Review: NV Graham Beck Brut

Here’s a fun story: Graham Beck Brut “was affectionately dubbed the “President’s Choice” as it was served at both Nelson Mandela’s inauguration and to celebrate Barak Obama’s presidential nomination.” This nonvintage South African sparkler is made from chardonnay and pinot noir grown in the country’s Western Cape region and is produced using the classic méthode…

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Review: WhistlePig HomeStock

By now you’ve probably read about HomeStock, WhistlePig and Flaviar’s unorthodox and groundbreaking project that saw 1000 Flaviar members blending their own whiskey at home — from samples of 100% rye, wheat, and barley distillates — then voting for a winner during a live tasting of the finalists. The winner, an unusual blend of 45%…

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Recipe: Carthusian Sazerac

The Sazerac is an old cocktail, enjoyed for nearly two centuries now. Although deservedly venerable, it can be a bit of a heavy drink, with that mix of bitters, sugar, and whiskey brightened only with a little Herbsaint or, in some recipes, an absinthe rinse. For fans of the Sazerac looking to enjoy a more…

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Review: Rhum J.M Blanc, XO French Oak, and Sirop (2020)

We’ve looked the agricole rums of Martinique’s Rhum J.M on many occasions, but this is only our second spin with J.M’s white rum and our first formal review of any of J.M’s XO bottlings. We also take a peek at J.M.’s Sirop de Canne, a flavored sugar syrup built for mixing with its own agricole. Rhum…

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Book Review: Bourbon’s Backroads

This is not the sort of book one gets for their father who just acquired a taste for bourbon. This is not the type of book for someone who believes Bulleit’s marketing narrative to be the quintessential bourbon bildungsroman. Karl Raitz’s Bourbon’s Backroads is a highly specialized, richly detailed look at industrial techniques, financial history,…

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Review: Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon 13 Years Old (2020)

On the heels of the Bobby Jones-inspired The Clover Whiskey comes yet another golf-themed bourbon: Sweetens Cove. Admittedly, this one has a little more star power behind it (apologies to Bobby). For starters, this Tennessee bourbon whiskey gets its name from a golf course outside of Chattanooga so magical that a group of well-heeled friends,…

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Book Review: The Microbrewery Handbook

The world is collapsing. Most national economies are in shambles, or staring down the face of collapse. The main street of your childhood hometown is an endless row of empty shells filled with ghosts of commerce past and vacancy signs. Your spouse (or romantic partner) has run off to the Cayman Islands with a day trader…

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Review: The Single Malts of Scotland Caol Ila 10, Glen Elgin 13, Ardmore 21, and Glenrothes 30

The independent bottling operation The Single Malts of Scotland may not have the most creative name, but it’s certainly a descriptive one. This operation has been up and running since 2005 but its releases have only been available in Europe — until now, thanks to importers ImpEx. Its first U.S. run includes 10 individual casks…

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