Review: The Street Pumas Blended Scotch Whisky

Back in March, we introduced you to three spirits from The Street Pumas line with a promise of a blended Scotch whisky that was still on its way over from Scotland at the time. Well, it finally made it stateside, complete with the same unique comic strip label as the rum, vodka, and gin. The…

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Review: 2017 Nik Weis Urban Riesling Mosel

This simple riesling from the Mosel Valley in Germany carries a mere 10% alcohol level, making it as refreshing and approachable as a wine cooler. A modest amount of residual sweetness brings the florals, fresh apricots, and figs to life with a bright honey and nougat character that lingers into the finish. Versatile. B+ /…

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Review: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash

Crown Royal is launching a new line of whiskies called the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series. The first in that series is this: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash. Here’s a little detail from the company: As the first offering in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending, Crown…

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Review: Bass Note Sangria

Bass Note is a new line of sangrias with a focus on the exotic. Rather than red wine and oranges, Bass Note loads up on combinations of fruit juices and unusual extracts, including herbs and nuts in the mix, all blended into grape-based wine. Three expressions are available. We tried them all (over ice, as…

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Review: Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka

It’s typical for a spirit company to describe its product as “smooth,” a meaningless term that is typically used to describe spirits that don’t burn the throat. Actually putting the term on the label is something else entirely. What makes Seagram’s bottom-shelf Vodka “extra smooth?” It’s hard to say without tasting, because Seagram’s notes only…

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Review: The Traveler Beer Co. Aloha Pineapple Shandy

The latest in a line of limited-edition seasonal shandies available from this Burlington brewery takes a decidedly non-Vermont twist. Boarding a flight headed west to the land of Gabby Pahinui, Robin Masters, and Laulau, Traveler exchanges the flannel for a floral print with its Aloha Pineapple Shandy. The nose offers a faint note of ginger,…

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Review: Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Tullamore D.E.W. has been on a tear with new variants lately, and its latest expression, following up on last year’s Cider Cask Finish release, is here: Tullamore D.E.W. Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. As you might expect, this whiskey consists of “the brand’s signature Irish whiskey, Tullamore D.E.W. Original, finished in barrels previously used to age Demerara…

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Book Review: The Dirty Guide to Wine

Ten years ago, writer Alice Feiring told us that she “saved the world from Parkerization,” and now she’s back with this, her fourth book, which continues her unabashed love affair with natural wines. With The Dirty Guide to Wine, Feiring (alongside master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier) attempts to use soil (hency the “dirty” guide) as the…

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