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Johnnie Walker Platinum Label

by Jason Lightner November 25th, 2014
I didn't know they made protective cases for premium bottles of Scotch whisky.

As far as blended Scotch whiskies go, Johnnie Walker has the market cornered. Always consistent, and always reputable, the Johnnie Walker brand is known the world over for their uncanny ability to produce a wide variety of quality spirits, each with their own unique personality, appeal, and application.

As fortunate as I am to be able to share my experiences with you fine readers, I feel even more fortunate to have been able to do so while enjoying a swath of great Scotch.

I thought I had it good with Johnnie
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Woodchuck Hard Cider: Hopsation

by Jason Lightner November 25th, 2014 | Beer
Beer It's that time of year again — the leaves are turning, the wind is taking on a crisp chill, and it's the season when many Americans are making travel plans and celebrating a wide variety of holidays with family and friends. The flavors of fall (and nearly winter) are in full effect — pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and cider.

Cider has long been a staple of the colder months — it's a refreshing drink that keeps its finer qualities regardless of if it's served hot or cold. Today, however, we're taking a look at one cider in particular which should always be served
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Smoky and Sweet, “The Mezcal Old Fashioned”

by Jason Lightner November 21st, 2014 | Cocktails
Cocktail I've been accused on more than one occasion of being a minimalist. Indeed, it's difficult to justify all of the pomp and circumstance which surrounds the creation of more than a few classic and contemporary cocktails. I'd usually much rather pour liquor into a glass and lift it to my face. That method, my friends, is what's known as the path of least resistance.

And so, many of the cocktails you'll see me feature here are meant to amaze not by the intricacies of the recipe, but by the flavors and experiences which they produce. With the fall and winter months coming
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Bar Destination

The Top Bars in Virginia Beach, Norfolk & Richmond

by R. Carnavale November 20th, 2014 | Bar Destination
Virginia is home to several excellent bars, brewpubs and gastropubs. Take the Home Republic in Virginia Beach, the state's largest city, for instance. This dive bar is well-known for serving distinctive Virginia-made craft beers with unusual names like the Smarthmouth Alter Ego Saison, which is brewed in the farmhouse style of a Belgian saison with fruity notes, a hint of pepper and a dry finish. The Back Bay Steel Pier Bohemian Lager is an American lager
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Root: 1, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012

by Jason Lightner November 19th, 2014 | Wine
Wine Root: 1

Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012


Now this is one I've been excited about for a while. After seeing Root: 1's artfully decorated bottles sitting atop shelves in my local wine purveyor's shops over the past several months, I've been waiting for the perfect opportunity to give them a go. Now, it seems, is that time.

Chile holds a special place in my heart when it comes to red varietals, particularly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The region's fertile ground allows for a rich, earthy flavor in nearly every red wine they produce — a flavor profile I truly find mesmerizing. The
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Fidencio Pechuga Mezcal

by Jason Lightner November 18th, 2014 | Spirits
Spirits One of the more elusive spirits in modern times, but one that is quickly gaining favor is mezcal. Made from the Mexico native maguey plant (itself a form of agave), mezcal is to tequila as scotch is to bourbon. Smoky, earthy, and briny, this is a drink for connoisseurs and, depending on the brand and style, sometimes comes with a steep learning curve. In addition to the spirit's distinct flavors and aromas, mezcal (like scotch, bourbon, and cognac) must be produced in a specific region within Mexico in order to be legally referred to as such.

They are:

  1. Oaxaca

  2. Guerrero

  3. Guanajuato

  4. San Luis
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