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: Glenmorangie Allta

By Christopher Null | February 23, 2019 |

For the tenth installment in its annual Private Edition (aka limited release) series, Glenmorangie turns its attention to a relatively unexplored aspect of whiskeymaking (at least by consumers): Yeast. Sure, a few folks — namely Four Roses — are incredibly nerdy about yeast, but most distilleries have a “house yeast” they rely on, rarely mixing…

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Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Rye Finished in PX Sherry Casks and Old Pepper Rye “F.K.O.” G18Q

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2019 |

The James E. Pepper whiskey line has been kicking around — at least in its current incarnation — since 2008, and we’ve reviewed some lovely whiskeys from the company over that time. Lately, Pepper has been spreading its wings a bit, dabbling with finishes and other high-end touches. While the juice still comes from MGP…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve 15 Years Old

By Christopher Null | February 16, 2019 |

The fourth installment in the ever-expanding Egan’s Irish Whiskey lineup, Legacy Reserve is its most prized expression yet, a non-chill-filtered bottling that spends 15 years in bourbon casks before being bottled. Fancy decanter, at that. Fans of Irish will find all of its elements here in full force — perhaps more than the typical Irish…

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Review: Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old and Moine Bordeaux Matured 2008

By Christopher Null | February 14, 2019 |

Today we turn our attention to two whiskies from Islay’s Bunnahabhain, including the 12 year old, the youngest age-statemented whisky in the Bunnahabhain core range, and the distillery’s Moine Bordeaux release, a special edition that dropped at the tail end of 2018. Thoughts follow. Bunnahabhain 12 Years Old – Matured in bourbon casks and finished in…

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Review: The Macallan Edition No. 4

By Drew Beard | February 10, 2019 |

If you happen to have lost track of the releases in the Macallan Edition series, we’re now at No. 4. This single malt, like those before it, is intended to showcase a unique selection of oak casks, and for this particular release, seven different sherry-seasoned casks were used. But Edition No. 4 is also pulling…

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Review: Old Forester Rye

By Christopher Null | February 9, 2019 |

Old Forester is a little late to the mad rush to rye, but I like to think they were simply taking the time to do it right. No MGP juice here, this is not only made from Old Forester’s homegrown mash, it’s the first new mashbill recipe to come from the brand in 150 years.…

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Review: El Mayor Tequila Single Estate Blanco and French Oak Chardonnay Finish

By Christopher Null | February 8, 2019 |

El Mayor has long been one of our favorite tequilas, and now the Highlands-based brand is throwing some curveballs by introducing two new limited edition expressions. No, neither is an extra anejo or a cristalino, but rather a blanco sourced from a single estate and a reposado aged not in bourbon barrels but in Chardonnay…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Bottled in Bond Bourbon

By Drew Beard | February 7, 2019 |

Woodford Reserve’s Distillery Series saw two new spring releases last year. The first was Barrel Finished Rye, an impressive rye whiskey finished in a second heavily toasted but lightly charred barrel. The other release, Bottled in Bond, seems far less adventurous by comparison. Essentially, this is just a bottled in bond version of Woodford Reserve…

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Review: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Barrel Reserve

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2019 |

Brown-Forman dropped its Coopers’ Craft Bourbon just 2 1/2 years ago (its first new bourbon brand in 20 years), and now its out with its first line extension: A 100 proof version of the whiskey intended to honor the craft of the cooper, the guys who make the barrels. Labeling on the original Coopers’ Craft…

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Review: Hine Domaines Hine Bonneuil 2008 Cognac

By Christopher Null | February 1, 2019 |

Hine’s Bonneuil 2005 and 2006 — limited edition, single estate Cognac releases named after Hine’s 297 estate-managed acres at Bonneuil Village — are some of the finest middle-aged Cognacs you can find. The Bonneuil line skipped 2007, but now it’s back with a 2008 vintage release composed of just 16 casks, the smallest release in the…

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