Review: Tilden Non-Alcoholic Cocktails – Tandem and Lacewing

Non-alcoholic spirits and other beverages continue to raise their profile, and a new brand called Tilden is taking the bottled cocktail approach toward NA, offering two ready-to-serve offerings in 750ml bottles, designed for enjoying over ice. We tasted both expressions and have some opinions to share. Tilden Tandem – A wild combination of savory and…

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Review: 6 Rums from the Plantation “Under the Sea” Collection, 2023 Releases

Plantation Rum has just dropped six new expressions in its Plantation Rum Vintage Collection, all rare, small batch collections of just a few dozen barrels each, all sourced from single distilleries and none younger than nine years of age. Dubbed the “Under the Sea” collection, we were fortunate to try all six for review. Plantation…

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Review: Sierra Nevada Juicy Little Thing IPA

Sierra Nevada’s latest “Little Thing” should surprise no one, a “juicy” style IPA that works as a counterpart to its already existing Hazy Little Thing expression. They’re not dissimilar brews, the Juicy version offering a brighter tropical note that is complemented by notes of coriander, lemongrass, and more malt than you’d expect. A sprinkle of…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Spring 2019 Vintage

Two in a row! We’re not about to pat ourselves too hard on the back, but so far, we’re doing a better job of keeping up with Chattanooga Whiskey’s semiannual Bottled in Bond releases. The fall 2018 offering was a mix of four high-malt mash bills, but the distillery is dialing that back for the…

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Review: Accompani Mari Gold Amaro

Straightaway Cocktails’ Accompani brand, based in Portland, creates a range of relatively obscure beverages, ranging from vermouth to ready-to-drink amari-based cocktails. Today we look at one of its more enigmatic creations, Mari Gold, an amaro whose key ingredients include Seville orange peel, citron peel, orange blossom, and gentian root. To start with, note that Mari…

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Review: Giffard Pamplemousse

Short on grapefruits? Consider a grapefruit liqueur if you’re in a pinch, particularly a luxe expression like this one from the always on-point Giffard, made from steam-distilled pink grapefruit peels. The nose of Giffard’s Pamplemousse perfectly evokes sharp, sour Ruby Red grapefruit sitting on a Sunday morning brunch buffet, ready for digging into with mouth-puckering…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Tenniel

Rabbit Hole is turning 10 years old this year. These distilleries sure do grow up fast. To celebrate the milestone, the brand is releasing a special limited-edition bourbon dubbed Tenniel. The moniker may sound like an Old English word for tenth anniversary, but it’s actually a tribute to John Tenniel, the original illustrator for Alice’s…

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Review: 2021 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Dutton Ranch

Fans of California chardonnays won’t have much to complain about with this new release from Sonoma-Cutrer, a Russian River Valley offering that hits all the high points of the wine: rich vanilla, gooseberry, and lemon curd, all filtered through elements of saline and minerals. There’s something of a greatest hits of California chardonnay going on…

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