Review: Redemption Aged Barrel Proof Straight Rye – 7, 8, and 10 Years Old (2015)

In our recent coverage of Redemption, I mentioned some rare, older, cask strength whiskeys that the company was releasing. We unexpectedly received samples of all three — all of which are 95 percent rye and 5 percent malted barley, aged 7, 8, or 10 years in oak — and all “honey barrel” picks of the…

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Review: New Belgium Accumulation White IPA (2016)

Colorado-based New Belgium is out with a winter special called Accumulation, a seasonal, Belgian-style IPA. This combination of pale malt and wheat offers a a malty, bready attack that fades into a chewiness that loads up some crisp apple notes, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of pineapple. The body is moderate in weight and backed…

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Review: 1800 Coconut Tequila

Flavored tequila can be a mixed bag, and straight out of the bottle, 1800’s coconut-flavored expression smells exactly like Malibu — at least until you stick your nose into the glass, when sharp agave notes come to the fore. On the palate, it’s a combination of the two, as the spirit bounces between notes of sweet…

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Tasting: Tempranillo Wines of California, 2016 Releases

When one thinks of California wine grapes, tempranillo doesn’t exactly spring to mind. Turns out though, that tempranillo — which is most notable for its viticulture in Spain — is grown all over the state. To prove it, we tested six tempranillo wines, each from a different region of California, with some interesting results. Thoughts follow.…

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Review: Grand Mayan Silver Tequila

Commonly known as Grand Mayan 3D Silver Tequila, the name doesn’t have to do with special glasses you need to wear in order to drink the stuff. Rather, Grand Mayan’s fancily-bottled blanco is triple distilled, a rare occurrence in the tequila world because it’s thought to strip too much flavor from the spirit (which is normally…

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Review: Cocktail & Sons King Cake Syrup

Cocktail & Sons is still a new operation, but the New Orleans syrup manufacturer is already out with its first limited edition line extension: King Cake Syrup. If you don’t know King Cake, you need to get your butt to New Orleans, stat. This sweet treat is rarely seen outside of NOLA (at least in…

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Review: Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky

With a name like Serpent’s Bite, one expects at least a little drama. Truth is this apple cider flavored Canadian whisky is about as harmless as they come. (Yeah, I get it, Adam and Eve and all that.) Mystery Alberta, Canada-born spirit is spiked with apple cider flavors, with results that are, well, probably exactly what…

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Review: Khortytsa Platinum Vodka (2016)

Its distillery built in 2003, Khortytsa is a Ukrainian vodka that is now pushing 6.4 million cases of spirit each year, according to the company. Distilled from unspecified grains, Khortytsa is filtered through schungite (“a unique natural mineral”), birch and alder-tree charcoal, and quartz sand from the Crystal Mountains of the Urals near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Khortytsa…

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