Recipe: Jungle Bird

Summer is a time for tiki, and the Jungle Bird is one tiki cocktail that’s made a comeback in recent years. Why? Because it’s got a healthy dose of bitter Campari to give it a balance that you don’t often find in this kind of cocktail. The dosage on the Campari is totally flexible. Start…

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Review: Charbay Doubled & Twisted Whiskey (2018)

Back in 2011,¬†Charbay Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic released a whiskey called Doubled & Twisted, a white whiskey (of sorts) distilled from an IPA beer. Now the brand is back, and the new D&T has no resemblance to the 2011 creation. Today’s Doubled & Twisted whiskey is the real deal, a blend of whiskeys — all…

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Review: 2017 Michel Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut “Les Vignes” Rose IGP

A simple Pays d’Oc rose from the southwest of France, crafted from¬†grenache, syrah, and cinsault grapes. There’s nothing not to like here, with lots of fresh berries, vanilla, and sweet cream, built on top of a silky body and featuring a lush, fruit-heavy finish. I bit showy and overly perfumed at times with honeysuckle notes,…

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Review: Bols Ginger, Mango, and Pineapple Chipotle Liqueur

Netherlands-based Bols continues its quest to dominate the world of liqueurs with three new offerings, including some unusual flavors in the mix. Let’s taste each of the trio, in turn. Bols Ginger Liqueur – A budget alternative to Canton, this almost transparent (though hazy) liqueur has a moderately sharp nose of ginger, but the palate…

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Review: Ballast Point Moscow Mule Ale

Ballast Point’s latest brew is decidedly experimental, and if it’s an experiment that resonates with you, I’d love to hear about it. Moscow Mule Ale is exactly what it sounds like: A sour ale spiked with ginger and lime, giving it the semblance of a Moscow Mule cocktail. All of those elements are in effect…

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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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