Review: Tequila Partida Roble Fino – Complete Lineup

Tequila Partida is taking a cue from the Roca Patron with the launch of an upscale series of tequilas that pushes the brand further upmarket. This new limited release series is known as Partida Roble Fino, the trick being that its three expressions — Reposado, Reposado Cristalino, and Añejo — are all finished in sherry-seasoned single…

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Review: Om Organic Mixology Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Liqueur

Om Organic Mixology is a line of liqueurs that starts with a base of distilled sugar cane that is then flavored with organic botanicals and essences, plus some agave nectar. Available in four flavors, this Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt liqueur has just 5 grams of sugar per serving. It’s fairly light in color in…

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Review: Longrow Peated and Longrow Red Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 13 Years Old

Like the versatile portfolios of Loch Lomond and Bruichladdich, Springbank’s beauty can be found in options suitable for most palates, delivered through a variety of distillation processes. Longrow is Springbank’s double-distilled peated offering, aged in ex-bourbon casks (no age statement) without coloring or filtration. From time to time the distillery also offers limited editions with…

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Review: Pickers Original Vodka

The name Pickers has nothing to do with the American Pickers TV series but is rather a homage to the guitar pickers in the city of Nashville where the Pennington Distilling Company is based. Use of the word ‘original’ also lets you know that they have a small range of flavored vodkas, as well as…

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Review: Three Chord Whiskey Drummer Bourbon 15 Years Old

Three Chord — producer Neil Giraldo’s boutique whiskey brand — has been gaining significant notice for its entry-level Blended Bourbon — and now more upscale bottlings are hitting the market from the brand. Today we’re looking at one called Whiskey Drummer, a sourced product (like all of Three Chord’s bottlings) which is bottled as a…

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Review: Marina Cvetic 2015 Iskra and 2016 Riserva

It’s been quite a few years since we’ve delved into the wines of Abruzzo’s Marina Cvetic, and today we look at a pair of big reds, both crafted from montepulciano grapes in this northern Italian region. 2015 Marina Cvetic Iskra Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG – Made from 100% montepulciano grapes from a single vineyard…

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Review: Reverend Bourbon

Newcomer Reverend Spirits hit shelves earlier this year in Virginia, the passion project of Norfolk-based restaurant owner Karl Dornemann. Karl named his distillery, R.D.Wilhelm Distilling Co., and its spirits line for his own father, an Episcopal priest. The lineup for Reverend Spirits coming out of the gate is understandably limited, consisting of a vodka, gin,…

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Recipe: Improved Whiskey Cocktail

Digging through older cocktail books, you may have come across a recipe with the rather uncreative title of Improved Whiskey Cocktail. While the name leaves a lot to the imagination, the cocktail itself is as classic as they get, created by Jerry Thomas, the founder of American mixology, way back in 1876 when Ulysses S.…

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