Review: McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt 3 Years Old (2009)

One sip — heck, one sniff — of McCarthy’s whiskey and you’d swear it was fresh off the boat from a foggy distillery on the shores of Islay instead of in Portland, Oregon. The only hint that you’re drinking something different is the pale gold color, a signal of a relatively short time in cask…

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Buy Some Wine, Do Something Good

Benefiting The Young School in St. Helena, California… some pretty impressive auction items, including: 2005 3L Harlan Napa Valley Red Wine 1.5L horizontal collection of 2005 Bond (Melbury, Vecina, St. Eden, Pluribus) 1.5L Levy & McClellan 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L Sloan Red Wine vertical collection (2003, 2004, 2005) Check out the full catalog at the…

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Review: Amarula Marula Fruit Cream Liqueur

“This natural fruit cream is produced from fresh cream and the unique fruit of the marula tree.” That pretty much means nothing to me, but that’s not going to stop anyone from drinking Amarula, a cream liqueur that hails from South Africa. You can functionally replace Irish Cream in any drink with Amarula, but the…

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February 22 Is National Margarita Day

Most people don’t need an official pronouncement to drink margaritas, but every little bit helps, I guess. Tomorrow is National Margarita Day (for real), Did you know? In honor, our friends at Tequila Herradura — which claims to have been the first tequila ever used in a margarita cocktail — offers some fun facts for…

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Review: Lagavulin Distillers Edition 2008 – Distilled 1992

Check out the Malts.com “Flavour Map” and look in the top right corner. Yep, that’s Lagavulin Distillers Edition, the whisky we’re drinking here, pegged to the limits of “smoky” and “rich.” There’s nothing subtle in Lagavulin’s 16-year-old special bottling (released in 2008), which is finished in Pedro Ximenez casks to finish off the whisky. This…

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Tequila Cocktails from Don Julio

Spend last night at an epic (10 dishes!) dinner thrown by the good folks at Don Julio Tequila (reviews here), showing off how Don Julio products work as a cocktail recipe component — and how those cocktails fit with food (turns out, quite well). Not a bad cocktail among the bunch — though the fan…

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Pepsi and Mountain Dew to Offer Cane Sugar Versions

“Mexican Cokes” — imported cola sweetened with cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup — are all the rage right now, mainly because they’re perceived as a healthier (or at least less full of chemicals) way to drink soda. Many believe they taste better, too, but side by side, tasted blind, the differences are…

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Review: Double Cross Vodka (2009)

Nothing sinister about the name, I assure you. Double Cross refers two, well, two crosses, as seen on the label and on the coat of arms of Slovakia, the country from which this vodka hails. There are certainly other Slovak vodkas out there, but this is the only one I’ve tried to date. Distilled seven…

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