Review: Westland Outpost Range – Garryana 8 (2023) and Solum 2 (2024)

Seattle’s Westland Distilling continues to iterate its special edition single malt whiskeys, annual releases of Garryana, Colere, and now Solum, which just hit its second release. We missed 2022’s Garryana bottling and the inaugural Solum release, so we’re picking things up here with our look at the latest Garry and our first spin with Solum.…

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Review: Bark & Barware Cocktail Smoker

Judging from the number of glass cloches I see on the backs of bars these days, smoked cocktails are still a thing, and consumers now have plenty of options for making these unique libations at home. New to the scene is Bark & Barware, a kit that includes a gunlike torch, smoking vessel that sits…

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Review: Bernheim Barrel Proof Original Wheat Whiskey Batch A224 (January 2024)

Bernheim Barrel Proof — the high-test version of Heaven Hill’s wheat whiskey — is released twice a year. A224 marks the first release of 2024 and the third release of the whiskey ever. As usual, the whiskey changes little from batch to batch, this one hitting 62.6% abv. The blend is made from a mash…

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Review: Wines of Gonzalez Byass, 2024 Releases

We’ve covered wines from the sprawling Gonzalez Byass portfolio on many occasions, and today we look at a small collection of warm-climate bottlings, made alternately in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, Rioja and the Apalta region of Chile. All are very affordable. Let’s dive in. 2019 Dominio Fournier Ribera del Duero – 100% tempranillo. Brooding but…

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Review: Savage & Cooke Bloody Butcher and Howling Mob Bonded Bourbons

The recently rebranded and relaunched Savage & Cooke whiskey brand just got its first line extensions with the arrival of a new Bottled in Bond Series. These two whiskeys are both built around heirloom corn varietals designed to showcase the grain above all else. We got a very early look at these whiskeys, so let’s dive…

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Review: Lo-Fi Aperitifs Vermouth and Amaro, Complete Lineup

The story of Lo-Fi Aperitifs begins in California, where regionally appropriate botanicals are sourced to create various vermouths and an amaro. All of them use wine for the base — even the amaro — which keeps things light and lively, with abv kept in check. While we previous looked at Lo-Fi’s Sweet Vermouth in our…

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Review: El Cristiano Tequila Extra Anejo Black Label

Jonathan kicked off our coverage of El Cristiano Tequila last year with a look at the distillery’s silver and reposado expressions. Now we’re jumping ahead to El Cristiano Extra Anejo, “Black Label,” which is aged for three years in ex bourbon barrels. The tequila plays like a selection of greatest hits from the Extra Anejo…

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Review: 2022 Danaus Red Blend

Although it lacks prominence on its website nor is there any mention on the bottle itself, Danaus is an extension of the ever-expanding portfolio of Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet, a brand with which regular readers of the site are no doubt familiar. Danaus proves to be a curious anomaly in Bousquet’s lineup, as it originates from…

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