Review: Single Cask Nation Girvan 10, Ardmore 8, Glentauchers 8, Glenrothes 8, Ben Nevis 8, and Ben Nevis 20

Let’s welcome a new independent Scotch whisky bottler to the scene: Single Cask Nation. Decidedly unlike the old guard of G&M, Signatory, and the like, SCN is a brand being launched exclusively for the U.S. market by the Jewish Whisky Company. Who knew? Some details: Jewish Whisky Company has announced that it will release a…

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Cocktail Recipes for National Mojito Day 2017

Summertime is Mojito time for many people — and what better time to enjoy one than July 11th, National Mojito Day? We’re celebrating with these eight great recipes and want to share them with you. These include some interesting variations, including chocolate, saké, and even a few recipes for folks who don’t care for the…

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Review: Cocktail & Sons Watermelon & Thai Basil Syrup

Cocktail & Sons’ latest seasonal syrup has arrived. This one blends watermelon and Thai basil to create a decidedly summery — and surprisingly versatile — sweetener. The watermelon does the heavy lifting here. It is pungent right from the opening of the bottle, and the unmistakable flavor is loaded on the palate. Slightly floral notes…

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Review: Compass Box Double Single (2017)

Compass Box released its first version of Double Single way back in 2003. A second version followed sometime after, and now this expression, the third, has arrived. What’s Double Single? Simple: It’s a blend of two whiskies — one is a single malt, one a single grain. Double single. Get it? For this batch, the…

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Review: Stolichnaya Stoli Crushed Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pineapple

It’s finally summer, and the temperature is rising. Luckily, Stoli came prepared for the sun and heat, offering a new flavored vodka beverage that boasts of “Real Fruit Juice” (along with “Natural Flavors and Certified Colors”). Stoli Crushed (at launch) comes in two flavors that are well suited to summertime: Ruby Red Grapefruit and Pineapple.…

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Review: Kavalan Amontillado, Manzanilla, and Pedro Ximenez Sherry Cask Single Malt Whisky

Taiwan’s Kavalan is on a tear of late, winning award after award as it shows that great whisky can come from unexpected places. The latest from Kavalan is a series of five whiskies called the Sherry & Port Cask Series. As you might expect, these all spend time in fortified wine casks — what’s not…

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Review: Cask & Crew Rye, Ginger Spice, and Walnut Toffee Whiskey

Order a “caffè corretto” in Italy, and you’ll get an espresso with a kick of something extra. ­The legendary drink was the inspiration for Cask & Crew whiskey, an imaginatively crafted and inventively flavored premium brand that LiDestri Spirits calls a “whiskey corrected.”  Not that it needs correcting; the word communicates the infusion of flavors…

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Review: George Remus Bourbon

Indiana’s MGP has slowly been stepping out of the cozy world of contract distilling and into the realm of building its own brands. This started with the well-received Metze’s in 2015, and now MGP is back again with another brand: George Remus, named after the so-called “king of the bootleggers.” The brand was acquired from Queen City…

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