Review: Himbrimi Winterbird London Dry Gin

Iceland doesn’t make just vodka anymore. The global craft distilling craze of the past decade has brought us all types of Icelandic spirits, most recently Himbrimi Gin. Distilled at Brunnur Distillery in the tiny island nation’s capital city, Reykjavik, this gin, named for Iceland’s loon bird, comes in two styles, Old Tom (which remains something of…

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Review: Valcan Cellars 2016 Pinot Noir and 2017 Syrah

With over 20 years of experience making wines in both Argentina and Oregon, Juan Pablo Valot and Doris Cancel’s Valcan (a portmanteau of their surnames) brand offers quite a variety from which to choose at their Corvallis base of operations, including a “bare” Malbec which I hope to try in the near future. But for…

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Review: Redwood Empire Grizzly Beast and Rocket Top Bottled in Bond Batch #2

Redwood Empire’s bonded bourbon and ryes — Grizzly Beast and Rocket Top, respectively — only arrived earlier in 2022, but now the company is back with a second batch of whiskeys, albeit slightly different from the first batch. These are fully produced “grain to glass” offerings made entirely in California and in keeping with the…

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Review: Pigeon River Tennessee Whiskey

The Covered Bridges Whiskey Company (TCBWC) is best known for its Ruddell’s Mill Kentucky bourbon. Now its out with a companion brand, Pigeon River, which is a sourced Tennessee whiskey made with the Lincoln County Process of undergoing charcoal filtration before it is aged. There’s a lot of info provided about the Pigeon River Bridge,…

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Review: Wines of San Simeon, 2022 Releases

It’s been a few years since we’ve looked at offerings from this sublabel of Riboli Family Wines, which makes a wide variety of wines sourced from various regions in California. Let’s have a look at three of their more recent releases. 2021 San Simeon Pinot Noir Monterey – Mildly earthy at first, but after a…

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Review: Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey Purple Muscat Finish 32 Years Old

Dublin’s Teeling Whiskey continues its run of ultra-limited, crazy rare bottlings, the latest being this, a single malt aged distilled in 1990, matured in bourbon barrels for 28 years, and finished in a single Portuguese Purple Muscat French Oak cask for an additional four years, bringing the grand total up to 32 years of age.…

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2021 Vinho Verde Review: Bico Amarelo and Quinta do Ameal Loureiro

Previously we spent time with two Vinho Verde wines from Portugal’s Quinta do Ameal estate, which were new to the U.S. at the time. We tried them again in 2020 and, another vintage later, the wines, both based on the Loureiro grape, are back again. Let’s dive in. 2021 Quinta do Ameal Vinho Verde Loureiro –…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Valencia

Penelope Bourbon has quickly become a small sensation in the American whiskey world. By taking the familiar non-distilling producer formula of sourcing whiskey and then blending or finishing it to create a new product they’ve seen great success since they got their start back in 2018. Penelope’s founders were known in the brand’s early days…

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