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: Old Ezra Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon 7 Years Old

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2019 |

In 2017, Luxco repackaged its Old Ezra Straight Bourbon 7 Years Old as part of its bid to keep moving higher on the shelf and an expansion. Drew found the 101 proof offering “quite good and pleasantly straightforward,” giving the expression a solid B+ rating. But now that 2017 expression is going away, as Luxco…

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Review: Legent Bourbon

By Christopher Null | March 29, 2019 |

The whiskey-drinking world had a small orgasm when Beam Suntory announced earlier this month the release of a new whiskey called Legent, “a unique bourbon that brings together the best of the East and West in a way no other whiskey producer can.” The whiskey — pronounced “lee-jent” — starts as standard recipe Beam family…

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Review: Tomatin Cu Bocan 1990 Limited Edition

By Christopher Null | March 27, 2019 |

Tomatin’s Cu Bocan line has an interesting provenance. Much like Balvenie, the otherwise peatless Tomatin devotes just one week a year to producing peated whisky. That (very) lightly peated new-make spirit goes into a first fill bourbon, ex-sherry, and virgin oak casks, where it is eventually bottled under the Cu Bocan brand. Some of these…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon 10 Years Old (2019)

By Christopher Null | March 25, 2019 |

Back when we reviewed the inaugural release of Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey, we titled that post “Complete Lineup.” Turns out that wasn’t quite accurate, because Heaven’s Door released a fourth whiskey shortly after its initial turnout, a 10 year old version of its Tennessee Straight Bourbon. While the standard bottling is just shy of…

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Review: Few Spirits American Whiskey

By Christopher Null | March 23, 2019 |

One of the big names in craft distilleries, Evanston, Illinois-based Few Spirits, is back with a new release: Few American Whiskey, a blend of its bourbon, rye, and cherrywood-smoked single malt products. “We are constantly experimenting at Few, innovating new expressions and our American Whiskey was a direct result of those efforts,” says founder and…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2018)

By Christopher Null | March 21, 2019 |

While Angel’s Envy has become a mainstay of the back bar, its annually-released Cask Strength expression has become a collectable darling. We’re late to covering the 2018 release of this Port-finished bourbon, but, as always, figure it’s better late than never. For the sake of comparison, here’s a look at prior coverage from 2013, 2013…

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Tasting Report: Napa Valley Road Trip, 2019

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2019 |

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Napa Valley. Even though the vines are bare and the weather is often wet, the crowds are at a minimum and it’s easy to get dinner and room reservations just about anywhere (except for the French Laundry, of course). We recently took a chilly weekend to visit four…

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Review: Hennessy Master Blender’s Selection No. 3

By Christopher Null | March 18, 2019 |

In 2016, Hennessy began releasing one-off special editions called the Master Blender’s Selection. Master Blender’s Selection No. 1 and No. 2 were both well received, and now No. 3 continues the line, “a blend composed exclusively of high-quality eaux-de-vie with great potential that have been set aside specifically to be used at the Master Blender’s…

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Review: Camus XO Borderies Family Reserve Cognac

By Christopher Null | March 16, 2019 |

Cognac house Camus is out with its newest expansion to its Borderies-produced line of brandies, Camus XO Borderies Family Reserve. As is traditional for this producer, the Cognac is made from estate-grown grapes that are harvested from a single vineyard in the tiny Borderies region. It’s solid stuff. The nose is surprisingly woody and earthy,…

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Review: Westland Peat Week 2019

By Christopher Null | March 15, 2019 |

For five years running, Seattle’s Westland Distillery has put out “Peat Week,” a special release that, like Balvenie, is made (and, in this case, is being poured at the distillery) for only one week out of the year. While Westland makes peated whiskey year-round, Peat Week is a special edition with its own barrel regimen.…

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