Reviews

Gold Bar Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Gold Bar Whiskey Review - Bevvy

Gold Bar Whiskey is one spirit that won’t be mistaken—or missed on the shelf. Its bottle resembles a gold bar and includes a removable “Lady of Fortune” brass coin made by a private mint. The actual juice is a blend of rye, barley, and corn that is finished in French oak wine casks sourced from a Napa Valley winery.

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Wyoming Whiskey Steamboat Bourbon Review - Bevvy

Wyoming Whiskey Steamboat Bourbon Review - Bevvy

Steamboat Bourbon, a special Wyoming Whiskey expression limited to one thousand cases, was released in the summer of 2018 exclusively in the Equality State. Its name doesn’t reference a steamboat in the steamboat sense, but rather Steamboat the Horse, a turn-of-the-century steed that was said to be “unrideable” and went on to inspire the Bucking Horse and Rider motif that graces Wyoming license plates.

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Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2 Review - Bevvy

Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2 Review - Bevvy

A name like “Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky No. 2” requires some explaining. First, it’s a limited, five-casks-only release from Virginia Distillery Company. Second, the spirit is a blend of scotch with 100 percent malted barley whiskey made by Virginia Distillery Company. Third, it’s been finished for 12 months in whiskey barrels that D.C.-based Three Stars Brewing used to age their Whisker Assassin’s Barrel Aged Strong Ale.

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Frisco American Brandy Review - Bevvy

Frisco American Brandy Review - Bevvy

Pisco can’t be made in California for the same reason a Californian sparkling wine can’t be called champagne: appellation of origin laws, which in this case limit pisco production to Chile and Peru. But Frisco is taking a crack at being the American equivalent. This unoaked brandy is made from Californian muscat grapes and distilled at San Francisco’s Seven Stills Distillery.

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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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