Review: Hornitos Spiced Honey Tequila

The flavored tequila world isn’t necessarily the most successful one out there. Most offerings in this space are tolerable at best. Hornitos Spiced Honey is a more ambitious product than the Hornitos Lime Shot that came before it — lime-flavored tequila isn’t much of a stretch — adding honey and a blend of spices to standard…

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Review: Squeal Go Pig Spiced Black Rum

If nothing else: Points for a creative name. Squeal Go Pig is a Colorado-produced spiced rum (it is produced by a private label distiller on behalf of the SGP folks), but apparently the “Go Pig” is optional. Just call it Squeal and you’ll be fine. It’s spiced, very dark rum — they call it black…

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Review: Brugal Rum Papa Andres 2015 Alegria Edition

Want some really high-end rum? Expect to pay $30 a bottle for it. $35, tops. Brugal’s latest, Papa Andres 2015 Alegria Edition runs a cool $1500 for each of the 1000 bottles produced. Say what? Hey, it’s not a money grab: All profits go to the Brugal Foundation, which supports education and scholarships for Dominican students.…

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Review: Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy, Summer Time, and Pink Hard Cider

Three new seasonal, rare, and “reserve” ciders from Woodchuck, all built with the summer in mind. Thoughts follow. Woodchuck Lazy Hazy Lemon Crazy Summer Shandy Hard Cider – Not like any shandy I’ve ever had. The apple is quite sour and overbearing, not really letting any lemon character shine through at all. The initial palate…

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Review: Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey

The name should tell you all you need to know about Uncle Bob’s Root Beer Flavored Whiskey, a sourced whiskey (from parts unknown) that is flavored with natural root beer flavors. The nose is straight-up Barq’s, sarsaparilla and licorice and lots of vanilla overtones. On the palate, a heavy syrup character takes hold, imbuing the…

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Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Rhetoric Bourbon 21 Years Old

Last year, Rhetoric 20 Years Old launched and found a foothold as one of the best releases of its Orphan Barrel project to date. But Rhetoric 20 was just the beginning. That was the first volley in a series of Rhetorics that will launch every year, each a year old, culminating with Rhetoric 25 in 2019.…

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Review: 6 Wines from Frank Family Vineyards, 2015 Releases

Calistoga-based Frank Family Vineyards has been on a tear of late. Recently we received a collection of six wines for consideration, including two from the standard lineup and four from the reserve line. (It’s easy to tell the difference at a glance, as the reserves all feature etched bottles rather than standard labels.) Let’s crack into…

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Review: 5 Beers from Good People, 2015 Releases

Now celebrating seven years making beer, Birmingham, Alabama-based Good People was keg-only for several years. Now its beers can be obtained in an increasingly wide area, but only in cans, not bottles. (Of note, those cans are made from the thinnest aluminum I’ve ever encountered.) We tried five of Good People’s offerings. Thoughts follow. Good…

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