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Whiskey Review: Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Stagg Jr.Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Highest Recommendation)Price: $50 (750ml) Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been one of the most aggressive whiskey outfits when it comes to experimenting with and producing new bourbons. Their latest is one that's already generating a great deal of interest: Stagg Jr. A younger version of the highly sought-after George T. Stagg … Read more

Gin Review: Aviation Gin

Aviation GinAmerican GinGrade:(Superb)Price: $28 (750ml) First launched in 2006 as one of the pioneers of the new trend in American gins, Aviation has been repackaged with a striking new look that classes up the bottle to match the contents. Aviation tastes like gin, but not the gin we're used to. It has the requisite juniper … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008

Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008RieslingColumbia Valley (Washington State)Price: $12Highly recommended Pacific Rim Dry Riesling is produced in Washington's Columbia Valley, a region growing in regard for its fine Rieslings. Ninety percent of the wine made by Pacific Rim is Riesling of one type or another, so it's no surprise they know what they're doing. Pacific Rim … Read more

Whiskey Review: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Bourbon

John J. Bowman Single BarrelVirginia Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Above Average)Price: $50 (750ml) I've been a resident of the Old Dominion for the past ten years, so I have a particular interest in Virginia spirits. This is especially true when it comes to the products made by A. Smith Bowman, since I lived just a few … Read more

Brandy & Liqueur Reviews: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac and Dry Curaçao

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula CognacBrandy/CognacFinal Grade: B+Price: $45 (750ml) Pierre Ferrand Dry CuraçaoOrange LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $30 (750ml) Cognac Ferrand is one of the hottest companies in the spirits world today. Mixologists, critics and connoisseurs have been following the French distillery with great interest as they introduce one excellent product after another. The force … Read more

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $15 (750ml) The Evan Williams family of whiskeys isn't as well known as some others (like Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, and Maker's Mark), but it should be, as they make some of the best bourbons for the money that you can find. Evan Williams 1783 is … Read more

Whiskey Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Four Roses Single BarrelKentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: APrice: $39 (750ml) The Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is one of the most acclaimed in the world. Their bourbons win gold medals regularly at all the major competitions, and their 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel was recently named by F. Paul Pacult as the 3rd … Read more

Whiskey Review: Tullamore Dew

Tullamore DewBlended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $20 (750ml) Tullamore Dew is an old brand of Irish whiskey, first distilled in Tullamore, Ireland in 1829. It's gone though many changes, owners and locations over the years, and is currently owned by spirits conglomerate William Grant & Sons, makers of Glenfiddich and The Balvenie scotches, amongst other … Read more

Rum Review: Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Aged White Rum

Denizen Rum is something of a paradox. It’s a Caribbean rum, but it is blended in Europe. It’s an aged rum, but it is crystal clear. It’s a quality rum, but it is sold at a very affordable price. One thing is no mystery, however: this rum is a winner. Denizen begins with aged Trinidadian … Read more

Rum Review: Cockspur Fine Rum and Cockspur 12 Rum

Cockspur Fine RumBajan RumFinal Grade: B+Price: $18 (750ml) Cockspur 12 RumBajan RumFinal Grade: CPrice: $30 (750ml) Barbados is the original home of rum, and one of the better known Barbadian (or Bajan) producers of the spirit is Cockspur. They currently make two rum expressions that are distributed in the United States: Cockspur Fine Rum and Cockspur … Read more