Review: Old Ezra Straight Rye 7 Years Old

Luxco’s Old Ezra brand gets a line extension with the introduction of a 7 year old rye, joining the previous 7 year old bourbon — plus a collection of other Old Ezras and less old Ezras. This release is made from blending two mashbills, one 51% rye and one 95% rye. Toasty and quite woody…

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Review: Alberta Premium Rye

Alberta Premium has been attempting to live up to its name in recent years, pumping out a series of annually released cask strength versions of its iconic rye whiskey — made with 100% rye in the mash — as well as very old age-statemented offerings like this 20 year old. Today, we take a step…

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Review: Ilegal Mezcal – Complete Lineup (2022)

We’re back with our second full round (not including a brief peek at the joven in 2019) with Ilegal, which is a rarity in mezcal, producing three tequila-like expressions instead of merely a blanco — here called a joven — offering. No need to stand on ceremony; let’s dive in. Production details follow with each…

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Review: Talisker Forests of the Deep 44 Years Old

It’s not every day we get a 44 year old single malt on our doorsteps, particularly one with a pedigree as rich as Talisker‘s. This is actually the oldest Talisker release ever, a tiny release of 1997 bottles globally (102 in the U.S.), the branding inspired by an expedition led by Parley for the Oceans,…

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Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Pedro Ximenez Edition

While last year’s Kentucky Oak Edition seems to be getting all the attention stateside, Redbreast actually launched another limited edition even earlier, in late 2021, and with it something of a line extension dubbed the Iberian Series. To wit: Redbreast Irish Whiskey has unveiled a new collection of whiskies, the Iberian Series, which celebrates the…

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Review: Company Distilling Straight Bourbon Finished with Maple Wood and Ghost Rail Tennessee Dry Gin

Last year, former Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett became one of the founders of Company Distilling and joined a growing list of “retired” distillery captains who have used their decades of whiskey knowhow to start their own smaller distilleries. Clearly, the man was passionate about his trade. Answering to the C-suite at Brown-Forman and…

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Review: 2019 Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir L’Ensemble Willamette Valley

Here’s a curious wine born from a  partnership between music entrepreneur Jay Boberg and Burgundian winemaker Jean-Nicolas Méo, which has been producing Oregon pinot noir in the Willamette Valley since 2014. “Meaning “together” or “whole” in French, this cuvée brings together fruit from Jay and Jean-Nicolas’ favorite vineyards and the best resulting barrels from each.”…

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Review: Redwood Empire Cask Strength Pipe Dream, Emerald Giant, and Lost Monarch

Recently, Sonoma-based Graton Distillery debuted cask strength versions of its forest-inspired core lineup: Lost Monarch, Pipe Dream, and Emerald Giant. For details on each of the trees that inspired those names, you can flip back to our reviews from 2019. Specifics on the whiskeys themselves are covered in our reviews below, but all are presumably…

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