Review: 4 Devils Backbone IPAs, 2022 Relaunch

Devils Backbone, based in Roseland, Virginia, has relaunched its family of four IPAs, “with both re-released classics and new favorites with a new face.” That face includes DB’s new IPA mascot: “Buck Tradition,” which is a cartoon deer that wears sunglasses and a visor. Let’s dig in to the full lineup, which is also available…

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Review: Drumshanbo with Sardinian Citrus Gunpowder Irish Gin

The formal product name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but this new expression of Drumshanbo‘s top-shelf “Gunpowder” Irish gin takes the original formula and spins it just so. Again it’s a grain neutral gin that starts with the same eight botanicals as Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin: juniper, angelica root, orris root, caraway seed, coriander…

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Review: 2021 Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red and Sparkling White

It’s been twelve years since we last reviewed Banfi’s delightful dessert wine Rosa Regali Sparkling Red, and it deserves another visit, particularly since it is joined this year by a new Sparkling White. Both are lightly fizzy, sweet dessert wines and both show particularly low abv: 7%. Let’s see how the Sparkling Red compares to…

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Review: Old Line Spirits Single Malt Bottled-in-Bond

We’ve reviewed Old Line Spirits American Single Malt Whiskeys before, but their new Bottled-in-Bond represents their first offering that was distilled, aged, and bottled at their Baltimore home. This release is a 5-year-old single malt that was double copper pot still distilled and aged in #4 char virgin American Oak barrels. Let’s give it a…

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Review: Suyo Pisco Single Origin No. 1

Suyo Pisco No. 1 is a new Peruvian pisco made entirely from Quebranta grapes drawn from the Mala Valley. Its claim of “single origin” isn’t absolutely clear since the grapes are purchased from a variety of vineyards, but they all seem to be drawn from this one district in Lima, Peru. The brand was introduced…

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Review: Tequila Tromba, Complete Lineup

Here’s a fun fact: Tequila Tromba is the top-selling independent tequila… in Canada. A Highlands-born spirit, Tromba is now tiptoeing its way into the U.S., where all three traditional expressions are available. We tried them all. Here goes. All are 80 proof. NOM 1547. Tequila Tromba Blanco – Very light-handed on the whole, this silver tequila…

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Review: Inspiro Tequila Luna Blanco

Looking at the bottle above, you might expect Inspiro to be a vodka. I promise this is not but rather a blanco tequila, which launched in the U.S. in late 2021. The brand was founded by Mara Smith, a former Chicago attorney, who fell in love with tequila and recruited Ana Maria Romero Mena to…

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Review: El Mayor Tequila Extra Anejo – Sherry Cask Aged

El Mayor has been cranking out special editions like mad, including multiple spins on its extra anejo bottling. This one is particularly unique, spending 38 full months in sherry casks. It isn’t finished, it’s completely matured in sherry casks — though the type of sherry is not disclosed. It’s a powerhouse bottling that melds two…

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