Review: 1800 The Ultimate Margarita – Original, Peach, and Watermelon

1800 Tequila markets The Ultimate Margarita, its brand of pre-made, ready-to serve margaritas, as “the #1 premium margarita.” This may be the case, but that perhaps says more about the general quality of bottled/canned margaritas than anything else. Made with “premium tequila, triple sec liqueur, natural flavors and certified colors” and available in six flavors…

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Review: Davidson Reserve Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon

Mike recently covered Pennington Distilling’s Pickers Vodka, and now we’re going back to the well for another spirit from the Nashville-based operation: Two (almost) grain-to-glass whiskeys. Pennington’s Davidson Reserve line now includes five whiskeys in total (plus various special editions); the two we review today are some of the most traditional in the mix. Davidson…

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Review: 2015 Tenuta l’Impostino Montecucco Rosso DOC

“Impostino” is a curious Tuscan wine, a blend of 80% sangiovese, plus merlot, syrah, and petit verdot rounding out the rest. Rather on the sweet side, the wine is ripe with cherry and plum notes, plus hints of milk chocolate and mint that punch up the dessert-like qualities of the wine. Boldly rounded but fairly…

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Review: Sonoma-Cutrer 2019 Chardonnay and 2020 Rose of Pinot Noir

Sonoma-Cutrer’s summer-friendly collection has arrived, including a fun chardonnay and a lovely rose. Let’s taste them. 2019 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – A classic and classy chardonnay, the gentle lemon and quince notes here are well tempered by vanilla, coconut cream, and brown butter notes — with a healthy sprinkle of baking spice informing the…

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The 10 Best Whiskey Subscription Clubs for Every Type of Drinker

Not sure what whiskey to buy, whether a gift or for yourself? Consider a whiskey subscription club, which takes some of the hassle out of the equation for you and sends you samples on the regular in exchange for a recurring fee. The catch? Instead of picking a whiskey, now you have to pick the…

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Recipe: Negroni

This classically Italian cocktail is so popular that there’s a whole week dedicated to it in September, Negroni Week. And while it’s not a national holiday or anything, it is nonetheless well-celebrated — and rightfully so. The Negroni is a full-on delight, a cocktail so unique and refreshing that anyone who doesn’t like one should…

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Review: Neft Vodka

Neft is the vodka that comes in a miniature oil drum. The biggest question you may have is that when you see Neft on the shelf, there are white cans and black cans. What’s the difference? Nothing. The vodka inside is the same in both, so pick the can that appeals to you the most.…

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Review: Maker’s Mark FAE-01 2021 Limited Release

Maker’s Mark’s series of cryptically named annual releases, following 2019 and 2020’s offerings, continues in 2021 with this, code-named FAE-01. What’s that mean? For starters, it’s the first of two FAE releases. FAE-02 will arrive this fall. FAE-01 and -02 will be part of year three of Maker’s Mark’s Wood Finishing Series, which revolve around…

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