Review: Prizefight Irish Whiskey

Prizefight is a new Irish whiskey brought to you by Steven Grasse, the creator of Hendrick’s Gin, and Flor Prendergast, an “Irish spirits innovator.” The big innovation here: While Prizefight is distilled and aged in West Cork, Ireland, it is finished in American rye whiskey barrels in the U.S. The blend starts out as a…

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Review: Smugglers’ Notch Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

Smugglers’ Notch is a Vermont-based distillery that infuses whiskey with maple syrup (we’ve not reviewed their wares), but they also do things the other way, aging maple syrup in bourbon barrels. Today we look at a unique mixer: Smugglers’ Notch 100% pure Vermont maple syrup (“grade A dark robust”), aged in the company’s own bourbon…

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Review: Rossville Union Straight Rye and Barrel Proof Rye (2018)

Indiana’s MGP continues to expand its footprint in retail as it moves from being a contract whiskey producer to the mastermind behind a multitude of whiskey brands on the market. The latest is called Rossville Union, a set of straight rye whiskeys, one bottled at 47% alcohol, one at cask strength, more than 56%. They’re…

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Book Review: Japanese Whisky

The book world has lately become flush with tomes about Japan’s drinking culture, particularly its unique world of whisky. Add to that list Brian Ashcraft’s slim but densely packed book, Japanese Whisky, a tome that is clearly written by both an enthusiast and an insider. The first half of the book finds Ashcraft driving you through…

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Review: John Drew Brands Brixton Mash Destroyer, John Drew Rye, and Dove Tale Rum

In 2016, John Drew, cofounder of the well-known cigar giant Drew Estate Cigar Company, jumped into the spirits world with the launch of his own spirits collection, gathered under the John Drew Brand label. After 20 years in Nicaragua overseeing cigar manufacturing, he relocated to Miami and began distilling rum and sourcing whiskey from various…

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Review: 2017 Mazzei Belguardo Rose Toscana IGT

Mazzei’s Belguardo is written stylistically as “Belgvardo” on the label, so don’t get confused if you’re having trouble finding — or pronouncing — the wine. This Tuscan rose — made in Maremma – is 50% sangiovese and 50% syrah. The wine is aromatic and fresh, its lavender and lilac notes pairing interestingly with notes of brown…

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Cocktails for Independence Day 2018

This year, with so many states in the U.S. experiencing heat waves, fireworks may be off limits in your area. That shouldn’t stop you from creating your own fireworks in a glass with one of these inspiring cocktails. Here are some great cocktail recipes to enjoy on tomorrow’s Fourth of July holiday, however you opt…

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Review: 2017 Ferraton Pere & Fis Samorens Cotes-du-Rhone Rose

Ferraton Pere & Fils makes a wide range of Rhone Valley wines, including high-end single vineyard varieties… but also this simple rose, called Samorens, a Cotes-du-Rhone denominated blend of 75% grenache and the remainder syrah and cinsault. The wine is fresh, offering immediate notes of fresh orange, rose petals, and vanilla cream. Boldly floral on…

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