Articles Tagged: Liquor Reviews

Dancing Pines Bourbon Whiskey Review

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This bourbon hails from a small craft distillery in Loveland Colorado – the brainchild of a wife-husband-husband’s father combo!  Dancing Pines is one of many new craft distilleries that have been popping up across America that have embraced the modern American whiskey renaissance with it’s bourbon whiskey.   Yes, Dancing Pines does produce a bourbon. We like to point that out as many people think that bourbon can only come from Kentucky.  Bourbon can come from … Read more

Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Appearance: clean, medium minus tawny golden color with thick legs

Nose:  clean with a medium intensity of corn, kernel, maple syrup, brown sugar, floral and muted oak 

Palate: dry, integrated but spicy alcohol, medium notes of corn, kernel, sourdough, maple syrup, cinnamon, pepper and soft oak.  Medium finish with notes of kernel and sourdough

Rating:  Average to good.  Basic bourbon that sees limited time in oak so the wood influence is muted.  This allows the … Read more

Rose Courvoisier Liqueur Review

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Rose Courvoisier recently celebrated its first year anniversary as a product.  That’s not bad for a new product release in the ever competitive spirit space these days.  It seems like new products are being released weekly, if not daily.  It’s hard to keep up.  Rose Courvoisier is a liqueur at 18% alcohol by volume (versus the Courvoisier cognac that clocks in at a much heavier 36%) that was created by blending Courvoisier cognac and red … Read more

1800 Tequila Review

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Summer is officially here, and one of the first things I reach for behind the bar is tequila. Whether you like to sip a nice aged anejo neat or prefer your tequila crystal clear and frozen in a margarita while at the beach, its definitely the spirit of summer. With so many brands to choose from, every little gimmick counts and so you may have noticed advertisements for 1800 Tequila in the past featuring Soprano’s … Read more

Southern Comfort Cherry Liqueur Review

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With so many brands focused on adding flavors to their collections, we sometimes forget about “the original flavored spirit”. But Southern Comfort is ready to reclaim its title. Keeping it fresh and innovative is key in the spirits industry and so Southern Comfort has stepped up to the plate after releasing SoCo Lime in 2010, SoCo Fiery Pepper in 2011 and now its latest offering, SoCo Cherry. Southern Comfort was originally created by bartender Martin … Read more

Highland Park Valhalla Collection – Thor – Review

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This gem comes from one of our favorite Scotch houses – Highland Park.  Not only is Highland Park 18 one of the most perfect spirits that I have been fortunate enough to taste, the Edrington Group, which owns Highland Park is simply amazing.  Long a family enterprise, they fought off multiple hostile takeover attempts by Seagrams in the 1950’s, consolidated their holdings into the Edrington Group, which is owned by the Robertson Family Trust (the … Read more

Plymouth Gin Review

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Plymouth Gin is the gin of the officers of the British Navy.  While the enlisted men drank rum, the officers drank Plymouth Gin.  Since 1793, Plymouth Gin has been produced in the town of Plymouth, England, a city located on the south-west coast of England.  In fact, the pilgrims on the Mayflower took shelter from a storm there as they set sail for the new world.  Maybe this is why they named their town Plymouth.  … Read more

Frangelico Review

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Italy has a long tradition of making spirits and liqueurs.  However, you might not know it as Italy isn’t famed for their spirits or liqueurs.  In fact, when you think of Italy and spirits, you probably think of Grappa.  But, there is definitely more to Italian spirits than Grappa.   One of them is called noisette, which are liqueurs that are made by soaking nuts in alcohol and then distilling part of the infusion again.  Similar … Read more

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon Review

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I didn’t know much about Four Roses Bourbon other than that my friend Ingrid really, really likes it!  We recently received a bottle of the Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon with the identification of Warehouse DS and Barrel 3-1I.  Apparently, each of the Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon bottles come marked with their barrel identification and warehouse storage location.  I thought that was pretty cool as bottles from different barrels can conceivably taste pretty different.  … Read more

Drambuie Review

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According to lore, Drambuie is fit for a King.  In fact, it was allegedly invented by a Prince of Scotland who would have been King of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland if his insurrection has succeeded.  We are speaking of Prince Charles Stuart, whose lineage included many of the Kings of Scotland and a few in England after the two countries united under James Stuart in 1603.  In 1745, Charles sailed to Scotland and with … Read more

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