The Top 10 Gins of 2020

Spring is just around the corner, and that means it will soon be time to break out the limes and crack open the tonic for a classic G&T or two. Or, should you live somewhere where the groundhog has not smiled on you, perhaps it’s still martini season. Either way, you’ll want a solid gin…

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Review: 2019 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Russian River Valley

I suppose one could describe this as a pinot noir for the cabernet lover, if one was being charitable. Intensely fruity, actually quite jammy, the 2019 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman is inky purple in color — completely opaque. The palate is also completely opaque: An exploration of black fruit and licorice, with a backbone…

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Recipe: A La Louisiane

Like a lot of major social events of the past year, Mardi Gras has come and gone with fewer people and less fanfare. We’ll get back to our annual street partying ways again soon, but in the meantime, if you’d like to bring a little bit of New Orleans into your cocktail rotation this winter,…

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Review: Snowaters Organic Vodka

Snowaters is a Polish vodka, made from single estate, organic Dankowskie platinum rye, that’s slowly making its way into the U.S. (Expect this to be hard to find for the time being.) Let’s give it a whirl. Old World in construction, this vodka has an innocuous but mildly medicinal nose, with gentle granary notes and…

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Review: Old Pal Ale

Numerous alcohol companies are jumping headlong into the cannabis market, but here’s an example of somebody doing the reverse. Old Pal is a big name in the cannabis lifestyle space, and now it’s launching a beer. It’s a plain old beer: Old Pal Ale does not contain any THC or CBD; it’s as straightforward as…

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Review: Shibui Japanese Whisky, Complete Lineup 2021

Shibui is a new Japanese whisky brand with a tagline that clarifies things from the start: “We don’t distill, we discover.” In other words, Shibui is a blender that collects casks of all types from all over Japan — and beyond — and figures out how they might show themselves best. For its initial production…

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Review: Troegs Double Blizzard and Grand Cacao

The end of the year sees Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Troegs trotting out its most prized beers, including a sampler pack of winter-friendly brews. We look at two of those beers here, both of which are also available individually as well. Troegs Double Blizzard – “A semi-hazy Double IPA dry-hopped with 4 pounds per barrel of Chinook…

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Review: Douglas & Todd Bourbon Cream

Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company recently launched Douglas & Todd Small Batch Bourbon Cream Liqueur, a classic whiskey cream liqueur that’s made with its own 4 year old Douglas & Todd bourbon, Midwestern cream, and vanilla flavoring. As bourbon cream liqueurs go, it’s a solid and worthwhile example of the style. The nose blends notes of…

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