Review: Sol Chelada

Sol Chelada has been on sale in Mexico since 2011, but it’s only in 2019 that a version tweaked for U.S. palates has gone on sale in the country in chunky 24 oz cans. Strictly speaking this should be called Sol Michelada, as it has tomato and spices mixed in, which is what turns a…

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Review: Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon

Four Roses pumps out special edition bourbons on a regular clip, but it surprisingly only has three bottlings in its permanent collection: Single Barrel, Small Batch, and Yellow Label. Today a fourth bourbon joins that group: Small Batch Select, a name which will undoubtedly only exacerbate the confusion over the brand’s releases (particularly since it…

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Review: Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale

Wait, didn’t Sam Adams just launch a New England Pale Ale a few months ago? You can be forgiven any confusion: That 2018 launch was a New England IPA, and this is a New England Pale Ale. Both are juicy/hazy brews, but they’re surprisingly different in construction. Says the brewery: “New England Pale Ale was…

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Review: St. George Dry Rye Gin

Rye is far from being a common base for gin, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. Rye was used in early recipes for the drink that became genever, and much Polish vodka has traditionally been made from rye. As gin is made from a neutral spirit, i.e. vodka, rye is a perfectly legitimate…

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Review: 2014 Massolino Barolo Serralunga d’Alba DOCG

There’s lots of balsamic on this somewhat atypical expression of Barolo, which showcases notes of sour cherry, dried raspberry, and some orange peel — very fruity for a normally austere wine. Florals build from there, with notes of violets and rose petals, and a touch of sandalwood on the finish. Some spice notes peek through…

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Review: Disaronno Amaretto

One can’t get far in the drinking world without encountering the iconic Disaronno bottle. Disaronno brands its almond-flavored liqueur as not just the best amaretto around but “the world’s favorite Italian liqueur,” and the product has become an endemic part of the drinking world. Why, the first drink I had when I turned 21 was…

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Review: 2017 Tinto Negro Malbec Uco Valley

This Argentine malbec is a real beast: Hugely meaty, with intense notes of mushroom and forest floor, any sense of fruit and spice is fully trampled by this overwhelming savoriness to the point where it’s hard to recognize any sense of varietal character in this dense monstrosity. The one saving grace is actually some black…

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Review: Game of Thrones Lagavulin House Lannister and Clynelish House Tyrell

Confession: I do not know much about the HBO series Game of Thrones, nor am I versed on the novels upon which the show is based. What I have been able to ascertain from friends whose opinions I respect is that involves gratuitous nudity, people talking about winter, dragons, a throne, and the supremely underrated…

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