Golden in color with a glowing orange vibrancy throughout, topped by a stunning off-white head that lingers but leaves a sticky lacing behind when it finally subsides. The aromas jump right out of the glass: ripe nectarine, fresh apricot and juicy citrus flecked with clove and peppery spice. The mouth is lively but smooth and creamy, with a great effervescence to…
There’s a lot going on in this triple wheat ale, and it continues to evolve as it warms in the glass. The nose is heady and intense, as assertive aromas of orange, peach, white strawberry, yeast and spice mingle with hidden accents of barnyard and earth. The complexity continues in the mouth with a texture like liquid velvet: creamy but light and clean. The…
Aroma includes honey, sherry, dried fruit, spearmint and nougat, black tea, cocoa butter and tropical fruit. Palate offers bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, honey-coated peanuts, melon, Sherry and nougat. A modern-day classic. Best Buy.
The bouquet offers rich, pastry scents with deeper fragrances of old oak, figs, dates and prunes. The palate entry is creamy, engagingly nutty, acidic and fresh; the midpalate offers long, expansive tastes of oak resin, paraffin, nougat and walnut paste. Concludes elegantly, sinewy and off-dry. This whisky has it all.
Brilliant stuff that shows not all hybrids deserve to be scoffed at. Flamboyant aromas of dried pineapple combine with fresh apricots and honey in this rich, unctuous wine that’s incredibly sweet yet not cloying, thanks to vibrant acidity. Imported by Vincor USA.
Another top-notch beer from the folks at Unibroue, who are known for their masterfully crafted Belgian-style brews. Forward yeasty aromas on the nose are backed by notes of cinnamon, clove and toasted brioche drizzled in buttery caramel sauce. The spice follows through to the palate and marries with notes of dried black fruits, brown sugar and toasted wood. Lots of…
Bring a Cabernet Sauvignon dessert wine to a party and you are assured of a conversation starter. The bronze color of this example will appeal to fans of tawny Port and belies the multilayered nose of fresh summer fruits. The palate is intense, with flavors of strawberries and raspberries. Crisp acidity carries the long finish.
This 10-year-old straight rye whiskey would make a top-notch Sazerac. Despite its rich, luxe aroma, this is light and smooth on the palate. Look for notes of sweet, creamy caramel and dried fruit enlivened by a signature rye bite and a sweet, surprisingly delicate finish with just a sprinkling of ginger and cinnamon. The sepia photo on the label features “gambler…