Review: Stolichnaya Elit Vodka

Perhaps the best known of ultra-luxe vodka bottlings, Stoli Elit is oversized, over-designed, and over-hyped — complete with  a limited edition subset of vodkas that are made with water from the Himalayas, the Andes, and other far-flung locales. Straight-up Stoli Elit is a single-estate vodka that starts with winter wheat, spring wheat, and rye from…

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Review: Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Further proof that brewers will find inspiration in anything can be found in Stone’s 2015 Collaboration Ale, which combine’s Stone’s resources with Monkey Paw Brewing Company and Stone Homebrew Competition champion Juli Goldenberg. What they came up with is 24 Carrot Golden Ale — a Belgian style ale inspired by, well, carrot cake. Infusing the…

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Recipe: Holiday Cocktails, 2015

No holiday season is complete without the insufferable relatives and the libations that go along with numbing the rage you may feel at the family dinner table. Here are a few recipes to help get you through those rough moments. For everyone who doesn’t have holiday headaches, well, just serve and enjoy! Happy Holidays from…

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Review: Mezan Extra Old Rum XO Jamaica

If you’re familiar with Plantation Rum, which offers a wide range of expressions sourced from throughout the Caribbean and beyond, you’ll get the idea of Mezan, a line of rums that similarly has no specific home but rather sources product, most of it vintage dated. These are all limited-edition releases, so if you see one…

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Review: 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist and Tinto Rey

Two new releases just arrived from our friends at Matchbook in Zamora, California. One of them blew my socks off. Keep reading to find out which one! 2012 Matchbook The Arsonist Red Blend – 52% petit verdot, 24% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better wine at this price level.…

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Review: Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

Captain Morgan already has a vast command of bars around the world. Now the company is getting into the shot game with the launch of Captain Morgan Cannon Blast, “an intensely delicious shot” that comes in the cleverest packaging I’ve seen in years. What’s Cannon Blast? “Caribbean rum with spice and natural flavors.” Isn’t that…

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Review: Ballantine Burton Ale 2015

Not familiar with Ballantine? I wasn’t either, so draw near and listen to a story. Ballantine Burton Ale is a legendary and storied beer that has been decidedly limited in availability. One source says he’s heard of $500 being paid for a single bottle. Ballantine, founded in 1878, was a popular brew at the time,…

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Review: Ciroc X Vodka

‘Tis the season for luxe vodka bottlings, and at the top of the heap you’ll find this monster from Ciroc, an ostentatiously-packaged vodka that retails for two-fiddy. Er, $250. Ciroc is of course vociferously repped by P. Diddy, who has been stumping for the brand for more than a decade. And now, it seems, it’s…

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