Review: Port Askaig 12 Years Old – Bourbon Cask and Sherry Cask Marriage

Today we’re in for a fun treat, tasting Port Askaig Islay whisky at 12 years of age, but with two very different barrel treatments. (As a reminder, the Port Askaig brand is made up of whiskies sourced from other Islay distilleries — never named, but bottled as Port Askaig.) Details on the two spirits —…

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Review: Natural Light Sour Seltzers, Complete Lineup

Natty Light, the brand you know and love, is spreading its wings with numerous new products including, of course, a malt beverage-based seltzer, which is available in four flavors. The twist? They’re all sour — the first ever sour seltzer, per the company — so fans of the mouth-puckering stuff may find them a refreshing…

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Review: The ImpEx Rum Collection Edition One – Long Pond 2007, Long Pond 2005, and Clarendon 2007

Recently we looked at the single malts of the new ImpEx Collection, at which point I noted we’d soon get to the collection’s trio of independently bottled, single barrel rum releases from two famed distilleries: Long Pond and Clarendon, both located in Jamaica. Well, here we are. Let’s visit a different, more tropical island this…

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Review: In Good Taste Summer Sips Collection

In Good Taste is looking to reform the wine industry by offering “small batch” wine in small wine bottles that are, well, quite cute looking. Interestingly enough, the bottles are not sealed with a regular wine cork, rather it’s a glass stopper, which is then secured by a piece of plastic. That’s great for convenience…

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Review: Grey Goose Essences, Complete Lineup

Grey Goose makes standard flavored vodkas, and now it expands those offerings with a spinoff line called Essences, part of the new craze in vodka that sees brands relying on real fruit and natural ingredients — and no added sugar in the case of Essences — to create unusual flavor combinations that at least give…

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Review: The Irishman Founder’s Reserve and Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Walsh Whiskey is the home of Writers’ Tears and The Irishman, a more mainstream brand that spans at least 8 expressions of Irish whiskey. Today we look at two of the most widely available bottlings, a traditional blend and a single malt. Both carry no age statement. Let’s dig in. The Irishman Founder’s Reserve Irish Whiskey…

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Review: Old Carter American Whiskey Batch 4

With their periodic releases of single barrel and small batch bourbons and ryes, Mark and Sherri Carter, purveyors of the Old Carter brand, haven’t really given the whiskey world anything it can’t already find from a number of other independent bottlers. Sure, their palates are clearly impressive, as they’ve carefully selected some exceptional whiskeys over…

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Recipe: Death & Taxes

Split base cocktails are drinks in which the spirit foundation – it’s “base” – is a mix of two different types of alcohol. Often, it’s alcohols from the same general family, like bourbon and Scotch or tequila and mezcal. But every now and then, a confident (some would argue overconfident) mixologist will push the bounds…

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