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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Review: Pyramid Subliminal State Hazy Pale Ale

Pyramid’s latest was originally brewed for the Lazy Dog restaurant chain, but now it’s going out as a bottled seasonal. It’s (another) hazy pale ale, which Pyramid describes as “a tasty beer that combines the best parts of a hazy beer with some west coast-style bitterness” and is its first made with Kveik yeast. There’s…

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Review: Jameson Cold Brew

Jameson’s latest bottling isn’t yet another standard spin on Irish, it’s a combination of whiskey with cold brew coffee flavor added. Makes sense, after all. The most iconic coffee + whiskey cocktail is, of course, Irish coffee. There’s not a lot of backstory here, but Jameson reps say that customers have been asking for this…

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Review: Martini & Rossi Fiero

Fiero is Martini & Rossi‘s answer to Aperol, although unlike that iconic spirit, Fiero is actually a vermouth — an aromatized wine — not a distilled product. The new Fiero is actually a relaunch, the line having originated in 1998 as an “orange vermouth,” and only now revamped and reintroduced into a market that’s hungry…

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Review: Plume & Petal Lemon Drift Vodka

Bacardi’s newest brand is a line of flavored vodkas, a “collection of premium low-ABV vodkas infused with natural artisanal flavors, created to address the real-life demands of modern women.” I’m no modern woman, but I get the spa inspiration behind Plume & Petal, which includes a cucumber version, one made with peaches, and the lemon-infused…

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Review: 2018 Seghesio Chardonnay Sonoma County

Seghesio is so well-known for Zinfandel that this chardonnay isn’t even visible on its website unless you search for it via Google. The unique thing about this Sonoma chardonnay? It’s blended with a tiny bit of vermentino from Seghesio’s Keyhole Ranch Vineyard in the Russian River Valley — a first as far as I can tell.…

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Review: Grander Panama Rum Trophy Release (2020)

Hot on the heels of its rye-finished special release, Grander Panama Rum is back with another special edition — or rather, the beginning of one. The plan is for Grander Trophy Release to drop in two batches each year. Each release will be a small batching of Panama-distilled rums, all between 8 and 15 years…

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