Review: Root7 Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses

Do you like salt? I love salt, or at least I thought I did. Then I tried drinking out of Root7’s Himalayan salt shot glasses. Whoa. A whole bunch of producers sell these gizmos, which are exactly what they claim to be: Take a big chunk of pink Himalayan salt, shape it into a cylinder…

Read More about Review: Root7 Himalayan Salt Shot Glasses

Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon 2018

For the first time since 2015, Michter’s has released its Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon, which was launched to much fanfare in 2014. The US-1 Toasted Barrel release is unique because it undergoes a second aging regimen after its initial run in charred oak barrel. This finishing takes place in a custom barrel which is assembled from…

Read More about Review: Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon 2018

Review: Wines of Left Coast Cellars, Early 2019 Releases

Here’s a quartet of new releases from Oregon’s Left Coast Cellars, all ready for springtime sipping. (Spring’s coming one of these days, right?) 2017 Left Coast Cellars Truffle Hill Estate Chardonnay – Surprisingly thin, and very acidic, atypical all around for chardonnay. The palate sees some fruit in the form of melon, gooseberry, and apricot, but…

Read More about Review: Wines of Left Coast Cellars, Early 2019 Releases

Review: Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon 15 Years Old

Since it first hit the shelves, Barrell Bourbon has been a premium offering, and it has continued to move upmarket with the recently released Barrell Craft Spirits line. This first, very limited release includes three offerings: a bourbon, a whiskey, and a rum. The intent of the project, according to the folks at Barrell, was…

Read More about Review: Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon 15 Years Old

Review: Angel City Brewery Speculoos Cookie Beer 2018

This winter seasonal arrived at the tail end of 2018, and we’re finally turning our attention to LA-based Angel City Brewery’s Speculoos Cookie Beer, a beer brewed in honor of spicy Dutch/Belgian shortbread cookies typically baked for the holidays. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, cloves, anise, and brown sugar, it’s a boozy treat that…

Read More about Review: Angel City Brewery Speculoos Cookie Beer 2018

Review: Three Chord Blended Bourbon

Musicians making whiskey has become the in thing to do in recent years, and much to my surprise, a lot of this has been pretty good. (Some, however, has not.) Three Chord Blended Bourbon is a project from musician/producer Neil Giraldo (he’s also married to Pat Benatar and produced “Love is a Battlefield”). If you like…

Read More about Review: Three Chord Blended Bourbon

Review: Harpoon MacGuffin Wee Heavy and Catamount Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter

Boston’s Harpoon Brewery has a pair of new special editions out. Let’s dig in to the seasonal duo. Harpoon MacGuffin Wee Heavy – The Hitchcockian mystery alluded to in the name of Harpoon’s latest could very well apply to its alcohol level. MacGuffin (#67 in the operation’s 100 Barrel Series) drinks at first like an approachable…

Read More about Review: Harpoon MacGuffin Wee Heavy and Catamount Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter

Review: Tequila Bribon, Complete Lineup

Tequila Bribon is best known as a budget tequila brand that nonetheless offers 100% spirits (though it’s unclear from what region Bribon harvests its agaves). Today we look at the brand’s complete lineup, which lays claim to combining old world heritage with high tech, new world techniques. (One of those is a double distillation that…

Read More about Review: Tequila Bribon, Complete Lineup