Review: Firestone Walker XXV Anniversary Ale

California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Co. celebrated a quarter century of beer-making last fall with the release of this brew, dubbed XXV. It’s the 16th release in what has become an annual autumn rite in which the brewery and their local winemaker friends gather for a friendly blending competition and what must be one helluva party.…

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Review: Great Jones Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon, and Rye

Opened in 2021, Great Jones Distillery is Manhattan’s first and only legal distillery since Prohibition. Being so new, they aren’t yet bottling their own whiskey. Their products are currently distilled, aged, and bottled at Black Dirt distillery in upstate New York. Today we will be trying three of their whiskeys, but only the standard bourbon…

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Review: Wines of Orfila, 2022 Releases

Orfila makes wines in Argentina, but its roots trace to Italy: Spanish immigrant José Orfila founded his eponymous winery in 1905 in Mendoza on lands that were once owned by José de San Martin, Argentina’s founding father. In 2010, the Gancia family, accomplished Italian winemakers who had established themselves in Argentina decades earlier, merged their…

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Review: Jean-Luc Pasquet L’Organic 04 and 10 Cognac

We recently covered Jean-Luc Pasquet’s L’Organic 07 Cognac — and now we’re back with two additional expressions, both also organic, and made from 100% ugni blanc grapes grown in Grande Champagne. The difference, as you might have sussed out, is age: L’Organic 04 is at least 4 years old, while L’Organic 10 is a decade…

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Review: SelvaRey Coconut Rum

SelvaRey — best known as Bruno Mars’ rum company — is out with its newest expression: Coconut. No huge surprises await here. This is a two year old rum, filtered to clear, infused with “a velvety coconut essence.” As coconut rums go, SelvaRey doesn’t exactly raise the bar. A bit harsh on the nose, the…

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Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection Bourbon 17 Years Old (2022)

Can the world handle even more bourbon unicorns? Get ready for the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection, which some have described as a “springtime Parker’s Heritage Collection,” representing limited releases of some of the distillery’s most prized stock. The big difference here: While Parker’s is focused on innovation and experimentation, the Heaven Hill Heritage Collection will…

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Review: Hello Gorgeous Rose Vodka Spritzers

Hello Gorgeous is a new line of ready to drink cocktails that are rather unambiguous about their figuratively effervescent value proposition. “Sourced from the South of France, each sip is intended to bring out your inner Joie de Vivre.” It is also “about unleashing the beauty of your self expression to the world.” The base…

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Review: M&H Single Casks and Apex Dead Sea (2022)

Israel’s M&H (“Milk & Honey”) has been hard at work innovating with its unique single malts, laying down all manner of unusual single barrels that one rarely sees from the mainstream, much less out of a whisky rarity like Israel. Recently we received a collection of these bottlings, including three single barrel offerings and one…

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