Review: Indri Dru Indian Single Malt

Last year we had our first taste of Piccadilly Distilleries’ whisky when we reviewed Indri Trini, followed by its 2023 Diwali Edition. Today we sample a new release. Indri Dru is a cask strength single malt whisky that has been aged exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels. This makes it quite different from Trini, which was aged…

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Review: Lost Lantern Spring 2024 Single Cask Releases

Independent bottler Lost Lantern‘s spring collection has a name: The Midwest Collection, with a focus on bourbon and rye whiskeys (plus one wheat whiskey) from the center cut of the country. Seven total whiskeys are in this as-always tiny release, including one blend made out of rye sourced five of the six distilleries represented here.…

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Review: Michter’s US-1 Barrel Strength Straight Rye 2024

Last year saw the return of a full slate of Michter’s 10-year-old bottlings (bourbon and rye) plus a new Toasted Barrel Finish Rye and some other unicorns we unfortunately didn’t get a chance to sample. Missing from the 2023 release calendar was a Barrel Strength Straight Rye (which seems to happen when a toasted offering…

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Review: NON5 Lemon Marmalade & Hibiscus Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

Another NA option from Australia-based NON, NON5 is a blend of hops, lemon verbena, lemongrass, hibiscus, lemon myrtle, licorice root, peppermint, preserved lemon, Murray River salt, verjus, and sugar. That’s a lot of lemon and lemon-adjacent ingredients, but the palate somehow avoids becoming a lemon bomb (and, in fact, the cocktail is a bright shade…

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Review: Dragon’s Milk Origin Small Batch Bourbon

New Holland and its flagship Dragon’s Milk bourbon barrel-aged stout is, and was, a beer that always felt a step or two behind its pseudo-mass market, craft contemporaries in Founders’ KBS and Goose Island’s Bourbon County. Despite a mid-2010s distribution deal with Pabst, KBS and Bourbon County won the races in accessibility, visibility, accolades, and…

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Review: Wines of Avaline (2024)

A partnership between actress Cameron Diaz and entrepreneur Katherine Power, Avaline is a wine brand positioning itself as a clean, transparent option offering a full range of wines including white wines and rosé, most of which are being re-reviewed here with their slightly updated branding. Throughout their website and marketing campaign, Avaline emphasizes organic farming…

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Review: Hunting Creek Rye Whiskey

We’ve been following the evolution of North Carolina’s Southern Distilling Company for a while now. It’s a craft distiller that seems to have achieved the enviable transition from quality sourced whiskey to superior house-made whiskey. That’s not always an easy jump to make, for a variety of reasons. When last we looked in on Southern,…

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Review: 2019 Sapaio Toscana IGT

Podere Sapaio’s eponymous Supertuscan is a standout from the moment you open the bottle. (The name comes from Sapaia, a very old Tuscan grape variety.) A blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 20% petit verdot, and 10% cabernet franc, the wine spends 18 months in barriques and 12 months in bottle before release. The opulence of…

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