Review: Stone Xocoveza Imperial Stout

Stone’s latest concoction is a holiday favorite that takes Imperial Stout and brews it with coffee, chocolate, pasilla peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg to make a finished product that’s inspired by Mexican hot chocolate. Don’t drink beer? You can also get the experience in coffee form, with Stone launching its own lines of fresh beans and…

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Review: Garrison Brothers Guadalupe and Balmorhea Bourbons (2024)

Our friends at Texas-based Garrison Brothers have new special releases of both their Guadalupe and Balmorhea bottles hitting the market. We sampled both, and thoughts follow. Garrison Brothers Guadalupe Bourbon (2024) – This is the fourth year for Guadalupe, with a release of 10,500 bottles available. The unique maturation of this whiskey starts with four…

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Book Review: Warehouse H: The Story of Blanton’s Bourbon

Blanton’s has reached such a point of saturation in the collective consciousness of bourbon folk that it’s lost all meaning. Both the name and the object. Is it a meme, is it collectible, is it overhyped… is it even any good? The answers are: Yes! Luckily, Dominic Guglielmi’s Warehouse H, based on his website of…

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Review: Ricava Tequila – Complete Lineup

Ricava is a new brand of 100% Blue Weber agave tequila that is shaking things up with some unusual aging choices. In addition to a traditional Añejo Tequila, today we’ll be trying an expression that was aged in French oak Burgundy barrels as well as one that was aged in deep-charred American oak barrels. These…

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Review: Casey Jones Distillery Total Eclipse Moonshine and Bourbon

Up next in eclipse tie-in booze is a pair of products from Casey Jones Distillery, based on Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville won’t quite be in the path of totality during next week’s eclipse, but it was in the path during the 2017 eclipse — and it’ll be close enough in 2024 to warrant making a celebratory moonshine…

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Review: Indri Diwali Collector’s Edition 2023 Indian Single Malt

Piccadily Distilleries’ Indri Indian whisky brand gets a special edition in the form of this late-breaking release from the tail end of 2023: Indri Diwali Collector’s Edition 2023 is limited to just 450 bottles, and is a peated single malt that undergoes maturation in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. No age statement. It’s a wildly different…

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Review: 2022 Lyric Pinot Noir Monterey County

Lyric Pinot Noir is just hitting the market and should not be confused with Lyric by Etude. The new Lyric is made with grapes from Monterey County, California and aged in 25% new French Oak. On the nose and palate, this wine shows bright cranberry and tart cherry along with a touch of spice. Gentle…

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Review: 2XO The Tribute Blend and Oak Series – American Oak

Dixon Dedman’s 2XO juggernaut continues with the launch of a third limited edition whiskey in the Icon series — The Tribute Blend — and his first “everyday drinker,” the first 2XO to be a permanent offering. This new Oak Series will include a series of whiskeys at a lower price point and which undergo “an innovative…

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