Review: CooranBong and Bombora Australian Vodka (2016)

Bombora and CooranBong, both Australian vodkas distilled from grapes, hit the scene in 2011. We dutifully reviewed them at the time, but lately both have been reportedly reformulated (details have not been released) and repriced, though oddly no label or bottle changes have taken place. Fresh reviews follow (it turns out much has changed on…

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Review: Highland Park Fire Edition 15 Years Old

First there was ice. Now there is fire — thanks to Highland Park, which is concluding its two-whisky elemental series with this 15 year old spirit matured completely in refill Port wine casks. Some ephemera: Highland Park is proud to announce the release of a limited edition single malt Scotch whisky. FIRE Edition is a…

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Review: Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin (2016)

It’s been five years since we looked at Nolet’s entry-level bottling (the Reserve bottling runs $650), so we figured now was a good time to take a fresh look at one of The Netherlands’ most notable gins. The twist here comes in the form of three odd botanicals: Turkish rose, peach, and raspberry. Other botanicals aren’t…

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Has This Man Discovered the Secret to “Healthy” Alcohol?

Harsha Chigurupati, a gregarious man and a self-described “technological evolutionist,” may not be a scientist, but he does know a little something about the liver. His family runs a company called Granules India, which Chigurupati calls the world’s second-largest manufacturer of acetaminophen (a widely used but notorious liver-damaging drug), and during his tenure there the…

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Review: Granny’s Gingerbread Cream

Step aside Irish creams and pumpkin-flavored liqueurs. Now you’ve got a new holiday liqueur to contend with: Granny’s Gingerbread Cream. This is a new product from the Lousiana-based Sazerac company, “made with natural vanilla flavor and heavy creams sourced from Vermont dairies.” The base spirit is rum. The nose initially comes across as more of…

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Review: Cambus 40 Years Old Limited Edition 2016

At last we come to the final bottle in the series of ten 2016 Diageo Special Releases. For the third time ever, Diageo has included a single grain whisky in the series, this time going with Cambus, which was closed in 1993. This 40 year old bottling is the oldest official distillery bottling ever released.…

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Review: The Bitter Truth Drops & Dashes Bitters Lineup

For its tenth anniversary, Germany’s The Bitter Truth has released a series of four limited-edition bitters, each packaged in novelty bottles and including a removable dropper attachment. (Of note: I had a significant issue with stoppers spontaneously popping out of the bottles, so pay attention.) The bitters are themed around the core components of Bitter Truth’s bitters…

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Review: Brora 38 Years Old Limited Edition 2016

When Diageo includes old Brora — which was shuttered in 1983 — in its Special Release series, it’s a cause for celebration. Like Port Ellen, this one fortunately makes a regular appearance on the roster, and with this 38 year old expression, the oldest release of the 15 bottlings in the series, we get the…

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