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  • Gautier VSOP Cognac

    Gautier is a great old Cognac house with a history spanning 10 generations. Gautier's cellars are located in a former mill along the River Osme. This location benefits from a natural humidity that aids in the maturation of these great Cognacs in the
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  • Saint-Vivant VS Armagnac

    Saint-Vivant is a great, old-school brand that has grown into one of the most recognized Armagnac brands in the world. While often in the shadow of its famous French Brandy sibling Cognac, Armagnac is actually is the eldest French Brandy with deep tr
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  • Gautier Gold & Blue XO Cognac

    Gautier is a great old Cognac house with a history spanning 10 generations. Gautier's cellars are located in a former mill along the River Osme. This location benefits from a natural humidity that aids in the maturation of these great Cognacs in the
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  • Christian Drouin Cidre Brut (France)

    This beautiful and complex cider is made with a blend of 30 different apple varieties. The blend is comprised of 70% bittersweet and bitter apples, 20% sweet apples, and 10% acidic apples. The apples are carefully crushed and then pressed to extract
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  • Troon Black Label Reserve Syrah Applegate Valley 2014

    This very stylish Syrah is made with 100% Syrah. The grapes are sourced from the Full Quiver Vineyard in Oregon's Applegate Valley. These vines represent one of the oldest plantings from a Tablas Creek Syrah selection in Oregon. After harvest the gra
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  • Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

    The Great Lakes Brewery Dortmunder Gold is part of their regular lineup and has been since nearly the beginning. This great lager takes its name from the German city that is most recognized for this style. It's a beer that strikes the perfect balance
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  • Belhaven Scottish Ale (Scotland)

    This classic is brewed from 100% Scottish Optic pale malt with a touch of Crystal barley malts. Challenger and Goldings hops are employed with a clever touch reaching a modest 21 IBU. Established in 1719, Belhaven brews their beer in the rolling barl
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  • Speyburn Arranta Casks Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Arranta is Scottish for bold or daring. It is bolder than the classic Speyburn 10 and its 46% abv at bottling reinforces the pleasingly assertive style. The Whisky is aged solely in first fill ex-Bourbon casks that are hand-selected by the distillery
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  • Great Lakes Christmas Ale

    This holiday Ale always seems to run dry before Santa makes his rounds so be sure to get your Great Lakes Brewing Christmas Ale fast. If you are not fortunate enough to live in one of the brewery’s nine states of distribution, find a friend that is
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  • Troon Black Label G*S*M Reserve Southern Oregon 2014

    Can a wine exhibit vibrancy and a silky texture all at once? The answer is yes and we found it with the Troon GSM. This delicious wine is made with a blend of Mourvédre 50.6%, Syrah 45.2%, and Grenache 4.2%. The varietals were fermented and barrel a
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  • Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced Rum

    Don Q put the Rum back in Spiced Rum. If you missed the fine print on the front label indicating a three-year-old Rum within a quick nosing and sip quickly demonstrate that this Spiced Rum is all about the Rum. The lovely brown baking spice notes, es
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  • anCnoc cutter Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    The anCnoc "Cutter" is part of their peaty collection that features seven unique malts each named for a different tool using in the harvesting of peat. The Cutter is a tool used for cutting peat from drier and shallower bogs. The Cutter is the "peati
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  • Lassègue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010, Chateau Lassègue

    Chateau Lassègue's vigneron (winemaker and viticulturist) and co-owner Pierre Seillan has created another masterpiece and it may be my favorite Lassègue to date. There is just so much to love with this wine in this vintage as it demonstrates classi
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  • Cedar Ridge Malted Rye Whiskey

    Cedar Ridge is the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since Prohibition. Yes, these guys are really making Whiskey in Iowa. (I assume that everyone got that so let's move on.) The Cedar Ridge Malted Rye is made with an undisclosed mashbil
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  • Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT 2015

    Pinot Grigio has become a popular choice for a white wine by the glass rivaling Chardonnay in some places. With popularity comes mediocrity and such is the case for Pinot Grigio as much of it is rather dull and boring. Luna Nuda breaks that mold as t
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  • Tongue Dancer Wines Putnam Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2014

    This wonderful Pinot Noir has been given the cheeky moniker, "Pinot de Ville.” The grapes are sourced from the Putnam Vineyard. The vineyard is just six miles from the Pacific Ocean in the town of Annapolis, CA. The cool coastal breezes are ideal f
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  • Cedar Ridge Single Malt American Whiskey

    Americans are now very familiar with all-malt beers and single malt Whiskies form Scotland. This is a true single malt from Iowa utilizing nothing but the best malted barley and then aged in a selection of oak casks. The aging is carried out using So
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  • Goose Island Matilda (USA)

    Matilda is the ideal Beer to present to your “wine only” friends. They will be won over by this Beer’s complex and unique flavors. They may even be shocked that Beer can be like this while all of us Beer fans have known what great is capable of
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  • Clyde May's Non-Chill Filtered 5 Years Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey

    I've been watching the Clyde May's brand since its introduction some five years (or so) ago. The Whiskey for this latest offering was made in Kentucky and rested for five years in heavily charred oak casks. The visual, the nose, and certainly the pal
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  • Troon Blue Label Sangiovese Rogue Valley 2014

    It's not often that you find an American Sangiovese that could easily pass as a Tuscan but Troon masters the feat. Instead of creating a big and brooding Cabernet facsimile they let the Sangiovese express its classic understated fruit perfectly inter
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  • Ron Abuelo 7 Years Old Rum

    Varela Hermanos is the family owned and run drinks company who created and crafts the delicious Ron Abuelo Rums. The family has been distilling in Panama since 1936 and the incredible stock of mature Rum is the brand's secret weapon. The aged Rums ar
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  • Troon Black Label Vermentino Applegate Valley

    You don't see a lot of Vermentino grown in the US. The grape is native to Italy where it is utilized in wines from Liguria to Sardegna (these can be very special) and locations in between. It is also grown in the South of France with success as you w
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  • Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen (Germany)

    The great Beers from Ayinger have been available in the US for more than two decades. Our BOW, the great Oktober Fest-Märzen is available August through October or as long as it lasts. It's a seasonal brew so get yours now before it's gone.
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  • Rutte Celery Gin

    The Rutte Celery Gin is delightfully unusual with a pronounced celery note. The botanicals used are: juniper, celery, coriander, angelica root, sweet orange peel, and cardamon. Rutte has used celery in their spirits from the very beginning. It's wond
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  • Rutte Old Simon Genever

    The Rutte Old Simon is named for the distillery's founder, Simon Rutte. This great Genever, the original Gin, is said to be made with one of Simon's old recipes dating back to 1872. Forty percent of the spirit utilized is a rich, all-malt pot-still s
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  • Ron Abuelo 12 Years Old Rum

    Varela Hermanos is the family owned and run drinks company who created and crafts the delicious Ron Abuelo Rums. The family has been distilling in Panama since 1936 and the incredible stock of mature Rum is the brand's secret weapon. The aged Rums ar
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  • Domanda Prosecco DOC

    Just about two decades ago Prosecco took the export markets by storm and it has never stopped winning new converts. At its best Prosecco is fresh and balanced with a steady stream of bubbles and a bright finish. Prosecco is made primarily with the Gl
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  • Troon Estate Tannat Applegate Valley 2013

    The Tannat grapes are grown in the high bench land above the Appellate River very near the spring snow lines. Tannat is far from a household name but it is an important and very capable grape. Tannat is believed to have originated in the Basque regio
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  • Jumbie Coconut Splash Flavored Rum

    Pure molasses Rum from St. Maarten is blended with bright coconut flavors creating a super and indispensable item in your Tiki bar. We were blown away by the quality being offered at such a modest price and it has inspired some new summer cocktails w
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  • Mad March Hare Irish Poitin

    A quick definition of Poitin: A native Irish spirit that is typically clear and unaged made from a wide array of raw materials such as cereals, grains, treacle, potatoes, and sugar beets. Poitin was traditionally an illicit spirit made often on farms
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  • Troon MT Reserve Southern Oregon

    I love having my palate challenged and as this was my first USA-made Malbec and Tannat blend I was ready for the task. From the very first nosing to the last sip I am convinced that these two grapes are made for each other. The fruit profiles and cer
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  • Dimmi Liquore de Milano Liqueur

    The base spirit is primarily made with organic winter wheat with a small portion of Grappa di Barolo. The clear spirit is infused with a complex blend of herbs, botanicals, and spices including licorice, vanilla, bitter orange, ginseng, rhubarb with
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  • Sloane's Dry Gin

    The primary talking point with Sloane's Gin is their practice of distilling each botanical separately and blending the single botanical spirits to create the desired Gin. In sum nine botanicals are utilized: juniper, iris root, coriander, angelica ro
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  • Fords London Dry Gin

    Nine botanicals seamlessly marry in the Fords Gin while the Italian juniper and coriander seed are primary. The subtle but vital notes are provided by the following: bitter oranges, lemon and grapefruit peel, jasmine, orris, angelica root, and cassia
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  • Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin

    I'm a longtime fan of Caorunn (pronounced – ka-roon) and I love seeing it on the backbar as I then know that the buyer is tuned in. It features 11 botanicals including five wild-foraged Highland botanicals: rowan berry (or Caorunn in old Scottish G
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  • Linie Aquavit

    The spirit is made with a potato base distilled in pot stills, which is quite evident on the silky and textured palate. The primary flavors are caraway with a vibrant dose of aniseed. The deep golden color comes from Oloroso Sherry cask aging at sea
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  • Ayinger Brauweisse (Germany)

    The great Beers from Ayinger have been available in the US for more than two decades. Their Brauweisse is absolutely traditional with the expected Ayinger complexity and depth of flavors. It's perfect for summer refreshment or winter nourishment.
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  • Grand Traverse Distillery Small Batch Botanical Gin

    Most of the craft Gins need some work in my view while this Gin is ready for prime-time. The Peninsula Gin is created with the Grand Traverse Wheat Vodka as a base that is then infused with juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander,
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  • Christian Brothers Sacred Bond – Bottled in Bond American Brandy

    Christian Brothers distill their fine Brandy in copper alembic stills just like they do in Cognac, for their great "Sacred Bond" Brandy. The grapes are all California grown and the spirit is produced from one season's harvest that is fermented into w
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  • Frey Ranch Vodka

    This tasty and unique Vodka is made with a blend of four grains (presented in order of quantity) corn, rye, barley, and wheat. All of the grains are grown on the estate. All steps from milling, fermenting, distilling, and bottling are done on the Fre
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  • Frey Ranch Vodka

    This tasty and unique Vodka is made with a blend of four grains (presented in order of quantity) corn, rye, barley, and wheat. All of the grains are grown on the estate. All steps from milling, fermenting, distilling, and bottling are done on the Fre
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  • Don Q Signature Release/Single Barrel 2005 Rum

    This Signature Release, single-barrel Rum is the first in an upcoming series of single-barrel releases. This single-barrel from 2005 is limited to just 6,000 bottles from the 2005 vintage. The cask was chosen in part due to its deep woodiness that mi
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  • Insurrection Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon South Eastern Australia 2014

    Is there anything more Aussie than a Cabernet and Shiraz blend? Only a Men at Work reunion and a massive Vegemite giveaway could hope to compete. The Insurrection Shiraz/Cab is crafted by veteran winemaker Steve Roden. The grapes are sourced from coo
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  • Frey Ranch Gin

    This stylish Gin is made with a blend of three grains (presented in order of quantity) rye, barley, and corn. All of the grains are grown on the estate. All steps from milling, fermenting, distilling, and bottling are done on the Frey Ranch property
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  • 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

    The name 13 Celsius is more than a name, it's a guide to the wine's perfect serving temperature. To help you out the label changes color from gray to blue at precisely 13 degrees Celsius. This would be a gimmick worthy of an eye-roll if the wine in t
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  • Rumson's Rum

    The Rums is created and aged in Trinidad, a home to many fabulous Rums. This "standard" Rumson's offering is made of a blend of five year old Rums from the same distillery. I love the slightly funky notes found on the nose and the palate while the br
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  • Pierre Croizet VS Cognac

    In another life, or maybe it was just a decade ago, I spent a good deal of time navigating through the Cognac region in search of quality Cognac that exuded some sense of a point of view. It was in this time period that I first became a fan of Croize
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  • Clyde May's Special Reserve American Whiskey

    I've been watching this brand since its introduction some five years (or so) ago. The first offering was good but it was a bit confused. That was then as the present version is spot on for what they are trying to achieve. At the heart is a five to si
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  • Egan's 10 Years Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    This is a rich and hearty, double distilled Irish Single Malt that will surely delight devotees to the category. It's bottled at a generous 47% abv and non-chill filtered to preserve its silky texture and complex aromatics. While many new Irish Whisk
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  • Teeling Small Batch Blended Irish Whiskey

    This Whiskey is pure ambrosia that will undoubtedly appeal to a wide audience from the novice to the aficionado. This is the Teeling's flagship Whiskey and it features a very high malt proportion. The Whiskey is finished in Rum casks to add another l
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  • Christian Drouin Blanche de Normande Eau-de-Vie-de-Cidre

    Distilled from apple and pear ciders and then rested in stainless steel as opposed to oak. It's rested for 18 months with water being gradually added in order for it to fully integrate with the pure spirit. It's absolutely wonderful and amazing to sm
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  • E&J XO Extra Smooth American Brandy

    First of all — this is a serious Brandy and it's seriously good. I don't mean good by some demented, ironic hipster measure rather good in a real world this tastes phenomenal kind of way. It's also probably the greatest Brandy value on the planet.
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  • Rumson's Grand Reserve Rum

    Rumson's Grand Reserve is the older sibling of their standard Rum (that is far from standard in the glass) being a blend of Rums ranging in age from five to 23 years in age. It's a big and sweet, old Rum that no doubt has massive appeal with spirits
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  • Usquaebach Highland Whiskies 15 Years Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

    Usquaebach is a great "old-school" brand that has been around long enough to have immortalized by Robert Burns in his poem "Tom O'Shanter" in 1791. Usquaebach has been blended by the Laing family for three generations. The name is derived from the Ga
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  • Speyburn 10 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Speyburn is frequently overlooked by Whisky lovers outside of Scotland. That's a shame as the Whiskies from Speyburn are charming and wonderfully subtle while complex. The distillery itself, which began production in 1897, is one of the most beautifu
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  • Balblair Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    This charming Whisky is aged in ex-Bourbon casks and based on its appearance and flavor profile I would conclude that many of these casks are not first fill. Balblair does not add color to their Whiskies, which is always desirable to me.
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  • anCnoc 12 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    anCnoc, formerly known as Knockdhu, has been the preferred name of the Single malt by this old Highland distillery since 1994. They offer a wide range of age-statement and non age-statement Whiskies, as well as vintage range. The style is intentional
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  • Balblair Vintage 2003 Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    This charming Whisky is aged in ex-Bourbon casks and based on its appearance and flavor profile I would conclude that many of these casks are not first fill. Balblair does not add color to their Whiskies, which is always desirable to me.
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  • Herradura Colección de la Casa Reserva 2015, Directo de Alambique Silver, 100% Agave Tequila

    This tremendous Tequila is the fourth edition in Tequila Herradura’s small-batch tequila series. While the others focused on fancy wood finishes this expression showcases Tequila "in the raw" taken straight from the still. Just one sip and you will
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  • Molinari Sambuca Extra Liqueur

    From package to aromatics and of the course the taste the Molinari Sambuca extra is thick with authenticity. Molinari is the world's #1 selling Sambuca. Created in 1945 by Angelo Molinari and since that fateful day the recipe has remained a closely g
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  • Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur

    This wonderful product is exceptional in every way and delivers a taste experience that is second to none. Unlike so many liqueurs, cream based or otherwise, the Coole Swan is never cloyingly sweet and its careful balance of flavors is one of this be
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Oakville Station Merlot Napa Valley 2012

    Perhaps the greatest Merlot I have ever had (I have had thousands). This is Cornerstone Cellar's first release under their single vineyard program. To further shake things up they went with Merlot, a varietal that often plays a supporting role in the
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  • Somrus Indian Cream Liqueur

    Consider a Liqueur crafted in Chicago with pure dairy cream from Wisconsin, exotic spices from India, and Caribbean Rum. The idea is challenging enough before actually getting the proper balance that we find today in the bottle of Somrus. This is a t
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  • Ayinger Weizen-Bock (Germany)

    This incredible winter seasonal Beer is a pale (Helles) style Weizen-Bock. This Weisse-Bier is a stronger version of their classic Braü Weisse designed to fortify the Beer lover in the cold winter months. The Weizen-Bock sub-style of is a relatively
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  • Mount Veeder Reserve Napa Valley

    This mountain beauty is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon so it clearly could have been labeled as a Cab. The vines sit at 1,500 to 1,600 feet above sea level on rugged rocky soils that require the vines to struggle to survive. The result is a very low yield of
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  • Tap Rye Sherry Finished 8 Years Old Canadian Rye Whisky

    This Whisky is distilled in both a pot still and column stills. The Rye Whisky then aged for a minimum of eight years before it's given a small addition of Amontillado Sherry and briefly rested in charred white oak casks. The Sherry notes in this Whi
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Michael's Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

    The 2012 Michael’s Cuvée is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with 9% Merlot. The blend was selected from the Oakville Station Vineyard (To Kalon) 57%, 28% Kairos Vineyard in Oak Knoll, and 9% Ink Grade Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Michael’s Cuvée is name
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  • Caliche Rum

    The aim with Caliche was to create a premium white Rum with the depth and character of an aged Rum. To reach these goals, Caliche is created with a clever blend of unique Rums, some aged in cask for four years. The master blend is then carefully filt
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  • Van Gogh Double Espresso Flavored Vodka

    Van Gogh is made in small batches at the Royal Dirkzwager Distillery in Schiedam, Holland. While the brand is just a decade in age this distillery has been creating great spirits for well over 100 years. Their Double Espresso is a bigger and sweeter
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  • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth

    It's no wonder that bartenders both seasoned and wet behind the ears are and have been gushing over the Carpano Antica Formula. In a time when the term "classic" is thrown about indiscriminately it is without a doubt that this is a classic. It's simp
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  • Goral Vodka

    This fetching Vodka from Slovakia is made from late harvest Durum wheat and mountain spring water in a 12th century village. It certainly has touched on all of the romance attributes. As always, what really matters is what's in the bottle and the Gor
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  • Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur

    Rivulet joins the ranks of elite Liqueurs that have graced the marketplace in the past decade. Rivulet starts with a base of American Brandy that is aged in Bourbon casks. They chose pecan as the central flavor discovering that America produces 95% o
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  • Van Gogh Espresso Flavored Vodka

    It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the Van Gogh Espresso was first introduced. It's as good as ever thanks to the talents of third-generation distiller Tim Voss and his unique double-infusion method. This superb espresso flavor is mad
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  • Carpano Dry Vermouth

    The Carpano Dry Vermouth is a relatively new product having just hit the US market in 2014. Their "dry" is a less sweet version of the classic Carpano Bianco with a similar but distinct herb and spice infusion. The Carpano Dry was created with cockta
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  • Lunazul Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila

    I simply love this brand. Lunazul delivers great and complex flavors without challenging the budget. When I go to a bar and see that they are featuring Lunazul Blanco in their margaritas I know that I am in good hands. Lunazul is the clever choice as
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  • Rocks! By Cornerstone White & Red California

    The White Rocks! is a unique blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Orange Muscat (see if your friends can guess). This is not a wine to sit and examine it's a wine to drink and enjoy. The Red Rocks! drinks like a Côtes du Rhône while
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  • Punt e Mes Vermouth

    This has long been one of my favorite aperitifs and it has one of the best stories in the world of wine of and spirits (that's saying something). The quick version of the story is that a stockbroker enters a bar in Piedmont belonging to Antonio Bened
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  • Don Q 151 Rum

    This is the latest addition to the great Don Q portfolio. It is made with a blend of Rums aged for a minimum of three years while it seems to me that this blend also includes Rums that are much older. I am very pleasantly surprised that this is a tas
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  • Rocks! By Cornerstone Rosé California

    First of all - I'm a sucker for a great Rosé. The Rocks! Rosé is unique from start to finish starting with the blend: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. This drinks like a red wine in many respects while delivering the vibrancy a
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  • Carpano Bianco Vermouth

    Nothing beats the original. Commercial, repeatable Vermouth was created by Antonio Benedetto Carpano in 1786. The idea of blending wine with herbs and spices with wine goes back centuries but Carpano was the first to record it and sell it. The base w
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  • Grand Traverse Distillery Peninsula Gin

    Most of the craft Gins need some work in my view while this Gin is ready for prime-time. The Peninsula Gin is created with the Grand Traverse Wheat Vodka as a base that is then infused with juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, angelica root, coriander,
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  • Michter's Barrel Strength US*1 Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

    The Rye Whiskies offered by Michter's are better than ever as they offer the right balance of spice, fruit, and decadent caramel and sweet notes. This limited bottling is bottled at barrel strength (no dilution whatsoever), a decision that is applaud
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Corallina Rosé of Syrah Napa Valley 2014

    BevX readers know I am a big fan of well-made rosé and this one certainly fits the bill. For years I have eagerly awaited the release of the Cornerstone Cellars Corallina as it is consistently one of the year's best rosé and this year is no excepti
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  • Les Dauphins Reserve, Côtes du Rhône Rouge

    The wines from Les Dauphins have taken Europe by storm. The perfect combination of style, hedonistic pleasure and value have made the brand an overnight success. Now these wines have arrived in the US. Their Côtes du Rhône Rouge is made with a clas
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  • Lucas & Lewellen Rosé of Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County

    Made with 100% Pinot Noir grown in four different vineyard locations in both the Santa Maria Valley (3) and the Los Alamos Valley. These are vineyards that are well suited for growing Pinot Noir. This wine also features four different clones of Pinot
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  • Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur

    There have been a number of ginger liqueurs to hit the market in the past decade and many of them are quite good. For me there is a place for Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur as it offers the purest ginger flavors among the brands that I rate highly
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  • Molinari Caffè Liqueur

    The Molinari Caffè is a reformulation of their Sambuca Caffè that was as much anise as it was coffee. This new version features the coffee deftly blending Arabica beans from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic with Robusta beans from Java, Togo, a
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  • Limoncello di Capri Limoncello

    Anyone who has visited Italy recognizes Limoncello as a post-dinner staple. This tradition has been carried on by many Italian restaurants around the world. Sadly, most Limoncello tastes manufactured because it is relying on powdered lemon and lemon
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Black Label Syrah Napa Valley 2012

    The 2012 vintage was a banner one for those in the Napa Valley particularly anyone with vineyards at elevation. Sunny days and cool nights promoted long, slow ripening and a depth of fruit flavor and character that can only be achieved in the best ye
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  • Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier (Germany)

    The great Beers from Ayinger have been available in the US for more than two decades. Our BOW, the great Jahrhundert-Bier was first created in 1978 to celebrate the brewery's 100th anniversary. Recently it has been made available in cask in the US an
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  • Chateau Lassègue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2005

    A vintage like 2005 comes around just a few times in a century. Chateau Lassègue's vigneron (winemaker and viticulturist) and co-owner Pierre Seillan considers the 2005 vintage to be on par with the great 1982 vintage. This is why Seillan made the r
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  • Tralee 15 year old Irish Pot Still Whiskey

    This great Whiskey is 100% Irish Pot Still Whiskey aged in Sherry butts that had previously aged Irish Whiskey. Many of the casks were fairly neutral but a complex and supporting Sherry note can certainly be detected. The constant temperature and hig
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  • Pietra Santa Merlot Cienega Valley 2010

    Pietra Santa's winemaker, Alessio Carli is understandably in love with grapes from his home but on my few visits to Pietra Santa I can always find Alessio going on about the quality of the Merlot grown at the estate. After one taste I had to agree, t
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  • Partida Blanco, 100% Agave Tequila

    One of the Partida slogans has been that they fuse tradition with tech. What this means is that they cook their mature agave piñas (7-10 years old) in state-of-the-art stainless steel ovens rather than the old stone ovens in order to preserve pure a
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  • Cornerstone Cellars Black Label Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 2012

    The 2012 vintage was a banner one for those in the Napa Valley particularly anyone with vineyards at elevation. Sunny days and cool nights promoted long, slow ripening and a depth of fruit flavor and character that can only be achieved in the best ye
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  • Helfrich Grand Cru Steinklotz Gewurztraminer Alsace 2012

    The grapes were hand-picked in October and November. Fermentation took place in stainless steel at a cool temperature. The resulting wine exudes a strong sense of purity and unique character. According to Helfrich: "We passionately create our own Als
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  • Pietra Santa Sangiovese Cienega Valley 2010

    I once asked Pietra Santa's winemaker, Alessio Carli to name his favorite grape. 'My favorite Italian varietal is certainly Sangiovese. I'm originally from Siena and when I was living in Italy, I started making wine with Sangiovese.' Carli went on to
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