Bushmills Red Bush

Bushmills Red Bush

Ugh. Sometimes you think you have enough information to figure a product out, and then the rug gets pulled out from under you.
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Purity Vodka

Purity Vodka

Together, let's learn about what counts as a "distillation." No better place to start than with a vodka claiming to be distilled 34 times.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Highland Park Magnus

Highland Park Magnus

Is it horrendous? No. Is it overpriced and only a shadow of what the distillery has to offer? Absolutely.
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Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka

Ass, gas, or grass? On the basis of what's in the bottle, Zubrowka makes a really good case for joining team grass.  
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood Canadian Whisky

Collingwood isn't the worst Canadian whisky I've tried, but it's a good enough primer on why people shit on the category.
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Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum

Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum

An interesting bottle in that it comes to us with something of a (*gasp*)... storied reputation. And yet, I do think it's decently good stuff.
Overall Rating: ★★☆ 
 

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey

It ain't bourbon or scotch, that's for sure. This is a very good thing in my book, and I hope it holds true for you as well.
Overall Rating: ★★★

De Luze VSOP Cognac

De Luze VSOP Cognac

There's a lot of fun, interesting cognac out there I've never heard of. Here's another to show that those who veer from the beaten path are often rewarded for their curiosity.
Overall Rating: ★★☆ 

Russian Standard Gold Vodka

Russian Standard Gold Vodka

If you like vodka, I haven't yet tasted one better. A very reasonable price should make this an essential buy if you don't have some already.
Overall Rating: ★★★

 

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

Offensively bad at the price, made altogether worse by being positioned as a capable stand-in for a much better product. A total skip.
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Angostura 7 Rum

Angostura 7 Rum

There's a glut of good rums on the market that lie beyond most of the familiar names. Here's one more that's shelfworthy.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

We toss the word complexity around a bit without ever really going into it. Now's as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about!
Overall Rating: ★★★

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Courvoisier VSOP Cognac

Is it downright awful? No. That said, it's hard to reward what I feel is the taste of resting on centuries-old laurels. 
Overall Rating:   ⃠

Evan Williams White Label

Evan Williams White Label

Evan Williams' White Label is most everything good about bourbon. It's buttery, sweet, cheap, and enjoyable enough to have every day. It's one-note, sure, but it's a good note.
Overall Rating: ★★☆

Rittenhouse Rye

Rittenhouse Rye

It's always something of a backhanded compliment if you recommend a particular bottle for cocktails. Truth is, Rittenhouse is always a right answer when it comes to any drink that calls for whiskey.
Overall Rating: ★★★

 

Chopin Potato Vodka

Chopin Potato Vodka

Potato vodka: turns out it's a hell of a lot like regular vodka. This stuff is serviceable, but it certainly isn't in the upper echelon of fine spirits.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

Dewar's 12-Year Blended Scotch

This one snuck up on me. You guys know I'm a sucker for a focused, well-considered flavor profile, and this is a direct hit. Value-minded drinkers may find a new favorite.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

Cragganmore 12 Scotch Whisky

A great bottle of scotch that's commonly available. Don't miss the forest for the trees here: it's not a "craft" presentation, but it's stunning nonetheless.
Overall Rating: ★★★

Bloom Gin

Bloom Gin

Bloom is a very pretty gin with a subtle and unexpected mean streak. Like a lot of the pretty ones, I suppose.
Overall Rating: ★☆☆