Review: 21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila

21 Seeds is a new brand of flavored tequila made with all-natural fruit infusions. Available in three flavors to start — Valencia Orange, Grapefruit Hibiscus, and Cucumber Jalapeño — the tequila is “cultivated from a proprietary blend of agaves from the lowland and highland regions of Jalisco” and bottled without the addition of high fructose…

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Review: Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon (2021)

Sweetens Cove hit the ground running with their inaugural release last year, a 13-year-old stunner blended by the talented Marianne Eaves. Now Marianne and her celebrity backers have returned with round two, which aims to be considerably more accessible than the original with more than twice the number of barrels reportedly bottled. While five different…

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Review: Wines of Chehalem, 2021 Releases

Four wines from our friends at Chehalem, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Let’s dig in. 2020 Chehalem Rose of Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains – Classically fruity, almost impossibly so at times, this wine is all strawberries and flowers, with some sweet pineapple in the mix for good measure. It’s a simple wine and one which can…

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Review: Nulu Single Barrel Bourbon

Nulu Straight Bourbon Whiskey is produced by Prohibition Craft Spirits, in Louisville, Kentucky, and was founded by Keith Hazelbaker in 2016 with the desire to “get back to the basics” with a very meticulous hands-on approach in everything they do. Their line up of spirits include tequila, rum, vodka, gin and — the subject of…

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Review: Cazadores Canned Cocktails – Margarita, Paloma, and Spicy Margarita

For almost 100 years, Tequila Cazadores has been producing 100% Blue Weber agave tequila from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. Naturally, Cazadores recently launched a trio of sparkling, ready-to-drink versions of classic Mexican cocktails made with its tequila blanco and fresh ingredients, all offered at a low abv designed to help them find their place…

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Review: One With Life Tequila – Blanco and Extra Anejo

One With Life is a new organic (and kosher) tequila made from 100% Blue Weber Agave at Tequila Las Americas in the heart of Jalisco. Agaves are roasted in brick ovens and fermented with wild yeast, and the distillate is twice-distilled before hand bottling. Unusually, One With Life is available in two expressions: a blanco…

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Review: Chandon Garden Spritz

Chandon is as ubiquitous as it gets in the sparkling wines category. And given the way of the beverage world at the moment, it should be no surprise that they too have decided to branch off into the ready-to-drink market. They have recently launched Garden Spritz, a “luxurious sparkling aperitif” which integrates their signature grape…

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Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Guyana 2003 and Jamaica 2011

Two new single barrel rums from the sourcing maestros at Holmes Cay, the first releases for 2021. (Four more are hot on their heels.) Let’s dive in. Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Guyana Uitvlugt 2003 – Guyana Uitvlugt (pronounced eye-flot) 2003 was distilled at Guyana’s Diamond Distillery on a French Savalle four-column still. The Uitvlugt name…

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