Review: Bardstown Bourbon Rye Finished in Infrared Toasted Cherry Oak

Bardstown Bourbon Company‘s calling card is innovation. It’s what they’ve been known for since they were founded back in 2014, and it’s what they continue to stake their reputation on as they add a cavalcade of unique blends and finished products to their ever-expanding portfolio. The latest entrant in that portfolio continues the tradition by…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C922 (September 2022)

The final of three Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases for 2022 has arrived, with C922 landing at 62.4% abv, continuing the string of expressions landing in the 120-ish proof level. How does this last release from the venerable 12 year old stand up to its forebears? Let’s find out. The nose immediately engages when the…

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Review: 2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Two new estate wines from Oregon’s Sokol Blosser, based in the Dundee Hills: 2020 Sokol Blosser Estate Chardonnay Dundee Hills – Surprisingly tart, almost green at times, with more than a little saline character — none of which immediately evokes charddonay. After some of the lime leaf and salt-heavy elements settle down, the wine showcases…

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Review: Knob Creek Bourbon 18 Years Old

Can it have already been 3 years? Actually, not quite: It was only 2020 when Knob Creek’s 15 Year Old expression became the oldest whiskey in its lineup, and now there’s a natural follow-up (also a limited edition), Knob Creek at a full 18 years of age, which is presumably bottled from slightly different stock.…

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Review: Southern Star Paragon Bourbon, Bottled-in-Bond, and Cask Strength Single Barrel

Over the summer, we took a look at a bourbon and rye from North Carolina-based Southern Distilling Company, each of which included a portion of whiskey distilled at Ross & Squibb (formerly MGP). We mentioned then that the distillery had recently launched a line of entirely house-distilled bourbon dubbed Paragon and promised that we’d get…

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Review: Barrell Vantage

We’re back again with yet another special release from Barrell Craft Spirits, and this one is all about the wood, three different types of wood, in fact. I’ll let Barrell supply the deets: Vantage is a blend of straight bourbons finished in three distinct expressions of virgin oak: Mizunara, French, and toasted American oak casks.…

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Review: Chemist American Gin and Navy Strength Gin

Chemist Spirits was founded by Debbie Word in 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina and recently garnered attention by being featured in the 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards gift bag. I wasn’t invited to the event, but I am always excited to try a new gin even if I can’t rub elbows with Susan Lucci. To make…

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Review: Uncle Nearest Uncut/Unfiltered Rye

Uncle Nearest is getting into the rye game in a big way this fall. Soon, the Tennessee distillery will be offering a whopping three new rye whiskey expressions. But before that happens, Uncle Nearest has given its most dedicated fans a cask strength, non-chill filtered sneak peek at what’s to come with this bottle. I’ll…

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