Review: Shots Box Subscription Service

There’s an ever-growing number of liquor subscriptions out there, most of which can be broken down into two categories: cocktails or bottles. Cocktail subscriptions periodically supply you with all (or most) of the ingredients needed to make the a selection of craft cocktails at home. Bottle subscriptions provide you with a full or mini-bottle of…

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Tasting Report: Bourbon & Beyond 2018

So apparently biblical amounts of rain and an outdoor world-class bourbon festival just don’t mix. You may have heard that the much anticipated, weekend whiskey and music extravaganza that should have been Bourbon & Beyond last October didn’t even make it 24 hours before the powers that be in Louisville deemed Champions Park unsafe to…

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Review: Taconic Distillery Dutchess Private Reserve Bourbon Cognac Cask

New York-based Taconic Distillery (formerly known as Millbrook Distillery) was established in 2013, but it’s already winning praise for its homegrown whiskey, including this bourbon, a whiskey (reportedly 70% corn, 25% rye, and 5% barley) that spends 3 1/2 years in its original new oak cask (no size noted), then another 6 months in a…

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Review: Victory Java Cask Bourbon Barrel-Aged Blonde Coffee Stout

We’re well into winter, so that means I start gravitating to more barrel-aged beers. While I love the traditional dark, malty stout with a healthy dose of bourbon barrel, I’m always up for something different in the category, and Victory’s Java Cask Gold certainly fits that bill. It’s a blonde coffee stout made with cascade…

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Review: Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey

It’s often said that to succeed in the whiskey business a product needs to, of course, be good, but it also needs to have a good story. In recent years, with more and more new whiskeys claiming little more than the title of “First Distilled in ___ Since Prohibition,” it’s seemed like all the good…

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Review: New Belgium Brut IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial Black IPA, and Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA

Three new New Belgium brews — all IPAs — including a trendy brut IPA and two additions to the always-rotating Voodoo Ranger brand. New Belgium Brut IPA – Brut IPA is to 2019 what Hazy IPA was to 2018: The next big shift for the style, named thusly because it makes for a very crisp…

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Review: Mortlach 12, 16, and 20 Years Old (2019)

In 2014, Diageo gave its storied Mortlach Distillery a big boost, relaunching its whiskies with three new expressions — a NAS release, an 18 year old, and a 25 year old, all beautiful monsters worth of Mortlach’s moniker, “The Beast of Dufftown.” And then they kind of disappeared. The promised increase in production never quite…

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Book Review: Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties & Styles

Kevin Zraly is a legend in wine education, and here with coauthors Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen he aims to dissect the world of red wine, clipping it into 50 “essential” varieties and styles. Organizationally, it couldn’t be simpler: Specifically, the book takes you through an alphabetical glossary of 41 grape varietals, then 9 styles (most…

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