Review: Crook & Marker Spiked Teas

Spiked seltzers are trendy right now, but in our experience many of them aren’t exactly packed with flavor. Crook & Marker, a health-conscious alcohol brand from Bai founder Ben Weiss, is trying to address that with their own spin on the original ready-to-drink classics, spiked tea and lemonade. But Twisted Tea or Mike’s Hard Lemonade…

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Review: Dano’s Dangerous Tequila, Complete Lineup

Made at what is reportedly the second oldest tequila distillery in the world, the Dano’s Dangerous Tequila brand is based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and dates back to just 2018. While it started with its pineapple/jalapeno infused tequila (see below), it has since extended the brand to the standard trio of unflavored varieties. The operation…

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Review: Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Bourbon 4 Years Old

Kentucky’s Willett Distillery has assumed almost Pappy-like status in today’s bourbon world, helped in large part by their first releases of exceedingly rare, well-aged single barrel bourbon. Those Willett Family Estate bottlings were initially sourced and often pushing 20 years old. Such unicorn bottles complemented a slew of other, more readily available brands like Rowan’s…

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Review: Terry Bradshaw Bourbon

The latest whiskey from the prolific Silver Screen Bottling Company — which has released everything from James T. Kirk Bourbon to a Step Brothers branded vodka — is this bourbon released in collaboration with Terry Bradshaw, “NFL legend and iconic entertainer.” Why Bradshaw? “There is something quintessentially American about bourbon,” said Bradshaw. “There’s just nothing better…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Bespoke Gin Barrel Finished (2020)

Last year, Drew wrote about Rabbit Hole’s Rye-Finished Gin, a distillery-only bottling that stood as the only non-whiskey offering the operation produced. Now we’re back with a fresh look at the spirit, which has been renamed, rebottled, and rebranded as Bespoke Gin, now complete with batch and bottle numbers. What else has changed? Nothing at…

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Review: Paul John Classic Select Cask

Hailing from the humid Goa region of India, Paul John has established an impressive portfolio of more than a dozen different single malt whiskies, most available to the US market. We’ve reviewed three of the “Flagship” releases already (here and here), but the distillery also features a Select Cask range which consists of single malts…

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Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Offerings, Summer 2020

Our latest go-round with the indie bottlers at That Boutique-y Whisky Company took place over a live Zoom webinar, where four single malts were on offer — not just to whisky writers but to the general public. (It helped if you bought the inexpensive tasting kit so you could play along.) This collection of whiskies —…

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Review: Kilchoman Am Bùrach

The question remains unanswered: Is the accidental mixing of barrels/distillates more commonplace than public originally were made aware? Is it a new thing in an effort to reduce distillery waste? Is it something marketing and “innovation specialists” have preyed upon as a new best practice and are trying to make commonplace? All of the above?…

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