What’s the Difference Between Cognac and Armagnac?

Even if you’ve got a pretty good handle on the world of spirits, Cognac can come across as opaque. It can be hard to tell where Cognac fits into the broader spectrum of spirits, and that’s even before you’re introduced to Armagnac, Cognac’s lesser-known sister spirit. So what are you actually getting when you buy…

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Review: 6 Whiskeys From Mosswood Distillers

Berkeley, California-based Mosswood isn’t the first company to source whiskey and finish it before releasing, but it might be the most interesting one operating today. All of the whiskeys reviewed here are finished, some in relatively traditional barrel types, some in extremely unusual ones. Note that with the exception of the Irish whiskey, all the…

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Review: 2014 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This is an opulent cabernet from Mount Veeder, classic in its Napa styling, but not so overblown as to be undrinkably dense. Bold currant notes are complemented by tea leaf and some coffee bean notes, with a back end that showcases bittersweet licorice and a touch of molasses. Hints of florals and a lingering patchouli…

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Review: Santa Fe Spirits Wheeler’s Western Dry Gin (2017)

We last looked at Santa Fe Spirits’ Wheeler’s Western Dry Gin in 2014. Let’s take a quick spin again to see if anything has changed. As a reminder, the gin is made exclusively using only botanicals that are sourced from within 30 miles of the distillery: white desert sage, Cholla cactus blossoms, osha root, Cascade hops, and local…

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Ten (More) Cocktails for Super Bowl 2017

Okay, so the grub is all prepared, the TV is on, and everyone is arriving to watch the big game. What drinks do you serve to hold them off until kick-off time? Here are ten suggestions representing our favorite submissions and covering a variety of tastes… and including a cocktail for each team’s fans. Give…

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Review: Coco Cocktail

Coconut water plus booze? Now you can get your electrolytes and your buzz in a single can, courtesy of Coco Cocktail, which is 70% coconut water, plus just enough hooch to make you forget you’re drinking coconut water. Technically Coco Cocktail is made from powdered coconut water on top of a base of water, cane…

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Review: J.T.S. Brown Bottled in Bond Bourbon

It’s no secret that we now live in a world where a whiskey like Booker’s can almost double in price overnight. Thankfully, there are still some very good bourbons out there that don’t cost a whole lot of money. Referred to as “table bourbon,” these bottles are priced for frequent drinking (never more than $20 a bottle),…

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Best Super Bowl Recipes and Our Favorite Cocktail Pairings

Who better to bring you football fan approved dishes than six of America’s top chefs? Some of these recipes are geared up for a full house, so you can serve them up to the entire crowd; trim quantities to fit the size of your Super Bowl party. As a bonus, we’ve paired each with a…

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