Review: Kinsey Straight Wheat Whiskey and Chardonnay Cask Whiskey

New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, which launched in 2014, bottles a variety of spirits under numerous brand names, but arguably it is best known for the Kinsey brand of whiskey, which comprises bourbon, rye, and a few more limited-release oddities, like the whiskeys we’re tucking into today. Let’s give them a try. Bottles are individually numbered.…

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Review: Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Scottish Oatmeal Stout

The last time we took a look at Scottish brewers Innis & Gunn, they had just collaborated across the pond with Tullamore Dew to age their stout in the distillery’s Irish whiskey casks. While that bottling, dubbed Kindred Spirits, was a rare partnership with a particular distillery, it wasn’t the first time Innis & Gunn had…

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Review: Limavady Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Limavady is a new whiskey brand from Northern Ireland — 60 miles north of Belfast — where it makes a single product: A single barrel, single malt whiskey that is triple distilled from Irish barley, then finished in ex-bourbon and PX sherry casks — that lattermost bit a particularly unusual move for Ireland. Bottles are…

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Book Review: The Official Guinness Cookbook

According to the introduction to The Official Guinness Cookbook the iconic stout has been around for over 250 years, and chances are folks have been cooking with Guinness for nearly just as long. There’s validity to the notion it should not have taken this long for the brewery to furnish an official cookbook: a quick…

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Review: Finlandia Botanical Vodkas – Cucumber & Mint and Wildberry & Rose

We haven’t written anything about Finlandia since it launched its Fusion flavored line — over a decade ago. Now, like every vodka maker under the sun, it’s back with a new approach to flavored vodka, offering two infused vodkas that contain no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or sugars. These don’t claim to be “all natural” infusions…

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Review: 2019 Aperture Cellars Sonoma County Red Blend

Aperture is an ever-changing red blend from Sonoma County, and while this 2019 is a markedly different blend from 2018 — this year 40% malbec, 32% merlot, 14% cabernet sauvignon, 10% cabernet franc, and 4% petit verdot — it remains a stellar bottling. Bold currant and blackberry notes evoke the cabernet in the mix, with…

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Book Review: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider

A more straightforward book title you won’t easily find: Cheese, Beer, Wine, Cider is as no-nonsense as it gets, and indeed, so is the book. If you’ve got questions about pairing cheese with alcohol, writers Steve Jones and Adam Lindsley aim to answer them, offering 75 “perfect pairings,” roughly a third of the book devoted to…

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Review: De Nada Tequila, Blanco and Reposado

De Nada Tequila is the brainchild of Adam Millman and Danny Neeson, who met while attending Tulane University, realized they shared a love for entrepreneurship and tequila, and set about starting a brand. Considering this origin story, I didn’t have high hopes for De Nada Tequila (lots of us loved tequila in college), but De…

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