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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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Review: Balcones Cataleja

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2024 |

Waco’s Balcones Distilling recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, and to mark the occasion it, what else, released a new whiskey. Cataleja is a new, limited edition single malt that head distiller Jared Himstedt says is “one of the most complex and unique whiskies we’ve made.” Here’s how Cataleja, Spanish for spyglass, is produced. Made with…

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Review: Lost Lantern Fall 2023 Single Cask Releases

By Christopher Null | February 2, 2024 |

Indie bottler Lost Lantern‘s latest set of releases focus on old friends from America, with four distilleries returning to the fold. Alongside sequels from Balcones Distilling (TX), Smooth Ambler (WV), New Riff (KY), and Corbin Cash (CA) is a new bottling from what Lost Lantern says its most-requested new partner, Andalusia Whiskey Co. (TX). All…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Mighty Fine Batch” 2023-03

By Christopher Null | February 1, 2024 |

Finally catching up with the final Booker’s Bourbon release for 2023, complete with a new and increasingly “we’re out of names” moniker: “Mighty Fine Batch.” This batch is named in honor of Booker Noe’s signature phrase he’d use to compliment anything he approved of – from his namesake bourbon to his country ham. If you knew…

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