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Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut Bourbon Review

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut Bourbon Review

Jim Beam Distiller’s Cut is the newest offering from the powerhouse Kentucky bourbon distillery. It’s bottled at 100-proof, aged 5-6 years and not chill filtered–all things that make Distiller’s Cut a bolder, more flavorful option than the flagship white labeled Jim Beam. After aging, bourbons are typically “chill filtered,” which…read more →

By the Dutch Batavia Arrack Review

By the Dutch Batavia Arrack Review

We’ll start by saying what Batavia Arrack isn’t: rum. Well, not exactly. This obscure spirit is like a distant cousin of rum, made with both molasses and rice. It originated in Indonesia, back when that island nation was a Dutch colony and Jakarta went by another name, Batavia. You’ll notice…read more →

Koskenkorva Vodka Review

Koskenkorva Vodka Review

Koskenkorva is a Finnish vodka that hit U.S. shores over the summer. It’s distilled in a same-named village of just 2,100 inhabitants, and produced from the northernmost-growing barley in the world. The simple but attractive bottle features a wooden top and a rustic village scene. On the nose, you’ll find…read more →

Bedtime Bourbon Review

Bedtime Bourbon Review

Bedtime Bourbon is the first release from The Louisville Bourbon Company, a new, non-distilling whiskey producer based in Kentucky. The spirit was launched on October 31, 2017, with a 840-bottle run limited to its home state. The juice itself is an 8-year-old straight bourbon sourced from Tennessee, but proofed and…read more →

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey Review

Stranahan’s Sherry Cask Whiskey, the latest expression from the Colorado-based distiller, was created by finishing their four-year-old Rocky Mountain Single Malt in Oloroso Sherry barrels. It has a dark amber color and a sweet nose containing raisins, green apple, vanilla and nutmeg. It opens sweet on the palate with raisin…read more →

Afrohead 7 Year Rum Review

Afrohead 7 Year Rum Review

Afrohead Rum may have one of the most literal labels I’ve encountered: a highly stylized woman with a magnificent, crowned afro with curls that expand outward in every direction. As far as liquor bottle logos go, it’s pretty great. This seven-year-old spirit is made from molasses chiefly sourced in the…read more →

Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

Making Mezcal Pumpkin Pies for Thanksgiving

This week, your pumpkin pie consumption is likely to increase about 600%. And that’s just counting the traditional variety of actual, edible pies. But let’s not discount the liquid kind. Because that, plus your proclivities for spiking everything in sight, can really come in handy this time of year. But…read more →

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

An Evening With Hennessy Paradis Impérial

Hennessy Paradis Impérial was created by Hennessy Master Blender Yann Fillioux in 2011. The brandies that make it into the final blend are sourced from one of the oldest libraries of eaux de vie in the world. And only 10 out of 10,000 eaux de vie of any given vintage…read more →

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

Reservas de la Biosfera Mezcal Review

It’s for the environment. That’s what you can tell yourself when pour an extra glass of Reservas de la Biosfera, a new limited-release mezcal from Mezcales de Leyenda. Reserves de la Biosfera is one of four new releases, each of which benefit a specific environmental or social cause. In this…read more →

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey Review

Ireland’s Kilbeggan Distillery has no shortage of history. Founded in 1757, it’s recognized as the Emerald Island’s oldest licensed distillery. Its recent history, however, is filled with stops and starts. American prohibition and general economic depression led to its closure, and then, after a series of sales, the brand was…read more →

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

We’re a few years removed from the days of “Do you know Japan makes whisky?” But the days of “Do you know Japan makes gin?” are just beginning. This September, Nikka, one of the two Japanese whisky greats, debuted its gin and vodka in select markets stateside. These spirits, respectively…read more →

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

A Tequila-Spiked Cocktail for Day of the Dead

If you’re nursing a Halloween hangover, there’s no better way to get moving than with a cocktail. And since today happens to be Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, you’ve got a built-in excuse for doing just that. We’re naturally going with tequila to observe this Mexican…read more →

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

White Walker Cocktail Recipe

The latest season of Game of Thrones may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t break out this White Walker cocktail inspired by the show. Because White Walkers are scary, and it’s Halloween time. This drink comes from Hemant Pathak at Junoon restaurant in NYC. Starting with a base of…read more →

A Cider-Spiked Cocktail for Halloween

A Cider-Spiked Cocktail for Halloween

Combine cider and something scary, and you’ve got a damn seasonal cocktail that’s perfect for fall and Halloween. That’s exactly what’s happening here with the Angry Spell, a cider-spiked drink courtesy of Angry Orchard and mixologist Jeremy Oertel. It follows the classic El Diablo template (tequila, lime, ginger, creme de…read more →

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

“Uncle Nearest” may sound like a moniker produced by a whiskey name generator, but it’s actually tied to a real, woefully under-looked figure in whiskey history. Nathan “Nearest” Green was an African-American distiller who helped develop the famed Lincoln County Process of charcoal filtering in post-Civil War Lynchburg, Tennessee. He…read more →

Don Papa Rum Revisited

Don Papa Rum Revisited

I recently reviewed Don Papa Rum, and the response from some in the rum community was quite passionate. I’d unintentionally waded into an ongoing controversy on what is and what isn’t rum, an energetic debate in which Don Papa has become a flashpoint. To explore the issue, I reached out…read more →

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 →