Review: Canadian Club Chronicles Edition 1 41 Years Old

Fans of exceptionally old Scotch or Irish whiskey have lots of options in today’s booming hyper premium whisky market — that is as long as they have ungodly sums of money to exchange for the pleasure. Fans of Canadian whisky, on the other hand, have a hard time finding anything north of 18 years, if…

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Book Review: Drinking with My Dog: The Canine Lover’s Cocktail Book

There are certainly moments when drinking alone in solitude is a blissful thing. However, sometimes it’s equally enjoyable to have a loyal companion of the non-human sort quietly hanging around, relaxing next to your favorite chair, couch, or fireplace with unwavering loyalty. Such a celebration of dogs is the guiding concept behind Natalie Bovis’ book,…

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Review: Gran Centenario Leyenda Extra Anejo Tequila (2023)

In 2009, we had our first taste of Gran Centenario Leyenda. At the time, we reported that it was the first tequila to carry the illustrious extra anejo designation reserved for tequilas barrel-aged for three years or longer. Apparently, there was some debate about that (with Mr. Cuervo) as Leyenda no longer claims that title.…

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Book Review: The Unofficial Big Lebowski Cocktail Book

As a recently-minted member of the “olds,” it is my solemn duty to maintain a blissful level of ignorance when discussing the zeitgeist of coolness within the entertainment industry. I do not take this responsibility lightly, so I posit the question: Do we need a Lebowski-themed cocktail book in 2023? Has there been a new…

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Review: Teryan Armenian Brandy 8 Years Old

Armenia is one of the great, unsung brandy-producing regions of the world. This newly imported bottling is produced at Proshyan Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in the country, founded in 1885. The brandy is made from the Mskhali and Kangun grapes, which come from the Ararat, Armavir, and Vayots Dzor regions. It is aged…

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Book Review: Steve the Bartender’s Cocktail Guide

Steve the Bartender’s Cocktail Guide prides itself on accessibility, with both classic cocktails, and variations that will pique the curiosity of seasoned drink masters. With well over 100 recipes, it is quite easy to find something which can appeal to every taste and situation and doesn’t require previous knowledge or advanced expertise. It’s also quite…

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Review: Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Bourbon

We’re kind of doing things backwards here, as in 2022 we reviewed San Antonio-based Samuel Maverick’s Barrel Proof Bourbon — and only now are we stepping back to the tamer release, Samuel Maverick Private Reserve. At a mere 90 proof, the whiskey is a big step down from the 114 proof of the Barrel Proof…

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Review: 2020 San Felice Chianti Classico

We’ve profiled numerous bottles from Italy’s San Felice in the spring and summer of 2022, mainly on the label’s higher-end price range. Today, we look deeper into one of the label’s more affordable offerings: the 2020 Chianti Classico. It’s easygoing but hearty, with gentle notes of violet and peak-season raspberry on the nose. There’s a…

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