Review: Oban Distillers Edition 2018 – Distilled 2004

Yep, it’s a bit of a time warp today as we step back a bit to Oban’s 2018 Distillers Edition release, which we recently acquired, you know, 3 years too late. The good news for Oban fans — which, if you’re not, you should be — is that this expression still appears to be readily…

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Review: Tanduay Double Rum

The Philippines-based Tanduay Rum is out with a new expression called Double Rum. It’s a blend of two rums, a “premium” rum that’s 16 years old and a “traditional” rum that’s 5 years old. These two rums are then blended (no proportion is offered) and aged for a further 2 years in once-used bourbon barrels.…

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Tasting Craft Stouts from Half Time Beverage

Half Time Beverage is the self-proclaimed largest online retailer of craft beer. It’s not just the operator of two stores in New York’s Hudson Valley — featuring more than 4000 beer and cider selections — it’s also an online merchant, happily shipping brews directly to the doors of the very thirsty. Sadly, Half Time Beverage…

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Review: KÖE Kombucha Sparkling Beverages

Back in the day when we ran the semi-daily news bulletin Drinkhacker Reads, we reported on an article featured in the New York Times discussing such trends as gluten-free beer, non alcoholic alternatives, and kombucha starting to take hold with the more health conscious among us, author excluded. Fast forward six years and we’ve managed…

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Review: Salcombe Gins – Rose Sainte Marie and Start Point

The UK’s Salcombe Distilling Co. has recently brought its two flagship products — both gin — to the U.S. for the first time. In addition to its product quality claims, the distillery notes that it is one of the world’s only distilleries directly accessible by boat. Let’s dig in and see how these acquit themselves.…

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Review: Mingle Mocktails Blackberry Hibiscus Bellini

The inherent challenge for any non-alcoholic beverage producer trying to win over a part of the booming spirit-free market is setting the right expectations; are you offering a non-alcoholic replacement for a specific cocktail or spirit, or offering any alternative to the standard seltzer/lime option. The former is a bit of a Quixotic pursuit (so…

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Review: Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion No. 18, Union Jack IPA, and Propagator Nectaron

“Fruitless” would not be an adjective best describing Firestone Walker. A count has yet to be tallied, but if I were to place a wager, Firestone would be one of the most frequently covered beer brands on this site. Last month, Drew reviewed the Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale, and in March Chris reviewed the…

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Review: Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon

Smoke Wagon is the It Bourbon brand of the moment. It hails from Las Vegas’s Nevada H&C Distilling Co., and while its four expressions are all sourced stock from MGP, consumers have taken a shine to them all the same. In this review we look at Smoke Wagon Small Batch, a high rye bourbon which…

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