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Bhakta 2013 Rye

Review: Bhakta Rye 2013

By David Tao | March 2, 2024 |

Raj Bhakta founded WhistlePig and helped (re)popularize rye among American consumers. With Bhakta, his eponymous second act in spirits, Raj has leaned into highly aged brandy, rum, blends, and bourbon. It turns out, it was only a matter of time before a full-on rye release was back on the table. Announced in January 2024, Bhakta…

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Review: Deanston Tequila Cask Finish 15 Years Old

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2024 |

Scotch casks tend to make it to Mexico for use in tequila. The other way around… not so much. Deanston Distillery mixes that up with this 15 year old — blending “the essence of the Scottish and Mexican Highlands.” The whisky starts out spending 13 years in traditional Oak hogsheads before being finished for 2…

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Review: Still Austin Bottled in Bond Bourbons – Blue Corn and High Rye

By Christopher Null | February 29, 2024 |

Still Austin‘s bonded expressions continue to arrive at a healthy clip. Today we’re looking at a pair of recent releases, a high-rye offering and one built around exotic blue corn. These are the second and third releases in Still Austin’s ongoing Bottled in Bond series. Both are of course 100 proof. Still Austin Bottled in…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Amburana

By Drew Beard | February 28, 2024 |

While it’s predominantly associated with cachaca or barrel-aged beers, a few American distilleries (maybe more than a few) have experimented recently with finishing their whiskeys in Brazilian oak (also called Amburana). None, however, has offered such a luxe rendition as Kentucky’s Rabbit Hole. The distillery’s Founder’s Collection, where this latest offering is housed, is the…

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Review: Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend and Infinity Blend 2023

By Christopher Null | February 27, 2024 |

Old Elk recently (that is, at the end of 2023) released a pair of its big blends, both incredibly complex whiskeys that draw from a range of mashbills and finishing styles, all whipped up into a frenzy. We’ve got them both covered here — including the Cigar Cut and Infinity Blend, both in their 2023…

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Review: Belvedere 10 Vodka

By Christopher Null | February 26, 2024 |

Ready for a new ultra-ultra-premium vodka? Check out Belvedere 10, “an all-new luxury vodka of true liquid brilliance.” The vodka is distilled from organic diamond rye grown on a single field in Poland and is rested for 10 months after distillation before bottling. It’s that bottle that’s likely to draw your eye first and foremost:…

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Cameron George

Can Scotch Win More American Hearts and Minds? Brand Building with Ardbeg’s Cameron George

By David Tao | February 24, 2024 |

In a whisky world pushing press around master distillers and blenders, one group with outsized market impact doesn’t always get the spotlight: professional brand ambassadors. They’re the folks often closest to accounts both on and off-premises, promoting brands at large-scale events, and tackling entry into new markets one at a time. Few spirits in the…

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Review: The ImpEx Collection Edition Three – 4 Mezcal Expressions (2023 Releases)

By Christopher Null | February 23, 2024 |

Previously we brought you a look at the six indie-bottled whiskies in edition three of the ImpEx Collection — now we’re carrying on with the bottler’s first foray into mezcal. The line comprises four different expressions from two distillers, using four different subspecies of agave. Let’s get into it. The ImpEx Collection Mezcal Felipe Cortes,…

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The Top 10 Gins of 2023

By Christopher Null | February 22, 2024 |

As the weather warms up, a young man’s fancy turns of course to lighter fare, with gin one of the most essential pieces of the springtime cocktail puzzle. We sampled plenty of outstanding gins over the last year, and with this feature we profile the greatest hits of 2023. Need more picks? Check our top…

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Review: Creador Mezcal, 2023 Releases

By Drew Beard | February 21, 2024 |

In the widening world of mezcal, artisanal expressions made by hand with traditional methods are increasingly the best places to find unique flavors and superior quality. And it doesn’t get more handmade than Creador which dropped their second set of bottlings late last fall. The deets: Each of the six new expressions is milled by…

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