Review: Cierto Tequila Blanco and Extra Anejo

We recently had a chance to try Cierto Private Collection Tequila Reposado and Añejo, and both were excellent. Today we swing back around to try the youngest and oldest tequilas Cierto produces. Both are 100% Blue Weber agave and 100% additive free, and both come in the same stylish, oversized bottles — with sky-high price…

Read More about Review: Cierto Tequila Blanco and Extra Anejo

Review: Farmer’s Organic Gin

You may have come across Farmer’s Organic Gin in its former life when it was produced in Minnesota and packaged in a no-frills square bottle. Safe to say, a lot has changed for the brand. Under the stewardship of Chatham Imports (of Michter’s whiskey fame), Farmer’s Gin production has traveled several states west to Idaho…

Read More about Review: Farmer’s Organic Gin

Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Kentucky Oak Edition

Earlier this year, when we caught our readers up on Redbreast’s PX Edition from 2021, we also noted the buzz around this bottle, Kentucky Oak Edition, another limited release from Midleton Distillery that hit shelves in the summer of 2022. There’s quite a bit going on with this one, so I’ll just let the press…

Read More about Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Kentucky Oak Edition

Review: xBloom Coffee System

Coffee pod systems are convenient, but they beg a question: What the hell is really in that pod? How fresh is the ground coffee inside? xBloom is a bold new idea in the increasingly crowded coffee pod space, offering a machine that uses pods with whole beans instead of ground ones, grinding them on the…

Read More about Review: xBloom Coffee System

Review: Benriach The Sixteen

With malts aged 10, 12, 21, 25, and 30 years old — all in its permanent line — Speyside’s Benriach decided it needed to fill in the middle a bit, and the year it’s adding a 16 year old expression to the lineup — officially denoted as The Sixteen. Benriach 16 Years Old was retired…

Read More about Review: Benriach The Sixteen

Bar Review: La Popular, Austin

Austin isn’t a city that’s exactly hurting for Mexican restaurants, but if yellow cheese and sizzling fajita plates aren’t what you’re in the mood for, consider a trip to La Popular, which is operated by a group out of Mexico City — which makes for a bit of a different vibe vs. the more traditional border-driven…

Read More about Bar Review: La Popular, Austin

Review: High Horse Triple Sec

Austin-based Jeremiah Allen could have decided to make whiskey, vodka, or just about anything else as he entrée to distilling, but he instead decided on a decidedly atypical spirit: triple sec, that classic, clear orange-infused mixer. Why triple sec? Allen was disappointed with home-grown, artisanal products — most are either made in bulk or imported…

Read More about Review: High Horse Triple Sec

Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2023

Diageo’s six Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whiskies are back. We last reviewed this annually released collection in 2021, and if you’re experiencing deja vu, don’t be alarmed. These whiskies do not change every year save for the time of production: The ages and bottling proofs don’t change, and the use of special finishing casks…

Read More about Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2023