Review: Gran Centenario Cristalino Tequila

The march of Cristalino tequila bottlings continues courtesy of Gran Centenario, which takes anejo and extra anejo tequila, finishes them in Calvados brandy casks, then filters out all the color. It’s a bold approach and it shows in the finished product. The nose is festive and fruity, bold apple cider notes layered with baking spice…

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Review: Astral Tequila Reposado and Anejo

We reviewed Astral Tequila last year, but at the time they only had a Blanco expression. Today we try their newly released Reposado and Añejo. As with the earlier release, these tequilas are also distilled from 100% Blue Weber agave drawn from the Lowlands region of Jalisco, Mexico and are made using traditional methods. The…

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Review: Broken Top Mountain Whiskey

Cascade Spirits produces a range of branded spirits in Sisters, Oregon, and our first encounter with the operation is this “mountain whiskey,” a blend of bourbons each at least 4 years old. Precious little is known about the provenance of the whiskeys in the blend — or even how many there are — except that…

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Review: 2020 Frescobaldi Pomino Bianco DOC

Italy’s Frescobaldi makes a huge range of wines, but its most approachable, summery white wine is arguably Pomino, made from a blend of chardonnay and pinot bianco harvested in Tuscany. With Pomino, it feels you’re getting the best of both the chardonnay and pinot bianco worlds: Crisp minerality paired with a depth of fruit that approaches…

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Review: 291 All Rye Colorado Whiskey

Based out of Colorado Springs, Distillery 291 has built their reputation on bourbon, rye, and unaged distillate releases, and their aged products are often finished with toasted aspen staves. (We’ve reviewed a number of their rye and bourbon expressions before.) With a new limited release, the company is exploring a 100% rye malt mash bill…

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Review: 2021 Bezel Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Edna Valley

Bezel is a new, second label “from the Cakebread family,” and I’ve already seen it on more than one wine list at a restaurant. Chalk that up to the credibility and power that the Cakebread name brings — and the price point these Edna Valley-born wines are able to hit. Let’s dig in. 2021 Bezel…

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Review: Bhakta Bourbon 2013

Since its launch in 2020, Bhakta — the namesake of multi-time spirits entrepreneur Raj Bhakta — has built its name on brandy releases with eye-popping age statements. Their Bhakta 50 releases utilized Armagnacs barreled between 1868 and 1970; more recent releases include both single barrel vintages and younger brandy blends. Now, Raj Bhakta and team…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Spring 2023 Releases

Having experienced double-digit growth in production, sales, and a rather aggressive diversification of its portfolio, Uco Valley’s Domaine Bousquet continues to amplify its voice in the conversation of wines from Argentina. Over a recent webinar, vineyard owner Anne Bousquet and lead winemaker Rodrigo Serrano presented an overview of current winery operations and sustainability measures while…

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