Review: Gin Lane 1751 London Dry Royal Strength Gin

This is round 3 (of 4 products in total) with Gin Lane 1751, as we turn our attention to the brand’s “royal strength” — in lieu of navy strength — offering. Pot-distilled and made in the London Dry style, as the name suggests, it is flavored with eight botanicals: juniper, star anise, Seville orange, orris…

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Review: West Cork Small Batch Irish Whiskey 8 Years Old

We’ve reviewed quite a few Irish whiskey bottlings from West Cork Distillers, but this 8 year old single malt may be its best release yet. Some deets: The 8-Year Single Malt is a non-chill filtered whiskey distilled in hand-built copper pot stills from 100% local-grown Irish Barley and spring water sourced within 5km of the…

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Review: Cardamaro

Cardamaro is a unique amaro that is made not from grain neutral spirits or grappa but rather from wine. The Milan-based producer, Giovanni Bosca, calls this “a predecessor to the now common styles of amari.” While the name may have you presuming it is flavored with cardamom, that’s not the case. Cardamaro starts with Bosca’s…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact No. 6 2020

It’s round #6 for Blood Oath, Lux Row’s ultra-premium bourbon offering, a moving target which has a different composition every year. For 2020, Blood Oath has an intriguing makeup: Three bourbons, including a 14 year old bourbon, an 8 year old bourbon, and a 7 year old bourbon that was rested in cognac casks. All…

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Recipe: Vieux Carre

The Vieux Carre is a true classic in the cocktail world. It was reportedly developed at the legendary Carousel Bar in New Orleans sometime in the 1930s, on the heels of the drinks boomtime that helped define the “Roaring 20s.” It’s essentially a complex riff on a Manhattan with ingredients that speak to the vibrant,…

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Review: GoSili Silicone Straws

The conundrum over straws and how they’re killing the environment has yet to find an easy solution, short of “just don’t use a straw.” Metal and glass straws are rough on your teeth. Paper straws melt. Straws made from other fibers like hay tend to break easily. Here’s an obvious answer from a company called…

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Review: Insolito Tequila, Complete Lineup

New tequila brand Insolito (Spanish for “rare” or “extraordinary”) is distilled by Octavio & Alberto Herrera at Premium de Jalisco, which lays claim to being the highest-elevation distillery in Mexico, at 7200 feet above sea level. There’s a curious partnership with the Herreras: Midland, a Texas-based country music trio (and former bartenders). While the distillery…

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Review: Highland Brewing Rising Haze IPA

North Carolina’s largest “native” brewer recently dropped a new permanent addition to its lineup, a hazy brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. Strictly available in cans. It sure smells the part on the nose: Pour it heavily into a glass and a brisk, sweet pineapple note immediately invades the senses, undercut by just a…

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