Review: Milam & Greene Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Well, would ya look at that? Our pals at Milam & Greene have released their first bonded whiskey, a permanent addition to the portfolio that is distilled in Bardstown, Kentucky (this one in Autumn 2019), aged in #4 char barrels in Kentucky, then bottled in Blanco, Texas (just a few months ago for this first…

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Review: 2021 Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco DOC

A point of clarity. Tornatore’s Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco is not the same thing as this wine, which is bottled only under its DOC identification of Etna Bianco. The main difference (by my reading) is that Pietrarizzo spends two extra months on the lees before bottling — and in oak barrels instead of stainless steel.  Details…

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Review: Lilith Apple Brandy

For its next trick, the House of Tamworth, known for its evocative gins and crazily flavored whiskeys, is turning to the apple for inspiration. Lilith Apple Brandy is “named for and inspired by Lilith, the fabled figure known as the first woman ever created and the first wife of Adam – an equal to man,…

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Review: 2021 Daou Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District

While Daou‘s lineup is increasingly ubiquitous (we just bought a half bottle of Daou Chardonnay on a recent no-frills Allegiant Airlines flight), it’s still cranking out ultra high-end wines at the top end. Soul of a Lion is its most luxe offering, and we recently sampled the new 2021 vintage release. Dense but soulful, this…

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Review: Copperworks Single Malt Releases 049, 050, and Cask 22-2

Bourbon and rye whiskey have had defined standards of identity for decades. However, as of this moment, the Federal government has not yet officially established standards of identity for American single malt whiskey. After years of debate, the Federal Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) formally introduced a proposal to make the American single malt…

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Review: Tin City Distillery Flavored Vodkas and Wine Shine Brandy Manhattan

Tin City can be found in Paso Robles, California. While the region is known for its wine production, there’s a thriving craft distilling scene here, too. The operation makes a huge range of products, including whiskey, gin, liqueurs, and ready-to-drink offerings, but it’s a pair of flavored vodkas (made from a corn distillate) that we’re…

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Review: Wines of Wine by Joe, 2024 Releases

Wines by Joe is a second label for Dobbes Family Wines — Joe being Joe Dobbes. These are Oregon-based wines from all over the state — and nothing in the mix priced above 20 bucks. We received a trio of wines from the current vintage for review. Thoughts follow. 2022 Wine by Joe Pinot Blanc…

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Review: Empress 1908 Cucumber Lemon Gin

Empress 1908, the famously fluorescent blue gin colored with butterfly pea blossoms, added a pink companion to its solo lineup last year with the introduction of Elderflower Rose, an expression colored with rose and black carrot that we’ve yet to sample. Now, Victoria Distillers is releasing a third Empress offering, Cucumber Lemon. This one is,…

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