Review: Port Askaig 8 Years Old and Bourbon Cask 14 Years Old

As we established when Port Askaig 110 Proof first made it to the U.S. last year, there is no Port Askaig. Rather, Port Askaig is a brand name for single malt whiskies sourced from all over Islay. Each release may hail from a different distillery, but different distilleries’ whiskies are not batched together. Port Askaig…

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Review: 2017 J Vineyards Pinot Gris California

Boldly biscuity on the nose, this initially floral pinot gris from J Vineyards offers notes of citrus and spice, but features a rather gummy body with caramel sauce at its core. Much less dry than last year’s vintage, it’s a fair enough summer sipper but lacks the delicacy that would elevate it beyond picnic wine…

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Review: Empower Cosmopolitan Martini

Don’t let the monster-sized bottle fool you; this isn’t vodka. Empower Cocktails is actually a new brand of ready-to-drink cocktails launched by Tiffany Hall, a former Pernod Ricard executive, who launched this new line to “celebrate and honor women, while also catering to their distinct tastes.” Empower’s first product is this, the Cosmopolitan Martini. It’s made with…

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Review: 2017 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Saint Clair’s 2017 sauvignon blanc drinks with an elevated profile. Yes, it brings the iconic pineapple and mango note to the table, but there’s enough lime-peel-laden acidity to give the fruit and inherent sweetness a lift. Relatively restrained in alcohol, it’s an easy drinker without a ton of complexity, though some fresh and grassy herbal…

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Review: Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye

Following on the baffling Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye comes another limited release whiskey: Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye. What’s Two by Two? This bottle blends two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, creating a combination that is uncommon, but which isn’t unheard of. (Wild Turkey arguably gave the bourbon-rye combo its…

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Review: 2017 The Sisters Pinot Rose and Sauvignon Blanc

“With an innate understanding of women’s hectic lives, the idea behind the brand was born.” My wife didn’t think the label on The Sisters, a set of wines hailing from Marlborough, NZ-based winemaker Rebecca Wiffen, displayed much particular insight into her world, but hey, a wine’s name is really just a name (though the brand…

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Review: Cascade Blonde American Whiskey

Per brand owner Diageo, Cascade Blonde American Whiskey is “a new style of blonde American whiskey that’s incredibly smooth, lighter in color and easier to drink than floating downstream.” Made using “a double chill filtration process, high-corn mash bill and limestone filtered water fresh from Cascade Spring in Tullahoma, Tenn.,” the whiskey is made at…

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Review: Good Idea: The Swedish Sugar Buster Mixers

The awkwardly named Good Idea: The Swedish Sugar Buster is a mixer with a focus on trying to get you to drink healthier, layering in “five specific amino acids” and “a hint of chromium” to help reduce post-meal blood sugar from spiking, with studies showing a reduction of up to 30 percent. As the name…

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