Review: More Whiskeys of Starlight Distillery: Carl T. Huber’s Bonded, Rickhouse Select Single Barrel, and Old Rickhouse Double Oaked

Indiana’s Starlight Distillery continues to produce a rainbow of whiskey offerings from double-oaked expressions to special cask finishes and a dizzying number of single barrel picks in between. Availability, other than private selections for clubs and liquor stores, remains a bit of a mystery as their offerings appear hard to find outside of Total Wine…

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Review: C.L. Butaud 2020 Cease & Desist and 2019 Tempranillo

The black-on-black label of Texas-based C.L. Butaud is as hard to miss as is it is to read. I channeled my inner Johnny Cash to taste this pair of recent releases. 2020 C.L. Butaud Cease & Desist Red Blend Texas High Plains – A tempranillo-heavy blend with cinsault, grenache, and counoise added (if I’m reading…

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Review: New Riff Maltster T50 Crystal Malt Bourbon and Aroostock Malted Rye

New Riff has been on a malt kick of late, beginning with their Maltster Bourbons and Malted Rye in 2021 and followed by a sherry-finished version of the same malted rye in the spring of 2022. The distillery is continuing its exploration of malted grains with two recent limited-edition offerings: Maltster T50 Crystal Malt Bourbon…

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Review: Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops (2022)

Brooklyn Brewery is back again with another bottling — well, a canning, this year — of its iconic bourbon barrel-aged Black Ops, which for the fourth year running is a collaboration with Four Roses bourbon. The 2022 Black Ops Imperial Stout spent 9 months finishing in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels — in other…

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Review: Mortlach Midnight Malt 30 Years Old

Mortlach‘s famous 2.81-times distilled whiskey takes one of its oldest and most exotic forms in the bottling of the new Midnight Malt, a 30 year old whisky finished in Bordeaux wine, Calvados, and Guatemalan rum seasoned casks, then blended and married in custom quarter-sized casks before bottling. The annual release will see just 350 bottles…

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Review: Tequila Eterno Verano Blanco

While inspired by Bruce Brown’s classic 1966 surf film The Endless Summer, I’m assured you don’t have to be a surfer to drink this beach-centric blanco, a 100% blanco offering crafted from a blend of Highlands and Lowlands agave by Master Tequilero Arturo Fuentes. Let’s give it a spin. Somewhat rustic on the nose, this…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Single Casks: Bourbon, Sherry and Cuvee

With Courage & Conviction now well-established and reinforced by a line of cask-specific single malts derived from that flagship blend, the next frontier in the lineup for Virginia Distillery Co. is cask strength, single cask offerings. We got a taste of that last year with Cuvee Single Cask and, more recently, with an independently bottled…

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Review: Kiss Cold Gin

It’s our second round with the spirits of rock band Kiss, whose lineup comprises three rums and this, a “New York Style” gin (which is also available in Navy strength now) named after the Kiss song of the same name. What is New York Style gin? I’m unclear, but the brand does say that it…

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