Book Review: Drink: A Cultural History of Alcohol

There are plenty of wine books out there, and a smaller, yet not insignificant, number of books on beer. Spirits books, mostly focusing on the recent whiskey craze, seem to hit the shelves every other week. Few authors, however, attempt to cover all types of alcohol, much less place it in the context of recorded…

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Review: Mic.Drop.2 Bourbon 13 Years Old

Last year, PM Spirits (the guys behind The Street Pumas collection) debuted a limited release, 8 year old bourbon called Mic.Drop (we did not manage to review it, alas). It was a runaway hit, and as all good mic drops go, it demanded a sequel. Enter Mic.Drop.2. This one’s even more rarified, a single barrel…

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Review: 2016 Chateau Auguste Rose Bordeaux

Here’s a rarity ’round these parts: Rose Bordeaux. This one’s made from 85% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon, and 5% cabernet franc. The winery is positioning it as a cocktail ingredient in sangria, gin fizzes, palomas, and more, but it also works as a light aperitif on its own. Closer in flavor to a standard white…

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Review: Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak Whisky – Original, Peated, and Cask Strength

In the world of whisky, Japan is finally starting to see some competition. As much as I love Suntory and Nikka, it’s been a delight to see whiskies from the likes of Ohishi make it to the U.S. Now another new player has entered the game: Kaiyo, which has a story as interesting as any…

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Review: 2015 Cantina Terlano Gries Lagrein Reserve Alto Adige

Gries is a vineyard in the Dolomite mountains, in Italy’s northern Alto Adige region. This wine from Cantina Terlano (aka Terlan) is made from lagrein, a meaty grape indigenous to the region. Dense and intense, this licorice-fueled monster offers notes of mushroom, currants, and motor oil. Intense vegetal notes and notes of bacon fat and…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Cask Strength Rye and Double Oak Rye

Pick up any book about the history of whiskey in America, and you’ll probably read that rye, not bourbon, was the first whiskey distilled in these United States, with “Maryland-style” being one of the more popular offerings. The category almost completely disappeared not long after the repeal of Prohibition, but Sagamore Spirit in Baltimore is…

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Cigar Review: Quintero Panetelas

The good folks at Montefortuna Cigars have been gracious enough to supply us with a sampling of Cuban cigars to pair some of our favorite drinks in preparation for the forthcoming autumnal season. Think we should keep reviewing cigars? Let us know in the comments! Quintero Panetelas – Do not be deceived by the size…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C918 (September 2018)

Elijah Craig’s Barrel Proof releases may not have sexy names — they’re monikered after the month and year they’re released — but they’re nonetheless highly prized by bourbon nuts, the same way that the seasonal Booker’s bourbon releases are. The latest release is C918, bottled in September 2018. We tasted, and here’s how it acquits…

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