Review: Sam Houston Bourbon 15 Years Old

Sam Houston was an adventurous, self-made patriot and eventually a governor of Texas known for his brutal honesty. The bourbon bearing his name and produced by Three Springs Bottling Company hails from Bardstown, Kentucky. What’s the connection? Nothing, apparently, just that this bourbon is “offered in tribute to the life of Sam Houston.” A bourbon…

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Review: WM Cadenhead Dailuaine 19 Years Old 1996

Previously on “Everybody Hates Drinkhacker”: we reviewed an 11-year old Dailuaine from independent bottler WM Cadenhead. It was pleasant and serviceable enough to rate as a “B” on our grading scale, a respectable enough showing. However, reader Kevin took umbrage with my verdict and after a very pleasant exchange, offered to send me a sample…

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Review: Freeland Spirits Dry Gin and Geneva Gin

Open since 2017, Portland, Oregon’s all-women operation Freeland Spirits has come out with two new additions to its product line. Joining their standard gin and bourbon, Freeland Spirits is now making a Navy Proof Dry Gin and a product called Geneva, a genever-style gin. Let’s give them a try. Freeland Spirits Dry Gin – This…

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Review: Hiyo Sparking Social Tonic, Complete Lineup

The sober-curious drink market continues to expand, featuring nootropics as the agent of mood-enhancement to forego the detrimental affect of alcohol, with the added claim of increased health benefits.  (FYI – The FDA are warning against the proliferation of unsubstantiated claims surrounding nootropics. So to each their own.) Nootropics are a general category of drugs…

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Review: Mythology Needle Pig Gin

If you thought spirits branding couldn’t get more inventive, you were very wrong. According to their press materials, Colorado’s Mythology Distillery is a small craft operation inspired by an Alaskan ski trip and a philosophy that we each form our own mythology through our travels and experiences. How that relates to a line of craft…

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Review: Lazzaroni Amaro

Lazzaroni is best known as the creator of an impressive amaretto — in fact, the inventor of amaretto — but it turns out the Saronno-based operation also makes an amazing amaro, too, distinguished by its dark, nearly black bottle. There’s not a lot of info about its ingredients — made from a recipe that dates to…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2021)

In 2019, George Dickel impressed us so much with its 13-year-old Bottled in Bond that we put it in our Top 10 Whiskeys list for the year. In 2020, the distillery produced a very solid, if somewhat less balanced and slightly younger, sequel. Now, round three is hitting the shelves. Perhaps in response to some…

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Review: J.R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon

J.R. Ewing might be fictional — and famously got shot — but that isn’t going to stop the man from releasing his own bourbon, a vanity project that is actually bottled in Dallas, Texas. J.R.’s bourbon launched in 2014 in a handful of markets. The distillate’s origins are unstated, but it’s said to be from…

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