Tag: DRINKS

We Blind Tasted American Whiskeys To Find The Best Bottle For Fall

The term “American whiskey” might sound generic but that’s definitely not the case. The category is full of all those whiskeys made in the U.S. that don’t fall into the guidelines set for American single malt, bourbon, or rye whiskeys. That means the whiskeys in this category are far-reaching and can include blended whiskeys, corn […]

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The ‘Filthy’ Dry Martini Is Perfect For Fall Sipping — Here’s Our Recipe

The Dirty Martini is a true classic. The elixir of dry gin, dry vermouth (the two key ingredients of a “dry” martini), and olive brine work wonders together in a glass. The collision of dry botanicals, mild sweetness, a little Angostura for patina, and earthy/umami-forward olive brine create a multi-layered and deeply flavorful take on […]

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The Single Best Bottle Of Whiskey From Each Of The 50 States

Whiskey’s massive growth seems to be continuing unabated. American single malt is finally an official category, new bourbon and rye whiskeys are hitting shelves at breakneck speeds, and small-time/crafty distilleries are popping up in every corner of the country. That means it’s high time to call out our absolute favorite whiskeys from each of the […]

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Our Newest Blind Taste Test Reveals The Best Value In All Of Bourbon

Costco’s whiskey selection is riveting. Their Scotch, Tennessee whiskey, Irish whiskey, and bourbon are beloved and pretty goddamn cheap. On a recent Costco run, I poked my head into the liquor store (in Kentucky, all booze is sold in its own section of the store with its own entrance and exit) and found about three […]

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Spirits Experts Reveal The Most Underrated Tequilas On The Market

Like many spirits, the tequila marketplace is dominated by big names. We’re talking the likes of Don Julio, Jose Cuervo, and Patrón. Those tequila brands (and some other big hitters) are popular for many reasons. They produce high-quality tequilas, they brand well, and they’re available almost anywhere. But while we’ll throw back a Patrón shooter […]

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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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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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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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Starbucks Launched Their Fall Menu– Here’s What’s Good And What’s Trash

Nearly twenty years ago, Starbucks first unveiled the Pumpkin Spice Latte and it pretty much broke America. Ever since that fateful day we’ve been living in the aftermath and every year around this time people absolutely lose their f*cking minds over pumpkin (or pumpkin-spice)–flavored food products. Store shelves get stocked with an unusually high number […]

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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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