Review: Teremana Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

2020 has seen a raft of celebrity-branded wines and spirits, but none is arguably bigger than Teremana, which is backed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Teremana is a pot-distilled spirit made with 100% Highlands agave. It’s currently available in blanco and reposado expressions; no anejo at this time. We received both for review. Let’s drink…

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Review: 2018 Scheid Family Wines VDR

VDR stands for Very Dark Red, and the name is no lie. This Monterey County-born blend, dominated by Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot, is an opaque enigma in the glass, described unapologetically as “one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, and full-bodied.” There’s no exaggeration on any of those fronts. This intense monster hits the palate with a rush of…

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Review: 2017 Seven Hills Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon SHW Founding Vineyard

Here’s a look at two hearty, winter-friendly reds from Washington’s Seven Hills Winery. 2017 Seven Hills Merlot Walla Walla Valley – A tad on the bitter side but otherwise approachable, this merlot is a bit more austere than expected, with a relatively unripe plum core, notes of blackberry, and dried flowers. The finish dries up…

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Review: Cincoro Tequila Anejo

We told you the story of Michael Jordan’s (and others’) Cincoro Tequila a few months ago — but at the time we only reviewed the blanco and reposado expressions. Now we’ve got the anejo, which we’re ready to dig in to. Aged 24 to 28 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels. The bottle is still a…

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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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