Review: Tequila Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Cognac Cask Finished Reposado, Reserva 2013

Herradura expands its nascent Coleccion de la Casa line of specialty cask-finished tequilas with this 2013 release, which is polished off in Cognac barrels. This release spends 11 months in American oak before being finished for another three months in Cognac casks. This expression doesn’t reach the heights of 2012’s Port Finished tequila, starting off…

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Book Review: Whiskey Women

One of the more problematic challenges of historical books is their inability to provide truly holistic, objective testimony on actual events. There will always be omitted perspectives, conflicting stories and incomplete narratives. Facts and figures may contradict oral histories and withering records may not fill in cracks the way one would hope. When it comes…

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Review: Mission Brewery El Conquistador and Shipwrecked Beers

Forget your 25.4-ounce Foster’s “oil can.” San Diego-based Mission Brewery is putting its craft brew into 32 oz. “cannons,” enough for two full pints of suds. So grab a friend, because you’ll need ’em to polish off a full quarter gallon of beer. Of course, Mission also does beer in bottles and kegs, but these monsters…

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Review: 2012 Assembly Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi

Assembly makes a handful of wine in the Lodi AVA of Northern California. Here’s a quick look at the company’s latest zinfandel release. This is a tough wine, with a tobacco nose and echoes of beef jerky. The body is dense and chewy, with blackberries at the core alongside menthol, leather, and hickory smoke notes…

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Review: Shock Top Ghost Pepper Wheat Experimental Beer

Earlier this year, Shock Top didn’t release its experimental Campfire Wheat Beer, a balls-out brew meant to taste like s’mores. Like Campfire, Ghost Pepper Wheat is destined for service at beer festivals only, so you’ll have to keep tabs on Shock Top’s website or Facebook page to figure out where it can be found. Fortunately, unlike…

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Book Review: Uncorking the Past

As I took the opportunity to sample the Dogfish Head Ancient Ales collection, it felt appropriate to enjoy a book written by one of the men whose scholarly pursuits inspired and acted as a catalyst to many of the creations. It’s a nice supplementary companion while drinking and enjoying. Dr. Patrick E. McGovern is the…

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Recipes: Christmas Cocktails, 2013 – Part II

And now we present round two of our Christmas cocktail round up, starting things off with an incredible concoction! Art In The Age Sage Cobbler (via Art In The Age) 1 part SAGE liqueur 3 parts cranberry juice 1 part simple syrup Combine ingredients and top with club soda and a wedge of lime. (Author’s…

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Review: Plantation Original Dark Rum and Extra Old Rum 20th Anniversary (2013)

We’ve covered a number of rums from France-based Plantation, and now we have a pair of new releases, both blends of the Caribbean’s best to write about, including one special release bottled in honor of the distillery’s 20th anniversary. Thoughts follow. Plantation Original Dark Rum 40% – One of Plantation’s standby bottlings, a blend of…

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