Review: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Collection 2020 Advent Calendar

One whisky a day pulled from an Advent calendar during December? Well that’s one way to make the holidays go by more quickly, if that’s your jam. You’ll find lots of these kits to choose from during the season, with offerings generally ranging from 12 to 25 small whisky samples designed to be parsed out…

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Review: Alessio Vermouth – Dry and Bianco

Alessio’s sweet vermouths performed well in our recent roundup, so today we’re turning toward its two white vermouths — a standard dry vermouth and a sweeter bianco which can be subbed in for dry vermouth when the mood strikes. Alessio Dry Vermouth – “Based on an Italian recipe influenced by the historic French-style dry vermouths…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic” Rye Whiskey 17 Years Old 2020

We’re seven years into WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases, and they keep getting stranger. If you thought Boss Hog 6 — distilled using sake-like fermentation techniques and finished in umeshu wine barrels — was something different, get a load of this: The Boss Hog VII: Magellan’s Atlantic is aged for 17 years in American oak, finished in…

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Review: Cocktail & Sons Mojito Mixer, Margarita Mixer, and Ginger Honey Syrup

New Orleans-based Cocktail & Sons has launched three new products for 2020 — two classic cocktail mixers (one for mojitos and one for margaritas) and another entry into its line of avant garde syrups. Cocktail & Sons Mojito Mixer – Made with “peppermint, spearmint, lemon verbena, and fresh citrus.” Very minty and very herbal, that…

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Review: Black Stallion 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

We’ve covered the wines of Napa’s Black Stallion on several occasions. Today we look at two recent releases, a sauvignon blanc and a cabernet. 2019 Black Stallion Heritage Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley – Sourced from vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Chiles Valley, and Pope Valley. There’s a surprisingly tropical rush on the nose here, though…

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Review: One Eight Distilling District Made Single Barrel Cask Strength Rye

This year, Washington, D.C.’s One Eight Distilling added to their in-house portfolio of “District Made” spirits with two new rye whiskey additions, a bottled-in-bond rye and this bottle, an extremely limited single barrel offering bottled at cask strength and available only at the distillery. Here are the deets from One Eight: This first release District…

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Drinkhacker’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

At this point it feels safe to say that the 2020 holiday season will be unlike any other in our lifetimes. And while in-person gatherings may not be possible, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to stop exchanging gifts. In fact, in the world of booze, it’s easier than ever to ship a bottle of…

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Recipe: Left Hand

A fun trend in the craft cocktail renaissance of the last two decades has been to merge different styles of “classic” cocktails. Sometimes these styles seem pretty incompatible, like the Left Hand cocktail, created by Sam Ross, co-owner of New York’s Attaboy. It’s essentially a mashup of a Negroni and a Manhattan, named for the…

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