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Review: Garrison Brothers Small Batch and Balmorhea Bourbons (2023)

By Christopher Null | August 20, 2023 |

We’ve visited the well at Texas bourbon pioneers Garrison Brothers quite a few times, and today we’re taking a fresh look at a couple of expressions we’ve experienced in the past. The distillery should need no introduction, so let’s dive into the two whiskeys. Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon (2023) – A bit of a…

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Book Review: How to Make Better Cocktails

By Rob Theakston | August 18, 2023 |

A telltale sign of a solid cocktail recipe book for beginners is the percentage of effort and page count dedicated to discussing techniques, barware, garnishes, styling and other elements necessary to building a decent knowledge base, bar supply, and skill set. And to its credit, How to Make Better Cocktails spends nearly a quarter of…

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Review: Gran Centenario Anejo Tequila

By Christopher Null | August 16, 2023 |

We’ve reviewed a wide range of Gran Centenario tequilas over the years, including copious special editions, but the brand’s standard anejo has long eluded us. Today we remedy that with a look at its aged expression. (Length of time in barrel is not formally stated, but I’ve read 18 months online.) This is a perfectly…

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Review: Rhum J.M Terroir Volcanique

By Christopher Null | August 8, 2023 |

Martinique’s Rhum J.M is out with a doozy of a new rum, “an homage to the distillery’s micro-climatic tropical milieu and breezy volcanic sugarcane fields” called Terroir Volcanique. The product is a blend of rums of at least 3 years aged in new American oak barrels with “two unique custom heavy toasts charred in the…

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Review: Cognac Park VS Carte Blanche

By Christopher Null | August 5, 2023 |

Cognac Park isn’t a household name in the U.S., but its Carte Blanche release makes a strong case that maybe it should be. While it’s just a VS release, composed of 50% Fins bois and 50% Petite Champagne eaux de vie, it drinks a lot like a more refined, rounded Cognac — at least a…

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Review: Isle of Raasay Hebridean Gin

By Drew Beard | August 1, 2023 |

They asked, and we waited. And now there appears to be a lot of whisky for us to check out from the Isle of Raasay Distillery. But before we get to all that, there’s a clear spirit — a gin, unsurprisingly — that the folks at Raasay have submitted for our consideration. This Scottish island…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Rye Decade Series II 10 Years Old (2023)

By Christopher Null | July 31, 2023 |

You probably felt this one coming: A second release from Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Decade Series. While last year’s original Decade was a bourbon, this new release is a rye, made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley, and aged in barrel, as the name suggests, for a full 10 years. I don’t have any…

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Review: Benriach The Forty

By Christopher Null | July 29, 2023 |

Barely a month ago we looked at the newest entrant into Benriach’s single malt lineup, a 16 year old expression. Now we dive back in with an even more prized offering, Benriach The Forty, which is exactly what you think it is. Well, almost. While most Benriach releases are unpeated (sans the Smoke Season-designated releases), The…

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Review: Wines of Baldacci Family Vineyards, Summer 2023

By Rob Theakston | July 27, 2023 |

Summer is not the most ideal time for a visit to Napa, as it can be hard during the middle of a rather punishing heat wave to muster up excitement about indulging in big, burly reds. However, Baldacci’s Stags Leap Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon proved itself to be one of the top bottles I have…

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Book Review: Champagne Magnum Opus

By Rob Theakston | July 25, 2023 |

Weighing in at a hefty 7 lbs. and 446 pages is Richard Juhlin’s… well, magnum opus… Champagne Magnum Opus, which will not only exercise your forearms and biceps in a healthy resistance training exercise but also your mind as you skim through one of the most expansive books ever written on the subject. Now in…

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