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Johnnie Walker Double Black Label

by Jason Lightner November 4th, 2014| Spirits
Johnnie Walker Black Label has become perhaps the quintessential Scotch whisky — a mainstay in bars and restaurants all across the world, from the most low-brow of establishments to the most upscale of destinations. It's everywhere, it's well liked, and for good reason. Johnnie Walker Black Label is a
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Mama Walker’s Maple Bacon Liqueur

by Jason Lightner October 28th, 2014| Spirits
There's something to be said for gimmicky spirits and liqueurs — from the various flavored vodkas and whiskies which have cropped up over the years, to the incredible depth of the catalog of schnapps and infusions adorning the cordials aisle at my local liquor store — all of these
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Ice Surge, Tropical Freeze

by Jason Lightner October 21st, 2014| Spirits
Out and about two nights ago, my wife and I stopped by a neighborhood bar to enjoy some comfort food and drinks while awaiting the results of the preliminary matches of the annual U.S. Open Squash Championship here in sunny Philadelphia. The bar was noisy, with many patrons
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Seagrams VO: Not A Lot to Say

by TK September 30th, 2014| Spirits
North American whiskey is about as hot as a spirit can be right now.    Commercials running on every television outlet, print ads in mainstream print media, and lots of celebrity spokespeople all have contributed to unprecedented volume hitting the market.  Canadian whiskey has had its fair share of that
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Jose Cuervo Cinge: Get Ready for A Surprise

by TK September 23rd, 2014| Spirits
Ok, be honest here for a second, you have never even had a passing thought that tequila and cinnamon should go together in into your mouth at the same time.  These two flavors are not things that are deeply rooted together in the culinary or libation lexicon.  Everyone is
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Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

by TK September 16th, 2014| Spirits
The American whiskey sales explosion has shown no sign of slowing down.  There are new distilleries and new brands hitting the market every month.  The global markets can't get enough of the oak flavor that comes with most American whiskeys.  So with all of this expansion it is always
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Blanton’s Bourbon: Depth and Sweetness

by TK September 9th, 2014| Spirits
It is not often that you get to review a liquor that you have grown to love.   Love may feel like a strong word for many people when you use it to describe a distilled liquid that is meant to enhance your life experience, but Blanton's Bourbon is a love
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Kru 82 Peach Mango Vodka

by TK September 2nd, 2014| Spirits
Every once in awhile you have to shake things up.  Try new things or use different techniques.  It is the only thing that keeps life interesting.  Without the variety that comes with experimenting you really are just living in a black-and-white movie that you have seen one hundred times. 
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Peach Cobbler Cocktail — Just as Nice on Ice

by Michele August 8th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
It isn't quite peach season in New Hampshire, but it is in other parts of the country.  As I eagerly anticipate the arrival of local fruit, I have been enjoying the peaches shipped in from southern states.  (Feel free to gasp in horror at this point.)

With a couple peaches
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Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

by TK August 5th, 2014| Spirits
I have a visual in my brain.   It comes from about 20 years ago when I was at a cookout at a friend's house.  This friend lived in a rural area perched on top of a hill with rolling fields of crops all around.   As dusk came over
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Fresh Blueberry Cocktail

by Michele August 1st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
It is blueberry picking season in New Hampshire!  Living just down the street from a blueberry farm means that we go blueberry picking at least twice each summer.  Our first excursion was two weeks ago, when the season was early.  Although the picking was decent, it would've taken a
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Paddy BeeSting Irish Honey: “Sting” Is Right

by TK July 22nd, 2014| Spirits
When I was a child of elementary school age, I was fond of walking around shoeless in the summer grass of my parents' yard.  I loved how I could really feel the warmth of the ground between my toes.  For a young kid, this was a great way to
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