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Spirit Score: La Muse Verte Absinthe

Absinthe, the pungent green spirit flavored with anise and wormwood, is an acquired taste. Often served with water to cut the intensity, the best versions offer plenty of intense botanicals that prevail even when mixed, like 2018’s Chairman’s Trophy winner La Muse Verte, with 96 Points.

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Wine Score: Anna De Codorniu

Cava, Spain’s national sparkling wine made by the traditional method of a second fermentation in the bottle, is known for its crisp, dry, and elegant flavors. 2018’s Chairman’s Trophy winner, a rosé from Anna De Codorniu, earned 95 Points. Its blanc de blanc sibling also scored high with 93 Points, and both earned a Great Value award with a price tag of under $15.

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Spirits Producer: Hillrock Estate Distillery

Hillrock Estate Distillery crafts whiskey from field to glass in small batches in New York’s Hudson Valley. Designed as a passion project, every detail of their malt house, barrel room and distillery feels expertly put together. The brand embodies luxury, history, and contemporary trends all at once, and produces mighty fine whiskey while doing it.

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Wine List: 6 Best French White Wines

There’s no denying the French know a thing or two about making great wine. As most of the world is braving the soaring temperatures and thick humidity of summer, thinking about all of the delicious white wines from France is all too easy. Here is our list of 2018’s high scoring 6 French white wines, hailing from all around the country.

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