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Review: Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (Japan vs. U.S. Bottlings)

By Christopher Null | August 10, 2018 |

Nikka’s Whisky from the Barrel has been a global sensation since it was introduced over 30 years ago — with one problem: It hasn’t been available in the U.S. Until now. At long last, this coveted — yet surprisingly affordable — blended whiskey is making its way to the United States. If you aren’t familiar…

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Review: Watershed Distillery Guild Series Chamomile Flavored Gin

By Christopher Null | August 5, 2018 |

We’ve covered the mainline gins of Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery in the past, but today we look at a special release, part of its so-called Guild Series. This gin has a bit of a backstory to it, which I’ll allow Watershed to tell: Guild Series Gin, a corn and apple-based spirit, is distilled in the…

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Review: Whip Saw Rye Whiskey

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2018 |

The folks at Napa-based Splinter Group Spirits have released a new rye to add to their growing collection. Splinter is masterminded by two wine industry veterans, Steve Matthiasson (of Matthiasson Wines) and Bob Cabral (formerly of Williams Selyem, one of my go-to pinot noir producers). For this rye, the duo takes a collection of sourced…

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Review: Highland Park The Dark 17 Years Old and Full Volume 1999 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 31, 2018 |

As Orkney-based Highland Park continues to reshuffle its lineup, two new whiskies, both limited releases for 2018, have arrived on the scene. Let’s take a look at both in turn. Highland Park The Dark 17 Years Old – This limited release bottling is a rarity, Highland Park aged for 17 years in first fill sherry…

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Why Are Some Spirits Rested in Stainless Steel?

By Christopher Null | July 28, 2018 |

In our recent review of Charbay’s Double Aged Rum, reader Taylor Fox inquired as to the point of the first round of that double aging. The rum spends five years in stainless steel tanks, then three years in oak barrels. Well, what’s the point of that? We’ve long been told that stainless steel tanks are…

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Review: Revel Avila Blanco Agave Spirit

By Christopher Null | July 27, 2018 |

When is tequila not tequila? When it isn’t grown in Jalisco, for starters. Mexican law states that all tequila must come from this state (though Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas have a minor exemption). Agave spirits that come from elsewhere in Mexico are typically classified as mezcal. Until now. Revel isn’t tequila or mezcal (or sotol…

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Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection Blenders’ Mash 13 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 26, 2018 |

You’ll have to pay close attention if you’re interested in the latest offering from Crown Royal. While the distillery’s Blenders’ Mash release arrived only a couple of months ago, there’s already another, with a nearly identical name — though this one is part (part 3, specifically) of Crown’s upscale Noble Collection. The catch, this one has…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Backyard BBQ” 2018-02

By Christopher Null | July 25, 2018 |

Spoiler alert: This is the most unusual — and likely polarizing — batch release of Booker’s Bourbon to date. First, the fine print: Booker’s “Backyard BBQ” is named in tribute to Booker Noe and his love for hosting good, old-fashioned cookouts for friends, family, neighbors and distillery employees in his own backyard in Bardstown, KY. Booker always made sure…

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Recipes for National Tequila Day 2018

By Kim Richards | July 24, 2018 |

July 24th is National Tequila Day, so we’ve got things ready to get you through all the tequilabration. Sure you can mix up a margarita today, or take a spin with one of the more unique cocktails we’ve got for you today. Others are more intriguing riffs on traditional cocktails. In other words, a little…

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A Visit to Suntory’s Yamazaki Distillery

By Christopher Null | July 22, 2018 |

Should a whisky fan make the lengthy trek across the Pacific in search of the secrets of Japanese distilling, one would be wise to start at the source. That’s what I did anyway, on a recent pilgrimage to Yamazaki, the first whisky distillery in Japan, which was built in 1923 and is still going strong…

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