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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Review: Dos Primos Tequila Reposado and Anejo

Dos Primos‘ blanco tequila was a hit with us back in 2021, enough so that it landed a spot on our top tequilas of the year list. While a reposado followed soon after, it somehow got lost on the shelf here and was uncovered only when the follow-up anejo recently arrived. Today we look at…

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Review: Tamworth Garden Damson Plum Flavored Gin

What’s a damson plum? Well, if you’ve ever had sloe gin, you’re on the right track. Damsons and sloes are cousins, both found in the hedgerows of Britain, and both have been used to make booze for centuries, because the fruits are too tart and astringent to eat on their own. In this spin on…

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Review: Guinness Preakness Ale

Baltimore natives and/or horse racing fans take note, there’s a brand new, limited edition Guinness brew coming your way ahead of the Preakness race this weekend. The deets: Preakness 148 announces a unique partnership with Baltimore’s Guinness Open Gate Brewery to launch a first-of-its-kind “Preakness Ale”. The limited edition collaboration beer brewed with blood orange and hibiscus will…

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Review: Cierto Tequila Reposado and Anejo

Cierto tequila’s membership in the ultra-premium category can be witnessed as much by their high price point as by their implausibly tall, thin, ornate bottles. Luckily, their tequilas have much to recommend them. They are made without additives from Highlands agave by Master Distillers Enrique Fonseca and Sergio Mendoza, fourth and fifth generation agave farmers…

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Review: Zakuska Vodka

Zakuska Vodka was pitched to me as “a simple, no-B.S. vodka served as a chilled shot.” No flavors, no gimmicks. It launched only in 2022, and despite the Baltic-sounding name, it’s actually made in Columbus, Ohio, distilled from red winter wheat and corn, and bottled — noticeably — unfiltered, rendering it slightly translucent. The label’s…

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Review: Glengoyne 21 Years Old

We’ve covered the core lineup from Glengoyne, as well as the final chapter in their Legacy Series, but we have yet to dip our toe into the distillery’s rarer single malt offerings which include an age-stated lineup ranging from 21 years to a whopping 50 years old. While a sample of the 50 year is…

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