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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Review: East Brother Festbier and Belgian Tripel

As cold weather approaches, we take a fresh look at two new winter-friendly seasonals from our pals in Richmond, California, East Brother. East Brother Festbier – This decidedly German style brew takes a Marzen lager and pumps it up with Oktoberfestive notes, giving it a nice layer of spice atop its sweet malt base. Chewy…

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Review: Highland Park Cask Strength Release No. 1

Highland Park recently inaugurated a new line of “batch releases” intended to expand its core range, the promise being that “each batch shares the same underlying character in the whisky but with different flavours coming to the fore based on the cask makeup.” This is actually pretty big news: Cask Strength Release No. 1 is…

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