Review: Heaven’s Door Ascension, Homesick Blues, and Bootleg Series Vol. V

Lots of action going on at Heaven’s Door these days. There’s a new distillery, a new visitor’s center, and a big  renaming (and even revamping) of its core lineup. Let’s start with the basics. First, Heaven’s Door’s core lineup — three whiskeys — have all been given new names and new bottle graphics, each featuring…

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Review: Lake Hour Seltzers, Complete Lineup

Canned, sparkling seltzers made with real ingredients and actual spirits, but hitting the can at 5% abv? What’s not to like? Four flavors are currently available, each contained in a 12 oz. can. We tried them all, and offer our thoughts herein. Each is 5% abv. Lake Hour Watermelon Cucumber – Tequila, real watermelon, real cucumber.…

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Review: Quintaliza Tequila Reposado

As agave spirits continue their march toward becoming the most-sold liquor category in America, we’re seeing more market differentiators than ever. One of the latest is Quintaliza’s Reposado Tequila, which according to the brand is both additive-free and certified organic. And here’s where things get interesting: the product is “finished in oak barrels that previously…

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Review: Delola Spritzes, Complete Lineup

I love a Spritz. I’ve enjoyed them at home, in bars, and in their birthplace in Venice. And I’ve enjoyed them for good reason, because the Spritz is incredibly hard to fuck up. The recipe is impossibly simple: Aperol, Prosecco, some soda. People keep trying to bottle versions of the Spritz that are ready-to-drink, and…

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Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Elusive Umami

Johnnie Walker continues to crank out special editions of its Blue Label bottlings, and this latest is its most enigmatic. Elusive Umami is a collaboration between Johnnie Walker master blender Emma Walker and Japanese chef Kei Kobayashi, a whisky designed to explore the enigma of “umami,” the long-heralded “fifth taste.” It isn’t made by dumping…

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Review: Sparkling Roses from Brendel, Robert Mondavi, and Rotari (2023 Releases)

Sparkling rosés are perfect for warm weather enjoyment, but the bottles we’re tasting today are not light summer sippers. They are fine examples of the depth and complexity that can be drawn out of sparkling rosé when it is well crafted and made with well-sourced grapes. Poured cold, they’ll certainly be a welcome addition to…

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Review: Pink House Alchemy Winter Spice Syrup

Oh, that chill in the air can only mean one thing: It’s finally time for cool-weather cocktails. Ready to take a break from pumpkin spice? Give Pink House Alchemy’s Winter Spice Syrup a try. This syrup blends cane sugar, cloves, cardamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and vanilla into a cohesive and seasonally appropriate mixer that can…

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Review: Kentucky Owl Maighstir Edition Bourbon

Kentucky Owl’s parade of odd collaborations continues with the even more oddly titled Maighstir Edition, which is a joint production of Kentucky Owl’s Maureen Robinson and John Rhea. While Rhea was most recently the COO of Four Roses, he has been at Kentucky Owl for the last two years, with Robinson presently taking over. That…

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