Recipes: 2017 Grammy Awards Cocktails and Food Ideas

This year’s Grammy Awards show is sure to bring out some of our favorite musicians in style and give us plenty of tunes to please our ears. Whether you’re couch dancing or cutting a rug on the living room floor, these cocktails and snack suggestions will rock the party. To go with the anticipated tribute…

Read More about Recipes: 2017 Grammy Awards Cocktails and Food Ideas

Review: Eden Mill Gins – Original, Love, Oak, and Hop

Eden Mill is a combo brewery-distillery in Scotland’s St. Andrews that makes beer, whisky, and gin, including this quartet, which all come in unique, swing-top bottles. Eden Mill makes quite an array of spirits in its copper pot stills; it’s a bit unusual for gin to be pot-distilled, so let’s take a dive into four of…

Read More about Review: Eden Mill Gins – Original, Love, Oak, and Hop

Review: Blanton’s Gold Edition and Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel Bourbon

If you’re a bourbon drinker like me, you’ve gotten used to Buffalo Trace never making enough of the whiskeys you love like their namesake brand or the absurdly rare Pappy Van Winkle and Antique Collection offerings that tease us each fall. Blanton’s Single Barrel, another quality Buffalo Trace product, is also increasingly harder to find…

Read More about Review: Blanton’s Gold Edition and Blanton’s Straight From the Barrel Bourbon

Review: Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond, Pacific Wonderland, Red Chair NWPA (2016), and The Abyss Aged Stout 2016 Edition

Four new and classic brews from Deschutes, including some late 2016 stragglers like the highly anticipated The Abyss. Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale – A burly and malty pale ale, lightly sweet with notes of apricot and peaches, with a body that’s heavy with roasted nuts and rolled oats. A classic wintertime pale ale,…

Read More about Review: Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond, Pacific Wonderland, Red Chair NWPA (2016), and The Abyss Aged Stout 2016 Edition

Review: A. Smith Bowman Rye Expectations Gin

A. Smith Bowman, owned by Sazerac/Buffalo Trace and based in Virginia, is known for some impressive whiskeys. Now it’s launching an experimental spirits line, and its first experiment is… gin. And that’s just the start. Says Bowman: The line will include a wide variety of distilled spirits, including the aforementioned gin, and will grow to include…

Read More about Review: A. Smith Bowman Rye Expectations Gin

Review: 2013 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard

This Kiwi pinot offers an austerity that brings with it notes of roasted meats and leather, cut through with strong notes of tea leaf and cassis. While big and powerful on thee body, the finish takes a turn for the darker, with subtle hints of coffee and cloves. A sturdy wine; best at mealtime. B…

Read More about Review: 2013 Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard

Recipes: Warming Winter Cocktails for 2017

It may be the winter of our discontent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like a king. If you’re tired of the same cold weather cocktails to warm you, try these recipes for something to brighten your mood and thrill your taste buds. Blood Orange Blazer 8 parts brewed hibiscus tea 2 parts Banks…

Read More about Recipes: Warming Winter Cocktails for 2017

Review: Boondocks American Whiskey and Cask Strength Whiskey

Boondocks is the brainchild of Whisky Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dave Scheurich, a veteran of the business who’s launching his own little project. It’s rather unique, so follow closely. Boondocks American Whiskey is made from a mash of corn, rye, and malted barley, but it’s not bourbon. Distilled to a higher proof than bourbon allows,…

Read More about Review: Boondocks American Whiskey and Cask Strength Whiskey