Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Diamond Peak Extra Anejo Tequila Cask Batch 2 (2023)

Last summer Monica brought us coverage of the first edition of a curious combo from Colorado’s single malt purveyor Stranahan’s, a Distillery Exclusive bottling finished for 2 1/2 years in extra anejo tequila barrels. Now this expression is back and bottled as a second batch under the annually released Diamond Peak line — though it…

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Review: Tattersall Interstate Single Malt Whiskey 4 Years Old

Wisconsin’s Tattersall Distilling continues to push into the whiskey world, with the launch of its first American single malt. Inspired by (and named after) the first interstate park in the nation — crossing between Minnesota and Wisconsin — it’s a four year old whiskey that ages in virgin oak barrels. Let’s crack it open. American…

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Review: Triple Dog Irish Whiskey

With an eye-catching bottle that sports a spiked leather dog collar, Triple Dog Irish whiskey certainly works to get our attention. Its distillation is, for the most part, typically Irish, including both malted and unmalted barley and a triple distillation using both pot and column stills, which takes place in the town of Dundalk, County…

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Review: Old Line Spirits Single Malt Sherry Cask

Only a few months back we sampled Old Line Spirits’ American single malts in two finishes: Port cask and Madeira cask. Now it’s time for a third rendition, which is returning to production after a brief hiatus. This 100% malted barley whiskey is aged for five years in #4 charred new American white oak and…

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Review: Armagnacs of Castarede, 2023 Releases

On a busy street in Paris’s 8th Arrondisement, you’ll find the official headquarters of Armagnac Castarede, the oldest Armagnac producer still operating. At the end of my recent Cognac-focused trip to France, I called up the office on a lark, only to find that proprietor Florence Castarede was actually on site and would readily welcome…

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Review: Glen Scotia “Malts Festival 2022” 8 Years Old

The Campbeltown Malts Festival is happening this week, so I thought I should get my act together and finally review this festival bottling from last year that’s been staring at me on the shelf ever since I returned from my Scotland escapades late last summer. Once a booming center of whisky production, Campbeltown is now…

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Review: Tiger Thiccc Blended Whiskey

Yes, the name of this whiskey is Tiger Thiccc. Yes, with three Cs. To call it unique would be an understatement: It’s a blended whiskey, made from 80% American bourbon (a 99% corn mash from Indiana’s MGP) and 20% Japanese whiskey (55% grain, 45% barley), all finished in a mizunara oak barrel. No age statements…

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Tasting Report: Texas Whiskey Festival 2023

It was a warm but overcast day in the Texas Hill Country just a few weeks ago, but an altogether perfect setting for a stroll through Star Hill Ranch to sample the wares of some 35 Texas whiskies at the 6th annual Texas Whiskey Festival. A veritable who’s who of Texas whiskeydom, if there are…

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