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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Fall 2023 Edition

By Christopher Null | February 15, 2024 |

We said it last time around with the very delayed Spring 2023 edition of Old Fitz, but we’ll say it again: We’re not late on this “Fall 2023” release, even though you’re reading this in February 2024. To clarify: This second edition of Old Fitzgerald’s bottled-in-bond release from 2023 was announced around November and didn’t…

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Review: Hampden Rums – “Great House” 2023, Pagos, and 8 Years Old

By Christopher Null | February 14, 2024 |

There’s little we like more than checking out goodies from Jamaica’s Hampden Estate, which only began releasing its stock under its own name in 2018. Here’s a peek at three new(ish) releases from the iconic operation. Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2023 – This is the fifth edition of Great House, and these are…

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Review: Renegade Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Rums – Lake Antoine and Nursery

By Drew Beard | February 12, 2024 |

Mark Reynier’s terroir-focused rum line, Renegade, has been pumping out new offerings since we last tasted a pair of pre-cask selections in early 2023. As with Waterford, his similarly soil-obsessed Irish whiskey project, the Renegade portfolio focuses on single farm origin bottlings, mostly unaged, that reflect the characteristics of a small piece of land on…

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Review: El Tesoro Mundial Collection – Knob Creek Rye and Laphroaig

By Christopher Null | February 11, 2024 |

Late last year, El Tesoro launched a new line of tequilas called The Mundial Collection, which will be built around various whiskey cask finishes. “Mundial” translates to “world” in Spanish — a cue that you’re going to see finishes from all over the place used in this lineup. The first two releases are build around…

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Maker’s Mark Embraced Regenerative Agriculture. Will It Change Its Bourbon?

By David Tao | February 10, 2024 |

Maker’s Mark had a busy 2023, releasing its first age-stated bourbon and celebrating 70 years of operation. In addition, the Beam Suntory-owned distillery also announced their move toward regenerative agriculture, becoming the first whiskey producer to be third-party certified by Regenified. The Tier 2 certification — there are five possible levels, and brands have three…

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Review: Bernheim Barrel Proof Original Wheat Whiskey Batch B923 (September 2023)

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2024 |

Heaven Hill’s second Barrel Proof release of its Bernheim wheat whiskey almost eluded us late last year, but we finally uncovered our sample just in time for the presumed arrival of the third release, which is expected this month. It’s bottled at a slightly higher proof than A223, but otherwise there’s no real difference in…

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Review: Puncher’s Chance The Unified Belt

By Christopher Null | February 8, 2024 |

This is our fifth round with a Puncher’s Chance whiskey release, and this time out we’re getting something different from the brand’s creators at Wolf Spirit: The Unified Belt is a blend of three whiskeys — two bourbons and an Irish whiskey. This is the first transcontinental blend from the brand, though Irish-American combos are increasingly…

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Review: Suerte Blanco Tequila Still Strength

By Christopher Null | February 7, 2024 |

Suerte has emerged as a solid choice for 100% agave tequila, a Highlands offering with a fairly straightforward, balanced approach — and reasonable pricing. If you want to break away from the usual trio of expressions, consider this newish release from the brand — Suerte Blanco at “still strength,” a cracking 52% abv. There’s not…

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Review: Balcones Cataleja

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2024 |

Waco’s Balcones Distilling recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, and to mark the occasion it, what else, released a new whiskey. Cataleja is a new, limited edition single malt that head distiller Jared Himstedt says is “one of the most complex and unique whiskies we’ve made.” Here’s how Cataleja, Spanish for spyglass, is produced. Made with…

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Review: Brugal 1888 and Coleccion Visionaria Edicion 01, Cacao (2023)

By Christopher Null | February 5, 2024 |

The latest rum brand to move upmarket is the Dominican Republic’s Brugal, which recently dropped its first ultra-premium limited edition release, the first in a new line of rums called Colección Visionaria. The idea here: use a new “Aromatic Cask Toasting technique” to infuse barrels with an unexpected but complementary flavor — in this case,…

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