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Review: Spirits of Single Cask Nation, Spring 2023 Releases

By Drew Beard | February 27, 2024 |

More than just the packaging has changed for indie bottler Single Cask Nation (SCN) since last we checked in on them. At the beginning of 2024, the brand announced their acquisition by Artisanal Spirits Co., owners of another, bigger bottler you may have heard of, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founders Joshua Hatton and Jason…

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Review: The ImpEx Collection Edition Three – 4 Mezcal Expressions (2023 Releases)

By Christopher Null | February 23, 2024 |

Previously we brought you a look at the six indie-bottled whiskies in edition three of the ImpEx Collection — now we’re carrying on with the bottler’s first foray into mezcal. The line comprises four different expressions from two distillers, using four different subspecies of agave. Let’s get into it. The ImpEx Collection Mezcal Felipe Cortes,…

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Review: Rodney Strong Reserve Wines, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 22, 2024 |

Today we look at a trio of wines from Sonoma’s Rodney Strong — all part of its Reserve line. (You’ll recognize them by the black labels embossed with gold script.) 2021 Rodney Strong Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Hearty and rich, with bold notes of black cherry, cola, and black tea, it’s a…

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The Top 10 Gins of 2023

By Christopher Null | February 22, 2024 |

As the weather warms up, a young man’s fancy turns of course to lighter fare, with gin one of the most essential pieces of the springtime cocktail puzzle. We sampled plenty of outstanding gins over the last year, and with this feature we profile the greatest hits of 2023. Need more picks? Check our top…

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Review: 4 Wines from Vouvray, 2024 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2024 |

Tucked away in France’s Loire Valley, Vouvray is a relatively undersung white wine composed entirely of chenin blanc grapes. While most drinkers have experience with dry table wines from the area, you may not realize that Vouvray also producers sweeter wines, in both the demi-sec and fully sweet styles, the latter akin to Sauternes. (Vouvray…

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Review: Maestro Dobel Atelier Tequila Extra Anejo, Trajineras Edition 2023

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2024 |

Maestro Dobel‘s latest tequila is plenty old, but it isn’t a cristalino but a traditional extra anejo, complete with natural color driven from the barrel. This is actually the second release of Dobel’s “Atelier Tequila” Extra Anejo expression, which launched last year — and which you can still find online. The bottles are decidedly unique,…

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Review: Hampden Rums – “Great House” 2023, Pagos, and 8 Years Old

By Christopher Null | February 14, 2024 |

There’s little we like more than checking out goodies from Jamaica’s Hampden Estate, which only began releasing its stock under its own name in 2018. Here’s a peek at three new(ish) releases from the iconic operation. Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2023 – This is the fifth edition of Great House, and these are…

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Review: Laws Bourbon – Honey Cask and Cognac Foeder Finishes (2023)

By Christopher Null | February 13, 2024 |

Late last year, Denver’s Laws Whiskey House dropped two new installments in its Special Finish Series, and they couldn’t be more different. Both start with Laws Four Grain Bourbon (60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, and 10% heirloom malted barley) … and then down the rabbit hole we go. Laws Four Grain Bourbon…

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Review: El Tesoro Mundial Collection – Knob Creek Rye and Laphroaig

By Christopher Null | February 11, 2024 |

Late last year, El Tesoro launched a new line of tequilas called The Mundial Collection, which will be built around various whiskey cask finishes. “Mundial” translates to “world” in Spanish — a cue that you’re going to see finishes from all over the place used in this lineup. The first two releases are build around…

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Review: Banfi 2017 SummuS and 2019 Magna Cum Laude

By Christopher Null | February 10, 2024 |

Castello Banfi is one of the most notable and widely available producers in Tuscany, and today we dive in to a pair of new releases from the storied operation, both luxe, “super-Tuscan” wines that are far from the usual construction found in Chianti. 2017 Banfi SummuS Toscana IGT – “SummuS, Latin for “highest.” is a…

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