Review: Tequila Eterno Verano Blanco

While inspired by Bruce Brown’s classic 1966 surf film The Endless Summer, I’m assured you don’t have to be a surfer to drink this beach-centric blanco, a 100% blanco offering crafted from a blend of Highlands and Lowlands agave by Master Tequilero Arturo Fuentes. Let’s give it a spin. Somewhat rustic on the nose, this…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Single Casks: Bourbon, Sherry and Cuvee

With Courage & Conviction now well-established and reinforced by a line of cask-specific single malts derived from that flagship blend, the next frontier in the lineup for Virginia Distillery Co. is cask strength, single cask offerings. We got a taste of that last year with Cuvee Single Cask and, more recently, with an independently bottled…

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Review: Kiss Cold Gin

It’s our second round with the spirits of rock band Kiss, whose lineup comprises three rums and this, a “New York Style” gin (which is also available in Navy strength now) named after the Kiss song of the same name. What is New York Style gin? I’m unclear, but the brand does say that it…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey 1872

Wyoming Whiskey continues the celebration of Yellowstone National Park’s 150th birthday with its latest, extremely rare offering, 1872. Proceeds will again go to support the nonprofit Yellowstone Forever, but while only $5 of each bottle of National Parks Edition No. 2 is being donated, the entirety of this bourbon’s hefty price tag will be generously…

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Review: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout lineup hit shelves this fall with seven different expressions, including the return of the much-loved Coffee Stout, which has not been seen for five long years. At this point, I’m pretty sure you know how a coffee stout baby is born, but here’s some more backstory from Goose Island.…

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Review: Fuji Single Grain Japanese Whiskey 30 Years Old

  We sampled the wares of Fuji earlier in the year, learning about its approach to grain whiskey, which involves three different mashbills and distilling processes. While Fuji’s standard Single Grain release carries no age statement, this edition is quite the opposite, bearing a 30 year old age statement — with some of the whiskies…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon New Year 2023

Well, it’s that time of year again, where you’re supposed to be making New Year’s resolutions not to drink so much, but along comes Barrell Craft Spirits with its annual New Year release just daring you to forget all about Dry January. (We did.) When it first launched in 2016, this bourbon was something of…

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Review: Flying Embers Margaritas and Mojitos

Flying Embers is best known for making hard kombuchas, but it also produces hard seltzers and these canned cocktails, all made with zero sugar and zero carbs. Its unclear what these “cocktail inspired drinks” are made from, but it’s not distilled spirits and it’s not malt liquor. The labels sclaim “alcohol from organic cane sugar,”…

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