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Armagnac Darroze Grand Assemblage 12 year

With a dark gold-amber color and strong nose of dried fig and macerated cherries, even after ten years in oak, this blend of Gascony grapes is still...

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Shaw Vineyard Finger Lakes Riesling 2008

  I've never been a huge booster of Finger Lakes rieslings--they're pleasant enough in my experience--good for the local New York market, but...

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V.S.O.P. Cognac Leyrat

Brandy is an underappreciated category in the US--Cognac in particular by anyone who isn't a cigar smoker or rapper--and I confess I have been slow...

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2001 Lur-Saluces Sauternes by Chateau de Fargues

It isn't every day that I get to converse with a prince of Orleans, but it also isn't every day that I get to sample as exceptional a wine as this...

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Recuerdo 2012 Malbec, 2012 Torrontes

Wines from Argentina are becoming increasingly commonplace in the US Market, but I was intrigued to try these boutique bottlings, efforts of a truly...

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Four Roses Japanese-only Fine Old Bourbon

There are two possible ways for you to experience this particular bottling by Kentucky's Four Roses Bourbon: Either you get it in Japan, where it has...

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Minute Mixologist: “Ninja Whale” Manila Rum Punch

For a recent Typhoon Haiyan survivors benefit, I created this simple rum punch inspired by Filipino flavors: Cut the heart of a medium size pineapple...

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Bourbon, Rum, Vodkatini Body Scrubs by Farmhouse Fresh

Hello! A scrub made from Bourbon, buttered rum or watermelon basil and vodka? Talk about date bait! Let the boozy spa day commence... Farmhouse Fresh

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Fred Minnick and “Whiskey Women”

I just finished reading his new book "Whiskey Women" in time to meet up with my colleague and friend Fred Minnick in Louisville this week and...

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2013: One To Remember

  A bushel of ripe grapefruit hits you on the nose of this impossibly pale new release, along with a few limes. Lemon and kiwi add to the...

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Crater Lake Root Beer

Might be the rootbeeriest Root Beer these lips have ever tasted: richly sweet and herbaceous, but not a darn thing 'grown-uppy' about it. Stewart's,...

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Glenlivet 70, Balvenie 50 at Talon Club, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

However there is only one place in Vegas to sample the rare delights of both Glenlivet 70 (circa 1940, 200 bottles worldwide) and The Balvenie 50...

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Glenlivet 70, The Balvenie 50 at Talon Club, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Minute Mixologist: Tequila Moda Viejo

This started as a Mexican riff on the Old Fashioned (hence the name: Old Fashion in bad Spanish), and that's essentially what it is, but the emphasis...

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Minute Mixologist: Darker, Stormier “Sail On, Sailor”

"Sail On, Sailor" (with apologies to the Beach Boys) was admittedly born out of the opportunity that my mother's under-utilized liquor cabinet...

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Monday 04 April, 2016

The Future Belongs To Blended Scotch Whisky. There I said it.

For the past 50 years or so since William Grant introduced Glenfiddich, the first marketed single malt Scotch whisky, “single malts” have dominated the dialogue about serious whisky appreciation worldwide, not-so-subtly pushing blended whiskies to a second-class category that has not always been warranted. But, owing probably to the popularity and thus growing scarcity of […]


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Tuesday 19 January, 2016

For the love of Negronis …and Amaro

Ask an American bartender to name his or her favorite cocktail, and nine times out of ten you’ll get one answer: Negroni. Negroni, Negroni, Negroni. What’s behind this fascination with the cocktail somewhat famously created in post-WWI Firenza, Italy by “Count” Negroni (there are other theories, as well as questions about the Count’s peerage, but […]


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Monday 30 November, 2015

Why You Need To Know Sherry Better

Sherry is a wine category that is largely under-regarded in the drinking world at large and even in the fine wine world, partially because it has still not recovered from a period of mediocre quality in the late 20th century, and partially because it is so easily misunderstood. But the winemaking of Jerez is equally […]


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Friday 27 November, 2015

Five Bottles I’m Obsessed With! Unusual Gift Spirits

Need to find a gift bottle for that hard-to-impress cocktail fan? Your answer may be here. I’m lucky enough to get samples of a lot of different spirits, some of which are easier to categorize than others. That can be a detriment unfortunately, in that the more something is an outlier, the longer it may […]


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Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Spirit of America: Bourbon With Benefits Reviewed

  Connection to a charity can cloud a fair assessment of anything, so let’s get this out of the way first: Spirit of America, it’s name a somewhat plain-faced tribute to Bourbon’s identity as the uniquely American spirit, gives $1 from each bottle purchase to its own charity called Hope for the Warriors, “a national […]


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Monday 14 September, 2015

Bourbon Curious Reviewed: A Simple Guide for the Savvy Drinker

I’ve sung the praises of my fellow spirits writer and friend Fred Minnick before, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to too many that I’ve come to do that again. What did surprise even me is how much I enjoyed tearing through Bourbon Curious. Released just in time for National Bourbon Heritage Month—and at […]


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Monday 17 August, 2015

Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – Barrel Proof Reviewed

I almost thought it was a prank when I first heard the news: Jack Daniel’s was releasing a barrel proof version of it’s famous Tennessee Whiskey. For fans of JD, this was exciting news in more ways than one. With the company riding the revenue streams of more crowd-pleasing concoctions like Tennessee Honey and Tennessee […]