Review: Haus Bitter Clove Aperitif

Let’s hear it again for innovation, eh? What the heck is Haus? Haus is described as “the first direct-to-consumer alcohol brand that’s redefining the liquor industry to deliver what today’s generation of drinkers want.” Now let’s put aside the fact that wineries have been selling directly to consumers for decades. Haus is something entirely different.…

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Review: Fleurette Gins and Fylleangst Aquavit

New Alchemy Distilling is a craft producer based in the El Dorado Hills of California, where, with nary a barrel in sight, it focuses on (mostly) white spirits — vodka, gin, white whiskey, and even aquavit. The company produces a collection of six different spirits, three of which we look at here. Let’s dig in!…

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Review: 2015 Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre Veronese IGT

Allegrini’s Palazzo Della Torre bottling is one of its budget expressions, an IGT-denominated wine made in part using the ripasso technique, in which grapes are dried before being fermented and vinified. The wine is composed of 40% corvina Veronese, 30% corvinone, 25% rondinella, and 5% sangiovese. Somewhat soft at first, but with a tannic grip…

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Review: Laphroaig 16 Years Old

Islay’s Laphroaig continues to pump out the expressions, the latest of which is a 16 year old single malt, a spiritual successor to the delightful 15 year old it released in 2015. The whisky spends its entire aging time in ex-bourbon barrels, typical for most mainline Laphroaig releases. What a surprise then that this expression…

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Review: Norden Aquavit

Norden Aquavit hails not from Denmark but from Detroit, where founder Robyn Cleveland crafts this Scandinavia-inspired spirit with 10 botanicals, heavy on the caraway. We received a sample and collected some thoughts. First off, the nose is an iconic example of Scandinavian aquavit, heavy with the caraway essence of rye bread as well as a…

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Review: Old Soul Blended Bourbon

Jackson, Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery doesn’t make Old Soul — at least, not all of it. But it does make some of the whiskey in this unique bourbon and blends it with bourbon sourced from MGP. Here’s the kicker: Cathead uses an identical, high-rye mashbill to the one that MGP uses (21% rye, 75% corn, 4%…

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Review: 2017 Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Ochetti Langhe

Renato Ratti is a well-known Barolo wine producer, but it also produces other wines iconic to the Piedmont region, including barbera. This wine, Ochetti, is made from the same grapes as Barolo (the nebbiolo grape), but is available for less than half the price. It also tastes quite a bit different than a standard Barolo,…

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Review: El Tesoro Tequila Extra Anejo

El Tesoro has long had an extra anejo tequila on the market — Paradiso was first released in 1994, before extra anejo was ever legally established — but this has always been a limited release that tends to be tough to find. Now El Tesoro is launching a year-round, full-time extra anejo, billed without the…

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