Review: Louis Jadot 2015 Chablis and 2014 Pinot Noir Bourgogne

And now: Two budget bottlings from Burgundy giant Maison Louis Jadot. 2015 Louis Jadot Chablis – This is an incredibly fresh Chablis, brisk with green apples and pears, with just a hint of brown butter and a slight touch of toasty oak. Bright acidity gives the wine legs, though some meaty sausage notes on the…

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Recipes for National Margarita Day, 2017

Brighter, warmer days are coming our way — eventually — so this is a perfect time to celebrate National Margarita Day (February 22). Margaritas are crowd-pleasers because of their bright flavor and for us they are always reminiscent of warm evenings out with friends. Invite those friends over, cook up a pizza pan full of…

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Review: Tcho x Reserva de la Familia Dark Chocolate Box Set

Chocolate and spirits frequently make for natural companions, but rarely does anyone put much thought into elevating this combination into something special. Tcho turned the tables on that idea with this wild pairing: Tcho dark chocolates plus Cuervo’s luxe Reserva de la Familia bottling. Specifically, Tcho soaks cacao nibs in Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia…

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Review: High West Bourye (2017)

The latest batch of High West’s Bourye blend of bourbon and rye whiskeys comes with a new label to boot. Now the jackalope is much larger and in full focus, better to connote the “limited sighting” that Bourye always represents. High West normally tells you more about the individual whiskeys in each bottling, but this…

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Review: Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream (2017)

Kudos to Luxco’s Ezra Brooks for making its newly-launched Bourbon Cream with real Kentucky Straight Bourbon, but damn if the guy in charge of the sugar dosing ought to lose his job. There’s a heavy, familiar vanilla aroma on the nose, but the palate is immediately sweeter than expected — and, for me, far sweeter than…

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Cocktail Recipes for President’s Day 2017

These days all things presidential have many of us reaching for a drink. Thankfully, on President’s Day, February 20, we take a moment to reflect on two of the greatest leaders of America: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Let’s give them a toast with these three cocktails. Obamatini 1 oz. grenadine 1/2 oz. blue Curacao…

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Review: William Wolf Frisky and Coffee Whiskeys

Remember William Wolf? The pecan-flavored American bourbon made in… the Netherlands? Well Mr. Wolf has been busy expanding into other flavored whiskeys, with a total of four (plus an unflavored rye) now on the market. Today we look at two of the newer products, “Frisky,” which is a vanilla/caramel-heavy whiskey, and “Coffee,” which is flavored…

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Review: By The Dutch Old Genever and Batavia Arrack

Everything old is new again, not only with classic spirits brands returning to the market but also with the revival of long-forgotten types of spirits, too. Among them are genever and Batavia arrack, a type of gin and rum, respectively, which are both resurging in the industry. By The Dutch is a new brand founded…

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