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Review: Woodinville Bourbon Finished in Port Casks

By Christopher Null | July 1, 2018 |

This limited release from Washington-based Woodinville starts with its five-year-old straight bourbon, then throws a twist at it: six months of finishing in Tawny Port barrels. The result is the essence of craft whiskey — burly wood, heavy spice — is here, particularly on the aggressive nose, which hints at a plum-dusted, raisiny note beneath…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Whiskey – Complete Lineup

By Christopher Null | June 22, 2018 |

Mama take this badge from me I can’t use it anymore What I can use is a glass of whiskey, courtesy of musical icon Bob Dylan, who has partnered with an outfit called Spirits Investment Partnership (“SIP”), to launch Heaven’s Door, a collection of three American whiskeys. “Bob Dylan’s first and only brand partnership, Heaven’s Door…

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Review: Crown Royal Texas Mesquite

By Christopher Null | June 19, 2018 |

As a born-and-raised Texan, I can personally attest to the state’s love affair with Crown Royal Canadian Whisky. Why this is, I don’t know. I think they really just love the felt bags. As a distinct nod to the state, Crown Royal is releasing a limited-edition whisky called Crown Royal Texas Mesquite. By far the…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Straight Malt Whiskey

By Christopher Null | June 17, 2018 |

So, Woodford Reserve’s early experiments with malt whiskey may not be among its best releases, but you have to give Chris Morris and crew credit for trying. To that end, Woodford is releasing a new expression built around malted barley as part of its permanent lineup — only the fourth whiskey in the full-time portfolio: Woodford Reserve Kentucky…

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Review: Jagermeister Manifest

By Christopher Null | June 15, 2018 |

Jagermeister continues its slow grind toward premium status with this, its second line extension following Jagermeister Spice, which arrived in 2013. Jagermeister Manifest is a high-end herbal liqueur with a distinctly different approach than the dark-as-night, licorice whip of classic Jager. We had the opportunity to sample the new Jagermeister expression to see if it’s…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years Old (2018)

By Christopher Null | June 14, 2018 |

Bourbon nuts have already heard the big news: King of Kentucky, a brand established in 1881, acquired by Brown-Forman in 1936, and discontinued in 1968, is back. There’s nothing much connecting this 2018 revival to the 1968 version (it was a blended whiskey at the time), but few will pay that any mind, as this…

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Review: The Glenrothes 2004

By Christopher Null | June 11, 2018 |

2004 marks the first vintage release from The Glenrothes since 2001, which continues the every-three-years tradition that dates back to at least 1992. The distillery puts it best, perhaps: “During the same year that Facebook launched, the long-running sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S came to a close and Martha Stewart turned in her apron for an orange jumpsuit, The Glenrothes…

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Review: Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

By Christopher Null | June 8, 2018 |

It’s been a few years since we last checked in with West Virginia’s Smooth Ambler, one of the best-known and longest-lived craft whiskey producers in the U.S. (And now owned by Pernod Ricard.) Smooth Ambler’s latest is a wholly new product called Big Level, a wheated bourbon made entirely on site (with no sourced whiskey…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2018

By Drew Beard | June 7, 2018 |

As with each of DC’s past three WhiskyFests, everyone in the room looked like they could use a few drinks. Thankfully, there was no shortage of unique whiskey options, from Knob Creek Single Barrel samples that were pulled directly from the barrel(!) to a young Tennessee whiskey whose distillery still doesn’t have a name. I…

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Review: Tequila Corralejo Anejo

By Christopher Null | June 3, 2018 |

We’ve covered both blanco and reposado expressions from Highlands-area Corralejo, as well as the rare Corralejo 1821 extra anejo expression, in the past. Today we finally fill in the final gap with Tequila Corralejo Anejo, which spends 12 months in oak before bottling. Very light in color, this anejo is equally light in aroma, offering…

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