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Review: George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish

By Christopher Null | August 18, 2018 |

Listen, if you’ve never been to the Tabasco factory outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, you should go. Not only will you get to taste Tabasco and watch a movie about Tabasco, you will learn about Tabasco: Specifically, that the sauce spends years in a wooden barrel, covered with salt, as it ferments. What happens to…

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Wine and Whiskey Tasting in California’s Paso Robles, 2018

By Renee Humphrey | August 16, 2018 |

Paso Robles, in the northern part of San Luis Obispo County, has a storied past: a history of habitation by the Salinan Indians that we can trace back thousands of years, a change of hands to Mexican ownership (before and after the Mexican-American War ,when the U.S. annexed California) and an eventual purchase from a…

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Cocktail Recipes for National Rum Day, 2018

By Kim Richards | August 15, 2018 |

August 16, 2018 is National Rum Day. Celebrate this versatile spirit with us by making these cocktails — some sweet and unique, some traditional. Also try our Nutty Chocolate Rum Truffles; they’re the perfect pairing for any of these cocktails. Havana Café 2 parts Havana Club Añejo Clásico Rum 1/4 part demerara sugar 3/4 part…

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Review: Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye

By Christopher Null | August 12, 2018 |

Following on the baffling Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye comes another limited release whiskey: Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye. What’s Two by Two? This bottle blends two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, creating a combination that is uncommon, but which isn’t unheard of. (Wild Turkey arguably gave the bourbon-rye combo its…

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Review: Nikka Whisky from the Barrel (Japan vs. U.S. Bottlings)

By Christopher Null | August 10, 2018 |

Nikka’s Whisky from the Barrel has been a global sensation since it was introduced over 30 years ago — with one problem: It hasn’t been available in the U.S. Until now. At long last, this coveted — yet surprisingly affordable — blended whiskey is making its way to the United States. If you aren’t familiar…

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Review: Watershed Distillery Guild Series Chamomile Flavored Gin

By Christopher Null | August 5, 2018 |

We’ve covered the mainline gins of Columbus, Ohio-based Watershed Distillery in the past, but today we look at a special release, part of its so-called Guild Series. This gin has a bit of a backstory to it, which I’ll allow Watershed to tell: Guild Series Gin, a corn and apple-based spirit, is distilled in the…

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Review: Whip Saw Rye Whiskey

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2018 |

The folks at Napa-based Splinter Group Spirits have released a new rye to add to their growing collection. Splinter is masterminded by two wine industry veterans, Steve Matthiasson (of Matthiasson Wines) and Bob Cabral (formerly of Williams Selyem, one of my go-to pinot noir producers). For this rye, the duo takes a collection of sourced…

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Review: Highland Park The Dark 17 Years Old and Full Volume 1999 18 Years Old

By Christopher Null | July 31, 2018 |

As Orkney-based Highland Park continues to reshuffle its lineup, two new whiskies, both limited releases for 2018, have arrived on the scene. Let’s take a look at both in turn. Highland Park The Dark 17 Years Old – This limited release bottling is a rarity, Highland Park aged for 17 years in first fill sherry…

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Why Are Some Spirits Rested in Stainless Steel?

By Christopher Null | July 28, 2018 |

In our recent review of Charbay’s Double Aged Rum, reader Taylor Fox inquired as to the point of the first round of that double aging. The rum spends five years in stainless steel tanks, then three years in oak barrels. Well, what’s the point of that? We’ve long been told that stainless steel tanks are…

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Review: Revel Avila Blanco Agave Spirit

By Christopher Null | July 27, 2018 |

When is tequila not tequila? When it isn’t grown in Jalisco, for starters. Mexican law states that all tequila must come from this state (though Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas have a minor exemption). Agave spirits that come from elsewhere in Mexico are typically classified as mezcal. Until now. Revel isn’t tequila or mezcal (or sotol…

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