Review: Nautical American Gin

Vertical Spirits is a new company (founded in 2015), and Nautical Gin is its first product. It’s actually made by Massachusetts-based Berkshire Mountain Distillers on behalf of Vertical, which is based in Nashua, New Hampshire. Though billed as an “American” gin, stylistically it is harder to peg. The botanicals do hold some curious surprises, the…

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Review: Koloa Hawaiian Rums, Coffee Liqueur, and Ready-to-Drink Cocktails – Complete Lineup

The tiny Hawaiian island of Kauai is home to Koloa Rum, a small operation with a surprisingly robust line of rums, a coffee liqueur, and ready-to-drink cocktails. All five rums are made from the mash of raw cane sugar, double distilled in a copper pot still, and cut with filtered water from Mount Waialeale. That said, there’s…

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Review: 2015 Matchbook Old Heads Chardonnay Dunnigan Hills

Matchbook’s latest Chardonnay, born in the heat of Yolo County, California, is dubbed “Old Heads” because it is aged for 8 months in barrels previously used for an older vintage of the wine. So, older bodies, too. The used barrels give this wine a softer — and much-needed — attack, offering gentle floral notes on…

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Review: Tullamore D.E.W. Single Malt Irish Whiskey 14 Years Old and 18 Years Old

Tullamore D.E.W.’s 14 Year Old and 18 Year Old Single Malt expressions aren’t new — but they are new to the U.S., having launched here only in the last few weeks. These are distinctly different from traditional Tullamore releases, which are primarily composed of blends, and include finishing in four different types of barrels. Says…

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Review: Zumbida Mango Aguas Frescas

Looks like we now have not one but two “hard” Mexican frescas available in bottled form. Following in the footsteps of Hard Frescos comes Zumbida, which is not the same as Zumba, but will make your body move just the same. Zumbida is made by MillerCoors, not in Mexico but in Milwaukee. It’s a malt…

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Review: Bully Boy Distillers Estate Gin (2016)

We’ve written about a number of products from Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers. Today we turn our attention to the company’s gin, a unique offering in the world of this juniper-infused spirit. First, some details from the company: We start with a base of neutral grain and apple brandy, which we make from distilled hard cider…

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Review: Beaujolais Wines of Georges Duboeuf, 2015 Vintage

Georges Duboeuf is an icon of France’s Beaujolais, and every year around this time the winery’s new releases hit the market. Today we look at six of them, including two offerings from Duboeuf’s Domaine selection — smaller producers owned by the winery and still bottled under their own labels. 2015 Georges Duboeuf Macon-Villages – Brisk…

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Review: Martell Blue Swift Cognac

Finishing Cognac is officially a thing. Hot on the heels of Bache-Gabrielsen’s new oak-finished Cognac comes this spin from major Cognac house Martell, a VSOP Cognac that is finished in previously used Kentucky bourbon casks. No word on the length of the finishing, but Martell does say this: Martell Cognac’s latest offering represents the essence…

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