Review: E11even Vodka

Never mind the oddity of the name — is it supposed to look like Elleven? — what we’ve got here is not an exploration of numeral-heavy typography but rather “a true Miami spirit,” a vodka born in “Magic City” that bears the name of a 24-hour nightclub that clearly I’ve never been to. Turns out…

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Recipe: Revolver

Who doesn’t love an easy cocktail? Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than the Revolver. It’s a riff on a Manhattan, and its quality, like a lot of uncomplicated cocktails, relies on the ingredients. The drink was created almost 20 years ago by Jon Santer, a well-known San Francisco bartender who popularized the drink at…

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Review: NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut and Rose Champagne (2020)

We’ve written about the Champagnes of Nicolas Feuillatte several times, but here’s a fresh look at two of the operation’s most available bottlings from the “Reserve Exclusive” series — a nonvintage brut and a rose, both seen here in their 2020 incarnations. Both are available in standard bottles and in 187ml “splits” that can be…

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Review: Copper Fox Inauguration Rye

A handful of craft distillers across the country commemorated the recent presidential inauguration with a special spirits release. Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery used the moment as an excuse to release its first ever cask strength whisky, dubbed Inauguration Rye. While this is the distillery’s first inauguration release, going forward there are plans to set aside…

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Review: 2016 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco DOCG

One look at the light color of this wine and it immediately shows itself as an atypical Barolo. The nose however shows itself as fairly iconic: dense and earthy, with a layer of roasted mushrooms and balsamic notes that segue from there into intense notes of black fruit, tar, rhubarb, and tobacco. From there everything…

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Review: Dewar’s Portuguese Smooth Port Cask Finish 8 Years Old

The third installment in the Dewar’s “Smooth” lineup is here, following Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish and Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish. This time up we’re turning to the world of Port, taking 8 year old Dewar’s and finishing it for up to 6 months in ruby Port wine casks. If this sounds interesting, tune in…

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Review: Gatsby Spirits Vodka, Rum, and Cinnamon Whiskey

Based in Waldport, Oregon, Gatsby Spirits is a new operation that is crafting a variety of products (under two separate brand names), including some curious and unusual ingredients. We tasted all three of Gatsby’s offerings. Let’s dig in. Gatsby Spirits The Tides Vodka – Made from a blend of a 4x distilled corn mash and…

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Review: 2016 Louis M. Martini Lot No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

It’s been a year since our last spin with Louis M. Martini’s top-shelf Lot No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon, and for this 2016 release I’m experiencing a much different animal. There’s a bold blackberry note on the nose — a bit short of sweet currants — that masks some of the denser herbal and tarry qualities…

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