Review: Traverse City Whiskey Lakeside Peach

Michigan’s Traverse City makes a wide range of whiskeys which we’ve covered in depth in the past. Now there’s a limited edition offering on the table: Traverse City’s bourbon infused with Michigan peaches (and natural flavor, natch). Let’s put it through its paces. The big question with a product like this isn’t whether it smells…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Plantation Rum Finish and Chateau de Laubade II

We’re back today with even more Bardstown Bourbon Co.: Two different releases, in fact, from their Collaborative Series. For those who have trouble keeping up with all of the BBCo. releases, the Collaborative Series showcases the distillery’s various finished whiskeys produced in partnership with breweries, wineries, Cognac houses – pretty much anyone who puts a…

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Review: Mile High Spirits Fireside Bourbon Bottled in Bond

Last summer, we tasted Fireside Single Barrel Bourbon from the irreverent and innovative Colorado craft distillery Mile High Spirits. Today, we’re digging into the oldest whiskey offering under their Fireside label, a Bottled in Bond Bourbon. As far as I can tell, it’s essentially the same rye bourbon as the single barrel but bottled in…

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Review: Montagave Tequila Blanco “Heritage” (Lot 237)

Montagave comes to us from the Cascahuin distillery in Jalisco, by way of Aspen, Colorado. The agave for this spirit, a second edition known formally as “‘Héritage’ (Lot 237),” is grown in the Lowlands region. It’s sold as a blanco but is actually rested for 57 days in barrels — specifically Grand Cru Bordeaux barrels…

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Review: 2018 Etude Heirloom Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch

Napa-based Etude recently dropped this new pinot, designed with holiday celebrations firmly in mind. A rich and sultry pinot, the wine finds cherry and chocolate notes melding into a dense, enveloping experience, dusted with notes of ground coffee, thyme, and sassafras. Modest tannins are tempered by plenty of fruit, a moderated acidity ultimately giving the wine…

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Review: Little Book Blended Whiskey Chapter 6: “To The Finish” (2022)

Beam’s Little Book release for 2022 arrives as another very unusual blend, this time incorporating a bourbon and four straight malt whiskeys, each with a different finish, some quite unusual. What’s in the bottle? Here’s the breakdown of the blend: 4-year-old straight malt whiskey finished with cherrywood staves 4-year-old straight malt whiskey finished with applewood…

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Review: Germain-Robin California Alambic Brandy 7 Years Old

Germain-Robin, founded by happenstance by Ansley Coale and Hubert Germain-Robin in 1982 (that story is wild), represents the epicenter of high-end American brandymaking, and even within its relatively new ownership as part of the Gallo empire, Germain-Robin continues to set the bar for how domestic brandy ought to be made. This 7 year old bottling…

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Review: St. George Terroir Gin

California’s St. George markets four different gins as part of its permanent lineup, including Dry Rye and Terroir, reviewed here, which is inspired by the flora of Marin County — where Drinkhacker previously made its home before moving to Austin, Texas. The botanical list includes 12 products, including local Douglas fir, California bay laurel, fennel,…

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