Review: Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha Cocktails

Cachaca producer Novo Fogo recently “rebranded, repackaged, and refined” its line of canned sparkling caipirinhas, which now includes three flavors, now featuring less sugar in the mix. The company’s silver Brazilian cachaca is the base for all of the products, with all natural ingredients used for flavoring. We tried the trio in their new incarnations.…

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Review: Admiral Rodney Rums – Princessa, Royal Oak, and Formidable

Admiral Rodney is a line of St. Lucia-based rums from Spiribam, which is best known as the home of Rhum J.M, Clement, and other island rums. Admiral Rodney hasn’t been readily available in the U.S., but that changed last year when Spiribam brought the brand here in earnest. Three editions were launched in 2019 —…

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Recipe: Toronto

We love Fernet-Branca as a digestif for its wacky level of bitterness, but in cocktails, you have to tread lightly with such an intense ingredient. The Toronto, popularized by Jamie Boudreau of the famous Canon in Seattle, is a great example of how a little Fernet-Branca can go a long way in a mixed drink.…

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Review: Vamonos Riendo Mezcal

Vamonos Riendo Mezcal is a new “ensamble” style joven mezcal, made of a blend of 8 year old espadin and 14 year old tobala agaves. Triple-distilled at high altitude, the company behind it also says it supports the Oaxacan community with charitable giving programs. Let’s give it a whirl. The mezcal is nearly transparent, with…

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Review: Coppercraft Bourbons, Rye, and Gin

Holland, Michigan-based Coppercraft has had its sights set on being a “grain to glass” distillery since 2012, and today the operation makes at least 8 products. Coppercraft is still working to get there, though, as there’s still plenty of sourced products in the mix, including some that are blends of house-distilled and sourced spirits. Today we…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey 99 Rye

Tennessee-based Chattanooga Whiskey continues rolling out expressions, its latest — a permanent addition to the company’s lineup — is Chattanooga Whiskey 99 Rye Malt (aka Chattanooga Whiskey Tennessee Rye Malt). This is distilled by Chattanooga, not sourced, and is aged for more than 3 years in 53 gallon barrels. Some additional info: Chattanooga Whiskey 99…

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Review: 2018 Bacigalupi Chardonnay and Renouveau Chardonnay

+Recently, Sonoma’s Bacigalupi Vineyards released its first ever chardonnay from its estate-owned Paris Tasting Block, a two and a half-acre plot planted in 1964 in the family’s Goddard Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Why is this significant? Because this vineyard was the source for 40% of the fruit that went into Chateau…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition

Ready for the “ultimate expression of American whiskey?” Woodford Reserve recently dropped a surprise bottling called Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition. What’s in the bottle? Standard Woodford that spends three extra years in XO Cognac casks. Of course, the name of the spirit comes from the bottle it’s in, a handmade Baccarat crystal decanter. Per the…

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