Review: 2019 Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Here’s the softer side of Napa cabernet, a dry but fruity wine from producer Derek Benham. The garnet rim of the wine offers the only hint of lightness before you dive in, where notes of baking spice, milk chocolate, and maraschino cherry quickly emerge before segueing into a light touch of tannin. The finish offers…

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Review: Oxley Gin (2023)

We took our first look at Oxley Gin back in 2011 when it was subtitled Classic English Dry Gin. More than a decade later, the overall packaging has been tweaked quite a bit with the most obvious label change being a new focus on Cold Distilled, this gin’s unique method of production, instead of the…

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Review: Monita Tequila Blanco

Monita is a new tequila launched by Black entrepreneur Serita Braxton, and it promises a “unique, smooth taste” and a “flavor-filled profile.” It’s 100% agave, but there’s not much additional information available about agave sourcing or pina ages. While the three traditional expressions are available, we received only the blanco for review. Let’s give it…

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Review: Smooth Ambler Founders’ Cask Strength Series – Bourbon 2022 and Rye 2021

Smooth Ambler is one of the OG craft distilleries, and like many it started with sourced stock while it got its own in-house production up and running. The company is one of the few that has successfully finished that transition in total, and while it still offers sourced products — they call them “procured whiskeys”…

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Review: 2019 Rombauer Merlot Napa Valley

Merlot gets a bad rap — sometimes deserved — but Napa’s Rombauer effectively showcases the best qualities of the style with this 2019 bottling… albeit in a roundabout fashion. Notes of fresh cherries, mint tea, and mixed florals all come to bear on a palate that offers ample complexity, though never much comes across in…

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Review: GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 11

It’s been three years since we saw one of Highlands-based GlenDronach’s Cask Strength bottlings — not to be confused with its Cask Bottlings — with Batch 11 of the lineup now on the market. This release draws on both Pedro Ximénez and oloroso sherry casks and is bottled at full proof — though it carries…

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Review: 4 Reservas of La Rioja Alta, 2022 Releases

La Rioja Alta sounds like a region but it’s actually a broad brand which spans three different labels, all of course focused on classic Spanish Rioja. Today we take a look at four high-end wines from the brand — three with a different name on the label, and from three different vintages. Let’s drink! 2015…

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Review: Kings County Blended Bourbon

Having launched in 2010, Kings County is one of the oldest craft distilleries in the U.S. — and today it’s the largest distillery in New York City. Kings County has pumped out a vast array of spirits over the last 13 years, but bizarrely we’ve never formally reviewed them. Today however we’re taking a deeper…

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