Review: Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA

Firestone Walker‘s rendition of a hazy IPA is surprisingly sessionable at just 6.2% abv, but it’s so loaded with flavor you’d never notice. A base of Cheerios kicks things off, with a bold layer of fruit rolling in next: fresh oranges, some pineapple, and — surprisingly — a clear banana note that I never shook…

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Review: Kozuba Potato Vodka, Triple Sec, and Rye 6 Years Old

The Kozuba & Sons Distillery was born in Poland in 2005, and 2014 the company made what you might say is a major move: Picking up stakes and replanting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Now a respected operation in the States, Kozuba produces a range of spirits, including multiple expressions of vodka (naturally), various liqueurs, and…

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Review: Wines of Youngberg Hill, 2021 Releases

Youngberg Hill winery can be found near McMinnville in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where it’s also home to what appears to be a beautiful boutique inn as well. Today we look at three current release bottlings from the winery, which is naturally focused on pinot noir. 2020 Youngberg Hill Aspen Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Fresh,…

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Review: Prairie Sustainable Seasons Flavored Vodkas

Prairie Vodka recently released a trilogy of flavored vodkas, each of which is infused with a trio of ingredients. The twist? These flavors are sustainably sourced and USDA certified organic. Notably, the vodkas contain no sugar and no artificial sweeteners at all, giving each of them only 75 calories per 1.5 fluid ounce. Let’s dig…

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Review: Ten To One Single Cask Reserve Rum 17 Years Old

Ten To One, a blender of unique multinational rums, is out with its first reserve bottling, paying tribute to the company’s birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago. Ten To One Single Cask Reserve is a limited bottling of just four hand-selected casks of 17 year old Trinidadian rum. Clearly well-aged with a rich nose that evokes leather,…

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Book Review: 101 Gins To Try Before You Die

Honestly, I don’t think there are 101 gins you need to try before you die. I would be surprised if there were 20. Ian Buxton makes a case for the former, however, in his slim, straightforward book — which was recently revised and updated, and it’s easy to get sucked in. The usual suspects are…

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Review: Absolut Watermelon Vodka

If you’re going for a flavored vodka, it may as well be something natural and appropriate for the season, like watermelon, and from a reliable brand like Absolut. Last summer we reviewed a limited edition Ciroc Summer Watermelon Vodka, so how do the two compare? Well, Ciroc’s label admitted to the use of some artificial…

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Review: Very Old Barton 100 Proof

Back in 2018, we offered up our Top 10 Best Bourbons Under $20. Since then, prices have continued to creep northward on most of that list, surpassing the modest dollar threshold we set at the time. Heaven Hill’s aged-stated and bonded White Label, which earned top honors on that list, was such a coveted bargain…

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