Review: Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA, Black Butte XXX, and The Ages (2018)

Today we look at three brand new releases from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery, and they couldn’t be more different, comprising a hazy IPA, the 30th release of the barrel-aged Deschutes, and the first ever release of a multi-year mashup of various aged brews called, appropriately, The Ages. Deschutes Brewery Fresh Haze IPA – Hazy in…

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Review: Merrys Irish Cream Liqueuer

The Irish cream category continues to explode almost as rapidly as the irish whiskey market, the latest being this expression from a company called Na Cuana, based in Meath, Ireland. Merrys (no apostrophe formally, but you’ll see it as Merry’s also), claims to be “the world’s most awarded product in its category.” It is crafted in…

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Book Review: Around the World in Eighty Wines

It takes a certain type of attitude to appreciate Mike Veseth’s Around the World in Eighty Wines, a personal exploration into wine that vaguely follows the conceit of Around the World in Eighty Days. Er, sort of. His general idea: Can we identify 80 wines that represent the entirety of the wine world, going region by region,…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Bottled-in-Bond

At long last, Jack Daniel’s has released a bottled-in-bond expression, finally jumping on the trend of higher-proof, more boldly flavored whiskeys. This is a permanent extension to the JD line, but there’s a catch: It will only be available in travel retail (aka duty free) stores. “Whiskey-making in the 1800’s too often produced a hodge-podge…

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Review: Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur

Tequila Rose lays claim to being the world’s best-selling strawberry cream liqueur. You could have told me it was the world’s only strawberry cream liqueur, except I know it’s not because we just reviewed another one, from Sugarlands. The twist here, as the name suggests, is that Tequila Rose is not made with moonshine but…

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Review: Old Weller Antique Selections from B&B and Liquor Outlet

Limited release whiskeys like Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection or Heaven Hill’s Parker’s Heritage Collection seem to be getting more limited every year. Still, if you’re looking for a rare whiskey to show off about, it doesn’t get much rarer (in terms of bottles produced) than a private single barrel, and even better you don’t have…

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Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Curacao Finished Bourbon (2018)

For the 12th year running, Heaven Hill Distillery has released a limited-edition whiskey under the Parker’s Heritage Collection line. This one might very well be the most unusual whiskey in the entire lineup: Bourbon finished in barrels that once held orange curacao liqueur. Let’s let Heaven Hill explain: The 2018 edition showcases the versatility that…

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Review: Wines of Lula Cellars, 2018 Releases

This is our third go-round with Lula Cellars, a Mendocino-based winery that produces some of the best pinot noirs you’ll find on the market today. This year we’re looking at five wines from Lula (from the 2016 and 2017 vintages), including a white and a rose. Let’s dig in to this quintet! 2017 Lula Cellars…

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