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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Review: Pulp Culture Hard Pressed Juices

Pulp Culture is a new brand that blends fermented, cold-pressed fruit juices with various other botanicals and various “functional” additives, each built around a specific purpose. It’s not a hard seltzer or a malt beverage, it’s really made from fermented, carbonated fruit juices — so it’s closer to a low-alcohol wine spritzer than anything else.…

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Review: Cognac Frapin – VSOP and Chateau Fontpinot XO

Established in 1270 in France, Cognac Frapin is a single-family estate that continues to produce a range of spirits in the Grande Champagne area. The distillery turns out a wide selection of brandies, including vintage-dated varieties. Today we look at two of the operation’s expressions — a mainline VSOP and a rarer XO. Cognac Frapin…

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Review: 2019 Bannister Scheurebe Alexander Valley

We’ve covered the wines of Bannister in the recent past: Now we’re back with a look at the winery’s first ever Scheurebe bottling — and the first ever Scheurebe I’ve ever tried, actually. This Scheurebe (shoi-ray-ba) was produced from cuttings from the Roter Hang (the Red Slope) in Germany’s Rheinhessen region and it is produced…

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Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2020 Edition

For 2020’s Limited Edition Small Batch, Four Roses is again trotting out some old whiskeys to use in the blend, which again includes batches from four different recipes. This year, we’re getting a mix of 12 year old OBSV (30% of the blend), 19 year old OBSK (20%), 12 year old OESV (25%), and 16…

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Review: Wines of Wente, 2020 Releases

California’s Wente isn’t sitting out the Coronavirus when it comes to innovation. The winery recently rolled out an app for voice assistants Alexa and Google Assistant, designed to help guide you through the intricacies of a Wente wine tasting. We don’t review apps here so much, but we do like to pop open the vino,…

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Review: Longmorn 16 Years Old

Longmorn is another distillery whose primary existence is utilized for blending (often in parent company Pernod’s Chivas line), or for independent bottling. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society are quite the fans, with bottles turning up on their website for purchase every now and again. Today we take our first look at a distillery-released bottling with…

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