Review: Runamok Maple Syrups and Bitters

Runamok is a producer of traditional maple syrup in Vermont, and the company recently branched out into cocktail ingredients, where maple has long been popular. Today we take a look at six different Runamok products — four syrups and two types of bitters — all made with glorious tree juice at their core (and no…

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Review: 2020 Gaia Pinot Noir Rose Organic

The Gaia collection hails from Domaine Bousquet’s estate vineyards in Tupungato, named after one of the highest mountains in the Americas near the Argentina-Chile border. Let’s go to the press release for a more formal introduction: “…[Gaia] references the ancient Greek goddess of the earth, and an inspiration for the Bousquet family from the outset,…

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Review: Belfour Special Edition Straight Rye Whiskey

Belfour Spirits — founded by hockey player Ed Belfour — has launched a fourth expression of whiskey, a custom version of Belfour Rye which pays homage to the Fighting Sioux, which is the former name of the hockey team of the University of North Dakota. (After a controversy over the name of the team and…

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Original Recipe: Wramble

When Bombay sent its new Bombay Bramble blackberry and raspberry flavored gin our way (review coming soon!), I promptly set out to figure out a solid cocktail for it. I’ve long been a fan of the sloe gin-based Wibble and figured Bombay Bramble could easily sub in for sloe gin in the recipe, ultimately melding…

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Review: 2018 Utopia Vineyards Pinot Noir Blanc “Bliss” Ribbon Ridge AVA

There’s just barely a pinkish hue on this white pinot noir from Oregon’s Utopia Vineyards. It’s one of the driest white wines I’ve ever encountered, a deep dive into lemon peel, sesame seed, and white flowers — none of which evoke pinot noir to me (even as a white wine). While a bit green on…

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Review: 6 O’Clock Brunel Gin

Robert recently reviewed 6 O’Clock Gin’s London Dry expression — and its canned G&T — but today we’re looking at the Bristol-based operation’s “export strength” expression, dubbed Brunel. The gin isn’t just a higher-strength version of the London Dry, it’s also got six added botanicals on top of those in the London Dry: green cardamom,…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Spring 2021 Edition

The first bonded Old Fitzgerald release for 2021 is here, and it’s the youngest of the whiskeys released in the series to date (which spans up to nine releases, depending on how you count them). This bourbon uses Old Fitz’s traditional wheated mashbill and was distilled in the spring of 2013, then bottled in spring…

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Review: 2018 Aperture Cellars Sonoma County Red Blend

This Alexander Valley wine is blended with Bordeaux firmly in mind, composed of 39% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 22% malbec, 3% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. Though still young, it’s already drinking with finesse. Fairly tart up front with notes of cranberry and raspberry, the wine settles into a slightly sweeter groove featuring currants,…

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