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Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

Hey, I’ve got nothing against leering luchadores and dancing skeletons. But it’s refreshing to see the modern approach that Tequila Ciudad has taken in its presentation. The brand, which currently sells its Blanco, Reposado and Anejo varieties in more than 27 U.S. states, comes in a decanter-esque bottle that deserves…read more →

The World’s 50 Best Bars, 2017 Edition

The World’s 50 Best Bars, 2017 Edition

The World’s Best Bars, that annual ranking of… the world’s best bars, is out with its picks for 2017. As usual, London and New York dominated the list, with eight and seven bars, respectively. But this year saw an especially strong showing from Singapore, with six bars making the cut.…read more →

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

Hornitos Launches Cristalino Tequila

The fastest growing segment in the tequila category isn’t blanco, reposado, añejo or even extra-anejo. It’s cristalino. This relatively new product is essentially añejo tequila—aged at least one year in oak barrels—that is filtered through charcoal to remove the color and otherwise alter the final product. The newest cristalino tequila…read more →

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie Peat Week Scotch Whisky Review

The Balvenie recently unveiled a new expression. Dubbed “Peat Week,” this 14-year-old scotch whisky carries a 2002 vintage date, and is made from 100% peated barley. Back in 2002, very few Speyside distilleries were using peat in their production. But that’s when The Balvenie decided to distill a batch of…read more →

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Martini & Rossi Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur Review

Campari, You know that I love you. But I feel that we should see other people. No, it’s nothing you did. It’s just that Martini & Rossi is releasing their new Riserva Speciale Bitter Liqueur in October. And—I just don’t know how else to say this—it reminds me of the…read more →

Don Papa Rum Review

Don Papa Rum Review

When it comes to rum, you can’t let the Western Hemisphere have all the fun. Shoring up that gap is Don Papa, a dark rum from the Philippines that is just making landfall in the United States. We shouldn’t be surprised that the Pacific island nation is making rum: turns…read more →

Purus Vodka Review

Purus Vodka Review

As a general rule, most everything the Italians make is pretty. This maxim also applies to vodka. Purus Vodka, which hails from the peninsula’s Piedmont region, comes in a bottle with a long, sinuous, asymmetrical neck. It looks like something your investment banker friend would use to store olive oil.…read more →

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

Drinking in Tokyo’s Bar High Five

To say that Bar High Five comes highly recommended is a whopper of an understatement. The Tokyo cocktail den has become a permanent fixture on international best-of lists, and achieved household name-status among bartenders the world over. So on a recent trip to Japan, my two brothers and I decided…read more →

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

L’Essence de Courvoisier Cognac Review

When discussing a bottle of booze like Courvoisier’s L’Essence, one must, almost out of necessity, begin with matters like its scarcity and its cost. So let’s just get that out of the way: the legendary cognac house releases only about 3,000 bottles of it per year, and a 750ml bottle…read more →

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Rye Is Coming

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is the final culmination of a product cycle that included an unaged rye, a rested rye, and a single barrel offering. Now, Jack is ready to debut the finished product, which will hit shelves in October. The new rye sports a grain bill that is 70%…read more →

Welcome to the Ice Dojo

Welcome to the Ice Dojo

Japan has no shortage of natural wonders. But for cocktail enthusiasts, one stands out in particular: the baseball-sized, hand-carved ice spheres that chill libations in every bar from Sapporo to Osaka. In April I attended a class at Thirst Boston entitled “Welcome to the Ice Dojo” with the high hopes…read more →

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

The Bitter Truth Olive Bitters

The Bitter Truth, the lauded German producer of cocktail bitters, has finally freed the olive. Previously, their olive bitters were only available in a 20mL size as part of the The Bitter Truth Bar Pack. But in April the brand acquiesced to demand and released it in a full 200mL…read more →

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask Bourbon Review

When it comes to whiskey, America’s least inhabited state punches far above its population density. The latest evidence of this is Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask, a limited edition bourbon that launched earlier this year. To create the release, Wyoming Whiskey finished their five-year-old bourbon in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. The…read more →

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Nikka Introduces Coffey Gin and Coffey Vodka

Here’s some exciting news. The Nikka Whisky Distilling Company, known for producing some delightful Japanese whiskies, will soon be introducing a gin and vodka. Dubbed Nikka Coffey Gin and Nikka Coffey Vodka, the new spirits will be distributed by Anchor Distilling Company and hit shelves this fall. To be clear,…read more →

Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Virginia Black Whiskey Review

Drake—yes, that Drake—has made a whiskey. It’s called Virginia Black, and it comes in a bottle that vaguely resembles a vessel for holding perfume. The spirit was made by blending a collection of two, three and four-year-old bourbons. The spirits were distilled in Indiana, and the words “Not From Virginia” appear…read more →

Viva XXXII Tequila Reviews

Viva XXXII Tequila Reviews

Brush up on your Roman numerals, because there’s a new tequila in town: Viva XXXII. The Los Angeles-based maker receives its spirit from a distillery in Tequila, Mexico, using blue agave harvested from fields owned by Viva XXXII. It currently produces joven and reposado varieties. The owner of the brand…read more →

307 Vodka Eclipse Edition Review

307 Vodka Eclipse Edition Review

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse will be visible throughout the entire United States for the first time since 1918. You may want to witness this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic wonder with a drink in hand. Enter Wyoming’s Backwards Distilling, which has released a limited Eclipse Edition of its 307 Vodka.…read more →

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Scrappy’s Bitters Introduces Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails

Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are a new release from the company behind Scrappy’s Bitters. The trio of canned cocktails is comprised of classic drinks–the Bramble, Daiquiri and Paloma–each made with real spirits and canned at 30psi, which is champagne-level carbonation. The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by a 1700s sailor term, “half–seas…read more →

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

Whirlpool: a Scotch Cocktail from the Dead Rabbit

This scotch cocktail comes from the mind of Greg Buda, Director of Education at the Dead Rabbit, one of the world’s best watering holes. Beginning with a base of Jura 10, which is soft and full of fruit, the Whirlpool gets a healthy dose of herbal and floral notes via…read more →