Review: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 100 Proof

I’ll start by saying I’m not entirely clear what the function of a new version of Captain Morgan is. The old version has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and comes in at a standard 70 proof. The new one has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and hits…

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Review: Kirkland Macallan Sherry Cask Finish 18 Years Old

Kirkland? If that name sounds familiar it’s because it’s the house brand of big box megastore Costco. And yes, they bottle their own brand of Macallan Scotch whisky. For newbie whisky drinkers, allow me to explain in brief. In a nutshell, this is how it works: In Scotland they make a lot of whisky. Sometimes…

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Review: Canadian Club Sherry Cask

The top of the Canadian Club line, this limited-run Canadian whisky is made in small batches and aged a minimum of eight years in white oak barrels and finished in old Jerez sherry casks. Bottled at 82.6 proof into traditional and elegant bottles (complete with natural cork closure), it’s a long way from the Canadian…

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Recipe: Jett Vodka G5

The name of this cocktail — designed for downing on New Years Eve — from the folks at Jett Vodka is downright awful, but it sounds really delicious. I’ll be making one up as soon as I can wrangle a few grapefruit. Jett Vodka G5 1 oz. Jett Vodka 1 oz. Limoncello 1/2 oz. fresh…

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Review: Sol Mexican Beer (2008)

Sol, where have you been all my life? On a lark, I ordered a bottle of Sol — a brand I’d been wholly unfamiliar with — during a quick Mexican dinner this evening. That rapidly turned into a second, which disappeared as quickly as the first. Sol is a traditional Mexican brew that dates back…

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How Cold Is It?

It’s snowing in Napa. Photo from CADE Winery on Howell Mountain. Related Stories: Tasting Report: Wines of Howell Mountain 2009 Tasting Report: Wines of Howell Mountain 2012 Tasting Report: Wines of Howell Mountain 2015 Review: Wines of Arkenstone, 2007 Vintage

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Review: Boca Loca Cachaca

Boca Loca is another good cachaca to recently hit the market — and with its lipstick-scrawled-on-glass packaging it immediately presents itself as an uncomplicated product designed for the masses. I expect any drinker would have an easy time approaching this cachaca, which tastes and smells not of the spirit’s typical gasoline but rather of charred…

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Review: Indio Vodkas

As promised yesterday, today we’re plowing through the five vodkas (one straight, four flavored) from Portland’s Indio Spirits. All five are 80-proof and distilled from rye, then filtered through charcoal-activated coconut husks. (All the vodkas are uncolored, too, and feature very approachable prices.) Indio Silver Edition Vodka – This is the straight, unflavored vodka, and…

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