Review: Endless West Glyph 85H “Molecular Whiskey”

If you haven’t already heard the kooky story of Endless West and Glyph, well, pull up a chair. Glyph 85H is a whiskey unlike any other. How so? It is designed to look and taste like aged whiskey, though it never sees a barrel. No, this doesn’t involve an accelerated aging system like Lost Spirits.…

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Review: Bacardi Lime Rum

Bacardi has introduced all kinds of flavor infusions throughout the years, many of which have been confusingly exotic, like Dragon Berry or Rock Coconut. Now along comes a simpler offering that seems like it should have been in the stable all along, Bacardi Lime. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s a little surprised…

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Review: Whiskeys of Sonoma Distilling – Bourbon, Rye, Cherrywood Rye, and Smoked Bourbon (2019)

We’ve covered the whiskeys of Sonoma Distilling several times (see reviews from 2016 and 2015) — but it’s challenging to keep up with the company because it keeps tweaking things here and there. Given that, we felt it was time to do a full roundup of the company’s products — which have now settled into…

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Review: Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky (2019)

Deja vu? You bet. We encountered Cotswolds Single Malt — part of the tiny English whisky industry — only last year, and now the distillery is out with a new release of the same expression. Why are we reviewing this again? The bottles may look almost identical but the barley used in this spirit is…

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Review: G4 Tequila Blanco

G4 is a newish tequila brand masterminded by Felipe Camarena (brother of Carlos Camarena), designed with quality firmly in mind. G4 — named for the four generations of Camarenas who’ve been making tequila in Jalisco — uses only estate-grown, organic agave, and he relies on sustainable power and recycled materials whenever possible. The result is…

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Bar Review: Redwood Room, San Francisco

San Francisco’s Redwood Room, part of the recently acquired-and-rechristened Clift Royal Sonestra Hotel, has long been a see-and-be-seen hotspot in the city. I’ve personally seen legit celebrities here, and heard tales of plenty more. It’s easy to see why they come: It’s one of the most gorgeous bars in town, with soaring redwood walls that…

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Review: Crown Royal Peach

Crown Royal’s foray into flavored whiskies continues with its latest offering, Crown Royal Peach — and it’s a doozy. You probably already know what you’re getting into, but in case you don’t, here’s the introductory info: “Take the sweet, delicious flavor of a fresh Georgia peach and blend it with our famously smooth liquid for…

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Review: Flying Fortress Red Head Cocktail

Here’s a curious product I received for review, bottled in a mason jar though sold commercially in 1.75 liter handles. It’s called Flying Fortress, and it’s a mix of cranberry juice, “secret spices,” and grain alcohol — sort of a spiced Cosmo that’s ready to drink. Founders Dan and Eileen Doyon explain: For years we…

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