Review: San Felice 2019 Il Grigio Chianti Classic Riserva and and 2017 Campiogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Six months ago, Christopher reviewed a trio of wines from the venerable San Felice. He deliberated whether a bit more time in the bottle may smooth some of the sharper edges of these otherwise enjoyable bottles. Today we’re putting his theory to the test and uncorking a pair of them for re-discovery. 2019 San Felice…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Origin Series Bourbon, Bottled-in-Bond, and Rye

The wait is finally over. Fans of Bardstown Bourbon Co. can now partake in whiskey distilled and aged entirely at their state-of-the-art distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. This wasn’t exactly a surprise. BBCo. has been sharing small amounts of its estate-distilled bourbon since 2019 via the recently retired Fusion Series, which saw sourced whiskey married with…

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Review: Ballotin Chocolate Toffee Whiskey

Our last encounter with Ballotin‘s (many) chocolate whiskey flavors was back in 2016. Since then, the company’s continued to innovate on the choco-whiskey tip, including this new release, Chocolate Toffee. The flavor design should be fairly self-explanatory, and for the most part Ballotin comes through with this expression. There’s chocolate on the nose, plus an…

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Review: Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter Three

It’s been a minute since we last sampled whisky from Glengoyne, the Highland single malt producer owned by Ian Macleod Distillers. And apparently, we’re a little late to at least one party. Glengoyne launched their Legacy Series back in 2019 to honor the unique stories of individuals important in the distillery’s history and the broader…

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Review: Citadelle Gin Vive le Cornichon

How’s your French? Citadelle‘s new special edition is clearly inspired by just one of its 21 ingredients: cornichon pickles, which stretches the definition of a “botanical” considerably. There are 20 other ingredients in this oddball creation, but let’s focus on the namesake here: “The cornichons infused in Citadelle Original’s aromatic base come from Maison Marc,…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Historic Barrel Entry

Woodford Reserve’s latest Master’s Collection release is upon us. Formally the Winter 2022 release, it’s hitting only now in February 2023, but who’s counting. The twist with this release is an interesting one. Of all the aspects of whiskeymaking, barrel entry proof tends to get the least amount of discussion, in part because it is…

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Review: Kentucky Owl Bourbon Batch 12

Kentucky Owl has had a lot to prove ever since handing over the reigns to their Master Blender John Rhea. Since Rhea took over in 2021 the former COO of Four Roses has overseen a flurry of activity in the form of new expressions and a number of limited edition offerings for the brand. The…

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Review: Ben Holladay Missouri Bourbon Bottled-in-Bond

Ben Holladay is Missouri’s oldest distillery, and after a $10 million renovation in 2015, it began distilling bourbon on-site for the first time in three decades. Seven years later, the first bourbon from those days was completed and bottled, having been released sometime last year. All production from mash (73% corn, 15% rye, 12% malted…

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