Review: The Glenlivet 12, 15, 18, and 21 Years Old, Nadurra 16 Years Old, and XXV (2008)

After digging Glenlivet’s 25 year old Scotch, the company was kind enough to send samples of the rest of the “core” lineup — the bottles that are available worldwide, year-round, all the time — for comparison. This Speyside giant produces quite a range of whiskys. Some thoughts follow. Glenlivet 12 Years Old (2008) – Your…

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Review: Jett Vodka

It’s another vodka, so let’s cut to the sell. Jett is infused not with fruit but with the staples of energy drinks: Caffeine, guarana, and ginseng. (What, no taurine!?) Now on sale only in Los Angeles, Jett offers club kids a way to get their stimulants and depressants together without having to shell out an…

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Review: Crystal Head Vodka

Not familiar with Crystal Head, which has been a boozing sensation for weeks now? Watch this… then continue reading the review. So there you go. This is vodka placed in a bottle that is shaped in the form of one of the infamous crystal skulls, which have become far better known now that they made…

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The Best Whiskey for Irish Coffee

Alex writes: What’s the best whiskey for Irish Coffee? Good question. I sampled all the Irish I had on hand in coffee and it was a tossup between the standard bottlings of Bushmills and Jameson. The only Irish that didn’t work well was Black Bush, which just didn’t play right with the bitterness of the…

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Review: Ron Atlantico Private Cask Rum

Unless you live in Miami, good luck getting your mitts on Ron Atlantico. For now, this fine Dominican rum is sold only in South Florida, though fortunately the company is planning expansion. Where and how quickly… that’s the question. The origin of Ron Atlantico is interesting: It’s a bourbon-dark rum that’s belnded from a selection…

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Review: 2007 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

Even if you live in the heart of the heartland, chances are you’ve seen Louis Jadot’s wines at your local supermarket or liquor store. Jadot is to France as Mondavi is to California. The company produces an astonishing 250-plus different bottlings, so many that it includes a search function on its wine list on its…

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Review: Triple Eight Vodkas

I’d never seen it until recently, but Triple Eight vodka, with its distinctive three eight balls on the label, has been around since 2001. This vodka is an odd combination of organic corn from Holland (they grow corn in Holland!?) and water drawn from a well in Nantucket, where it is distilled. Mainly available on…

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World’s Largest Irish Coffee To Be Mixed on November 10

The world’s largest Irish coffee is set to be a mere 15 gallons in size when San Francisco’s Buena Vista Cafe goes for a Guinness World Record on November 10, 2008. That’s big, to be sure, but that sounds like a record that’ll be pretty easy to break. Heck, with a big enough mug I…

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