Review: Milagro Tequila, Core Lineup (2021)

The Milagro line of tequilas has expanded, but its original, core lineup continues to be a popular, affordable, and widely available option that we last reviewed in 2015. Let’s try the most recent bottlings and see how they compare to earlier ones. All expressions continue to be 100% blue agave and 80 proof. Milagro Tequila…

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Review: Stellum Bourbon and Rye

It already seemed like Barrell was sitting on a large supply of whiskey, what with its rapid-fire bourbon releases and frequent special editions, but now comes an entirely new whiskey line from Barrell Craft Spirits, dubbed Stellum. What does Stellum mean? Apparently, it’s a derivative of the latin word for star. So, there’s that. The…

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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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