Review: Shady Vodka – Recount 2020 Limited Edition

Ft. Lauderdale’s Shady Distillery makes its spirits using a “blend of old world and new world technique along with the best ingredients,” including a vodka distilled from corn and bottled with no additives or sweeteners. This special “Recount 2020” edition ups the proof from 80 to 81, and features a custom label designed to celebrate…

Read More about Review: Shady Vodka – Recount 2020 Limited Edition

Review: Dry Land Whiskeys and Cactus Spirit

Longmont, Colorado is home to Dry Land Distillers, a true grain-to-glass craft operation “influenced and inspired by Colorado’s landscapes.” “With a focus on single grain 100% wheat whiskeys, prickly pear cactus spirits, native Colorado gin and pure cane sugar rum, Dry Land spirits represent the authentic flavors of the American West,” per the company. Today…

Read More about Review: Dry Land Whiskeys and Cactus Spirit

Review: 2017 Benovia Blanc de Blancs Russian River Valley

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Benovia’s 2017 sparkler is 100% chardonnay, a bright and lively wine that offers a substantial, fizz-focused base against which notes of honeydew melon, tangerine peel, almond, and some coconut all emerge at various points in time. The finish — again, heavy with carbonation, almost racily so…

Read More about Review: 2017 Benovia Blanc de Blancs Russian River Valley

Review: Bacardi Spiced Rum (2021)

Bacardi Spiced Rum isn’t exactly a new product: Bacardi launched it back in 2011 as Bacardi Oakheart. For whatever reason, the brand is relaunching the product, dropping “Oakheart” and revamping the packaging with a more classical, refined look. It’s still a Puerto Rico-distilled product, aged rum blended with natural flavors and spices — and priced to…

Read More about Review: Bacardi Spiced Rum (2021)

Recipe: Junior

Who doesn’t love a classic daiquiri? And I’m not talking the coconut milkshakes you get at an all-inclusive resort. I mean the original daiquiri, the simple rum, sugar, and lime juice cocktail that helped Hemingway win a Pulitzer. I, for one, really enjoy them, but only when the temperature outside is above 60 and preferably…

Read More about Recipe: Junior

Review: Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021

Since 2016, Barrell has ended a long year of whiskey releases with a limited edition bourbon send-off dubbed New Year. When I first discussed this release years ago with the Barrell Team, I was told that the New Year bottling is a much-loved project among Barrell’s blenders because they’re given a little freer rein to…

Read More about Review: Barrell Bourbon New Year 2021

Review: Westland Outpost Range – Garryana 5|1 (2020) and Colere 1 (2021)

Seattle-based Westland is evolving its limited edition Garryana oak line of single malt whiskeys, folding this line into a broader series of single malts called the Outpost Range. The Outpost Range will include Garryana and a new whiskey called Colere (which formally arrives in Spring 2021). In 2023 a third whiskey is expected to join…

Read More about Review: Westland Outpost Range – Garryana 5|1 (2020) and Colere 1 (2021)

Book Review: The Terroir of Whiskey

The phrase “I know it when I see it” has entered common parlance over the last half century, its origins stemming from a landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court case where Justice Stewart used it as a means to categorize observations, even though the category in question could be interpreted through a lens of considerable subjectivity.…

Read More about Book Review: The Terroir of Whiskey