Review: Nightshade Margarita Classic Lime

Nightshade — officially “Nightshade Experience” is a new brand of ready-to-drink margaritas which are made from premium ingredients. The Classic Lime, reviewed here, includes blue agave silver tequila (not necessarily 100% blue agave tequila, mind you), triple sec, and lime — which is lumped in with “a unique mixture of natural flavors.” The margarita —…

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Review: Mezan Single Distillery Rum – Guyana 2005 and Panama 2006

We last wrote about Mezan in 2015, when we looked at its XO Jamaica bottling. The rums here are something a bit different. While the Jamaica is a blend of various distilleries’ products, these two rums are sourced from single distilleries (“some founded centuries ago, others no longer in operation”) and, in fact, from single…

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Recipes for National Tartan Day 2017

Today, April 6, is National Tartan Day, which began in 1998 to celebrate people of Scottish and Scottish-Irish roots. With over 11 million members, the Scots are the eighth largest ethnic group in America. Rob Roys, Rusty Nails, and Drambuie Collins may be the go-to cocktails when thinking of Scottish cocktails — but try out these…

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Review: Aberlour A’bunadh Highland Single Malt Batch 54

Aberlour’s cask strength A’bunadh release is a special one among single malts, as it is released in serialized batches — now at least on #58. The construction is always the same — again, cask strength whisky, 100% ex-oloroso sherry barrel aged — but each batch varies in proof and, apparently, in flavor. Notably, there’s no…

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Review: The Exclusive Malts Batch #12 – Glen Moray 2007, Balmenach 2003, Benrinnes 1995, Invergordon 1972

It’s been a couple of years — and far too long — since we’ve checked in with the independent bottlers at The Exclusive Malts, which are now on release #12 of their series of generally exceptional outturns. Today we look at four of the selections from this periodic release. Thoughts follow. The Exclusive Malts Glen Moray…

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Review: Gin Lane 1751 ‘Old Tom’ Gin and ‘Victoria’ Pink Gin

Gin Lane 1751 produces four varieties of gin, all pot-distilled in London, but spanning a range of styles. Some info: Gin Lane 1751 has been created by Charles Maxwell of Thames Distillers, an eighth generation distiller, and The Bloomsbury Club – a group of gin lovers and drinks industry professionals. Its name signifies an important…

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Review: 2016 Balletto Rose of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

Balletto’s 2016 rose of pinot noir is an improvement over the 2014 version we last saw, offering a more restrained berry fruit profile that is a nice foil to some lively acidity, with ample lemon and grapefruit character, particularly on the fun and aromatic finish. Drinks more like a crisp white than a lushly fruit-driven rose.…

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The Debate Over Whiskey Age Statements: A Drinkhacker Conversation

The age statement — the practice of putting the amount of time a spirit spends in the barrel — continues to be one of the most talked-about issues in the booze business. Long a staple of the whiskey world, where age statements have been a badge of honor and a matter of distillers’ pride for decades,…

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