Smooth Cava Antigua Sails to High Score

It’s not the handmade bottle that impressed us about Cava Antigua. Nor the rave reviews that this tequila has gotten – or even the fact that this impressive spirit is coming soon to the United States. No, what compelled us to award Cava Antigua a score of 98.5 – one of the highest rated by…

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Van Winkle Dominates Small-Batch Bourbons

eauty before age. That’s the consensus of Cocktail.com’s panel of small-batch bourbon tasters. Our experts put a highly-decorated 15-year-old blend ahead other older (and more expensive) bourbons. Old Rip Van Winkle’s got high marks for its complex nose, mellow palate and smooth finish. Second-placed Knob Creek wasn’t far behind, winning accolades for its sweet, full…

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Elijah Craig Captures Single-Barrel Top Honors

How good are Master Distiller Parker Beam’s bourbons? The man behind the winner of Cocktail.com’s single-barrel competition, Elijah Craig, and third-placed Henry McKenna bested one of his other creations in our taste-off: the Spirit Journal’s 1999 Whiskey of the Year, fourth-placed Evan Williams. Although Evan ranked fourth, the editors at Cocktail.com also rated it the Best Bourbon…

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Diving in Curaçao

After my first bite of barbecued iguana, Vicki the diving instructor asked, “So?” I was tempted to say, “Tastes just like chicken,” because it did taste like chicken, but that’s not what she wanted to know. Curaçao’s giant lizards, when properly prepared, are thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. Even the word for iguana in native Papimentu sounds suggestive: yawanna. I…

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Fishing in Florida’s Saltwater Flats

There’s no feeling like scoring a “slam” – hooking a trout, snook and redfish – in the seemingly endless saltwater flats of Florida’s West coast. One minute you’re distracted by an Osprey soaring above the perfectly calm sea as the fishing line floats in the shadows beyond your flat-bottom boat. The next, the water is…

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Florida Fishing Stories

It’s sunset on the Gulf of Mexico’s saltwater flats and Richard Stanczyk, the master of Monster Alley, is ready for show time. “They’ll be biting anytime now,” he whispers as he sends a writhing crab hurtling silently off the boat into the darkness, attached to a hook, line and rod used for salmon fishing. “Anytime…

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Keys Cocktail Tour

In the Florida Keys, Highway One’s mile markers are more than just a countdown to the Southernmost City. Take mile marker 102. That’s synonymous with John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park’s stunning underwater scenery. Venerable Pigeon Key beckons at mile marker 46, while the sandy beaches of Bahia Honda State Park are mile marker 37’s…

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The Trouble With Bears

The bears are on the loose in the normally tranquil Gulf Coast getaway of Naples, FL. Oh, sure, the animals in question are little more than adorable stuffed playthings. But they’ve been spotted sipping tea from fine china at decidedly upscale hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton. What would you think if you came upon cuddly…

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This Resort is For the Birds

To say a resort is for the birds would probably be an insult – unless it’s in reference to Scotland’s venerable Gleneagles, home of the British School of Falconry and more than a few notable single malt Scotches. The birds in this case are Peregrine Falcons, the kind aristocrats used to hunt with in the…

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Viva Vieques

The beach looked like a battle ground. A group of unshaven, angry-looking men clustered around a dinghy under a blazing midmorning sun. There were other revolutionaries, in tents, speaking quickly in Spanish. A camera crew filmed the spectacle from a safe distance. Only the hand painted sign near the road told a different story: “Civilian…

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