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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

Liqueur Review: PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

PAMA Pomegranate LiqueurFruit LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $24 (750ml) PAMA is the category leader in pomegranate liqueurs for a reason — it is by far the best one on the market. There are only a few of them out there, and none captures the pure flavor of pomegranate as well as PAMA does. In an area where … Read more

Aquavit Review: Krogstad Aquavit

Krogstad AquavitAquavitFinal Grade: APrice: $26 (750ml) Aquavit (or Akvavit) is a traditional Scandinavian distilled spirit. It begins life as a neutral grain (or potato) spirit, just as vodka and gin do. It is then infused with various herbs and spices, notably star anise and caraway seeds. In that sense, it’s similar to a Danish/Swedish/Norwegian version of gin. … Read more

Whiskey Review: Bushmills Black Bush

Bushmills Black BushBlended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $32 (750ml) Like many Americans (and maybe even a few Irishmen, although I’m more skeptical of that), I spent St. Patrick’s Day drinking Irish whiskey. Unlike most of them, I did so with pen and pad in hand, scribbling notes as I enjoyed a glass of Bushmills Black … 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

Whiskey Review: Michael Collins Irish Whiskey

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey Blended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: B+Price: $25 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery Michael Collins Irish Whiskey is a blend of malt and grain Irish whiskey, as most standard Irish whiskeys are. (They also produce an all-malt version.) It is double-distilled, in contrast to most Irish whiskeys, which are triple-distilled. This should lead to a … 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