Liquor 101: Liquor Reviews


Craft Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick’s Day We got our first taste of the Irish whiskey revival last spring at a Glendalough pop-up at Service Bar. Since then, we’ve grown in our appreciation for Irish whiskey as a more companionable spirit for mixing. We understand now why so many old cocktail recipes specifically call for Irish; and it’s not because they didn’t care. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we...

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Liquor Review: Eagle Rare Pemberton Single Barrel Select Eagle Rare has long been our preferred Bourbon. It’s a straight Bourbon, aged 10 years, smooth and even, with a nice round sweetness, surprisingly affordable at about $30 per bottle. Its combination of affordability and amiability make it a great mixing whiskey. It’s not the most distinctive of whiskeys, but that very lack of rough edges means that you can use it...

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Liquor Review: Wigle’s Deep Cut Rye The arrival of an unexpected package at the office is always a moment of great anticipation. Sure, most of the time it’s an insurance policy renewal to review, but every once in a while it’s Wigle’s seasonal sample. Most recently, we especially hit the jackpot; not only was it a Wigle delivery, but of full-sized bottles instead of samples. And what full bottles! Walkabout...

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Maurin Vermouth Rouge On a recent trip home from the office, we stopped by our DC All Purpose liquor store, Schneider’s, to replenish our vermouth supply. As we mentioned in our profile of Schneider’s, one of its features is that the clerks are very forthcoming with help. While it means that the Schneider’s shopping experience is not particularly leisurely, it has its benefits as well. It is, in fact, hard to find...

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Where to Drink in Detroit: Detroit City Distillery We talk all the time about how much we love our neighborhood of Eastern Market. When we say that, we usually mean the broader neighborhood, with its quiet streets of row houses and bustling collections of restaurants along Barracks Row and Pennsylvania Avenue; but we also really love being so close to the market itself. Sure, the fruits and vegetables at the weekday stalls are pricey,...

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Drink Like the Greeks: Rakomelo Digestivo Traveling in Greece was a lot smoother and easier than we would have guessed. The transportation systems are for the most part efficient and easy to navigate. People were helpful, and for the most part honest in their advice. The Greeks were kind enough to translate most of their signs, menus, and the like into our alphabet–and often our language as well. Generally, our travels were...

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