Review: Heaven Hill Heritage Collection Straight Corn Whiskey 20 Years Old (2023)

Heaven Hill’s first installment of its new Heaven Hill Heritage Collection set a high water mark right out of the gate, earning a spot on our top 10 whiskeys of the year list — not to mention an aftermarket price that now hovers around $1500. For round two of this collection, released every spring, Heaven…

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Review: 2019 Mary Taylor Filipe Ferreira Douro Red Blend

For those unfamiliar with her process, Mary Taylor works with individual growers in small villages throughout Europe who produce regionally-distinctive wines beyond the great grapes of the canon, but who may not have production resources or logistics to distribute globally. A few weeks ago, we reviewed a Sicilia Rosso offered by Taylor in partnership with…

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Experiments Gone Right with Woodford Reserve’s New Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall

When she was named Woodford Reserve’s Master Distiller in February 2023, Elizabeth McCall knew she was in for a challenge. But that doesn’t mean she feels alone in taking the brand forward. She inherits the role from Chris Morris, who began mentoring McCall to take over the job around 2015. And while McCall and Morris…

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Review: SouthNorte Cocktails Margarita, Paloma, Matador, and Mexican Mule

San Diego-based SouthNorte has introduced a line of ready-to-drink cocktails in time for summer, bringing its penchant for Baja-inspired flavors to the craft. We tasted the whole lineup, and found them consistently clean, light, and refreshing, if notably short on tequila flavor. SouthNorte Margarita – A classic blend of blanco tequila, triple sec, and lime,…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Cristalino

Cuervo’s Tradicional tequila line has long been an affordable way to get 100% agave tequila from a familiar brand, and while it started with a blanco, Cuervo’s been moving up the agave chain, offering a reposado, anejo, and now a cristalino version. This expression is actually built around a reposado, “matured in American white oak…

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Review: Wines of Ancient Peaks, 2023 Releases

Today we’re heading back into the wines of Paso Robles’ Ancient Peaks, including a look at three big reds, all made from estate fruit at Santa Margarita Ranch vineyards. A peek at Ancient Peaks’ second label is also in the mix. Read on for more. 2022 Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc Paso Robles – I would…

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Review: Journeyman Corsets, Whips and Whiskey and Pit-Spitter Cherry Rye

It’s been a hot minute since we last checked in on Michigan’s Journeyman Distillery. Now we’re back with a look at two humorously named expressions, one a wheat whiskey and the other a flavored rye whiskey. Thoughts follow. Journeyman Corsets, Whips & Whiskey – A single distillation of 100% organic Michigan wheat bottled at cask…

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Review: 2020 Etude Pinot Gris Carneros

While it’s somewhat surprising to see a 2020 pinot gris hitting the market in 2023, we won’t turn our noses up at the idea. Let’s try Etude’s latest. Fruity and floral in equal proportions, this is a classically built pinot gris, showcasing notes of honeysuckle, fresh linens, and lots of sweet-and-sour lemon curd. A porch…

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