Review: Elysian Full Contact and Salt & Seed

Two new releases from Seattle’s Elysian Brewing — one seasonal and one year-round entry. Elysian Full Contact Imperial Hazy IPA – Available year-round. Beautiful high-abv Imperial IPAs are increasingly common, but Elysian’s Full Contact, made with Centennial, Simcoe, and Strata hops, is near the top of the heap. While it’s not really hazy at all…

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Review: Grey Goose Vodka (2021)

Grey Goose is simultaneously one of the most loved and hated spirits brands in the world. Legions of martini drinkers have turned Grey Goose, which is now owned by Bacardi, into a must-call phenomenon on the back bar, and today some 20 million bottles of the stuff are sold every year. (Though this number has…

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Review: Spirits of French Lick The Mattie Gladden Bourbon Bottled in Bond

For a long time, any bourbon you might find on a shelf that carried the words “Distilled in Indiana” on its label was almost certainly produced by whiskey powerhouse MGP. That’s all starting to change though, because the craft distilling craze hit Indiana the same way it did the rest of the country, and several…

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Review: BDI Corridor Bar Unit

If you’re looking to upgrade your home bar, remember that it’s not just about the bottles on the shelves. A carefully curated selection of spirits and wine deserves a comfortable place to tuck in for the evening. Plus, if you’re like me, you have an unreasonable number of cocktail and tasting glasses scattered throughout the…

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Review: Cotton & Reed White Rum, Dry Spiced Rum, and Allspice Dram

Cotton & Reed opened its doors in 2016 in Washington, D.C.’s trendy Union Market neighborhood, becoming the first rum distillery ever in the District. The distillery prides itself on making interesting rums with flavors specifically geared toward cocktails, although neat sipping is encouraged, as well. They also promote a “restrained approach to sugar,” meaning these…

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Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction – Bourbon Cask, Sherry Cask, and Cuvée Cask

Virginia Distillery Co. introduced their flagship single malt, Courage & Conviction, in the spring of 2020, and they’ve wasted no time in adding to the portfolio with not one but three new whiskies in the Courage and Conviction line: Bourbon Cask, Sherry Cask, and Cuvée Cask. All three releases are drawn from stocks used in…

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Review: 2018 Marina Cvetic Trebbiano d’Abruzzo Riserva

We last considered Marina Cvetic’s trebbiano back in its 2011 vintage. Trebbiano has never been the world’s most thrilling grape, and here it showcases a ton of citrus, almost tropical acidity — but it’s backed by notes of green vegetable, hemp rope, and bread dough. A moderate vanilla note builds on the finish, tempering the…

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Review: Wheatley Vodka

When you hear the words Buffalo Trace Distillery, probably the very last spirit that comes to mind is vodka. Well, maybe tequila, but vodka is definitely down at the bottom of that list. It may surprise you then to know that not only does the world-famous whiskey distillery produce a vodka, but its master distiller,…

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