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George’s Rants and Raves: DSP CA 162 Vodkas

George’s Rants and Raves: DSP CA 162 Vodkas

Crispin Cain and Ansley Coale seem to never rest, as they have created and continue to create an ever widening range of distilled spirits up in Mendocino County...

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George’s Rants and Raves: Russell Henry Gin

George’s Rants and Raves: Russell Henry Gin

Gin by definition is a flavored spirit with the dominant flavoring coming from juniper berries and usually a few other well chosen botanicals, and in certain cases,...

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George’s Rants and Raves: Low Gap California Whiskeys

George’s Rants and Raves: Low Gap California Whiskeys

Back in the early 80’s two unlikely, but highly talented, and even some might say eccentric, fellows hooked up in Northern California, in of all places, a tiny...

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George’s Rants and Raves: Burnside Bourbon

George’s Rants and Raves: Burnside Bourbon

Sacrilege! Blasphemy! Who ever heard of Bourbon being made in Oregon? Everyone knows Bourbon only comes from Kentucky! It’s as if Cognac started to come from Brazil...

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George’s Rants and Raves: UV Sriracha Vodka

George’s Rants and Raves: UV Sriracha Vodka

“You have got to be kidding me” were my first thoughts upon seeing the UV Sriracha Vodka bottle in all its red and green glory, mimicking the original Srirachia...

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George’s Rants and Raves: Partida Tequila

George’s Rants and Raves: Partida Tequila

At the end of the 17thcentury, the Swedish naturalist, Carl Van Linneo, began the scientific investigation of the agave plant. At that time, it was named agave,...

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George’s Rants & Raves: The Macallan 12 year old single malt Scotch Whisky

George’s Rants & Raves: The Macallan 12 year old single malt Scotch Whisky

With over 2,500 brands of Scotch Whisky being produced by about 125 distilleries, things can get a might confusing when attempting to discuss Scotch Whisky. And...

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George’s Rants & Raves: Big Bottom Whiskey

George’s Rants & Raves: Big Bottom Whiskey

Big Bottom, oh please, don’t get me started!! As I gazed upon this bottle, my mind went berserk with ideas for this column when I saw this hooch was named Big...

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George’s Rants & Raves: Maker’s 46

George’s Rants & Raves: Maker’s 46

What’s in a name? Well, sometimes it’s a number that stands out and not just the name. Take these iconic numbered brand names for instance; Chanel No. 5, WD40,...

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George’s Rants and Raves: UV Salty Caramel Apple Vodka

George’s Rants and Raves: UV Salty Caramel Apple Vodka

I approach tasting flavored vodkas with, in the words of my favorite author, Hunter S. Thompson, “fear and loathing”. Actually, it’s more like a crap shoot...

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