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Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon

There’s nothing better than a refreshing whiskey cocktail during the hot summer months, so it’s the perfect time to try some reasonably priced bourbon. And Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is one those bottles I see everywhere, but never actually tasted, so I was excited to finally give it a shot.

Woodford Reserve is a relatively new brand with a long history in Kentucky whiskey. The Woodford Reserve brand was launched in 1996, but its distillery was originally built in the early 1800’s. The distillery changed hands a few times over the next century until the current owners, Brown-Forman, purchased the land in the […]

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Hendrick’s Gin

The striking black bottle and clean label design of Hendrick’s Gin always caught my eye on the store shelves, so I’m not sure why I waited so long to try it. But, I was looking to make some refreshing summer cocktails, so it seemed like the perfect time to try this uniquely produced gin from Scotland. William Grant and Sons, the same company behind Monkey Shoulder and other Scotch whiskies, launched Hendrick’s Gin back in 1999. Master distiller Leslie Gracie used a combination of eleven botanicals and a unique distilling process to create the signature Hendrick’s flavor. The eleven botanicals are: juniper, chamomile, elderflower, lemon […]

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Pergote Gin

I’m always a big sucker any spirit bottle with a green or blue label, so Pergote Gin always caught my eye on the Total Wine shelves. And, I also don’t remember seeing many Italian gins, so I was really excited to try this out. Pergote Gin is produced in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, and uses ingredients from all across the country. They use wormwood and raspberries from Piedmont, Juniper from Tuscany and Citrus From Calabria and Sicily. BOTTLE SPECS ❖ Spirit: Italian Gin ❖ Distillery: Produced and Bottled for CAPSICA LTD in Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy ❖ ABV: 42% (84 Proof) ❖ Moderate Price ❖ Available in 325 ml bottles […]

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Identity Vodka

Happy Pride Month everybody! I hadn’t really thought about it until this year, but I haven’t seen many spirit brands that advertise support for the LGBTQ+ community. So, when I randomly came across this bottle of Identity Vodka, I was excited to check it out. Although it began as a LGBTQ+ friendly tequila brand under the Casa Maestri umbrella of spirits, Identity has expanded to include vodka and flavored vodka. The bottle is branded with a striking felt fingerprint and and rainbow colored lines. Part of the proceeds from Identity sales, about $1 per bottle, are donated to LGBTQ+ charities including GLAAD, The Equality Alliance and DIFFA […]

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Riverboat Rye Whiskey

In an effort to try more whiskies besides scotch and bourbon, I used my latest trip to Total Wine to pick up some new bottles, including this bottle of Riverboat Rye Whiskey. There was surprisingly little information about the distillery behind Riverboat Rye, or the whiskey itself. I could only find a few retail links, but no official website or anything. But luckily, there was a decent amount of information both stated and implied on the bottle label. Riverboat is a straight rye whiskey, so it is aged at least 2 years in new, charred oak barrels, and contains at least 51% rye grain in the mash bill. The bottle states the spirit is […]