Liquor Reviews

koskenkorva vodka

Koskenkorva Vodka Review

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Koskenkorva is a Finnish vodka that hit U.S. shores over the summer. It’s distilled in a same-named village of just 2,100 inhabitants, and produced from the northernmost-growing barley in the world. The simple but attractive bottle features a wooden top…

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Afrohead Rum Review

Afrohead 7 Year Rum Review

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Afrohead Rum may have one of the most literal labels I’ve encountered: a highly stylized woman with a magnificent, crowned afro with curls that expand outward in every direction. As far as liquor bottle logos go, it’s pretty great. This…

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nikka coffey gin

Nikka Coffey Gin Review

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We’re a few years removed from the days of “Do you know Japan makes whisky?” But the days of “Do you know Japan makes gin?” are just beginning. This September, Nikka, one of the two Japanese whisky greats, debuted its…

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uncle nearest 1856 whiskey

Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey Review

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“Uncle Nearest” may sound like a moniker produced by a whiskey name generator, but it’s actually tied to a real, woefully under-looked figure in whiskey history. Nathan “Nearest” Green was an African-American distiller who helped develop the famed Lincoln County…

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Tequila Ciudad Blanco

Tequila Ciudad Blanco Review

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Hey, I’ve got nothing against leering luchadores and dancing skeletons. But it’s refreshing to see the modern approach that Tequila Ciudad has taken in its presentation. The brand, which currently sells its Blanco, Reposado and Anejo varieties in more than…

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don papa rum review

Don Papa Rum Review

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When it comes to rum, you can’t let the Western Hemisphere have all the fun. Shoring up that gap is Don Papa, a dark rum from the Philippines that is just making landfall in the United States. We shouldn’t be…

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purus vodka

Purus Vodka Review

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As a general rule, most everything the Italians make is pretty. This maxim also applies to vodka. Purus Vodka, which hails from the peninsula’s Piedmont region, comes in a bottle with a long, sinuous, asymmetrical neck. It looks like something…

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