Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Backyard BBQ” 2018-02

Spoiler alert: This is the most unusual — and likely polarizing — batch release of Booker’s Bourbon to date. First, the fine print: Booker’s “Backyard BBQ” is named in tribute to Booker Noe and his love for hosting good, old-fashioned cookouts for friends, family, neighbors and distillery employees in his own backyard in Bardstown, KY. Booker always made sure…

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Review: Cutwater Spirits Whiskey Highball and Whiskey Lemon Tea

San Diego Cutwater Spirits, the growing spinoff of Ballast Point Brewing, has taken a cue from its originator by using its own hooch to make a pair of ready-to-drink whiskey cocktails. Both of these canned cocktails are made with Cutwater’s own Black Skimmer bourbon. We tried them both. Thoughts follow. Cutwater Spirits Whiskey Highball – A…

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Recipes for National Tequila Day 2018

July 24th is National Tequila Day, so we’ve got things ready to get you through all the tequilabration. Sure you can mix up a margarita today, or take a spin with one of the more unique cocktails we’ve got for you today. Others are more intriguing riffs on traditional cocktails. In other words, a little…

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Review: Qii Tea Mixers

Tea, coffee, and plenty of other drinks are rotten for your teeth, so Ted Jin, a former Pepsi executive, has come to the rescue. His solution: Qii, a beverage designed to improve oral health by replacing sugar with a xylitol-based sweetener called XyVita. “Unlike sugars, xylitol doesn’t feed these bacteria and reduces disease-causing plaque in…

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Review: Deep Eddy Orange Vodka and Peach Vodka

We’ve reviewed nearly all of the Austin-based Deep Eddy vodka line, except for this duo of flavors — orange and peach. As with all Deep Eddy vodkas, these are bottled with a significant amount of natural color and even sediment, driven by the flavoring element inside. Both are 70 proof. Deep Eddy Orange Vodka –…

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Review: Wines of Flora Springs Napa Valley Collection, 2018 Releases

Our recent coverage notwithstanding, summertime doesn’t mean you can only drink whites and reds. Sometimes, a feast is in order, and with it, a bold red wine, like one of these two offerings from Flora Springs, both from the 2015 vintage. And hey, because it is summer, let’s look at two whites as well. All wines…

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A Visit to Suntory’s Yamazaki Distillery

Should a whisky fan make the lengthy trek across the Pacific in search of the secrets of Japanese distilling, one would be wise to start at the source. That’s what I did anyway, on a recent pilgrimage to Yamazaki, the first whisky distillery in Japan, which was built in 1923 and is still going strong…

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Book Review: Tasting Cider

Erin James really loves cider, and based on this book, she appears to know more about the category than anyone else on earth. This boldly colorful guide walks readers through this vastly complicated — and rapidly growing — category, starting with a history of cider and a digest of how it is made, including a…

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