Review: American Highway Reserve Route 1 and Route 2

Country music star Brad Paisley must like Jefferson’s Ocean, because he decided to use a similar approach when crafting his new bourbon in partnership with Bardstown Bourbon Co. But instead of using various waterways, Brad stuck to the roads, aging his American Highway Reserve Bourbon in barrels stored inside a 53-foot semi-trailer, dubbed the “rolling…

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Review: Wines of Bellissima Zero, 2022 Releases

Bellissima Zero is a wine that includes Christie Brinkley as its brand partner, the wine positioning itself in the BFY (aka “better-for-you”) and “better-for-the-planet” categories (apparently these are a thing). The new line of nonvintage still and sparkling wines are vegan and made with organic grapes. The “Zero” in the name is a reference to…

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Review: Shaker & Spoon Vodka Brunch Box

As high-end cocktail subscription service Shaker & Spoon notes, “Over the years our boxes have featured countless drinks to enjoy while twirling away in the twilight hours—so now it’s time for a slight change: three options primed to become the belles of your next brunch.” This installment of S&S’s box attempts the impossible: Making vodka…

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Review: Filey Bay Yorkshire Single Malt Whisky Flagship, STR, and Fino Single Cask (2022)

Made by the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery, Filey Bay is the first single malt whisky made in, “and of,” Yorkshire, England. The distillery says this because it’s a true “field to bottle” operation, made with local malt, pot distilled, and aged on site. Filey Bay has a rather extreme finishing operation, with over a half…

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Review: Joe Gambino’s Bakery King Cake Rum Cream

Made in New Orleans by our friends at Cocktail & Sons, which is known for its line of exotic syrups, this collaboration with Joe Gambino’s Bakery is the outfit’s first alcoholic product, a rum cream flavored to taste like the inimitable NOLA classic: king cake. The light brown — and vaguely pink — liqueur has…

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Review: Lemonade Stand at Main & Vine Cocktails

Lemonade Stand at Main & Vine is brought to you by The Wine Group, which includes in its hefty wine portfolio familiar brands such as Cupcake Vineyards, Franzia, Chloe, Benziger Family Winery, and of course, Main & Vine. The new ready-to-drink cocktail line bottled under the Lemonade Stand moniker aims to widen the reach of…

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Review: Brother’s Bond Cask Strength Bourbon

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley partnered up to launch Brother’s Bond in 2021, an MGP sourced and blended bourbon. In our review, we found the 2021 release to be a straightforward and harmless pour, one that hints it really preferring to be mixed in cocktails, especially given its 80 proof. The four-grain bourbon is actually…

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Recipe: Good Old Pine

It’s summer, folks. And it’s hot. I love a good Gin & Tonic as much as the next person, especially when the temps are rising, but I usually end up spending the warmer months pining for my wintertime staples like an Old Fashioned or Manhattan. Cocktails like the Good Old Pine are ideal for scratching…

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