Review: Dashfire Bitters – Spiced Apple, Sichuan, and Cardamom

Remember Dashfire’s sextet of canned cocktails we recently reviewed? Well now we’re taking a step back to look at the products that got the Minnesota-based company started: the bitters that are used in the creation of all those ready-to-drink cocktails. The company produces more than a dozen bitters varieties, but we’ll get things going with…

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Review: Elephant Gin

Elephant Gin is a London dry style gin that’s made in Germany by distillers enamored with the bush-life of South Africa. As such, the gin is designed to “capture the spirit of Africa,” blending 14 botanicals that include “rare African ingredients” and fresh apples — the signature flavor note of the product. (Other botanicals are…

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Review: Golden Moon Gin

Golden Moon Gin is the eponymous gin from Colorado’s Golden Moon Distillery. (We covered its Kummel previously.) There isn’t a whole lot of information about what’s in the bottle except this snippet of data about the product: Golden Moon Gin is distilled using the finest herbs, spices and botanicals available, including wild-crafted mint and juniper…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C919 (September 2019)

The third  (and likely final) 2019 release from Elijah Craig’s Barrel Proof series has hit, coded as batch #C919. While this summer’s B519 was a veritable lightweight at a paltry 122.2 proof, C919 is a return to the usual expectations with a whopping 68.4% alcohol. I was expecting a nostril-searing experience, but C919 is surprisingly…

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Review: Sotol Coyote Durango Blanco

We’ve written just a bit here about sotol, a Mexican cousin of tequila that’s made from the Desert Spoon plant (including dasylirion texanum and dasylirion wheeleri) a somewhat different type of desert shrub that it turns out you can ferment. Sotol Coyote Durango Blanco is an unaged expression of Sotol made in Cuencame, San Antonio,…

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Review: Easy Rider Bourbon 4 Years Old

Earlier this year, Hood River Distillers, an increasingly busy operation that’s best known for Lucid Absinthe, added another bourbon to its portfolio: Easy Rider. Easy Rider was purchased from another company which had been marketing the spirit as Easy Rider Arizona. There’s no actual connection to the classic Peter Fonda movie, but the screaming eagle…

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Review: 2016 Seven Hills Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Two new wintry reds from Washington’s Seven Hills winery. 2016 Seven Hills Merlot Walla Walla Valley – Fresh and focused squarely on the fruit, this wine exudes notes of cola and chocolate, all in the service of a bright, cherry-heavy core. A slight vein of tannin offers enough grip to take the edge off the…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey 91 and Cask 111

We’ve been writing about Tennessee-based Chattanooga Whiskey for years now, and while we’ve been upbeat about their products, they have, for better or worse, all been sourced products. Now Chattanooga is out with its own house-made spirit — or rather, a pair of them with names based on their proof levels — made in what…

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