Spirit Spotlight: Ranger Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Experiment
Jun01

Spirit Spotlight: Ranger Creek’s Bourbon Barrel Experiment

San Antonio’s Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling has just launched an intriguing experimental series allowing whiskey fans to do a side-by-side comparison based on the effects of barrel size and maturation time. The Ranger Creek Bourbon Barrel Experiment showcases two dueling bourbons which each began life as the same fresh distillate. One is their .36 Small Caliber Series Bourbon, bottled in a small 375ml bottle to indicate...

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Spirit Spotlight: Brugal Papa Andres 2015 Alegria Edition
Aug05

Spirit Spotlight: Brugal Papa Andres 2015 Alegria Edition

The second-ever release of the Brugal family’s private reserve rum, Brugal Papa Andrés 2015 Alegría Edition is a spectacular collector’s rum. Blended from 36 old casks which have been hidden away in Brugal’s warehouses for safekeeping, Papa Andrés 2015 is the work of 5th generation master blender Jassil Villanueva Quintana. In this Spirit Spotlight, we go back to the top shelf, but this time, for rum. After visiting...

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Spirit Spotlight: Ledaig 18 from Tobermory Distillery
Aug04

Spirit Spotlight: Ledaig 18 from Tobermory Distillery

Tobermory Distillery, formerly the Ledaig Distillery, has a somewhat tumultuous past, with a history which stretches all the way back to 1798, yet is filled with stops and starts. The only distillery on the Isle of Mull, Tobermory is helmed by master distiller Ian MacMillan, and produces two lines of single malts. There’s Tobermory, which is unpeated, and Ledaig, which is peated. Each is  produced for six months of the year....

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Spirit Spotlight: Tippleman’s Not Quite Simple Syrups
Jun24

Spirit Spotlight: Tippleman’s Not Quite Simple Syrups

In this edition of the Spirit Spotlight, we’re not actually looking at booze. We’re looking at what you can add to your booze, namely, the delicious array of Tippleman’s “Not Quite Simple Syrups”. The bar syrups are from the owners of Charleston’s The Gin Joint, Joe and MariElena Raya, who also make Bittermilk cocktail mixers. Tippleman’s aren’t just for home use, they’re actually...

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Spirit Spotlight: Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus
Jun23

Spirit Spotlight: Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus

In the Spirit Spotlight Series, I’ll be sharing the need to know details on drams I’ve recently crossed paths with, whether it’s a new release or special offering, or I’m going back to revisit a classic. Here, let’s take a look at the new limited edition release from Compass Box, Hedonism Quindecimus, made to honor their 15th anniversary while harking back to the original Hedonism blended grain whisky....

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