Review: Sagamore Spirit Sherry Finish

Hot on the heels of their enjoyable Rum Cask Finish, Maryland’s Sagamore Spirit Distillery is out with another addition to their Reserve Series line, and it sure sounds tailormade for the holiday season. The distillery first released a Pedro Ximenez sherry-finished rye whiskey as a much more limited Distillery Exclusive way back in 2019, and…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Reserve 17 Years Old (2022)

Dickel has been cranking out special edition whiskeys with double-digit ages as part of its ongoing Bottled in Bond series for a few years now. But for the holidays, the distillery has dropped an even older bottling that hits a full 17 years of age, though it’s not bonded, entering the bottle at 46% abv.…

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Review: 2019 Ehlers Estate Merlot St. Helena

77% merlot, 23% cabernet sauvignon. Lush and pretty, you can definitely taste the cab influence here, making for a surprisingly deep merlot that’s lush with notes of raspberry and blackberry, layered with gentle notes of violets and a healthy slick of licorice. Chocolate hangs on to the finish, with a sharp, tart berry component on…

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Review: Rum & Cane XO Rums – Asia Pacific, British West Indies, and French Overseas

Rum & Cane is a new line of rums sourced from all over the world and imported by our friends at ImpEx. Three are ongoing vattings, while two single cask offerings are available. We look at the former trio here today, which are all vattings of two different distilleries (often undisclosed in name) from a…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Distillery Series Rye – High Toast Maple and High Toast Oak

Jack Daniel’s has formally renamed its Tennessee Tasters’ Selection series (which was a mouthful) to the more straightforward Distillery Series. The idea remains the same, however: These are experimental, one-off releases that are available only in Tennessee. The 8th and 9th installment in the series both start with JD Straight Rye Whiskey, then finish them in…

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The Top 10 Whiskeys of 2022

The mad fanaticism over all things whiskey continued unabated in 2022, but with quality like this on the market, it’s hard not to see why. Some of this stuff is so insanely good that we can fully understand the wild price hikes and long lines and lotteries just to win the chance at buying a…

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Review: Wines of Domaine Bousquet, Fall 2022 Releases

Over the last few years, we have covered Domaine Bousquet’s brisk and expansive headway into the U.S. market, and this fall’s offerings look to build on the consistently enjoyable results we’ve had in the past. This time we have a look at their Reserve selections, selected from low-yield plots promising to offer more flavor and…

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Review: Bacardi Reserva Ocho Rum Rye Cask Finish 8 Years Old

Whiskey makers are in the midst of a love affair with rum barrels for finishing purposes — so why shouldn’t the reverse be true, also? The second part of an annual release of five rums in the Reserva Ocho line, this is the follow-up to last year’s Reserva Ocho Sherry Cask Finish (which we didn’t…

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