I first enjoyed this great tequila at river float party in Texas. They had a wide range of tequilas some extremely expensive. It was agreed by most that this reasonable priced tequila was as good or better than many of the higher priced offerings.  It defines smoothness and agave flavor. It has been distilled from carefully selected ten year old blue agave plants and aged in new oak barrels. I like to keep it in the freezer and sip it nice and cold.

       Elizabeth's Pick:  Alma Negra M blend 

Whiskey is usually my drink of choice, in any form, but the Aged Caribbean Rums from Baltimore's own Old Line Spirits have won me over. Old Line Spirits is located in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore city, where they produce a myriad of enjoyable libations, but their Aged Caribbean and Navy Strength Aged Caribbean rums take the cake. Being a whiskey drinker, most rum that I have run into in my life have been way too sweet for my palate, but I was pleasantly surprised with these picks. Both have been aged 7 years in used bourbon barrels and feature a lighter sweetness than most rum, while still managing to pack a punch of vanilla, oak, and butterscotch flavors. These deep rooted flavors are where t his rum separates itself from the pack for me. I absolutely love the fact that Old Line has taken a well produced rum and made it even more enticing with the natural flavors of sugar cane and oak bourbon barrels. I prefer to use the Aged Caribbean rum (84 proof) to craft my favorite rum and whiskey cocktails (yeah, it has THAT MUCH bourbon bite to it), but prefer the higher alcohol content of the Navy Strength (114 proof) when drinking rum neat or with an ice ball. Happy drinking and enjoy!

       Michael's Pick: Firesteed 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 

A very fruit driven wine that is juicy on the palate,  with cranberry, raspberry and cherry notes, that bring you to hints of spice with herbs notes and a touch of white pepper. The finish is rounded by a hint of vanilla and strawberry and a.nice crisp acidity that would make this wine a perfect food pair with a wide of array of choices, basically you can't go wrong pairing this wine with just about any dish.


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I have been a fan of Catena wines for a long while… even before they started receiving high points from the “experts”.  After meeting with the winemaker Nicolas Catena who brought us the wines under the Catena Zapatas Malbecs and sensing his pride when he talked about the wines he makes, I just had a feeling they were all going to be winners. His son Ernesto is the winemaker of the Alma Negra M blend so he has been well taught. Alma Negra M blend is something special - it went straight to the top of my list!

The color of this wine is so intense it almost stains the glass, and the fragrance jumps right out as you begin to pour.  It has a full-bodied texture, the taste is jammy and delicious, and it is so well-structured that layers of flavors continue to build with every new sip. It’s a powerful wine, yet it has such a silky mouthfeel to it, it’s hard to describe.  The tannins are so very soft and ripe, just at the peak of perfection - it is truly love at first sip!

I recently served this wine with a special dinner of veal Osso Buco, and it was just as perfect as I knew it would be. After all that work, I wasn’t taking any chances! I also enjoy Alma Negra M with roasted lamb, but you know, I’d recommend it for just about any high quality red meat – the heartier, the better! This is one of those wines that you always wish you could have just one more glassful after the bottle’s empty.  The next time I see anyone from the Catena family, I’m going to tell him he should package an 800 ml bottle, just for me!

       Alex's Pick: Old Line Spirits' Aged Caribbean Rums 

                  Santel's Pick: Heavy Seas Double Cannon

       Michael's Pick: Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila 

I think sometimes our wine choices tend to match our personalities.

When I saw the tractor on the label, having the heart of a country girl, I just had a feeling this wine and I were going to get along real nice. It's made in farm country on Maryland's eastern shore.

Now, first off it is just as sweet as it needs to be, and nice and jammy like a fresh batch of Mama's homemade grape jelly. And like me, this wine has a little extra get up and go, that is why they call it "Turbo Charged" it is high octane at 18% ABV. Let's just say it helps me when I'm fixin to relax after a long day of chores. 

I like it best served, a mite bit cold. but like most things it's even better when ya have someone special to share it with. So if you enjoy the country life like me, try a few glasses of "The Tractor Wine" and see if it makes ya let out a YEEEEEHAWWW


 I'm a hoppy kind of guy. Anything with nice hops and high IBUs-I'm almost always sold, and Heavy Seas Double Cannon did not disappoint. First off, this beer is best enjoyed in a glass rather than straight from the bottle, and you definitely want to let it sit for a few minutes to allow the hops to balance out. The head is medium sized and the body is a dark brown tint, not transparent whatsoever. It has a very nice mouthfeel, and the body on it is very full and it has a lingering finish, very similar to the Loose Cannon. It has a nice sweetness that isn't overpowering, instead it's very much so balanced in flavor. With its 9.5% ABV, you do taste a bit of the alcohol, but it doesn't deter it from the flavor at all. 

                                             

       Tara's Pick:  Layton's Chance Joe's Cool Red Turbo Charged

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