering and sometimes harsh. Corzo is refined, but also full of flavor. It’s a bit minty, a bit like…

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Review: Rehorst Vodka, Citrus & Honey Vodka, and Gin

Rehorst? Funny name for a vodka, but it’s the name of the man behind Great Lakes Distillery in Wisconsin, which puts out this “Milwaukee Vodka” in a standard and unusual flavored version as well as a gin. We tried all three. Here’s how they stack up. Rehorst Vodka is distilled from red wheat and malted…

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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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