The Top 10 Wines for Winter 2022

Whether your summer was blazing hot and smoky or underwater thanks to hurricanes, you are probably, like us, welcoming the arrival of cooler months. This is our third annual Top 10 Wines for Winter writeup, and as usual we’ve scoured our archives to find 10 bottles that should serve you well as the double whammy…

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Recipe: Smoke & Whisper

Part of the “modern classics” canon along with the Bramble and the Paper Plane, the Penicillin cocktail is another creation of New York’s Milk & Honey, dating back to somewhere in the vicinity of 2005. Unlike those cocktails, however, bartenders around the globe have taken the basic recipe and tweaked it this way and that…

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Book Review: Spirits of the Otherworld

Allison Crawbeck and Rhys Everett are the proprietors of the Last Tuesday Society’s Cocktail Bar, which is part of the Viktor Wynd museum. A quick search into Viktor Wynd reveals Vik to be a “pataphysicist, writer, curator, collector, dilettante, naturalist, and antiquarian… [who] has put on over 500 literary salons, curated over forty art exhibitions…

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Review: The Glenlivet Illicit Still 12 Years Old

The Glenlivet’s latest single malt is a 12 year old expression called Illicit Still, in honor of founder George Smith, who illegally distilled his whisky in handmade copper stills secreted away in the Glenlivet valley near the river Spey. The first release in what the distillery is calling its “Original Stories” series, Illicit Still is…

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Review: 2019 Real del la 8 Rioja Tinto

Alberto Ore should be a name familiar to fans of Spanish and Portuguese wines. His Sierra de la Demanda Tinto and Escalada Do Bibei labels were reasonably smart purchases a few years ago, and I still have a bottle or two hanging back waiting to be poured in a year’s time. Expectations ran high when…

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Review: Old Forester The 117 Series – Warehouse K Barrels

Remember the hubbub over Old Forester’s 117 Series? If you don’t recall, it’s a new series of bourbons introduced earlier this year (with the High Angels’ Share expression) noteworthy for the fact that it bears OldFo Master Taster Jackie Zykan’s signature on the label — the first time a woman’s name has ever appeared on…

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Review: Wines of Mouton Cadet, 2020 Vintage

A regrettable stretch of time has passed since we last touched based with the Mouton Cadet label from the Baron Philippe branch of the Rothschild family. If you’re unfamiliar with the weight of the Rothschild surname, ask the nearest conspiracy theory loving relative. They will be more than happy to regale you with Rothschild family…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Tagalong Batch” 2021-02

It’s time for batch 2 of Booker’s Bourbon for 2021, a bottling aged 6 years, 5 months, and 0 days. It’s call “Tagalong Batch,” not because of Booker Noe’s affinity for the Girl Scout cookies of the same name, but rather a celebration of how Noe learned the ropes of distilling from his grandfather Jim…

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