Review: Cathead Pecan Flavored Vodka

The folks at Cathead (nee Bottletree Beverage Company) don’t just make bourbon and gin, they also make vodka — both straight and flavored. Today we look at the company’s most unique flavored vodka expression: Pecan. Let’s give it a try. The nose is initially mild and lightly astringent with classic vodka notes, but it quickly…

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Review: Portland Brewing Portland Lager

You know how some high-end restaurants will take something mundane, like a hot dog or a meatball, then deconstruct it and put it all back together again so that it approximates the original, only with ultra-luxe ingredients? Here’s the beer equivalent of that, a microbrew knockoff of classic American lagers (a la Budweiser). Portland (Oregon)…

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Review: Highclere Castle Gin

Highclere Castle is a brand new gin line that hit the scene only a few months ago. Its striking purple bottle with an incredibly familiar castle etched into the front immediately begets curiosity. Where did this spirit come from? Here’s the official backstory: Home to the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, this exquisite country…

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Review: Maraska Slivovitz 10 Years Old and Orahovac Green Walnut Liqueur

Maraska isn’t just the distiller of my favorite brand of Maraschino liqueur, it also makes a variety of other fruit brandies and nut liqueurs in its homeland of Croatia. Today we look at two of them, both traditional offerings but new entries into its catalog, a Slivovitz plum brandy and a green walnut liqueur. Let’s…

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Review: Los Vecinos del Campo Mezcal Ensamble No 1 and Tobala

Los Vecinos Mezcal hit the scene last year with a killer expression made from espadin agave, produced by its independent co-op (of sorts) comprised of 10 mezcaleros. Now it’s back with two new mezcals, a blend called Ensamble and an expression made of 100% tobala mezcal. Let’s give them both a try. Los Vecinos del…

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Review: NV Champagne Henriot Blancs de Blancs

Henriot’s flagship Champagne is 100% chardonnay, and it’s a fantastic expression of Blanc de Blancs, lightly nutty with a fresh punch of lemon, apple, and almond. Clean and refreshing, with a moderate to heavy level of fizz, it’s never heavy, with a lingering brioche character that hangs around forever. A- / $55 / champagne-henriot.com [BUY…

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Review: Aerstone 10 Years Old – Sea Cask and Land Cask

It’s not every day that a Scotch distillery launches a new single malt whisky brand, but here we are: William Grant & Sons, best known as the producer of Glenfiddich and Balvenie, has dropped a pair of 10 year old single malts under the name of Aerstone. The two expressions focus on “the impact of…

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Review: Wines of Three Sticks, 2020 Releases

We’ve got a full sextet of wines from Sonoma’s top-shelf Three Sticks on tap for today, two chardonnays and four pinot noirs. 2017 Three Sticks Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Durell Vineyard – On first blush this wine hits the nose as an unadulterated oak and butter bomb, though there’s a tropical edge underneath that lifts things…

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