Original Recipe: Highland Split

If it feels like the world is awash in craft cocktail recipes, that’s because it is. With so many different options for vermouths, amari, bitters, tinctures, and everything else that can acceptably be mixed with alcohol, the sky is the limit. And you don’t have to get wildly creative to construct your own unique cocktail…

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Visiting Barrow’s Intense Tasting Room, World’s Largest Selection of New York State Spirits

When Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur opened a new Brooklyn distillery in May 2019, founder Josh Morton was adamant about creating a full bar and tasting room experience for visitors: cocktails, spirits served neat, seasonal specials, and even a full bottle shop. But under New York law, virtually all craft distillers in the state with retail…

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Review: 2021 Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Rose

Billed as a low-calorie (85 per serving), low-carb wine, Sunny With a Chance of Flowers really trims down its waistline load by lowering its alcohol level to a mere 9% abv. What’s in it? Who knows. The official website lists the grape varietal as “rose,” so there’s really no telling — though we do know…

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Review: Jacob’s Pardon American Whiskey #2 8 Years Old

We recounted the story behind Jacob’s Pardon in our review of their two 15-year-old whiskeys and 8-year-old Small Batch American Whiskey Recipe #1. Today we are trying the second release of the younger offering. For Recipe #2, Master Blender (and well-known spirits writer) Paul Pacult took a very different approach. The earlier release included MGP…

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Review: Opihr Spices of the Orient Gin

Opihr “Spices of the Orient” is a London dry gin that’s inspired by the old Spice Route that stretched from Europe to Persia, India, and China. Its ingredient list includes cardamom, black pepper, and ginger from India; juniper from Italy; cubeb berries from Malaysia; coriander from Morocco; orange peel from Spain; cumin and grapefruit peel…

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Review: Flying Ace Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Here’s a more budget-friendly whiskey offering from the folks behind Michigan’s Fox & Oden. At a stated minimum of just three years old, this is a considerably younger bourbon than that brand, but it relies on the same high rye, MGP-distilled mashbills. The name is said to be inspired by “generations of American aviators” while…

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Review: Rombauer 2020 Chardonnay and 2019 Zinfandel

The 2020 edition of Rombauer’s famous chardonnay has arrived. We review it here alongside a new zinfandel release. 2020 Rombauer Chardonnay Carneros – One of California’s most iconic chardonnays is renowned for its oakiness, and with this 2020 expression the reputation initially feels earned. Bright apple notes are paired with coconut and some sesame oil…

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Review: Craigellachie 13 Years Old Bas-Armagnac Finish

This new release from Craigellachie — the inaugural release in its new Cask Collection series — finishes a 13 year old whisky in brandy barrels, but eschews Cognac for its neighbor — Armagnac. It’s rare to see Armagnac-finished spirits of any type, so it’s fun to tuck into this new release, which is initially aged…

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