Tag: Alcohol

Craft Brewers Share The Absolute Best Stout Beers For Early Fall

Since summer has literally just ended, you might not feel ready to dive right into darker, maltier, bolder fall beers. We get it and we’re definitely on board for our fair share of lagers and pilsners in these early fall days, but we also plan to turn to bold, rich stouts on the chillier nights […]

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We’re Blind Tasting The Best Bourbon Whiskeys Made Outside Of Kentucky

As Bourbon Heritage Month marches on, our celebration of all things bourbon continues to march on too. While we’ve been pretty focused on Kentucky this month, it’s time to widen that net and talk about some great bourbon whiskey from outside the Bluegrass State. Yep, it’s time for a non-Kentucky bourbon whiskey blind taste test! […]

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We’re Ranking The Best Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskies Over $100

Speyside single malt Scotch whiskies are some of the most beloved in the whole whisk(e)y game. The juice from within the Highlands tends to lean toward unpeated bright floral, fruity, and honeyed flavors with peated malts lurking around the fringes. The whiskies range from entry-level soft mixers to some of the deepest, most flavor-driven whiskies […]

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‘Special Finished’ Bourbons, Blind Test And Power Ranked

When it comes to bourbon whiskey, you have a lot of choices out there. There are the classic low-proof bottles, barrel-proof releases, single barrels, limited editions, high-rye, low-rye … the list goes on and on. Another great section of the bourbon world is special barrel-finished bourbons or secondary cask finishes. Those are barrels that — […]

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We Tried Eight Reserve, Kendall Jenner’s New Luxury Tequila, And Asked Her A Few Questions About The Brand

It’s been a little over a year since Kendall Jenner’s 818 hit the tequila scene, and in that short time, the brand has scooped up more than 20 tasting awards at international spirits competitions, snagged the Gold Medal and Best Reposado at the World Tequila awards, and has crushed our own blind taste tests, beating […]

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Redemption Time! Re-Tasting The Losing Bourbons From Our Blind Taste Tests

Calling any of the bourbons whiskeys below “losers” is a misnomer. The bourbons below lost to, in some cases, some of the best bottles of whiskeys on the planet when tasted blind. When blind tasting these whiskeys, there are a million variables at play — weather, time of day, mood, and most importantly, what bottles […]

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Craft Beer Experts Reveal Their Favorite Bohemian-Style Pilsners

Since we’re on the cusp of fall, you’re going to see a ton of stories on fall beers. Specifically, a lot of articles on Oktoberfest-style beers, stouts, dark lagers, and the divisive, oft-hated pumpkin ale. But just because another season is headed our way, one in which drinkers are supposed to head towards heavier brews, […]

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We’re Blind Tasting New Rye Whiskeys To Find The Best Ones To Buy

There’s always a new whiskey hitting the shelf these days. That’s especially true as we head into the fall and brands start dropping expression after expression to corner the holiday shopping and partying markets lingering right out on the horizon. This applies to rye whiskeys as much as bourbons, scotches, Irish whiskeys, and so forth. […]

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The Rob Roy Is Our Official Cocktail Of Fall — Here’s The Recipe

Yes, the Rob Roy is just a Manhattan with Scotch whisky. But, wow, it’s a different beast. The drink is a 19th-century classic that deserves a lot more love than it gets. These days, most people order these as “Scotch Manhattans” or (even worse) a “Manhattan but with Scotch.” As a former high-end bartender, I […]

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Rudy Giuliani Reportedly Spent Nearly $20,0000 On Cigars And Fountain Pens At The Depths Of His Depression

“Rock bottom” looks and feels different to everyone who experiences it. In the case of Rudy Giuliani, it is rumored to have involved a deep depression, heavy drinking binges, and nearly going broke — with an estimated $17,000 being spent on cigars and fountain pens over the span of six months. This latest bit of […]

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Wild Turkey Just Released A Last-Of-Its-Kind Bourbon Whiskey — Here’s Our Review

Calling a bourbon whiskey the “last of its kind” feels pretty inflated from the jump. Some might even call it hyperbole. But it’s true. Wild Turkey’s new limited release of Russell’s Reserve Single Rickhouse is never going to be seen again, and that’s kind of the whole point. Let’s get some details out of the […]

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Fall Is Bourbon Season: Great New Bourbon Whiskeys, Blind Taste Tested And Ranked

Fall is upon us, and leaves aren’t the only things dropping. Fall is also bourbon drop season, with new and great bourbon whiskeys hitting shelves pretty much daily from now until the holidays. That means my desk is crowded and my shelves are sagging, which in turn means that it’s also time for yet another […]

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The Best Low-Proof Bourbon Whiskeys, Blind Tasted And Ranked

Low-proof bourbon has been kind of pushed to the sideline as high-proof and massive barrel-proof bourbons (and all whiskeys for that matter) have skyrocketed in popularity. As people get further into their connoisseurship of the brown juice, tastes change and the desire for cask-strength single barrels and blends grows along with it. Still, some of […]

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The ‘Best In Show’ Scotch Whiskies From This Year’s New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

This year’s results are in from the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition and there are some serious Scotch whiskies on the shortlist. Being that I was a judge on this year’s panels, I’m calling out all the finalists or best-in-class whiskies that made it to the end of the competition with double gold […]

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The Best Food & Drinks At Kentucky’s Bourbon Distilleries For Bourbon Heritage Month

As the whiskey boom continues, just about everything about the industry is changing. Rapidly. One of the sectors where that’s most evident is in the distillery experience. Not long ago, visiting a big or small distillery was mostly about touring a factory and/or barrel house, and then tasting some whiskey at the end. Over time, […]

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The Best Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskies Under $100, Ranked

Speyside whisky is one of the most revered styles on the planet. It’s also one of the most ubiquitous regional styles from a relatively small area. All of Speyside is situated inside Scotland’s Highland region, yet Speyside is home to about 50 distilleries and responsible for around 50% of all Scotch whisky made. That alone […]

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Our Review Of The Super-Premium Tequila You Can Only Buy As Bottle Service At Clubs For $1900

Bottle service — when you pay for an entire bottle of liquor at a nightclub to be delivered to your table — is often (almost always) wildly expensive. But for those who love to floss, bottle service does hold value. Because it’s about more than the bottle you’re buying, it’s also about the fanfare around […]

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Our Review Of Gran Coramino, Kevin Hart’s New Cristalino Tequila

Kevin Hart has a tequila! Is that even surprising anymore at this point? Celebrities f*cking love tequila, they can’t get enough of it. Nick Jonas has a brand, Michael Jordan, Rita Ora, Guy Fieri, LeBron James, George Clooney (he sold it), Kendall Jenner, tequila is the hot vanity project for the Hollywood crowd and we […]

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We Tasted Costco’s New Small Batch Bourbon Against It’s Closest Cousin

Costco recently upped their bourbon game pretty dramatically. The big box shop released three new bourbon whiskeys in collaboration with Barton 1792 Distillery, which is one of the Sazerac Company’s most revered distilleries (after Buffalo Trace, of course). While the bourbon for Costco is a sourced bourbon, it is very clear where it comes from. […]

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One Of The World’s Rarest Bourbons Just Dropped And We Got Our Hands On Some: Is It Worth The Price?

King of Kentucky is one of the most sought-after and fleeting bourbon releases of the last few years. Even as a whiskey writer and spirits competition judge with lots of sources in the industry, I’ve had a hard time getting my hands on a bottle myself. Luckily, that drought ended when a bottle of King […]

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