Review: New Holland Beer Barrel Rye

New Holland Brewing Company’s Beer Barrel Bourbon was a pioneer, back in 2013, of finishing whiskey in beer casks. Now the Michigan-based company is back with a new whiskey: Beer Barrel Rye. The idea is much the same as before. This is a double-distilled rye (no mashbill available) that is aged in new oak barrels…

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Review: Chairman’s Reserve Original Rum and The Forgotten Casks Rum (2018)

Saint Lucia Distillers is home to the Chairman’s Reserve brand, which currently comprises four spirits from white to spiced. Saint Lucia’s rums are typically blended from both column and pot still rums that are aged separately in bourbon barrels. Today we look at Chairman’s Original Rum, a mainstream amber release, and The Forgotten Casks, its…

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Review: Riunite Sangria

Dirty secret: Premixed Sangria is usually better than you expect. Riunite — yes, that Riunite — recently released a bottled Sangria — “aromatized wine,” as they say on the label — that, while Italian instead of Spanish in origin, is no exception to the rule. While quite sweet, it’s a beverage that’s loaded with fruit…

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Review: West Cork Glengarriff Series Irish Whiskey – Peat Charred Cask and Bog Oak Charred Cask

West Cork Distillers is a relatively little-known Irish whiskey producer (as of yet). Why might that change? Because, in addition to a baseline of Irish whiskeys, it also produces some oddball rarities, including these new limited releases: Glengarriff Series Peat Charred Cask and Glengarriff Series Bog Oak Charred Cask are single malts aged in sherry casks…

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Perfect Pairings: Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc

Surely you know the major food and drink pairings. Red wine goes with meat. White goes with fish. White zinfandel goes with a hangover. There is some truth to these generalizations, but only some. There are many exceptions as well. And, at the end of the day, it is important to remember that the most…

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Review: Samuel Adams Winter 2017 Releases

Just because it’s the new year doesn’t mean winter is over. In fact, it only technically started a little over a week ago. As such, Sam Adams’ winter beers have arrived in full force. Today we take a dive through a sextet of them, all designed for sipping on your one horse open sleigh. Samuel…

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Review: Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition Irish Whiskey

It seems like just yesterday that Jameson’s first Caskmates release — an Irish whiskey finished in stout barrels — hit our desk. Now the second of the Caskmates line has arrived: Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition. Before you get too carried away, know that IPA stands for Irish Pale Ale, though to be honest there doesn’t…

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Recipe: Ritten Word

I recently encountered a cocktail called Ritten Word (you’ll get the name in a minute) at Zero Zero in San Francisco. It was an outstanding drink, with a recipe listed merely as follows (in all lowercase): rittenhouse, canton, cynar. Interesting combo. Doesn’t immediately sound like it would work. But I ordered one and was blown…

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