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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Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Port Dundas

Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label Ghost and Rare series continues its run with a new special release, this one built to showcase the grain whisky produced at Port Dundas, an iconic distillery in Glasgow that operated from 1811 to 2010. Port Dundas whiskies remain some of the oldest I’ve ever had the luxury of experiencing in…

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Review: Bluebird Distilling Four Grain Bourbon

Bluebird Distilling, a grain-to-glass operation in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, has been producing a huge range of spirits since its founding in 2014, but somehow we’ve never managed to review any of their wares. Today we finally correct that with a look at Bluebird’s Four Grain Bourbon, made with a mash of corn, rye, red winter wheat,…

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Review: Vina Leyda Sauvignon Blancs – 2022 Reserva and 2021 Coastal Vineyards Garuma

Located in Chile’s Leyda Valley, family-owned and operated Vina Leyda has not only received an aesthetic makeover but has introduced a new range they are calling Coastal Vineyards, highlighting the influence of the Pacific Ocean on their wines. They also produce a wide range of other whites and reds, but today we’re taking a look…

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Review: WhistlePig PiggyBack Bourbon, PiggyBack Rye Brothers Osborne, and PiggyBank 2022

WhistlePig has been stuffing our mailbox of late with new releases and special editions. What started with the masterful new Boss Hog IX has only continued, with a new extension of the PiggyBack line — a bourbon, not rye — a second special edition of PiggyBack Rye, and — saving the best for last —…

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Review: Black Infusions Vodkas – Gold Apricot, Dark Cherry, and Black Fig

Black Infusions is based in Bend, Oregon, and their focus is singular: Making fruit-infused vodkas that are free of artificial colors, sugars, and flavors. Each vodka has just two ingredients, vodka and the fruit noted on the label — in this case, apricot, cherry, or fig. Given the depth of color of the spirits, those…

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