Review: Portofino Dry Gin

Made in Italy and distilled in a traditional copper pot still, Portofino boasts 21 botanicals, and although the full list remains secret, the bottle and their website mention juniper, lemon, lavender, rosemary, marjoram, sage, iris, and rose. Poured into a glass, the gin offers a very aromatic nose that includes perfumed notes of rose that…

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Review: Los Sundays Tequila, Blanco and Reposado

There isn’t much information available about Los Sundays Tequila. It is double distilled from a blend of highland and lowland, 100% Blue Weber agave and it is said to be sustainably made, sugar free, and gluten free. That’s about it. The website provides little more data, but it does offer for sale a whole bunch…

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Review: Glendalough Mizunara Cask 7 Years Old

The Irish whiskey magicians at Glendalough take a return trip to Japan (following on its previous 13, 17, and 25 year old releases) with the launch of Glendalough Mizunara Cask-Finished Whiskey, a youthful 7 year old single malt that is finished in this rare, Japanese oak. (Glendalough was the first Irish whiskey producer to use…

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Review: Spanish Earl Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Spanish Earl — named for famed Spanish general Juan del Aguila (and featuring his visage) — is a product from Kinsale Spirit Co., based in County Cork, Ireland. This unusual malt spends 4 years in bourbon casks before being split into two types of finishing casks, one an Imperial stout cask, the other a Jamaican…

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Review: Tequila Komos Reposado Rosa and Anejo Cristalino

Tequila Komos comprises three unusual selections — a pink reposado, an anejo cristalino, and an extra anejo — and that’s it. No blanco. Curious. “Inspired by the Mediterranean,” as the cristalino notes, these tequilas undergo unorthodox aging processes, using wine barrels across the lineup in lieu of (or in addition to) standard bourbon barrels. Other…

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Review: Flying Tumbler Irish Whiskey “The Bird”

More Irish whiskey is headed our way, folks. The Flying Tumbler brand — named for a local pigeon — isn’t quite 2 years old. Here’s what we know: Flying Tumbler, an Irish Whiskey brand created and launched by the Walsh family, is available in the U.S. market rolling out first in the North Eastern portion…

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Review: Waterford Distillery Biodynamic Luna 1.1

In their quest to create the perfect “natural” whisky, Waterford Distillery is leaving no stone unturned. From an obsession with terroir, culminating in their recent The Cuvee bottling, to a focus on organic practices, Waterford is taking an almost winemaker-like approach to the typically conservative craft of whisky-making. Last fall, the distillery released a whisky…

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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Trinidad 2012

A recent night out in Austin provided me the good fortune to meet Eric Kaye, founder of the top-shelf Holmes Cay rum brand, in person. (Fun fact: Holmes is his middle name, and then there’s “Kaye” and “Cay.”) A lively education session and tasting reminded me that I had a small sample of Holmes Cay’s…

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