Book Review: Last Call

What’s the last drink you’d want before you die? I’ve been thinking about this since cracking open Last Call, but still haven’t made up my mind. Maybe a Zombie. Something to go out with a bang, and something immediately delicious and decadent. Definitely not something like a Martini or a Negroni… though some 30 year old…

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Review: Maestro Dobel 50 Silver Oak Tequila

Maestro Dobel is back again with another ultra-luxe tequila bottling in the Dobel 50 lineup, this one called Dobel 50 Silver Oak. The concept this time around takes a 100% agave extra anejo Lowlands tequila and finishes it in Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels. As far as production details go, that’s about all we…

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Review: Stone Imperial Stout and Stone Imperial Stout Whiskey

Stone Brewing Company recently partnered with Foundry Distilling Company of Des Moines, Iowa to create Stone Imperial Stout Whiskey. Here’s how the whiskey is made, per Stone: “The wort of Stone Imperial Stout (liquid resulting from the first stage of the brewing process), was distilled and aged in charred oak barrels, creating the distillery’s first…

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Review: Five Trail Blended American Whiskey Batch 002

You know you’ve hit peak whiskey when Coors gets in on the game. Molson Coors, in fact, started its whiskey operation in September 2021 with the launch of Five Trail Blended American Whiskey. This eluded us at the time, but now the brand is out with batch 002, a blend made in partnership with Bardstown…

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Review: Espolon Tequila Cristalino

Espolon has emerged as one of the reliable workhorses of the relatively low-cost tequila world, but that hasn’t prevented the company from moving into six-year-old anejos and, now, a cristalino expression. It’s made from Espolon’s anejo as a base, “with a touch of extra Añejo,” then filtered through charcoal to clarify it. Tougher and more…

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Review: Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter

There’s Hershey’s chocolate in Yuengling’s Hershey’s Chocolate Porter  — available for the fourth year in a row — but there surely isn’t much of it. This beer, while suitably festive, doesn’t cut a much different picture vs. a traditional porter, though a touch of added sweetness — more cola than chocolate, in this writer’s opinion…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Double Barreled Blend Bourbon (2022)

It’s round 16 for the Parker’s Heritage Collection, this one an unusual blend of of two different bourbons, one of which has been double barreled. The two bourbons are then blended post aging to produce this once-only limited edition. The details are complicated, so I’ll let Heaven Hill explain it all: This edition consists of…

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Review: Telson Tequila Blanco

Multi-brand beverage startup Romero Brands launched a new tequila last year called Telsón, made from 100% Highlands agave. Per the company, “Each 750-ml bottle features the geographic coordinates (20°40’18.4”N, 102°36’55.6″W) on the neck label that corresponds to the location of Hacienda Capellania, the farm in San José de Gracia, Jalisco, Mexico, where the first crop…

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