Brenne Single Malt Whiskey

Tropical fruits explode upward from the glass, bananas, mangos, and pineapple. More fruit, a veritable Carmen Miranda topper full of fruit, dances across the palate. The finish is sweet bubble gum. This is not ...

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey

The smooth scent of this whiskey is not an indicator of the finish – when sipped neat.  First there’s a pleasant molasses/sorghum aroma.  Flavors are very woody and bright – even a bit too bright, turning into ...
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Wine in the World’s Largest Democracy

There are always certain stereotypical visuals that cross one’s mind upon the mention of a country’s name. Mention France and you see a guy (of course with a French beard), holding a baguette, staring blankly at the Eifel Tower as he adjusts the tip of his beret! Similarly for India, it is IT solutions, Bollywood, the ‘spicy’ Indian cuisine, and Taj Mahal that are the most common exports. And do we associate wines with India? Not quite.
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Good Vapors, or Finding the Hearts in Stumptown’s Distillery Row

Moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon, I fully expected to be surrounded by heavenly coffee, fantastic food, killer microbrews, and world-class Pinot noir. Lots of Pinot noir. What I did not expect was to discover a thriving scene of locally produced spirits and liqueurs. A recent trip to Portland’s Distillery Row with some friends opened my eyes to a whole new world of hard drinking.