Review: Fever-Tree Distillers Cola

Crafted from kola nut, pimento berries, key limes, Sicilian lemon, and “vainilla fresca” (not clear how that’s different from vanilla), Fever-Tree’s spin on a classic cola recipe doesn’t really rock the boat of expectations, using cane sugar to gently sweeten its iconic mixer. The flavor here lands somewhere between Pepsi and Coke, with ample vanilla…

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Review: Appleton Estate Rum Hearts Collection 1993 and 2002

Appleton has been cranking out luxe special editions for the last few years, but none are more prized than its Hearts Collection, which comprises single-vintage pot still rums of exceptional age. The Hearts Collection began three years ago and soon comprised vintages from 1994, 1995, 1999, 1984, and 2003 — though we didn’t get a…

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Drinkhacker’s 2023 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some festivities in the form of holiday revelry. Naturally, the holidays mean gift-giving time is nigh, and you’re going to want recommendations for what to wrap up and stash under the tree. As always, this year we want your gift-giving to make a statement, but we…

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Review: Glenfiddich x Thierry Atlan Grand Cru Scotch Whisky-Infused Macarons

Holiday confections are getting started with a bang courtesy of Scotch maker Glenfiddich and world renowned New York City-based confectioner Thierry Atlan. The idea is simple: Take a and caramel-colored almond shells and fill it with white chocolate ganache that is infused with Glenfiddich 23 year old Grand Cru Scotch whisky plus “a beautiful harmony”…

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Review: Boulder Spirits American Single Malt The 10 Essentials

With an official American single malt designation due any day now, Colorado’s Boulder Spirits should be well-positioned to take advantage of the recognition, as their portfolio has been crowded with the style for years. We got our first taste in 2022 with a duo of single malts that were admittedly still a bit rough around…

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Review: Amaro Santoni

Amaro Santoni is new to me, but the recipe dates back to 1961, including 34 ingredients centered around rhubarb and iris — in part a cultural reference to Florence, in part because that’s the taste profile they were going for here. A light, crimson-orange-hued “dolce-amaro aperitivo” lands somewhere in the DMZ between bitter and sweet…

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Review: Nikka the Grain Whisky – Discovery 2023

Japan’s Nikka Whisky began its experimental Nikka Discovery series in 2021, with two special releases, one from each of its two main distilleries. Nikka followed suit with another pair in 2022, making one wonder if it would continue the theme going forward. Well, here we are in 2023, and Nikka has announced that this will…

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Review: The Dalmore Select Edition 2005 and 2008

  Every November, The Dalmore assesses its collection of casks and pulls a handful that represent the distillery’s house style — but which were all distilled in a single year. These Vintage Collection releases are rarities that exemplify the best of what’s in the cellar, all very limited Highland single malts that are said to…

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