Review: Watkins Select Bourbon

Watkins Select is a bottom-shelf bourbon produced by mega-scale booze company LeVecke, but it’s at least one with promise. While it’s available in a variety of flavored versions, the standard bottling is denoted as a Straight Bourbon (so at least 2 years old) and it hails from Kentucky — lending it at least an inkling…

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Review: 2018 Rose All Day France IGP Pays d’Oc

Rosé All Day is a “wine project” built around — you guessed it — pink wine. The company’s offerings include sparkling rose as well as still wines, in both cans and bottles. Today we look at just one of the RAD offerings, a still rose made from French grenache grapes. Much to my surprise this…

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Review: Budweiser Harvest Reserve Lager Fall 2019

On July 11th, Budweiser introduced its new limited-edition Harvest Reserve lager. While the standard Bud is a blend of malt and rice, this new offering is 100% malt roasted longer for a richer flavor. Does it compare favorably to the standard Bud? Let’s taste and find out. To start with, the beer simply looks better.…

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Review: Bently Heritage Source One Vodka and Juniper Grove American Dry Gin

Bently Heritage is a new distillery in Nevada, admirably doing just about everything on site. The operation grows and harvests its own winter rye, wheat, oats, and barley, malts its grains in-house on its own malting floor — a practice you almost never hear about today — and uses its own Sierra Nevada-sourced well water…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2019

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our Top 10 Beers of the Year list, an annual feature that we’ll be running every summer, assuming all goes well. How are we creating a top 10 of 2019 in the middle of July? By being a little sneaky: Our selections are drawn from beers released between June…

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Book Review: The One-Bottle Cocktail

Craft cocktail books are wonderful to flip through, but they invariably call for such obscure spirits that I rarely end up actually up making them. For the typical home mixologist, such concoctions rarely  wind up as anything beyond aspirational. Maggie Hoffman offers a solution of sorts in The One-Bottle Cocktail, a compendium of 83 drinks that…

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Review: Tequila Alacran Blanco

Tequila Alacran (Spanish for “scorpion”) was launched in 2010 and has slowly been expanding its U.S. footprint ever since. The 100% agave brand, sourced from Highlands agave and column-distilled, is notable for the opaque, black bottle in which the blanco is presented, which makes for a striking and decidedly new-school presentation. While a variety of…

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Review: Wines of Left Coast Cellars, Summer 2019 Releases

We’ve covered the wines of Left Coast Cellars several times in the past, and today we’re taking a spin through some of the more warm weather wines of this Oregon winery, including a seasonal sparkler. 2017 Left Coast Cellars Queen Bee Bubbly Honey Tirage Sparkling Wine Willamette Valley – 100% pinot noir, for secondary fermentation…

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