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Book Review: Clay Risen’s “American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit”

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Clay Risen’s new book, American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit, calls bourbon “the nation’s favorite spirit.” And although it may not be the most popular — based on sales, vodka is by far the champion — a fair case can be made that he is correct and it is indeed … Read more

Rum Review: Cockspur 130 Overproof Rum

Cockspur Overproof Rum Label

Overproof spirits have been gaining in popularity over the past few years. Barrel-proof bourbons, Navy-strength gins, even 110-proof tequila are entering the market with regularity. But high octane rums have long been a staple on the liquor store shelves — with Bacardi 151 being the most notorious example — and are regularly drunk by the Caribbean … Read more

Whiskey Review: Hakushu 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky

Hakushu 12 Year Old Single MaltJapanese WhiskyGrade:(Superb)Price: $60 (750ml) Japanese whisky has been steadily growing in popularity in the United States, but I hadn't had the opportunity to try any until recently. After enjoying a glass of Hakushu 12 Year Old, it's clear to see why this whisky is winning so many fans. Similar in style … Read more

Taste Test: Spiced Rum

Spiced rum is a category of spirits that often gets no respect. And for good reason, too: it's usually pretty gross. But there are times when spiced rum can be useful. Mixing up a punch or grog, for example, or giving a little extra zing to a Rum and Coke. What should you do in … 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

Taste Test: Blended Irish Whiskey

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, which means many drinkers will be turning to Irish whiskey for their drink of choice. The Irish whiskey category is hotter than it's ever been, so there are more choices than ever before. Here at Professor Cocktail we do the heavy lifting so that you don't have … 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

Rum Review: Shellback Silver Rum

Shellback Caribbean Silver Rum Bajan Rum Grade: (Average) Price: $16 (750ml) Shellback Caribbean Rum, currently available in silver and spiced varieties, represents another bold move into the spirits world by E.&J. Gallo, the ubiquitous California winemakers. It’s produced in Barbados by the West Indies Rum Distillery, the company that also make the rum that goes into Cockspur and Malibu. … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006

Pierre Gimmonet is far from a household name in the Champagne business. But even though they don't get the headlines, they produce some of the best wines in the region. A great example is the Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006. A "Blanc de Blanc" Champagne is a white wine made from white grapes … Read more