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The Top 10 Gins of 2021

By Christopher Null | March 7, 2022 |

For the third year, we enter spring with gin on our mind, excited to break out the tonic and cool down with the season’s most essential cocktail. That said, if you can’t shake those wintry Negronis yet, we won’t judge you. Either way, we’ve got you covered, with a look at our ten favorite gin…

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Review: Glenmorangie The Cadboll Estate 15 Years Old 2021

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2022 |

  In 2020 Glenmorangie dropped a curious limited edition expression called the Cadboll Estate, the first single estate whisky created by Glenmo, made entirely onsite “from grain to glass.” A 15 year old expression, it was aged exclusively in first-fill bourbon barrels — no funky wine cask work here. Now Cadboll is back for a…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #6 and Discovery Series #6

By Drew Beard | February 24, 2022 |

Bardstown Bourbon Co. is kicking off 2022 with what else, their bi-annual Fusion and Discovery Series releases which now number six in total. This bourbon duo impressed us at launch back in 2019, and while the Discovery Series release has remained consistently top notch, the Fusion Series struggled a bit in 2021. Let’s see how…

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Review: Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition and “The Younger” Rum 2021

By Christopher Null | February 20, 2022 |

Jamaica’s Hampden continues to crank out special edition rums, including this pair of highly limited offerings which hit at the tail end of 2021. Let’s dig in. Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2021 – Great House got its start with the 2020 edition — which we loved — and now edition #2 is here.…

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Review: Wines of Girard, 2018 Vintage

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2022 |

Girard Winery has been producing in Napa Valley for more than 40 years, focusing on the big reds iconic to this area. While the winery is long on tradition, it also has an experimental edge. It’s zinfandel and petite sirah wines are intriguingly aged in fusion barrels made by integrating 1/3 each of Hungarian, French…

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Review: Equiano Rum Light

By Christopher Null | February 18, 2022 |

We loved the original Equiano, a dark rum made in Mauritius, aged in Cognac barrels, and blended with Foursquare rum from Barbados, so hopes are high for this first line extension from the brand: a light rum that’s made in basically the reverse way. Equiano Light starts with pot-distilled molasses rum from Barbados’s Foursquare, aged…

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Review: The Macallan Harmony Collection Rich Cacao

By Drew Beard | February 17, 2022 |

The Macallan is out with a new whisky series, and the backstory is a real doozy, so pay attention for a minute. The new Harmony Collection launched this fall to highlight the brand’s devotion to sustainable packaging. Per the press release: Sustainability has been a constant guiding principle for The Macallan since it began crafting…

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Review: Barrell Gold Label Bourbon

By Drew Beard | February 14, 2022 |

Barrell has lately been finding lots of different ways to show off its stocks of older Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee bourbons. For starters, some has been finding its way into their standard Batch blends, which has likely contributed to the consistently high quality of that line in recent years. The introduction of the Gray Labels in…

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Review: Wines of Markham, 2022 Releases

By Christopher Null | February 3, 2022 |

The venerable Markham Vineyards presents a trio of wines for us today, two of its District Series merlots and the latest offering of The Altruist, a “right bank” style Bordeaux blend sourced from all over Napa. 2018 Markham Merlot Yountville – Surprisingly tannic for a merlot, I sipped and sipped at this bottling waiting for…

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Review: Ardbeg Twenty-Something 22 Years Old (2018)

By Drew Beard | February 2, 2022 |

A lot of people may not know it, what with their constant stream of special releases and a devoted Committee of adoring fans, but Islay’s Ardbeg Distillery almost closed up shop in the 1990s. The operation had fallen on hard times and was run for years only sparingly by its previous owners until the Glenmorangie…

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