Review: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon 7 Years Old (2024)

Since they began procuring whiskey from other producers in 2011, Smooth Ambler hasn’t been shy about labeling the resulting products as sourced. Today, the distillery categorizes its offerings across three labels: Old Scout, a brand for their sourced offerings Founders’ Series, which denotes bottlings with 100 percent in-house distillate Contradiction, with bottlings containing a blend…

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Review: Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Gin

You’ll need to travel across the pond to find this special edition Tanqueray, called Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale Distilled Gin, as it’s not sold in the U.S. The recipe is simple: Take the classic four ingredients of Tanqueray — juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice — and add in French blackcurrants and vanilla. Boom: You’ve got yourself…

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Review: Bluebird Distilling Breakwater Bourbon

We’ve covered a pair of whiskey releases from Pennsylvania-based Bluebird Distilling in the past, with mixed results. Up next is a new bourbon, “well aged and lightly smoked,” with a charitable goal: 10% of profits from the sale of the whiskey go to the Jetty Rock Foundation, which aims to protect east coast oceans and…

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Review: Karbach Free & Easy Non-Alcoholic Belgian-Style White

Making a good Belgian white is tricky enough. Now make it without alcohol. Karbach’s rendition of an NA Belgian pulls it off fairly well: Boldly flavored with lemon, orange, and that inimitable coriander character, the palate is bright and acidic — like it’s already had the orange slice expressed and dropped into the glass. The…

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Review: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask Strength (2024)

Six years ago, Taiwan’s Kavalan re-launched the Single Cask Strength Series of its single malts, with high-proof versions of its four uniquely matured bottlings on tap. We didn’t review them at the time, but from what I can tell this was a semi-relaunch of the Solist series. Neither series however has been available since 2018,…

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Review: NON7 Stewed Cherry & Coffee Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

This large-format non-alcoholic cocktail is the seventh in NON’s zero-alcohol lineup, featuring a significant ingredient list built around sour cherries, cold brew coffee, garam masala, allspice, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, Murray River salt, and verjus. The sour cherries do most of the heavy lifting here, the fizzy underbelly giving the fruit something of a kombucha character…

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A Visit to St. Lucia Distillers

Getting to St. Lucia Distillers — best known stateside as the producer of the Chairman’s Reserve and Admiral Rodney rum lines — isn’t easy. St. Lucia is found near the southernmost tip of the West Indies island chain, though it is serviced directly from the U.S. and the UK by a handful of carriers. Our…

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Review: Stone Xocoveza Imperial Stout

Stone’s latest concoction is a holiday favorite that takes Imperial Stout and brews it with coffee, chocolate, pasilla peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make a finished product that’s inspired by Mexican hot chocolate. Don’t drink beer? You can also get the experience in coffee form, with Stone launching its own lines of fresh beans and…

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