Review: 2019 Ehlers Estate Merlot St. Helena

77% merlot, 23% cabernet sauvignon. Lush and pretty, you can definitely taste the cab influence here, making for a surprisingly deep merlot that’s lush with notes of raspberry and blackberry, layered with gentle notes of violets and a healthy slick of licorice. Chocolate hangs on to the finish, with a sharp, tart berry component on…

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Review: Rum & Cane XO Rums – Asia Pacific, British West Indies, and French Overseas

Rum & Cane is a new line of rums sourced from all over the world and imported by our friends at ImpEx. Three are ongoing vattings, while two single cask offerings are available. We look at the former trio here today, which are all vattings of two different distilleries (often undisclosed in name) from a…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Rye – High Toast Maple and High Toast Oak

Jack Daniel’s has formally renamed its Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series (which was a mouthful) to the more straightforward Distillery Series. The idea remains the same, however: These are experimental, one-off releases that are available only in Tennessee. The 8th and 9th installment in the series both start with JD Straight Rye Whiskey, then finish them in…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2022

The mad fanaticism over all things whiskey continued unabated in 2022, but with quality like this on the market, it’s hard not to see why. Some of this stuff is so insanely good that we can fully understand the wild price hikes and long lines and lotteries just to win the chance at buying a…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Fall 2022 Releases

Over the last few years, we have covered Domaine Bousquet’s brisk and expansive headway into the U.S. market, and this fall’s offerings look to build on the consistently enjoyable results we’ve had in the past. This time we have a look at their Reserve selections, selected from low-yield plots promising to offer more flavor and…

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Review: Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum Rye Cask Finish 8 Years Old

Whiskey makers are in the midst of a love affair with rum barrels for finishing purposes — so why shouldn’t the reverse be true, also? The second part of an annual release of five rums in the Reserva Ocho line, this is the follow-up to last year’s Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish (which we didn’t…

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Review: High Camp Torch Flask

The travel-minded folks at High Camp flasks continue to work to minimize the adventurer’s luggage load with their latest, and smallest, offering to date, the Torch Flask. And it may just be their best design yet. Last year, Chris considered the 375 ml-sized Firelight an ideal camping companion, but this even smaller option could easily…

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Review: Togronis Canned Negroni

Dry gin, sweet vermouth, and “red bitters,” in a 100ml can: Sounds almost like a negroni to me, and sure enough this is the only product that Togronis makes, so it better be on point, no? Togronis’ product pours a deep red, surprising in its crimson coloration. There’s a nicely bitter aroma on the nose,…

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