Review: Wines of Dobbes Family Estate, 2021 Vintage

Dundee, Oregon is home to Dobbes Family Estate, where the usual suspects — chardonnay and pinot noir — are being turned out by a winemaking team that clearly knows its stuff. This is our third encounter with Dobbes and we’re hopeful it won’t be the last. 2021 Dobbes Family Estate Chardonnay Grand Assemblage Willamette Valley…

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Review: Still Austin Bottled in Bond Rye

Still Austin‘s fourth and final seasonal bottled in bond expression has arrived, and unlike the previous three releases — all bourbon — this one is composed of rye. 100% Texas-grown rye to be specific. As a bonded release, it spends 4 years in barrel before hitting the bottle at 50% abv. No big surprises lie…

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Review: Lone River Ranch Water, Complete Lineup

Let’s get it out of the way for the purists: Lone River Ranch Water is not ranch water. Like a packet of Hidden Valley ranch poured and then shaken into a lukewarm bottle of Dasani, which is literally both ranch and an approximation of water, it is ranch water in name only. While ranch water…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Rio and Rye Tokaji Cask Finish

Once-obscure Penelope Bourbon has been rising up the ranks in part because of its innovative approach to finishing, two examples of which we have on tap today, both designed around a brief concluding spin in a barrel that once held something sweet. Now part of Luxco, Penelope has been cranking up production and innovation. Both…

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Book Review: The Tequila Ambassador Version Originale

Spirits enthusiasts are always on watch for the next trend in spirits. Whiskey and brandy have held international acclaim for eons, but could tequila be the next craze? The popularity and credibility of tequila as a premium spirit has been on the rise, thanks in large part to Tomas Estes. Estes passed in 2021 but…

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Review: Frank August Bourbon

Have you already heard of Frank August? Then you are at least a few steps ahead of this writer; I recently came across it at my brother’s house, where he’d brought a bottle home from BevMo strictly based on the staff recommendation. This usually incites an involuntary raising of eyebrows, but the bottle is sleek…

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Review: Valhalla Herbal Liqueur Shot

Say, do you like licorice? Finland-born Valhalla is the Scandi Jagermeister you never knew you needed. The coffee-black liqueur is made with Nordic ingredients including angelica, wormwood, yarrow, and licorice — lots of licorice. Four species of licorice plants, to be exact. Designed to be consumed cold, as a shot, just like Jager, I first…

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Review: Connacht Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch 1

Connacht makes a range of Irish whiskeys, including Brothership and Ballyhoo, and even other spirits like gin and vodka. This however is the first time we’ve covered anything with the Connacht name on the front of the label. This single malt was launched in 2021 as a 4 year old, double-distilled from 100% Irish malt barley…

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