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Drink Local: Atlanta Distilleries ?>

Drink Local: Atlanta Distilleries

This week, I wrote a roundup for Creative Loafing of the four Atlanta distilleries now operating. Between Old Fourth Distillery, ASW Distillery, Independent Distilling Company in Decatur, and Lazy Guy Distilling up in Kennesaw, you can now stock a bar with Atlanta-made bourbon, vodka, gin, rum, corn whiskey, and more. Pretty amazing considering we had exactly NONE of that just a couple years ago. DRINK LOCAL, y’all! I’d encourage fans of spirits and cocktails to visit all four of these distilleries,…

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High Wire Distilling, South Carolina Rum and Watermelon Brandy ?>

High Wire Distilling, South Carolina Rum and Watermelon Brandy

Whenever I see ratings from magazines like Whisky Advocate on spirits that are basically impossible to find, I impulsively groan. Why do they bother telling us how great these things are that 99.999% of us will never get to taste? It just further fuels the imbalance in supply and demand. But, you know what, I’m about to do the same thing they do – tell you about two spirits that are almost impossible to find. Why? Because they are unique…

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Battle Aperitivo: Peychaud’s Aperitivo vs. Aperol ?>

Battle Aperitivo: Peychaud’s Aperitivo vs. Aperol

The other day, the fine folks at Sazerac Company sent me a bottle of the new Peychaud’s Aperitivo (hitting shelves this spring). Like many cocktail enthusiasts, I dig Peychaud’s bitters, especially for making Sazeracs, and I also dig Italian aperitivi like Aperol and Campari. So this new offering certainly intrigued me. Sazerac sent along a press release that was surprisingly light on details, other than stating that their new product was made with “quality, simplicity and mixability in mind.” It also…

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Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye: Review and Tasting Notes ?>

Hochstadter’s Vatted Rye: Review and Tasting Notes

Let’s hit this. Five facts about Hohchstadter’s Vatted Straight Rye Whiskey, followed by a review and tasting notes. This rye hails from Cooper Spirits Co. – the company that unleashed St. Germain upon the world. It should also be noted that these are the folks behind the eclectic portfolio that includes: Lock Stock & Barrel, the well-regarded (sourced Canadian) 13 year old straight rye whiskey Slow and Low, the bottled “Rock and Rye” cocktail that clocks in at 84 proof and…

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Crown Royal? Yes, Crown Royal. Northern Harvest Rye and Monarch Whisky ?>

Crown Royal? Yes, Crown Royal. Northern Harvest Rye and Monarch Whisky

I’ll admit it. I wrote off Crown Royal long ago. I wouldn’t quite turn the stuff down, but seek it out? No chance. That cheesy purple velvet bag? That ostentatious golden crown? The fact that they have a “Regal Apple” apple flavored whisky? The fact that they’re from Canada!? But I also have to admit… Jim Murray’s absurd proclamation caught my eye. What proclamation you may ask? (unless you’re a hardcore whisky geek, in which case you already know where…

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