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Tipperary Knockmealdowns Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Tipperary Knockmealdowns Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Aside from being one of the all-time great names in Irish whiskey (or any whiskey), Knockmealdowns is also connected to Ireland through geography and folklore. The name itself refers to a mountain range spanning County Tipperary’s border, and is supposedly adjacent to a bottomless lake haunted by one “Petticoat Loose,” an unlucky lass who must forever attempt to empty the lake via thimble.

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Cotswolds Gin Review - Bevvy

Cotswolds Gin Review - Bevvy

The name “Cotswolds” may sound like the name of a cartoon penguin dressed as a butler, but it’s actually an area of southern England famed for its rolling hills, bucolic landscape, and quaint cottages. The team behind Cotswolds Dry Gin has endeavored to make a London dry-style spirit enhanced by local Cotswolds lavender, plus bay leaf, grapefruit, lime peel, black pepper, and cardamom.


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Men and Manners - The F.E.C. Diaries

Men and Manners - The F.E.C. Diaries

The idea of writing—not to mention reading—a printed book of manners feels almost self-consciously anachronistic in this day and age, like an Oberlin freshman devising an independent field of study around blacksmithing. Leave it to David Coggins, the author of Men and Style, to produce a slim volume of “essays, advice and considerations” that not only feels of the moment but beyond it. If we’re all following his wisdom on smartphones and social media in five years, modern society would be a much more pleasant place.

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Glendalough 7 Year Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Glendalough 7 Year Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

An age statement of seven years feels random before delving into Glendalough’s very specific inspiration. St. Kevin—the 6th century hermit depicted on the label—spent seven years in the wilderness before founding seven churches in Glendalough, Ireland. The whiskey that bears his image didn’t endure the same hardships, but it did spend seven years in American Oak barrels before being finished in barrels used by the 5 Lamps Brewery in Dublin to make their Black Pitts Porter.

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Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey is distilled in a coffey still, and gets its name from its unique aging process. It is first aged for over three years in a first-used bourbon cask, then transferred to a first-filled oloroso sherry cask for another six months. It pours a light gold in the glass, and has honey, caramelized sugar, banana, and vanilla on the nose.

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Root 23 Simple Syrup Review - Bevvy

Root 23 Simple Syrup Review - Bevvy

 

he women behind Root 23 first began vending their simple syrups, which are made with organic cane sugar and natural ingredients, at Ohio stores and farmer’s markets in 2015. Today, those syrups are sold in 13 different states. Of course, that still leaves 37 states unaccounted for, so they’re also sold online.

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Montoya Rum Review - Bevvy

Montoya Rum Review - Bevvy

 

Rum isn’t often associated with the Rocky Mountains, but the Crested Butte, Colorado-based Montanya Distillers is taking a pass at changing that. Led by owner and distiller Karen Hoskin, Montanya produces three rums—a silver rum, a dark rum, and a limited edition expression that is finished in port barrels. All are made with sugarcane from a family-owned mill in Louisiana.

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