Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye 8 Years Old (2021)

The release last year of Sagamore Spirit’s first bottled-in-bond rye, made entirely in-house at their Baltimore distillery, somewhat overshadowed the release of this whiskey, an eight-year-old Reserve Series offering distilled on contract in Indiana. While the distillery’s Reserve Series has typically focused on unique finishes like tequila and calvados, Sagamore kept things simple with this…

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Review: Onda Tequila Seltzer – Watermelon, Grapefruit and Blood Orange

Onda is a brand of tequila seltzers that leads with its lifestyle credo of “endless summer in a can,” replete with a retro vibe website that evokes the “surf style of the ’90s.” The drinks comprise blended tequila blanco, seltzer, and real fruit juice, nothing more, not even added sweeteners. (Though note: one never can…

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Review: The Gladstone Axe Blended Scotch – American Oak and Black Axe

The Gladstone Axe is a blended Scotch line created in honor of William Gladstone, who served as Prime Minister of Britain four times during the reign of Queen Victoria. There are two whiskies in the line, both made from 100% malt whiskies; no grain whisky in the mix. The Gladstone Axe American Oak Whisky is…

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Review: 2022 Garrison Brothers Bourbon Brawl Cocktail Kit

Last month, our friends at Garrison Brothers Distillery launched a cocktail competition to unearth the very best cocktail made using their unique Texas bourbon. The winner was crowned: Albert Pero III from New York. (New York!?), the founder and creator of Spirit for Spirits, “a bartending battle YouTube show that highlights all the amazing things…

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Review: Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky – Legend wWw 10th Anniversary Edition

Penderyn’s Legend bottling isn’t a new whisky, and this expression, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of Women Who Whiskey, doesn’t shift its focus perceptibly, aging initially in ex-bourbon casks and finishing in Madeira barriques. Why select this whisky for a wWw collaboration? Easy: Penderyn‘s distilling and blending team in Wales is entirely female. 3000 bottles…

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Review: Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal

Celebrity spirits don’t get much cooler than last year’s launch of Dos Hombres, which was a collaboration between Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, stars of one of the coolest TV shows ever, Breaking Bad. Adding to the street cred, it wasn’t a boring tequila or a whiskey but a mezcal, which is arguably the coolest spirits category…

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Review: Peat’s Beast Scotch Whisky

Young and heavily peated whisky is always a curious experience, combining the double-edged brashness of smoky peat with not-yet-matured spirit in the hopes that two balance each other out, at least to some degree. Peat’s Beast is released by an outfit called Fox Fitzgerald, and it offers no age statement or really much else in…

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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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