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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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas Warehouse 1 Edition 2022

For 2022, Laphroaig’s special-edition Cairdeas release eschews fancy finishes and sticks with the tried and true. This release has been exclusively matured in ex-bourbon casks (from Maker’s Mark) and aged in Laphroaig’s Warehouse 1, a historic and iconic building that has stood on Laphroaig’s property for close to 200 years. And that’s the gist. This…

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Review: Austin Cocktails Mojito, Ruby Red, and Margarita (2022)

If you can guess where Austin Cocktails is based, we’ll buy you a drink next time you’re in town. You can probably also guess how the brand works: Canned cocktails, slightly fizzy, sweetened with agave and made using real spirits; two servings to an 8 oz. can. All three cocktails in the brand’s lineup are…

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Review: Teeling Single Pot Still Chinkapin Oak Irish Whiskey

A couple years ago, Dublin’s Teeling put out a single pot still bottling made from a 50/50 blend of malted and unmalted barley, which was triple distilled and matured in a combination of American virgin oak, bourbon, and sherry casks. Now Teeling is back with a twist on the formula, aging the whiskey in full…

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Review: Stambecco Maraschino Cherry Amaro

Monte Stambecco is an Italian Alpine distillery named for the Italian word for the ibex goat which roams the mountain terrain nearby. The ibex appears on the label, where he is surely on the prowl for the one product made here, a bittersweet amaro distilled in copper pot stills and infused with Marasca cherries, sweet…

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Review: Grander Panama Rum Trophy Release 20B08 (2022)

Apologies on the long wait for this review of Grander’s latest Trophy Release, which began in 2020 and has been intended as a twice-yearly edition. Release 20B08 — they’re now indicated with release information on the front label — hit in early 2022, and it’s a batch of 6 barrels from Panama — three 8…

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Review: Pursuit United Blended Rye

Kentucky residents and bourbon mega-fans Kenny Coleman and Ryan Cecil have built a small media empire with Bourbon Pursuit, arguably the most popular bourbon-focused podcast across multiple platforms. Beginning in 2018, they started leveraging that audience for regular releases of single barrel whiskeys. And in 2021, they launched Pursuit United Bourbon, a blended product sourced…

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Review: Maestro Dobel 50 1967 Tequila

Maestro Dobel invented the cristalino category back in 2008, and while it has released standard tequila expressions since that time, the brand’s name has largely been synonymous with cristalino with its “Diamond” bottling. Now Dobel is back with a new series of upscale releases, a collection of extra anejo bottlings each with a different cask…

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