Crown Royal Black

April 22, 2011

Canadian whisky doesn’t get a lot of love from the craft cocktail community. So when I was given an opportunity to sample Crown Royal Black, I wanted to approach it with an open mind. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the category. Crown Royal Black is being pitched as a darker, […]

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Port of Barcelona Gin

August 27, 2009

I usually want a gin that plays well with others, one I can use in all sorts of different drinks. Some gins are more particular though, getting along famously with some and acting aloof and standoffish with others. Port of Barcelona gin is one of those gins. It is produced in the Kingdom of Spain […]

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Martin Miller’s Gin

June 17, 2009

A lot of high end liquors try to sell you with a story. Martin Miller’s Gin has quite a doozy – after distillation, the raw spirit is shipped from England to Iceland to be combined with water to bring it to proof. I can tell you after receiving a sample bottle, and having enjoyed it […]

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Boca Loca Cachaça

June 9, 2009

Boca Loca is a quality, affordable cachaça that tastes great in a caipirinha or a Pearl Button highball.

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Voyager Gin and the Gin-Gin Mule

June 5, 2009

I’m ready to become a locavore — at least when it comes to gin. That’s because I am lucky enough to live less than a 10 mile drive from Pacific Distillery, producers of the delightful Voyager Gin. Voyager is a single-batch gin that is distilled from 100% neutral grain spirits using a 500 liter copper […]

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Beefeater 24

April 27, 2009

Beefeater London dry gin has long been a go-to gin in my collection. Now Desmond Payne, the Master Distiller, is bringing us a premium take on the standard recipe, Beefeater 24. I had already heard great things when I received not one, but two full bottles for review in preparation for this week’s Beefeater 24 […]

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Mount Gay Extra Old Rum

April 7, 2009

This Thursday, April 9, Thursday Drink Night will be sponsored by Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, and I received a sample bottle to prepare for the event. Mount Gay Distilleries holds the distinction of being the oldest rum in the world, with documentation of rum production at the Mount Gay estate dating to February 20, […]

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Metaxa Seven Star and the Moschaton Cocktail

April 1, 2009

When I was 10, I won a trip to Greece.1 My dad and I went on a two week tour of the country, and I learned I did not like ouzo.2 I also learned that Metaxa is a Greek liquor that my dad wanted, and it was important he get the seven star. That I […]

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Bulleit Bourbon

March 31, 2009

Bulleit Bourbon is a modern take on an old recipe. The modern product started in 1987, when Tom Bulleit attempted to recreate his great-great-grandfather’s bourbon recipe. By all accounts, the result is a great tasting bourbon. It’s long been a favorite of mine. When I received a box with a full bottle and two logo […]

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Obsello Abinthe Verte

March 30, 2009

Lately I have received an embarrassment of riches in terms of sample bottles of absinthe. One of those I was most excited to receive was Obsello, a Spanish verte. Obsello is an absenta, which is the Spanish word for absinthe. Absentas are known to be slightly sweeter than the traditional French style. They also tend […]

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