Review: Midleton Dair Ghaelach Knockrath Forest Tree 1

Midleton continues its rare releases focusing on aging in barrels made from a single tree. The third release is still a single pot still whiskey that was initially aged in bourbon casks for 13 to 26 years, then finished for 2 additional years in barrels made from virgin oak sourced from Ireland’s Knockrath Forest in…

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Recipe: Paper Plane

New York mixologist Sam Ross famously developed this cocktail while listening to M.I.A.’s song of the same name. It’s a delightfully bitter-sour treat, and it couldn’t be easier to make because all the ingredients are poured in the same proportion. While the official recipe specifies Nonino as the amaro, feel free to play with that…

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Review: Harpoon Mike’s Pastry Cannoli Stout and DragonWeisse

Harpoon, the brewery that brought you a collaboration with Dunkin’ Donuts, is back with another dessert-fueled brew in this cannoli-inspired stout collaboration with Boston’s iconic Mike’s Pastry. Let’s give it a spin, along with another new edition, Harpoon DragonWeisse. Harpoon Mike’s Pastry Cannoli Stout – This milk stout is made with Mike’s Pastry’s hand-made cannoli…

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Review: Baltimore Spirits Epoch Straight Rye

Baltimore Spirits Company was initially the Baltimore Whiskey Company, so that should tell you something about their original passions for craft distilling. But making only whiskey proved too restraining for this creative crew. Today their diverse portfolio includes such tasty oddities as Fumus Pumila, a smoked apple brandy, and Szechuan amaro. Still, their early passion…

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Review: 2017 Sosie Roussanne Vivio Vineyard Bennett Valley

A hefty slug of anise strikes the palate first when sipping on this Sonoma-grown roussanne, a rarity in the U.S. and particularly unseen in Sonoma, from Sosie. (Only 400 acres of the varietal is grown in all of California.) After the herbal rush, a mix of grapefruit and lemon gives the wine a slight citrus…

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The Best Grenadine Roundup – 6 Brands Tasted, 1 Winner

Of all the cocktail ingredients in the world, humble grenadine is probably the one we all remember encountering first, sipping on the stuff as children either in the classic Shirley Temple… or the more decadent Roy Rogers. Grenadine was originally a roughly 50/50 mix of pomegranate juice and sugar syrup — and you can easily…

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Review: Flora Springs 2019 Soliloquy and 2017 Merlot

Two summery releases from Napa’s Flora Springs, including a strange vintage of Soliloquy and a not-strange release of the Napa Valley Merlot. 2019 Flora Springs Soliloquy Napa Valley – Soliloquy is named after Flora Springs’ proprietary clone of sauvignon blanc (blended here with chardonnay and malvasia). This 2019 takes the core of the sauvignon blanc…

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Review: NV Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (2020)

Ever feel like you’re paying for a bottle rather than what’s inside? At no time will that be more likely than when you crack open a bottle of Segura Viudas Reserva, one of the most striking bottles of cava on the market. We last encountered the pewter-clad sparkler in 2016, and though this is still…

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