Review: King Estate 2021 Sauvignon Blanc and 2021 Pinot Noir

Two recent offerings from Oregon radio pioneers-turned-wine-impresarios, the King Family. 2021 King Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Bright notes of melon and lemon are dominant throughout. Light lime and a touch of spice show up on the palate, along with some very light minerality. The acidity on the finish dominates the discussion and mutes the more…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Fusion Series #8 and #9

It is the end of an era for Bardstown Bourbon Co. With the release of Fusion Series #8 in September and #9 this fall, the state-of-the-art Kentucky distillery is sunsetting this long-running line. While BBCo. has numerous expressions in its stable, the Fusion Series alone has showcased its young, house-distilled bourbons (along with a healthy…

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Review: Broken Barrel Americana Whiskey

Fast on the heels of Drinkhacker’s review of its “four core releases” along with other expressions earlier this year, Broken Barrel has recently released Americana, the latest addition to the core lineup. True to the experimental path they’ve carved for themselves, Americana showcases a particular novelty in their process, which is best shared in their…

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Review: Sierra Nevada Cryo Fresh Torpedo and Celebration Fresh Hop IPA (2022)

Two new releases from California’s Sierra Nevada — a no-longer-experimental IPA, new to the market, and a seasonal essential. Let’s go! Sierra Nevada Cryo Fresh Torpedo Wet Hop IPA – This IPA is made by flash freezing wet hops at harvest, thus perfectly (presumably) preserving them for the time when they’re used to make beer.…

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Review: Tincup Straight Rye Whiskey

Colorado’s Tincup has taken sweet time expanding its offerings over the years. They debuted with their American Whiskey in 2014 followed by a 10-year-old American Whiskey in 2018 and then in 2020 this bottle, Tincup Straight Rye. While the first two Tincup whiskeys were a unique mix of sourced MGP bourbon and a small amount…

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Review: Graham’s Tawny Port 20 Years Old (2022)

Three years ago we took our first spin with Graham’s 20 year old tawny Port, and recently the winery sent us a fresh bottling to demonstrate what has (or hasn’t) changed. Turns out this Port has extreme consistency, offering a straightforward raisin character up front, touched with light notes of strawberry, moving to a strong…

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Review: Remus Gatsby Reserve 2022

After an impressive showing with Remus Repeal Reserve VI, Ross & Squibb Master Distiller Ian Stirsman has brought us yet another Gilded Age-themed special edition for 2022, Remus Gatsby Reserve. Like the Volstead Reserve release in 2019, this expression distinguishes itself from the Repeal Reserve line with a focus on older bourbon stocks, described as…

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Review: J.T. Meleck Louisiana Rice Whiskey

Bourbon has long defined the American whiskey business, though rye and single malts are fast-growing categories many drinkers are keeping close tabs on. But we may be witnessing the genesis of a newer homegrown spirit: American rice whiskey. With just a handful of producers, it’s a category whiskey drinkers can explore in a single sitting,…

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