Review: Wicked Weed Appalachia Session IPA and Dr. Dank Daily Haze IPA

We’ve barely scratched the surface on Wicked Weed Brewing, the Asheville-based craft beer Cinderella story founded in 2012 and added to the Anheuser-Busch/InBev stable not long after, in 2017. The brewery specializes in IPAs and sours, of which there are numerous expressions in their portfolio. Today, we’re taking a look at two sessionable IPA offerings,…

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Cognac Misconceptions and the Challenge of Organic: An Interview with Benedicte Hardy

As Benedicte Hardy likes to tell it, when she took the helm of Hardy Cognac nearly 30 years ago, Cognac was in a very different place compared to today. There was little international education around the spirit. A post-millennium cocktail revolution had yet to break the Cognac from its perception as an after-dinner drink for…

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Review: Industrious Spirit Company Ostreida Oyster Vodka

I’ve long known how well oysters and vodka go together, but I’ve always had them served separately. Until now… The Industrious Spirit Company’s (ISCO) Ostreida is vodka made in Rhode Island, with oysters used as part of the distillation process. Officially “a spirit made with oysters,” it’s made from scratch with a 100% corn distillate…

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Review: 2021 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Freestone Vineyards

The Sonoma Coast is home to some of the world’s best pinot noirs, and this bottling from Joseph Phelps is a killer example of the style. Earthy to a point where it’s slightly off-putting at first blush, you’ll want to give this wine a moment in the glass to find its footing, allowing its cherry…

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Review: Method And Madness Rye and Malt Irish Whiskey

Irish Distillers’ Method And Madness is out with a fourth, limited edition expression from its new line of Irish whiskeys. This bottling takes a big step away from its traditional bottlings of single grain, single malt, and single pot still whiskeys, setting of a triple-distilled mash of rye (60%) and malted barley (40%), which is…

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Review: Glengoyne 15 Years Old (2023)

When Rob dug into the Glengoyne core lineup in 2020, he covered a 15-year-old expression, but we’re told by the distillery that this latest release is something new for 2023. Well, maybe not entirely new. Perhaps just newly packaged, sporting a spiffy dark black label. Or newly launched for the U.S. market, although I’m pretty…

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Review: Tequila Komos Anejo Reserva

Last summer, we were introduced to Tequila Komos, the curiously Mediterranean-inspired tequila brand whose lineup includes a handful of expressions but not the most obvious, a blanco offering. So, when the brand announced a new addition to the lineup this year, we were a little surprised to find a second anejo joining the portfolio. Given…

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Review: Cointreau L’Unique (2023)

Cointreau‘s been with us for over 140 years — and in 2023, the bottle gets a redesign, “its most momentous” in the brand’s history. Momentous or no, you decide: Strikingly different yet still instantly recognizable, the revamped Cointreau bottle is an ode to the brand’s rich history and a celebration of the orange itself. For…

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