Review: Fall Creek 2020 Grenache Rose and 2021 Roussanne

Fall Creek Vineyards is one of the most venerable Texas wineries — to the point where they have a three-letter domain name. Fall Creek’s white and rose releases aren’t your usual “summer drinking” fare. To prove that, here’s a look at two recent bottlings. 2020 Fall Creek Grenache Rose – No saccharine white zin style…

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Review: Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish

Ten To One is back with its latest blend of Caribbean rums, this one its first cask-finished buttling. The first in an ongoing “Cask Select” series, and exclusive to Flaviar, this Oloroso Sherry Cask finish begins with a collection of rums sourced from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad, before finishing in ex-oloroso sherry…

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Review: Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila

Blue cocktails are fun — aren’t they? Years ago, a healthy shot of blue curacao was the only way to turn your drink the shade of the ocean, but recently released products like Empress 1908 Gin have provided more hacks for the mixologist’s toolbox – a trick achieved by infusing the spirit with bright blue…

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Review: Green River Bourbon

We’ve been writing about Green River for years, almost since it got started back in 2016 under the O.Z. Tyler name. Last year we even looked at an almost ready preview bottling of Green River’s eponymous bourbon, made from a mash of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% barley. Now Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey…

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Review: Sourced Kraken Rum Haunted Halloween Bundle

Sourced Craft Cocktails just dropped a pair of Halloween-friendly kits, including this bundle, featuring two ready-to-go mixers, a bottle of Kraken rum, and the usual accoutrements (skull-topped picks, coasters, koozies, and the like). The two cocktails include the “Sea Monster Mai Tai,” which is really a straightforward version of the classic, and the “Graveyard Smash,”…

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Review: Castle & Key Harvest Seasonal Gin

In previous years, Castle and Key’s Harvest Seasonal Gin has changed recipes with each autumn release, but starting this year, the recipe will remain consistent annually. But not to worry. They have no plans to stop experimenting with other gin releases. Harvest Seasonal gin begins with their signature, high-rye mash bill: 17% yellow corn, 63%…

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Review: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 4 (2022)

Ardbeg’s Traigh Bhan release is now in its fourth annual edition — always 19 years old but changing from year to year due to its small batch makeup and ever-evolving selection of casks to choose from. This year’s bottling is matured with a higher proportion of Oloroso Sherry casks, Batch Four is subtly different to…

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Review: 2019 Dobbes Pinot Noir Grand Assemblage Willamette Valley

The “Grand Assemblage” in question is a selection of different Oregon vineyards, all prized for the pinot noir grapes that Dobbes Family Estate uses to make this delightful wine. It’s a gorgeous, balanced pinot — notes of graphite and slate lead to a palate that’s infused with brambly blackberry, cola, black tea, and just a…

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