Review: Stellum Black Hunter’s Moon and The Lone Cyprus

Shortly before the holidays Stellum Spirits introduced another pair of Black label “specialty blends” growing their billboard of limited edition offerings at your local liquor store by roughly another square foot. I’ve got to hand it to the Barrell team, they play the brand saturation game just as well as their bigger competitors, maybe better,…

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Review: Paquera Mezcal Barril

We previously covered one of Paquera‘s three mezcal expressions in 2019. Now we’re back with another look at its 100% Barril agave-based mezcal. A rather weedy, vegetal mezcal, Paquera’s 100% Barril expression features heavy notes of cooked greenery, turned earth, and underbrush — both on the nose and the palate. There’s a bold sweetness on…

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Review: I Bourbon

That headline’s not a typo. The name of the bourbon is “I.” In fact, the I isn’t even on the front of the bottle. It’s embossed into the glass on the back. The front just says “bourbon.” This all seems like a difficult thing to brand and sell, but hey, that’s someone else’s problem, no?…

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Reviews: Wines of Elk Cove, 2023 Releases

Oregon’s Elk Cove offers the classic expressions endemic to the region, and today we look at a trio of current releases from the brand. 2019 Elk Cove Chardonnay Goodrich Yamhill-Carlton AVA – Refreshing, with vibrant notes of green apple and quince flavoring a creamy, lemon-infused custard palate. There’s ample vanilla in the mix, but enough…

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Review: La Purisma Fiero Habanero Tequila

Boldly staking its claim as “the spiciest infused tequila in the U.S.,” this is 100% agave blanco tequila blended with fresh (not dried) American habanero peppers that are clearly designed to burn you from the inside out. Results? Well, mission accomplished. The scorching experience is closer to sipping hot sauce — roasting every part of…

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Review: Amara Amaro D’Arancia Rossa

This Sicilian amaro is distinctly unique, thanks to blood orange peel being one of its primary ingredients. A pale orange in color, there’s quite a medicinal aroma here that immediately evokes the orange-flavored cough syrup we used to choke down as kids. (Delsym seems to be the modern equivalent.) It’s a tough thing to get…

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Review: Ferrand 10 Generations Cognac Port Cask Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit officially began on January 22, and to mark the occasion our friends at Maison Ferrand have put together a special edition of Ferrand’s 10 Generations Cognac bottling. This one — which features a dramatic, red label — undergoes a second round of aging in Port wine casks (for an undetermined…

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Review: The Magi Blended Rye Whiskey

Based in Bettendorf, Iowa, Cat’s Eye Distillery has built their brand name largely on the back of sourced spirits — notably bourbon, rye, and light whiskey — from the United States, Canada, and several European countries. Bottled under the Obtainium or Nassif Family Reserve labels, their sourced whiskeys have also grown in popularity as cask…

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