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Review: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash

By Christopher Null | May 14, 2018 |

Crown Royal is launching a new line of whiskies called the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series. The first in that series is this: Crown Royal Blenders’ Mash. Here’s a little detail from the company: As the first offering in the Crown Royal Blenders’ Series, a new line of special whiskies that celebrate the art of blending, Crown…

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Top 10 Bourbons Under $20

By Drew Beard | May 10, 2018 |

The popularity of bourbon in recent years has not surprisingly coincided with an upward trend in prices. It’s now not uncommon to stare at a liquor store shelf full of bottles priced over fifty dollars, with a growing number twice that expensive. This obviously wasn’t always the case. In fact, for much of its post-WWII…

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Review: Maker’s Mark Private Select for Star Hill Provisions

By Christopher Null | April 30, 2018 |

In 2015, Maker’s Mark launched one of the most ambitious private barrel programs I’ve encountered to date. The concept starts with a standard Maker’s Mark barrel, but after it’s fully matured, buyers get to drop 10 additional wood staves into the barrel, where they finish the bourbon for an additional nine weeks. Five types of…

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Review: Michter’s Single Barrel Bourbon 10 Years Old 2018

By Christopher Null | April 27, 2018 |

The latest in Michter’s annual 10 year old Single Barrel Bourbon releases is here, this 2018 release formally a collaboration between Michter’s Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson. What’s a Master of Maturation? While the position of Master Distiller is well established in Kentucky, the position of Master of Maturation is less…

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Review: Not Your Father’s Bourbon

By Christopher Null | February 17, 2018 |

After giving alcoholic root beer, ginger ale, and cream soda a spin, the “Not Your Father’s” brand has moved on up to hard spirits. Its first product in the category is an obvious one: Not Your Father’s Bourbon, a flavored bourbon which claims “a touch of vanilla” as its only adulterant. Let’s give it a shot.…

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Review: The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

By Christopher Null | February 15, 2018 |

Ready for a new Irish that isn’t a special release of something from Jameson? Read on! The Sexton is a made in the North Coast of Ireland (at Bushmills, surely, as the two brands have the same ownership, the company Proximo), and is made from a 100% malted barley mash that is triple distilled in…

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Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare

By Christopher Null | February 10, 2018 |

The latest installment in Diageo’s Johnnie Walker Scotch line isn’t a new color but rather a special version of an existing one. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare, as it awkwardly notes on the bottle, is a “Special Blend with Brora & Rare; 8 Legendary Whiskies.” The key to that is a single word: Brora, a…

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Chateau Montelena’s Dream Tasting: A Retrospective of Five Decades of Wine

By Christopher Null | February 4, 2018 |

Chateau Montelena broke ground in 1972, and the winery has remained a stalwart of northern California wine country ever since. Best known for winning the white wine portion of the Judgment of Paris in 1976, today Montelena continues to churn out top-notch chardonnay and, more notably, cabernet sauvignon sourced from its Calistoga estate. For no…

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Review: Parce Rum 12 Years Old

By Christopher Null | January 22, 2018 |

Parce is a new brand of rum made in Colombia. Sugar cane is sourced from local plantations as well as Barbados and Trinidad, then processed in country with natural spring water and a proprietary yeast. Fermented and column-distilled, it is aged in used bourbon casks for 12 years before blending and bottling. Bottles are individually…

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Review: Tanqueray No. Ten Gin (2018)

By Christopher Null | January 18, 2018 |

You might not be old enough to remember the moment when gin went upscale. In the era of Gordon’s and Seagram’s, gin was a perfectly acceptable tipple, but hardly something one spent a whole lot of money on. Gin was basically just cheap vodka, the point of the strong flavoring was, in part, to drown…

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