Review: Crown Royal Salted Caramel

Crown Royal has been churning out flavored expressions in recent years, and this might be its most decadent to date: Crown Royal Canadian whisky blended with salted caramel flavoring. As with other flavored expressions of Crown Royal, the guy in charge of doctoring the whisky has certainly done so with a heavy hand. The nose…

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Review: Tenjaku Blended Whisky

The popularity of Japanese whisky continues to grow unbounded, and as prices skyrocket we’re seeing numerous new players jump into the game — generally releasing younger spirits at lower prices (but with prominent Kanji script on the label). The latest of these is Tenjaku, a mystery blend — of both single malt and corn-heavy grain…

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Review: Korbel California Brandy

Korbel California Brandy — made right here and aged a mere 2 years in oak barrels — is hardly the elevated brandy experience Cognac drinkers have become accustomed to, which is why this is usually sold in two sizes: 200ml and 1.75 liters, the latter of which will run you a mere 20 bucks. It’s…

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Review: Wines of Oregon, 2020 Releases

A recent roadshow brought dozens of Oregon wineries to San Francisco to show off their recent wares — lots of pinot noir, and a smattering of white wine styles, namely. It’s especially interesting to see Oregon shift its reds to bolder, more aggressive and deeply extracted wines; it feels like alcohol levels are creeping upward,…

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Review: Ramazzotti Amaro

Ramazzotti Amaro, or Amaro Ramazzotti, is an Italian amaro based on a recipe “which has been kept secret for over 200 years. 33 ingredients from across the world: herbs, spices, flowers and fruits are combined to produce a perfectly intense, harmonious flavour.” It’s primarily designed to be consumed neat. A beautiful amaro, Ramazzotti is decidedly…

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Recipe: Trinidad Sour

Want to liven up your next cocktail night? Try the Trinidad Sour, invented by Giuseppe Gonzalez and one of the most insane-sounding drinks you’ll ever try. The proportions are not a mistake, there’s a full ounce of Angostura in this drink and it’s delightful when paired with almond-y orgeat, which tempers the bitterness with a…

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Review: 2018 Two Hands Angels’ Share Shiraz McLaren Vale

Two Hands‘ latest shiraz is a somewhat atypical example of the classic Australian style, featuring more acidity than expected in the form of sour cherry and some green, lightly vegetal notes. A note of chocolate cake frosting gives the wine a moderate sweetness as it builds on the palate, with a plummy, blackberry-heavy character giving…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey Outryder American Whiskey 2020

Wyoming Outryder was first released in 2016 — we reviewed the initial release way back when — and while the base construction is essentially the same, the whiskey is getting older. The 2020 release of Outryder is now 7 years, 10 months of age, the oldest version of the whiskey to date. As for the…

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