Review: Sourced Kraken Rum Haunted Halloween Bundle

Sourced Craft Cocktails just dropped a pair of Halloween-friendly kits, including this bundle, featuring two ready-to-go mixers, a bottle of Kraken rum, and the usual accoutrements (skull-topped picks, coasters, koozies, and the like). The two cocktails include the “Sea Monster Mai Tai,” which is really a straightforward version of the classic, and the “Graveyard Smash,”…

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Review: Castle & Key Harvest Seasonal Gin

In previous years, Castle and Key’s Harvest Seasonal Gin has changed recipes with each autumn release, but starting this year, the recipe will remain consistent annually. But not to worry. They have no plans to stop experimenting with other gin releases. Harvest Seasonal gin begins with their signature, high-rye mash bill: 17% yellow corn, 63%…

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Review: Ardbeg Traigh Bhan 19 Years Old Batch 4 (2022)

Ardbeg’s Traigh Bhan release is now in its fourth annual edition — always 19 years old but changing from year to year due to its small batch makeup and ever-evolving selection of casks to choose from. This year’s bottling is matured with a higher proportion of Oloroso Sherry casks, Batch Four is subtly different to…

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Review: 2019 Dobbes Pinot Noir Grand Assemblage Willamette Valley

The “Grand Assemblage” in question is a selection of different Oregon vineyards, all prized for the pinot noir grapes that Dobbes Family Estate uses to make this delightful wine. It’s a gorgeous, balanced pinot — notes of graphite and slate lead to a palate that’s infused with brambly blackberry, cola, black tea, and just a…

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Review: Citadelle Gin Juniper Decadence

Citadelle’s seasonal releases — like those from Hendrick’s and others — are now arriving at a regular clip. For 2022, Citadelle offers Citadelle Gin Juniper Décadence, which is an overt homage to, of course, the juniper tree. Not only is it made with “a large portion” of its juniper sourced from Coganc, where the distillery…

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Review: 2021 Kerrville Hills Trebbiano Pepper Jack Vineyards

This Texas High Plains wine is made from trebbiano grapes, which is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world — but which is primarily associated with Italy. Let’s see what the middle of Texas can do with the increasingly global varietal. What initially starts out as a pleasant, almost innocuous wine soon…

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Sonic Enhancement and Masters of Whiskey: An Interview with Blackened’s Rob Dietrich

Rob Dietrich is a busy guy. As Master Distiller & Blender of Blackened — the whiskey brand co-founded by rock supergroup Metallica — he’s involved in almost every aspect of the company’s sourcing, blending, marketing, and even distribution. And while Blackened sources their distillate from other sources, its “Black Noise” aging process adds an additional…

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Review: 2018 E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Maison Guigal makes a wide range of wines in the Rhone Valley. This Cotes du Rhone bottling is one of its most affordable and widely available. Let’s try the latest vintage, 2018. The wine is quite intense — and more so than I was expecting. Classic syrah-forward notes of turned earth and roast meats meld…

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