Gift Idea: MistoBox Coffee Subscription

If you’re like me, and most of the rest of planet Earth right now, you’ve been getting lots of things delivered to the house, from booze to baked goods. Subscription services have never been more popular or more practical, offering convenience with a side of safety for the many daily tasks of our pre-Covid lives.…

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Review: WM Cadenhead Dufftown-Glenlivet 26 Years Old 1998

Located in Speyside, Dufftown carries more than its fair share of quality distilleries, including some of our favorites: Balvenie, Glenfiddich, and Mortlach. The city claims to produce a more single malt than any other city in Scotland, proudly affixing near the city limits a sign declaring itself “The Whisky Capital of The World.” Far be…

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Review: Cool Cat Original Wine Spritzer

Before the holidays, we took a look at the Citrus offering from Cool Cat Wine Spritzers, and now we’re back with the other half of the lineup, Original. Like I mused previously, the name is rather, uh, unoriginal, but I’m hard pressed to come up with a better one given the mix of mint, lime,…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve Volume III 17 Years Old

Egan’s Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve line is now an annual incarnation, and in year three it’s gained yet another year of age statement, bringing it up to 17 years old from its original 15. After 17 years in bourbon oak, this year’s finishing is done in French Cadillac AOC casks, which are used to age…

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Review: 2015 Center of Effort Chardonnay

Center of Effort is arguably the strangest name for a winery I’ve encountered in 20+ years of writing about wine, but I’m told that the name of the San Luis Obispo-based operation “references a sailing term which is the point on the sail where the forces come together and act as a whole.” Center of…

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Review: Pinhook Bohemian Bourbon 2020

Previously we reviewed Pinhook’s Bohemian Bourbon High Proof 2020 release, but this is the standard, 47.5% abv version, which actually arrived later in 2020. It’s still made from a mash of 75% corn, 15% rye, and 10% barley, and it carries a minimum 3 year old age statement (which is older than the 36-month-old High…

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Review: Fat Dram Laphroaig Cask Strength 16 Years Old

When a humble sample of a 16 year old Laphroaig bottled at cask strength appears at your door after 3 ice storms in 6 days, you know someone, somewhere is looking out for you. Time to thaw out and enjoy a treat! The nose of this indie bottling exhibits many of the characteristics expected from…

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Review: Upshot 2019 White and 2018 Red Wine Blend

New Upshot vintages from Rodney Strong’s line of approachable and affordable wines have arrived: both blends, as usual, one white, one red. Let’s taste. 2019 Upshot White Wine Blend California – A much different blend than 2018: 53% grenache blanc, 16% gewurztraminer, 17% pinot noir, 8% viognier, and 5% sauvignon blanc from all over California.…

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