Review: Gaur Spice Original Fusion Spiced Whiskey No. 1 Blend

Hey, Captain Morgan fans — while there are plenty of other, interesting spiced rums on the market, perhaps it’s time to consider something a little further afield. Why not check out Gaur Spice, a spiced whiskey, instead? Gaur Spice, originated by North Charleston-based Spectrum Spirits, starts with “handcrafted small batch American whiskey” — further details…

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Review: NV Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco

Champagne Collet is made by the oldest cooperative in Champagne. This entry-level bottling comes packaged in a snazzy, deco-inspired bottle, and is a blend of about 20 crus. Collet’s nonvintage Brut Champagne is immediately atypical of the style, bolder with bready yeast, particularly on the slightly funky nose, aggressively carbonated, and heavily fruited, all at…

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Review: Green Spot Chateau Montelena

It has been almost four years since we reviewed the original Green Spot and celebrated its arrival in the U.S., a single pot still whiskey which we lauded for its bold, balanced flavor. With time and universal acclaim, the makers of Green Spot have sought to offer new products. The last one, Green Spot finished in…

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Review: 2015 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir Marlborough

This new pinot release from New Zealand’s Oyster Bay offers a surprising creaminess, with rounded berry notes — blueberry and strawberry — leading to a late palate that’s more fueled by classic black cherry character. With virtually no tannin to speak of, the wine lets some spicier notes do the talking, fading slowly to a…

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Review: Greenbar City Bright Gin

Los Angeles’ Greenbar Distillery recently added gin to its stable of spirits, with this release, City Bright Gin (there’s also a City Amber Gin) the flagship expression. Says Greenbar, “Taste the flavors of Los Angeles — from the aromatic herbs of East and South Asia to the floral & earthy flavors of Mexico and the…

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Review: NV J Vineyards Brut Rose Sparkling Wine (2018)

Nonvintage wines don’t carry a year on the label, but that doesn’t mean they don’t ever change. We last looked at J Vineyards’ Brut Rose sparkling wine in 2011, and the recipe has been altered just a bit. Today, the wine is composed of 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, and 1% Pinot Meunier, and it…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Sherry Cask

The mad geniuses at Colorado’s Stranahan’s have, at last, added a new expression to their “yellow label” single malt: Stranahan’s Sherry Cask. Per the distillery, “This special release is the first of its kind for the Denver-based distillery, fusing the Rocky Mountain whiskey making style with the wine making traditions of Spanish Sherry.” As the…

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Tasting the Wines of Crowded House and Catalina Sounds with Winemaker Peter Jackson, 2018 Releases

So here’s New Zealander Peter Jackson. Not the filmmaker. He makes wines under two labels, Catalina Sounds (not the island) and Crowded House. Not the band. Recently he undertook a whirlwind trip to the States to show off his wines, which are trickling to our shores ever so slowly. (Watch for them in mid-2018.) While…

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