Review: Patron x JonBoy Margarita Collection Kit

For Cinco de Mayo this year, Patron Tequila has partnered with tattoo artist JonBoy and the Cocktail Courier website to produce all the ingredients needed to make a Fresh Ink Smoked Margarita. There’s a choice of JonBoy artwork when you order, and this is included in the package by way of coasters and cocktail stoppers,…

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Review: Daddy Rack Tennessee Whiskey

Daddy Rack — yes, I know — is a new craft whiskey out of Columbia, Tennessee, and before you ask, yes, this is a “Tennessee Whiskey,” a bourbon which undergoes the Lincoln County Process of charcoal mellowing before it goes into barrel, which are full-sized barrels which have a #3 char applied. The whiskey is…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Strawberry Light Margarita

Almost a decade ago, the proprietor of this site sallied forth into the then-great unknown of light margarita mixes with less than favorable results. Undeterred and out of sheer force of will, tequila juggernaut Cuervo remains a major force in carving a niche market for folks who enjoy a marg or two but who wish…

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Review: Beers of Toppling Goliath, 2021 Releases

Toppling Goliath is a brewery based in Decorah, Iowa, and while the outfit produces plenty of different styles, the focus seems to be heavily in the land of the IPA. That’s fine by me, of course, and today we dig into four beers from the operation, all poured from 16 oz cans. Toppling Goliath ZeeLander…

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4 Mixologists Pushing Bourbon Cocktails to New Heights

Prior to the “Bourbon Boom” of the 2010s, America’s Native Spirit far-too-often took a backseat in the world of cocktail development. And while there isn’t always a singular reason behind spirits trends, there’s long been a perception that rye whiskey’s stereotypically “spicier” flavors held up better in a cocktail than bourbon. But as many whiskey…

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Review: Barrell Bourbon Batch 28

Even though Barrell has been busy building an entire new line of whiskeys (more on that in a future review), that hasn’t put even a slight pause in the schedule of periodic bourbon batch releases. The first for 2021 is Batch 28, another blend of straight whiskeys sourced from distilleries in Indiana, Tennessee, and Kentucky.…

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Review: Justin 2018 Justification and 2020 Sauvignon Blanc

Two new wines from our friends at Paso Robles’ Justin Winery — and they’re as different as could be. 2018 Justin Justification – 66% cabernet franc, 34% merlot. There’s lots to love here, a rich and delightful wine that’s loaded with both currant and brighter cherry notes. A gentle floral element emerges on the finish,…

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Review: Raasay While We Wait 2018 Release

Raasay Distillery (aka Isle of Raasay Distillery) is the first legal whisky distillery on the Isle of Raasay, which is a tiny island just north of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Operations formally began in 2017, and while the distillery just dropped its first formal bottling, we recently discovered a bottle of While We Wait,…

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