Review: Vida Mate Yerba Mate, Complete Lineup

Yerba mate is a caffeinated tea that’s been around for eternity, derived from the South American plant of the same name. You’ve probably noticed it appearing more and more as an alternative caffeine source in mood/performance enhancing drinks in modern times. This brings us to Vida Mate’s version, a series of non-alcoholic releases by Schilling…

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Review: Batiste Rhum Reserve

We recently tried Batiste Rhum Silver and Gold, and today we taste their older sibling. As with the brand’s younger bottlings, Batiste Rhum Reserve is also a rhum agricole, distilled 100% from sugarcane and not from molasses. After distillation, it is aged in Tennessee rye oak casks for 18 months. Let’s give it a try.…

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Tasting the Styles of Prosecco, 2022 Releases

Prosecco may often come across like an entry-level experience, but if you dive a bit deeper you’ll see that this essential sparkler comes in a variety of different styles, each representing a different level of sweetness, much like Champagne. As with Champagne, the categories are confusing and unintuitive. From dryest to sweetest, the categories go:…

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Review: Arran Barrel Reserve, 10 Years Old, and Robert Burns (2022)

It seems like everyone in Scotland is getting in on the brand refresh game these days, including Arran — no longer “The Arran” — which is one of just a few whiskies found on the Isle of Arran, a small island nestled between Campbeltown and Glasgow. Despite the refreshed and re-labeled range, Arran continues to…

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Book Review: Booze & Vinyl 2 and Booze & Vinyl Matching Game

Sequels are rarely as good as the first installment. However, leading your latest book off with quotes from legendary DJs Cosmo Murphy and John Peel provides a promising sign of good things ahead. Thankfully this is indeed the case with Tenaya and Andre Darlington’s follow-up to their most enjoyable Booze & Vinyl inaugural edition from…

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The Best Cherry Liqueur Roundup: 12 Bottles Tasted, 1 Winner

Aside from the orange, the cherry seems to be the fruit that ends up in spirits more than adnything else. Credit that not just with the popularity of cherry as a flavoring agent, but also, perhaps, with the fact that cherries seem to grow everywhere: The U.S., all across Europe, Russia, and even the middle…

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Book Review: Lodi! The Definitive Guide and History of America’s Largest Winegrowing Region

This book is massive in both senses of the word. This large-format book is coffee-table thick and could easily provide the reader with a solid arm workout while holding it up to be read. It also covers every imaginable angle on Lodi and could very well serve as the definitive work on the region. Thanks…

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Recipe: Twelve Mile Limit

Ah, Prohibition. Where would the modern cocktail be without you? Whether out of necessity or the devil-may-care creativity of many a speakeasy bartender (often probably both), the era gave us no shortage of interesting libations that still inspire today’s booming cocktail culture. Take this drink, the Twelve Mile Limit. The cocktail’s creator is believed to…

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