Review: Elysian Odd Water and Hazy ’96

Seattle’s Elysian recently dropped two new beers — or rather, one beer and a hop-flavored sparkling water. Let’s try both. Elysian Odd Water – Pretty simple: This is just moderately sparkling water flavored with Citra and Amarillo hops. Much less overtly hoppy than other hop-flavored waters I’ve encountered, this has a refreshing, lightly fruity quality…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B523 (May 2023)

Summer is here, which can only mean that a fresh expression of Larceny Barrel Proof has arrived. Unlike Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B523, there are no big plot twists on Larceny’s latest. As always, it’s a full-strength expression of Heaven Hill’s modern classic wheated bourbon, Larceny. B523 is right on target for the Larceny line,…

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Review: 2020 Daou Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District

Paso Robles-based Daou has been moving heavily into the mainstream — it’s a mainstay on many a by-the-glass wine list these days — but its Soul of a Lion bottling remains a luxe option that you’ll find only on thick, reserve wine lists. We loved the 2017 bottling of the wine, and now the 2020,…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Barrel Proof

After making an initial splash into the cask strength rye arena back in 2020, Jack Daniel’s is back making waves with a new ongoing expression – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye. This brand new barrel proof rye marks a permanent extension of Jack Daniel’s increasingly crowded single barrel collection which also contains a…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek The Kentucky Series: Clermont

Beam Suntory’s Hardin’s Creek line of rare whiskeys launched last year to significant fanfare — at least for it’s Jacob’s Well blend of 16 and 15 year old bourbons. Now Beam is back with more Hardin’s Creek — the first of a trilogy in what it calls “The Kentucky Series” — a trio which will…

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Review: Traverse City Finishing Series Whiskeys – Port, Sherry, and Cab Franc Barrel Finish

Michigan’s Traverse City recently dropped a trio of new whiskeys, all made from its own distillate and each finished in a different type of wine cask. The focus on all three is decidedly on the finishing cask: These don’t even indicate the type of whiskey they’re made from on the front of the bottle; you’ll have…

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Review: Nowadays Cannabis Infused Beverage

As the wave of cannabis legalization washes over the United States, new variations of cocktails are emerging at a rapid clip. Here to help fuel the wave of weed-based innovation is Nowadays Cannabis Infused Beverage, a tart, fruit-forward infusion of low-dose or microdose cannabis that lends a refreshingly unusual flavor profile to the mixologists’ toolkit.…

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Review: Writers’ Tears Cask Strength Irish Whiskey 2023

Since the brand first arrived stateside in 2016, we’ve covered several expressions of Writers’ Tears over the years (here and here), most recently one of their newest releases, Red Head, aged in sherry casks. The brand has offered a rare cask strength bottling annually since 2011, but we’ve only ever had the opportunity to sample…

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