Review: Espanita Tequila, Complete Lineup

Get ready for more new tequila, this one from a brand called Espanita, which produces its 100% blue agave in Jalisco’s Highlands. The standard trio of expressions are currently on tap, all impressively priced. Thoughts follow on the complete lineup. All are 80 proof. Espanita Tequila Blanco – Initially big and peppery, this blanco pulls…

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Recipe: Ninth Ward

It’s getting warmer, people. Hell, some of us may even be able to finally take that beach vacation soon. And that means cocktails of the tropical variety are hopefully in our future. The Ninth Ward isn’t a full-blown tiki concoction, but it’s got just enough warm weather components to get you geared up for spring…

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Review: Wines of Iris Vineyards, 2021 Releases

Iris Vineyards farms 43 acres of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the bulk of it planted to two varietals, three wines from which we review below. Both are extremely well priced for the quality they offer. Thoughts follow. 2019 Iris Vineyards Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Very floral, very fragrant. This is a rather in-your-face expression…

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Review: Trader Joe’s Secret Highland Single Malt 19 Years Old

Every holiday season, Trader Joe’s partners up with independent bottler Alexander Murray & Company, releasing a limited run single malt that is of higher quality than their usual offerings. Recent releases included a Glen Moray, a Glenallachie and an Ardmore, all at lower prices than their distillery-originating counterparts. This year’s offering was a “secret” malt…

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Review: 9 di Dante Inferno Sweet Vermouth

From its circles-of-hell logo design to the dark black bottle to, well, the name of the product, 9 di Dante really wants to evoke Dante’s La Divina Comedia with this Italian, rosso vermouth. It certainly has an unusual construction, blended in equal parts from wines made from Dolcetto and Cortese grapes, the latter a white…

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Review: Billionaires Row Brandy Cuvee XO

Congrats to all our billionaire readers. Now you have a spirit to call your own: Billionaires Row Brandy, which is a product of France but is neither Cognac nor Armagnac, per the packaging (though it does show up online frequently as the former). Other than knowing it’s French, there’s just not a lot of information…

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Book Review: Booze Cruise: A Tour of The World’s Essential Mixed Drinks

Andre Darlington seems to be on quite a roll. The co-author of one of our favorite drinks books from 2020, Booze & Vinyl, returns in 2021 with Booze Cruise: A Tour of The World’s Essential Mixed Drinks, another 200+ page resource designed to help you find the right cocktail for the right occasion. Equal turns…

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Review: Benriach 21, 25, and 30 Years Old (2021)

Recently we covered the bold relaunch of Benriach, which ditched its complicated and seemingly ever-changing lineup now that master blender Rachel Barrie is running the show. Benriach originally relaunched with four core expressions — two 10 year olds and two 12 year olds, one unpeated and one peated in each age group. Now the core…

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