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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Review: Rebel Distiller’s Collection Single Barrel Bourbon from Virginia ABC

  We first encountered Lux Row’s new Distiller’s Collection private barrel offerings last month when we reviewed the Virginia ABC’s Ezra Brooks Single Barrel bourbon selection. Well, here’s another bourbon offering in the collection, and this one’s a wheater. Dubbed simply Rebel, this barrel was selected from Lux Row’s wheated bourbon stocks typically reserved for…

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Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Smash and Clean Line Mango

Looking for something lighter? Try these libations from Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel — a fruit-heavy beer and a hard seltzer. 10 Barrel Brewing Smash – A slightly sour wheat ale, this passionfruit-infused beer hits up front with a big lemon note before it settles into a sweeter groove, with tropical elements in the mix. As…

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