Tag: tasting

Taste Test: Bourbons from $25 to $50

We conducted the second round of our bourbon taste test last weekend. The whiskeys this time all had a suggested retail price of between $25 and $50. (Our first Bourbon Taste Test featured bourbons under $25.) As was the case last time, some of the samples were provided by the distilleries and some were from my … 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

Taste Test: Bourbons Under $25

We had three friends over last weekend to taste some bourbons. For this first group, the theme was "bourbons under $25." A few of the bottles were submitted by the distilleries, and the rest were from my own cabinet. We conducted the tasting blind, so the participants didn't know which bourbon they were drinking. (I … 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: Red Stag Spiced Bourbon Whiskey

Red Stag Spiced Bourbon WhiskeyFlavored Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $18 (750ml) Red Stag Spiced builds on the popular line of flavored whiskeys that Jim Beam began with their original Red Stag product, Black Cherry Bourbon. For this new spirit, the distillers start with their flagship four-year-old bourbon (Jim Beam White label) and infuse it with … Read more

Vodka Review: Platinum 7X Vodka

Platinum 7X VodkaAmerican VodkaFinal Grade: B+Price: $10 (750ml) I don't write about vodka very often, a reflection of the fact that I don't drink it nearly as often as I used to. I still like vodka — I just don't find it as interesting as other spirits. But there's no denying its flexibility and effectiveness. … Read more

The best Caribbean rums, island by island

Wine Enthusiast magazine doesn't just write about wine — they recently ran a good piece on the best Caribbean rums, including tasting notes and scores. They also suggest a variety of ways in which these rums can be enjoyed, and some of the best places in the islands to stay and to drink. It's definitely worth … Read more

Liqueur Review: SNAP

SNAPLiqueurFinal Grade: B+Price: $30 (750ml) SNAP is an organic liqueur* produced by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (AITA, for short), a Philadelphia-based design company. They previously launched the spirit ROOT, which has caught on with a lot of bartenders around the country. Fresh out of the bottle, SNAP's aroma is warm and sweet … Read more

Whiskey Review: High West Double Rye

High West Whiskey Double RyeRye WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $35 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob MontgomeryI’ve started to become more selective when it comes to rye. The first few ryes I tasted were new and different enough that just being a rye gave them a certain amount of good will. If High West had been the first rye I … Read more