Review: High West Rendezvous Rye

Imagine my surprise to discover that we had never formally reviewed High West’s iconic Rendezvous Rye — despite having tasted it at events at least four times. Rendezvous is a whiskey, much like most of High West’s production, that changes over time. At present it’s a blend of “older” straight rye whiskeys ranging in age…

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Review: Tequila Dahlia Cristalino

Dahlia is a new brand of tequila from the folks behind Mezcal El Silencio. Available exclusively as a Cristalino, it is aged for a rather spare 6 months — most Cristalinos start their life as extra anejos — before being filtered back to clear. Essentially a “clear reposado,” this is a considerably rougher cristalino than most…

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Review: Red Clay Brewing Miura West Indies, Forbidden Blade, and Dark Cape

This new trio of “Double Master” beers mark a collaboration between Alabama-based Red Clay Brewing and California’s Miura Vineyards. The partnership isn’t the usual one of pass-it-around barrel aging, as you might expect, but rather of technique, with brewer and winemaker collaborating on ingredients to include in the creation of each beer, each of which…

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Review: Strike Performance Accelerator Energy Beverage

  Strike makes no bones about its value proposition as a “performance accelerator energy beverage.” Consider this another contender in the evolution of the “sports drink” category, made ubiquitous first by the likes of Gatorade and followed suit by brands such as Monster, which relies mostly on caffeine and sugar to perk you up for…

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Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection Rye 16 Years Old

Crown Royal’s latest Noble Collection release eschews tricks and keeps it simple, bottling a straight rye at the age of 16 years. Bold butterscotch and brown banana notes lead the way on the nose here, though the sweetness quickly blows off and leaves more savory elements behind — bacon fat and some black pepper emerging…

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Review: Partake Peach Non-Alcoholic Gose

What to do if you’re an ardent craft beer lover but can no longer indulge? For Ted Fleming, it was to create non-alcoholic beers that would sate his high standards for craft brews and retain the social buzz of imbibing in the company of friends, a common origin story for many who have embarked on…

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Review: Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon

1783 is a relaunched expression from Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams Bourbon brand, and like the prior bottlings, it is clearly designed with one thing at top of mind: Affordability. It’s a step up from standard Evan Williams Black Label, with a fancier bottle and a slightly higher abv, the relaunched expression hitting 90 proof, up…

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Review: 2019 Hahn Pinot Noir Arroyo Seco

This Monterey, California-born bottling of pinot noir from Hahn plays it close to the vest, restrained notes of cherry and blackberry layered with gentle elements of licorice, pencil lead, and roast beef, giving the wine a distinctly savory edge. Hints of rhubarb and mixed greenery take the finish in a somewhat vegetal direction, and while…

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