Review: Basil Hayden Toast

So, while “toast” refers to bread, Basil Hayden’s Toast refers to… rice? This whiskey is composed of a wholly new mashbill for Basil Hayden, one which is built heavily around brown rice. To be sure, Basil Hayden Toast — the first permanent addition to the BH lineup since 2017 — is more clearly a reference…

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Visiting Sonoma’s Belden Barns

Looking for a wine country experience that’s well off the beaten path? If you don’t mind getting your feet dirty — you’ll need to open and close the gate when you come and go — Belden Barns is well worth your time, not just for the wine but for a stroll through the vineyards that…

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Review: Pursuit United Blended Straight Bourbon

In the spirits industry, it’s increasingly common to see releases “by” or “from” big-name celebrities and influencers. As it turns out, Emmy Awards do not always equate with fantastic pours from sourced product. But what if the influencers are endemic to the spirits space? What if their claim to fame is the content they produce…

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Review: Licence IV Canned Blanc & Rose

Licence IV is making a push for its French-made white and rosé wines, packaged in two interesting formats. One-liter bottles are much appreciated, but canned wines remain off-putting to many. After all, most, like myself, simply enjoy drinking wine from a glass. Still, one can always use a great beach and boat option, so lets…

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Review: Saison Rum Sherry Cask

The Saison Rum brand has been around for a few years, and our first encounter with it is this new release, an expression that is finished in both Cognac casks and sherry casks. The details are exhaustive, so here we go: The expression begins with a careful selection of distillates from two distinctive Caribbean Islands…

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Review: Bomani Cold Buzz and Vanilla Cold Buzz

Alcohol-infused coffee is increasingly a thing these days, with Bomani the latest to hit the scene. These 325ml cans come in two varieties: regular and vanilla, both made from cold brew coffee and “alcohol from sugar” — though they do not include added sugar in the mix. Let’s give them a try. Both are canned at 5.7%…

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Review: Coalition Rye Margaux Barriques

Coalition Whiskey is an unusual outfit making not just high-test rye but also a variety of renditions of the spirit, each aged in a different type of Bordeaux wine barrel — Sauternes, Margaux, and Pauillac being the three varieties available. This is 100% rye made from local Kentucky grains, aged five years before bottling. We…

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Review: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Hopcelot and Super Session #8

These two brews from Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids can be tough to find, with Hopcelot often selling out within weeks of its distribution to beer stores across the northeast. (2020 marked the first year it appeared in cans.) Another fan-favorite called Super Session #8, brewed with Mosaic hops and canned at a low abv, is…

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