Review: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Brown-Forman, maker of Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, and Old Forester, has released its first new bourbon brand in 20 years: Coopers’ Craft. There’s a lot of confusing information out there about Coopers’ Craft, so let’s try to clear it all up. First, note that the whiskey’s name is Coopers’ Craft, not Cooper’s Craft. The whiskey…

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Review: Amici Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay and Olema Pinot Noir, 2016 Releases

I hadn’t heard of St. Helena-based Amici before (or its second label, Olema), and as such I didn’t have any real expectations for these three wines. Consider me both surprised and a new fan: These wines are uniformly excellent — and pretty good values, to boot. Thoughts follow. 2014 Amici Chardonnay Sonoma Coast – Lots…

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Review: Kooper Family 100% Rye

Kooper Family Rye is a single-grain, 100% organic rye whiskey made by a small, family operation located in Dripping Springs, Texas — a small town near Austin. This distillate itself is actually sourced from Koval in Chicago. It is shipped unaged to Kooper, after which it spends two years in white oak barrels from Missouri…

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Recipes: 2016 Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

Tired of the same old margies every year for Cinco De Mayo? Check out some of these bad boys to twist the holiday in a different direction. Mexican Martini Developed by Garrett Flanagan for El Original 1.5 oz. lime juice 1.5 oz. simple syrup 3 oz. tequila 0.5 oz. olive juice Shake with ice, pour…

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Review: High West Light Whiskey 14 Years Old

Contrary to (and in fact the exact opposite of) what certain ill-informed websites will tell you, light whiskey is not distilled to a lower proof than regular whiskey. In fact, it is whiskey (made of unspecified grain) that is distilled to a higher proof — generally 80 to 95 percent alcohol. That puts it somewhere…

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Review: Port Dundas Single Grain Whisky 12 Years Old and 18 Years Old

While the history of the distillery is complex, Diageo-owned Port Dundas has been producing single grain spirit since the mid-1800s, making it one of the oldest grain distilleries in Scotland. At least until 2010, when it was shuttered. The whisky that flowed from these Glasgow-based stills was used far and wide in blends like Johnnie…

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Review: Moosehead Lager and Radler

Moosehead is Canada’s oldest independent distillery and the only remaining major distillery owned by Canadians. And it’s still turning out the same beer you remember from college. Or your dad remembers from college. The New Brunswick-based operation recently launched a new product, which we’ll get to in a second. First, let’s consider the original Moosehead……

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Tasting Report: Whiskies of the World Expo San Francisco 2016

The 17th annual Whiskies of the World event wrapped this March in San Francisco, and it was as fun and chaotic as ever to wander three stories of the San Francisco Belle paddleboat, moored in the San Francisco Bay. This year I focused my attention primarily on independent bottlers of Scotch whiskies, with Alexander Murray…

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