Book Review: The Japanese Art of the Cocktail

Here’s a totally unsubstantiated hot take but one which seems to ring with clarity: when it comes to spirits, Japan remains light years ahead of the rest of the world. The overall quality, presentation, knowledge, craftsmanship, and level of expertise are second to none. One needs to look no further than a continuous onslaught of…

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Review: Lunar Hard Seltzers – Plum, Yuzu, and Lychee

For the most part, hard seltzer flavors have stayed rather predictable, not venturing terribly far from the staples of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) and berries (raspberry, blackberry, even elderberry has become standard). For companies looking to jump on the ready-to-drink bandwagon sooner than later, it would make sense to capture an ever-growing market with tried…

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Review: Foursquare Probitas and Mark XIII 2008 Single Blended Rum

Rum has undergone something of a resurgence in the last decade, and while it still pales in comparison to the whiskey boom, there are lots of unique and interesting brands finding more and more markets and winning more and more fans. One of the distilleries responsible for the growing excitement around rum is Foursquare in…

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Original Recipe: Push Pop Sour

It’s hot out now, which means that it’s unfortunately time for the obligatory slushy and sweet concoctions of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good daiquiri or mojito, even the occasional overly creamy pina colada, but I’ve never gotten thrilled by a frozen anything when it came to my cocktails. I decided there…

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Review: 2018 WillaKenzie Chardonnay Willamette Valley

This moderately oaked Oregon chardonnay is decidedly dry, brisk with initial notes of dried grasses, lemon peel, and a sizable melon component. It’s a bit flat on the palate, with notes of gooseberry and more lemon peel, leading the way to an oddball conclusion that evokes licorice, a touch of dry leather, and a hint…

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Review: Berkshire Mountain Distillers Craft Brewers Whiskey Project – UFO White, Big Elm, and Spencer Ale

Sheffield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers recently embarked upon one of the most ambitious craft distilling projects I’ve ever heard of. The five-years-in-the-making project will see BMD partnering with a dozen different breweries across five states, turning their beers into whiskey. Each whiskey will be the product of a single brew bearing the name of the…

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Review: Wines of Stoller Family Estate, 2021 Releases

Stoller is a name that’s been around in Oregon winemaking just about forever — it Chehalem brand is probably its best known — focusing as most do in these parts on pinot noir. We received three of them — two reds and a rose — so let’s dig into the trio. 2020 Stoller Family Estate…

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Review: Johnnie Walker Blonde

Formally known as Johnnie Blonde from Johnnie Walker, this is an avowed mixer from the brand, “a brighter, sweeter whisky perfect for the fun-loving and the curious” and “one of the most versatile whiskies the team at Johnnie Walker has ever made.” Launching exclusively in Houston, Texas, the summery blended whisky is indeed as light…

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