24 Reasons to Get the Flaviar Advent Calendar These Holidays

ADVERTISEMENT The most anticipated Whiskey gift of the season is back! Whiskey fans, heads up—here’s a gift that’ll surely warm your hearts and throats. Flaviar Advent Calendar, the always-sold-out box of holiday Spirits, gives the flavor explorers at heart a chance to taste a premium Whiskey every day of Advent—that’s 24 days of exquisite tasting…

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Review: Sagamore Spirit Rye Rum Cask Finish

  It was only a matter of time before Sagamore Spirit turned its finishing eyes to the venerable rum barrel, with this blend of 5- to 6-year-old MGP rye whiskeys spending 10 extra months in a mix of South American and Jamaican rum barrels. It’s worth noting that Sagamore seems to have now dropped the…

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Review: Montelobos Mezcal Joven – Ensamble and Pechuga

Last time we checked in with Montelobos, the company’s offerings centered around two hallmark expressions, namely their tobala and espadin. In the past year, the Campari-owned brand has expanded with two more (and quite different) expressions: an ensamble and pechuga. The ensamble blend originates in Puebla and is primarily made using papalote agave and “complemented…

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Review: Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Single Rickhouse Camp Nelson C

You’ve had single barrel whiskey, but what about single rickhouse? Whiskey that may not have been produced at the same time, but which has all been matured in the same building. It’s kind of a genius idea, and it’s the basis for a new series of whiskeys from Wild Turkey’s Russell’s Reserve. The new Single Rickhouse…

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Review: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Big Hoppy

Vermont’s Lawson’s Finest Liquids recently released its first black IPA, Big Poppy, which is made with five hop varieties and seven malts — all of them apparently well-roasted into dankness. Black IPAs can be a curious undertaking, and this beer is no exception. Heavily blackened with notes of coffee grounds and burnt toast, it at…

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The Willy Wonka of Whisky: An Interview with Dr. Bill Lumsden (Part 1)

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Director of Whisky Creation at Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, is one of the most recognized names in the wide world of single malt Scotch — and for very good reason. In a career spanning nearly 40 years in the industry, he is known as the Willy Wonka of whisky for his seemingly inexhaustible…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Farmstand Fresh Mango IPA

Bravo, Cashmere, and Mosaic hops… and fresh mango(!), all in a single IPA from Deschutes. The mango here isn’t overblown, adding a light tropicality to a straightforward burst of orange-fueled citrus, piney bitterness, and layers of modest sweetness. Increasingly bitter on the finish, the mango manages to eventually muscle its way into the picture, but…

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Review: Keeper’s Heart Whiskeys – Irish + American Whiskey and Irish + Bourbon

What do you get when you combine a pioneer of the American craft distilling movement with a revered Irish whiskey Master Distiller? Apparently, the answer is Keeper’s Heart Whiskey. Inspired by the Irish-American heritage of the O’Shaughnessy family, Keeper’s Heart bills itself as a marriage of the best Irish and American whiskey-making traditions, and while…

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