Review: Reilly’s Mother’s Milk and Reilly’s Ginger Whiskey

What with the label featuring young ruffian sporting an eyepatch emblazoned with a shamrock — plus the squared off, Bushmills-like bottle — you can be forgiven for assuming Reilly’s is a new Irish whiskey brand. Not so. It’s a blended American whiskey, albeit one with “Irish roots.” The avowed goal of Butte, Montana-based Reilly’s was…

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Review: Teeling Single Cask Rum Barrel Aged Irish Whiskey 16 Years Old

Our friends at Dublin’s Teeling Whiskey Company already make a single malt Irish Whiskey release, but now they’re taking things a step further with a series of Single Cask releases of their single malt stock. Some seven casks of Irish single malt — each release under 200 or so bottles — are being released, including…

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Review: 3 White Wines from Kim Crawford, 2014 Vintage

Three new whites from New Zealand’s Kim Crawford — each made from one of three different varietals. On with the show… 2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Gris Marlborough – Fruit-forward, with both bright tropical and crisp apple notes. There’s a bit of nougaty sweetness that creeps in and grows in power as the body develops. That…

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Review: Gordon Biersch SommerBrau and Zwickel Pils

Two new summery brews from our friends at Gordon Biersch — one ready to go in six-pack form, the other an oversized bottle designed for sipping and sharing. Gordon Biersch SommerBrau – A delightfully refreshing Kolsch (made with 80% malted barley and 20% malted wheat), this German-style beers balances its malty beginnings with a touch…

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Recipes for National Rum Day, 2015

Of all of the marketing-designated holidays which have come and gone over the years, few have had the staying power National Rum Day (August 16) has managed to muster. Aside from a few other special days (the Super Bowl and St. Patty’s come to mind), our inbox rarely gets this full of suggestions from PR…

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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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