Review: Agavales Tequila Blanco

I will be honest with this one: This was the cheapest 100% agave blanco tequila that I could find that was available in a liter format (which I needed for another project for Wired). The tequila is certainly harmless, with expressive lemon notes on the nose, followed by gentle, herbal agave and a few white…

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Review: Blackened Whiskey Cask Strength Volume 01

Blackened, the sonically enhanced whiskey brand from heavy-metal band Metallica, has been busy since we last checked in on them back in 2018. A rye, dubbed Rye the Lightning, joined the standard offering, a bourbon and rye blend, last summer. Before that, the portfolio expanded with the “Masters of Whiskey” limited edition series showcasing collaborations…

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Review: Austrian Sparkling Wines, 2023 Releases

Pet nat gruner and fizzy moscato from Austria? Wake up, Sally! This is happening. You probably won’t see either of these wines on the list at your favorite haunt any time soon, but if you’d like to consider the potential of Austrian sparklers, these two wines are a great place to start. 2021 Hager Matthias…

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Review: Hemingway Rye 1st Edition

Hemingway Whiskey Company is a new project from the people variously behind Angel’s Envy whiskey, Papa’s Pilar rum, and The Old Man and the Sea. There’s plenty of credibility behind the bottle, but what’s inside is mostly MGP: 94% 9 year old Indiana straight rye plus 6% 4 year old Kentucky straight rye distilled by…

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Review: Benzeni Floating Coasters

Take some ping-pong balls and put them inside a hair scrunchie and presto, you have Benzeni, a “floating coaster” that can wrap around any beverage so you can take it into the pool. Whether it’s as slim as a seltzer can or as fat as an insulated mug, Benzeni can adapt, courtesy of its stretchy…

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Review: Teeling Single Pot Still Virgin Portuguese Oak Irish Whiskey

When Dublin’s Teeling released its Chinkapin Oak aged whiskey last year, I don’t think it was intended to be the first in a series — or at least I didn’t realize it at the time. Now the company is out with a follow-up in what it’s calling the Wonders of Wood (WOW) series — all…

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Review: New Riff Heirloom Bourbons – Yellow Leaming and Blue Clarage

New Riff loves pumping out special releases, and its latest takes a cue from the world of heirloom grains. Specifically, both of these are made from rare, regional, heirloom corn crops called, alternately, Yellow Leaming and Blue Clarage. Here’s some backstory: Both bottled in bond without chill filtration at 100 proof, the Yellow Leaming and…

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Review: Mayenda Tequila Blanco

Who’s ready for a new tequila? And by that I mean a new tequila, complete with “two extra steps of craft and care” in the production process. Here’s all the info: Mayenda was named as a tribute to Mayahuel, the Aztec goddess of agave, and celebrates the rich history of the revered plant. Each small batch…

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