Review: Treaty Oak The Day Drinker Texas Bourbon

Drinking in the day? How about some 80 proof, one-year-old bourbon — instead of Treaty Oak‘s flagship, the 95 proof Ghost Hill bourbon? While that calculus may be suspect, this new whiskey, a “100% Texas-made grain-to-glass bourbon that’s born from Texas wheat and yellow no.1 corn from Barton Springs Mill, proofed using limestone-filtered water, and…

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Review: Stella Rosa Golden Honey Peach

Here’s another ultra-sweet offering from Stella Rosa (though it ranks only a 6 out of 10 on the winery’s own sweetness scale), tipping the scales at a whopping 5% abv. As the name implies, honey and peaches are the operating flavors in the mix here, though it’s the peach essence that makes the broadest impact…

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Recipe: Noggin Knocker

‘Tis the season for perhaps the most unloved of cocktails, eggnog. Yes, that overly sweet, thick, and boozy “punch” that every festive party thrower somehow feels obligated to serve. We all like it, of course, but in extreme moderation. Ask yourself, have you ever finished an entire glass? I thought not. In all honesty, it…

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Review: 2017 San Simeon Chardonnay Monterey

This bottling of Monterey-grown chardonnay from San Antonio Winery’s San Simeon label attacks as a bit doughy on the nose, before slowly sliding into a style that comes across as a fairly typical California bottling of the grape. Notes of lemon curd, almond paste, and a significant floral element all quickly emerge, with the floral…

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Tasting Report: Return to Temecula Valley, Late 2020 Releases

Early in the days of Covid-19, we took a virtual trip to Temecula in southern California to experience the wines of this emerging region. Now we’re back with another look at a half-dozen wines from the valley. Thoughts follow. 2019 Carter Estate South Coast Estate Fume – A lightly oaked blend of sauvignon blanc (77%)…

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Review: Weed Cellars Bourbon

No one will argue that Weed Oak Cellars Straight Bourbon Whiskey doesn’t have an unusual, even provocative name. There’s no weed in Weed’s products (which include spirits, beer, and wine), but the name is intentional. Per the company: “Weed Cellars has not only created a new category within the alcohol industry, we’ve found a way…

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Review: Five Drinks Canned Cocktails

Five Drinks Co. (aka F!ve Drinks) is part of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing, and it produces a range of ready-to-drink cocktails, all made from real ingredients and packaged in tiny 200ml silver cans. We received a set of four of its nine offerings (a variety of seasonals and collaborations produced with the famed bar…

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Review: Evan Williams Egg Nog

Don’t want to whip up eggnog from scratch? I don’t blame you: Going with something already bottled is so much simpler, less messy, and, arguably, safer to consume, since it’s been pasteurized. Evan Williams’ Original Southern Egg Nog involves a monster of a recipe, including real cream plus the addition of Kentucky straight bourbon, blended…

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