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Review: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon

by Jason Lightner January 5th, 2017
Elmer T. Lee
Kentucky, Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
$97.50/750ml
90 proof

Last year I was given a bottle of bourbon by a close friend as a Christmas gift. It was thoughtful and very well-received, and it was also never opened until last night. "Why?" You might ask. Well,
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Review: Bushmills Irish Whiskey

by Jason Lightner December 22nd, 2016
Bushmills Original
Ireland, Whiskey Blend
$21.49/750ml

Leave it to the Irish to make a good thing, eh?

Through the best of times and through the worst of times, Ireland has kept consistency in a handful of important things, not the least of which is fantastic whiskey. Irish whiskey carries a great deal of history with it, and Bushmills is no different. Since 1608, the Old Bushmills Distillery has been making fine spirits using the water drawn from Saint Columb's Rill, a tributary of the
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Review: KAH Tequila Reposado

by Jason Lightner December 15th, 2016
KAH Tequila Reposado
Mexico, Tequila
$55.99/750ml
110 proof

There's nothing quite like a good tequila. The salty bite of fresh agave, clean and crisp and full of character from cask storage — truly one of my favorite things.

As far as brands and marketing and silly corporate dances go, however... Well, these things I don't like as much.

Such is the case and conundrum of KAH's tequila, and in this particular instance, their reposado variety. It's a great spirit which was marred by ridiculously pushy marketing. For
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  • Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog

    by Jason Lightner December 8th, 2016
    Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog
    Pennsylvania, Cocktail Blend
    $16.49/1.75ml
    29.5 proof

    Ah, the holidays... That festive time of year when it seems like the more and more work one does, the less and less one will actually accomplish. Seasonal food and treats all made from scratch are en vogue, both for bragging rights and to ensure that authentic homemade flavor and spirit. This, coupled with regular visits from family and friends, shopping, gift giving, and other traditional merriment leaves
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  • Washington, D.C.’s Best Bars & Brewpubs

    by R. Carnavale December 1st, 2016
    Given that Washington, D.C. is the home of national lawmakers and that the city is a hub for national and international visitors, it's no wonder that our nation's capital is home to several fantastic bars and brewpubs.

    The City Tap House is a popular bar with a rustic decor and friendly ambiance. The craft menu is extensive and it feature beers from the best local, regional,
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  • Smoky and Sweet, “The Mezcal Old Fashioned”

    by Jason Lightner November 22nd, 2016
    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
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