Review: Shenk’s Homestead Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey (2019)

We’ve covered the core lineup from Michter’s pretty thoroughly and even some of the rarer unicorns like Michter’s 20 Year, but a pair of whiskeys are on annual offer from the distillery that you may have not even heard of. And for good reason. Known as the Legacy Series, Shenk’s Homestead and Bomberger’s Declaration have…

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Review: Blood x Sweat x Tears Vodka

Behind the opaque, black bottle of Blood x Sweat x Tears (aka Blood, Sweat, and Tears, aka BST) you’ll find a craft vodka from Eugene, Oregon-based Wolf Spirit Distillery. I don’t have a lot of production information about this spirit, except that its made from local wheat and water and is freeze filtered before bottling.…

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Review: Q Kola and GuS Cola

When looking for a cola mixer it’s far too easy to reach for the usual suspects, especially in the grocery store where the big names occupy most of the aisle. However, most of the big names use obesity-inducing high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. HFCS is a cheap sweetener made from corn, and has…

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Review: Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon (Batch 27)

We first reviewed Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend back in 2017. At that time, our sample was only the second release of what has since become the distillery’s most premium offering and a coveted, cult whiskey amongst bourbon lovers. In June, the distillery released six different batches of Cigar Blend, which was a bit unusual as…

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Review: St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram

Allspice dram, often referred to as pimento dram, was for many years a “lost” cocktail ingredient that one would see in books — primarily of the tiki variety — and merely dream wistfully about what it might taste like. Some years back, our friends at Haus Alpenz began producing St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, “the tradition…

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Review: 7 Single Malts from 10th Street Distillery (2020)

When 10th Street Distillery invited me to taste through its lineups, I figured I wouldn’t be seeing much in the way of new expressions. We’ve reviewed two of the three whiskeys the company has put out to date, leaving just a “distiller’s cut” version of its peated expression untasted. Imagine my surprise when a whopping…

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Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2020 Edition

Whiskey season is officially underway, and we plow ahead into the next big release with Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, now in its 20th annual edition — and a celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary. The 2020 Birthday Bourbon (which hits shelves on September 2) is drawn from 10 year old barrels and bottled at 98…

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Recipe: Frozen Tom Collins

Hot enough out there for ya? Cool down by taking your favorite cocktail and whipping it up in a blender, like we recently did with these festive Tom Collinses. Collinses? Collinses. The New York Times has a group-sized recipe for this concoction, but here’s the way to do it one drink at a time. Frozen Tom…

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