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Featured posts represent reviews and other stories which we think will resonate particularly with readers, including especially topical stories (such as recipes themed to a particular holiday) or popular products just hitting the market. It’s important to note that the Featured category does not represent our top-rated products. You’ll find those on the sidebar to your right and in periodic features like our holiday buying guides.

Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A124 (January 2024)

By Christopher Null | April 10, 2024 |

Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig Barrel Proof machine is rolling for 2024, and we’re off to a curious start: A124 is one of the youngest releases in the series, at 10 years, 9 months old — and one of the lowest in proof, at just 59.5% alcohol. That’s still toasty, but considering some ECBP releases have…

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Review: Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin and Unsinkable Whiskeys

By Christopher Null | April 9, 2024 |

First, I love that a company in the 2020s named itself “Liquor Co.” Forget “Distilling” or “Spirits,” Sausalito Liquor Co. is kicking it old school. The California operation launched last year with three spirits, a gin, a bourbon, and a rye. Designed with northern California’s distinct flora in mind, “these spirits are meant to be…

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Review: Marigot Bay Rum Creams, Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | April 8, 2024 |

St. Lucia Distillers is known for its rums, but the distillery also cranks out a number of related products, including a new line of rum creams — essentially your Irish cream formula, minus whiskey, plus rum, plus a variety of flavorings. Four products are currently on the market, and we tasted them all. Let’s check…

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Review: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask Strength (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 5, 2024 |

Six years ago, Taiwan’s Kavalan re-launched the Single Cask Strength Series of its single malts, with high-proof versions of its four uniquely matured bottlings on tap. We didn’t review them at the time, but from what I can tell this was a semi-relaunch of the Solist series. Neither series however has been available since 2018,…

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A Visit to St. Lucia Distillers

By Christopher Null | April 4, 2024 |

Getting to St. Lucia Distillers — best known stateside as the producer of the Chairman’s Reserve and Admiral Rodney rum lines — isn’t easy. St. Lucia is found near the southernmost tip of the West Indies island chain, though it is serviced directly from the U.S. and the UK by a handful of carriers. Our…

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Review: Garrison Brothers Guadalupe and Balmorhea Bourbons (2024)

By Christopher Null | April 3, 2024 |

Our friends at Texas-based Garrison Brothers have new special releases of both their Guadalupe and Balmorhea bottles hitting the market. We sampled both, and thoughts follow. Garrison Brothers Guadalupe Bourbon (2024) – This is the fourth year for Guadalupe, with a release of 10,500 bottles available. The unique maturation of this whiskey starts with four…

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Review: Ricava Tequila – Complete Lineup

By Robert Lublin | April 2, 2024 |

Ricava is a new brand of 100% Blue Weber agave tequila that is shaking things up with some unusual aging choices. In addition to a traditional Añejo Tequila, today we’ll be trying an expression that was aged in French oak Burgundy barrels as well as one that was aged in deep-charred American oak barrels. These…

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Review: Casey Jones Distillery Total Eclipse Moonshine and Bourbon

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2024 |

Up next in eclipse tie-in booze is a pair of products from Casey Jones Distillery, based on Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville won’t quite be in the path of totality during next week’s eclipse, but it was in the path during the 2017 eclipse — and it’ll be close enough in 2024 to warrant making a celebratory moonshine…

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Review: 2XO The Tribute Blend and Oak Series – American Oak

By Christopher Null | March 31, 2024 |

Dixon Dedman’s 2XO juggernaut continues with the launch of a third limited edition whiskey in the Icon series — The Tribute Blend — and his first “everyday drinker,” the first 2XO to be a permanent offering. This new Oak Series will include a series of whiskeys at a lower price point and which undergo “an innovative…

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Review: Hendrick’s Grand Cabaret Gin

By Christopher Null | March 28, 2024 |

Hendrick’s Gin and its Cabinet of Curiosities line of special editions continues with this fifth release, Grand Cabaret, the first wandering of master distiller Lesley Gracie into the world of stone fruits as botanical ingredients. Lesley Gracie has long been tantalized by the notion of experimenting with unusual combinations of botanicals, though as the fifth…

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