Review: Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

It is no small thing for a craft whiskey distillery to release its own, house-made whiskey, and because whiskey takes valuable time to produce, often years of barrel aging, it’s a stressful waiting game. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery has been waiting since 2014 for that moment. In the meantime, they’ve released a successful line of…

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Review: Dry Portuguese Wines from Symington, 2019 Releases

Symington is best known for its Port houses — Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s, and more — but it also produces dry table wines from Portugal’s Douro, including the trio reviewed here. All are current releases. Thoughts follow. 2017 Altano Naturalmente Douro Branco White – This blend of malvasia fina, viosinho, rabigato, and moscatel galego comes across…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve Volume II 16 Years Old

The Egan’s Irish Whiskey line got its first luxe bottling with Legacy Reserve in early 2019. Now Legacy Reserve is back with a new incarnation, Legacy Reserve Volume II, and it’s a full year older. That extra year includes some finishing in an unusual type of barrel: Banyuls wine. Details? Here ya go: Legacy Reserve…

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Review: 10 Barrel Brewing Hazy Trail and Profuse Juice

So, here are two new brews from Bend, Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing. Hazy Trail is described as a “juicy IPA,” and Profuse Juice is described as a “hazy IPA.” Confused yet? Have a few cans of each of these and you will be soon enough. Both are available year-round. 10 Barrel Brewing Hazy Trail Juicy…

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Review: Yeyo Tequila Silver (2019)

We first reviewed Yéyo Tequila Silver way back in 2010. Can anyone even remember 2010? Us neither. And that’s probably what Yéyo is hoping because somewhere along the way the brand ceased to exist. But if that news just made you sad, worry not. They just relaunched late this year. Yéyo now comes in a…

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Review: McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

First off: Mad points for a creative name. McQueen and the Violet Fog? Sounds like a killer lounge act — and in fact, the name comes from a poem by one Atticus, in reference to a (fictional) rock group. (Part of said poem is reprinted on the back of the bottle.) Second off: It’s made…

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Review: 2017 Sonoma-Cutrer Pinot Noir Vine Hill Flanc de Coteau Blocs

Sonoma-Cutrer is an unabashed chardonnay shop, but its latest pinot noir, from its Russian River Valley-based Vine Hill Vineyard, is a wine to seek out. Some details: Sonoma-Cutrer’s Vine Hill Vineyard provided the fruit for this release with grapes specifically selected from the highest elevation, hillside blocks. With more than a 400-ft. elevation change, each…

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Review: Rogue Canned Cocktails – Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda, and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule

Rogue, the Newport, Oregon-based brewer and distiller, has recently leaped into the canned cocktail game with these renditions of a trio of hard seltzers. All are made with Rogue’s own vodka or gin, natural botanicals, and sparkling water. We tried the full lineup. Thoughts follow. Each is 7.5% abv. Rogue Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz –…

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