Review: Tequila Exotico – Blanco and Reposado

Tequila Exotico (part of the budding Luxco empire) is a new, 100% agave tequila made from Highlands agave. With Day of the Dead styling on its otherwise understated bottles, the tequila is available in only blanco and reposado expressions. (No anejo has been produced so far.) We tasted both. Thoughts follow. Both are 80 proof…

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Review: 2015 Don & Sons Chardonnay Sonoma Valley Watmaugh Ranch

The Don in question here is the famous Don Sebastiani, and this is his (and his family’s) first wine under this new label. A classic Sonoma chardonnay, the Don & Sons Chardonnay offers a hefty nose of oak and brown butter, with plenty of vanilla. On the palate, the fruit becomes more evident, though the…

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Happy Birthday To Us!

We did it! 10 years old today! Last chance to hop on our Booker’s Bourbon giveaway… we’ll pick the winner tomorrow. Cheers, and have a great Labor Day! Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Happy 9th Birthday to Drinkhacker! Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of…

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Review: Baron Samedi Spiced Rum

There’s a great story behind Baron Samedi then man — he’s the legendary master of the dead in Haiti, “the ever-cool and confident guide to a world shrouded in shadows and riddled with enigma.” (He’s also the henchman to the big bad in Live and Let Die, if you’re a Bond fan.) Baron Samedi the rum…

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Review: Starr Hill Summer 2017 Releases – Resinate, Festie, Sublime, The Hook, Warehouse Pils, Grateful, and The Love

Starr Hill’s (late) summer beers are now in full effect — today we look at a full seven varieties, including four appearing in a mixed case of cans for the first time. Let’s take a spin! Starr Hill Resinate Imperial Red IPA – If “resin” is the operative term here, Starr Hill sure got this…

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Cocktails and Cake Recipes for Labor Day 2017

Where has the summer gone? It’s time for our last ditch grilling, hanging out, and partying weekend: Labor Day. After all, you have to love a holiday where people take the day off of work to celebrate work. Here are some great cocktails you’ll enjoy and an easy cake recipe to boot. Cheers! Angry Cider…

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Tasting Report: Late 2017 MashBox Club Spirits Samplers

What’s new from MashBox? The last couple of packages we’ve received include these samples. (We also received duplicates of the Black Button products below and Black Button’s Bourbon Cream.) Oak & Rye Wormwood – Spirit distilled from grain distilled and flavored with herbs. Somewhere in the vein of an aquavit, the nose is lightly licorice-inflected,…

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Review: Rock Hill Farms Single Barrel Bourbon

Rock Hill Farms is one of the sub-labels of Buffalo Trace/Sazerac, an upscale bottling in a fancy decanter that people really seem to love because it has a horse on the label. Rock Hill Farms (bottled with no age statement or anything else by way of production data) is a rather typical expression of Buffalo…

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