Review: 2019 Brendel Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Brendel farms its wines organically in Napa Valley, producing a variety of single-varietal and blended wines. Today we look at two of Brendel’s flagships, a chardonnay and a cabernet sauvignon. 2019 Brendel Noble One Chardonnay Napa Valley – While it’s an unoaked chardonnay, this expression nonetheless tilts at notes of vanilla, coconut, and butterscotch, the…

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Review: Case 1 Rum Port Cask Finish

We first introduced you to the rums of Old Line Spirits last summer with their unique Single Malt Cask Finish. Since then, its Navy veteran founders, Mark MacLaughlin and Arch Watkins, have decided to rebrand their entire rum line with the Case 1 moniker. I’ll let Old Line explain that one: In Naval Aviation the…

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Review: Firestone Walker Parabolita

For over a decade now, Firestone Walker has offered an impressive variety of barrel-aged beers as part of its Proprietor’s Vintage Series, and all of those brews were available exclusively in glass bottles. But not anymore. For 2022, the California-based brewery has released its first-ever canned Vintage beer, Parabolita. As the name suggests, this beer…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2022)

Dickel’s well-priced, top-shelf Bottled in Bond release has become an annual affair, now in its fourth edition. For two of the first three years, the BiB bottling has been a 13 year old, as it is once again for 2022. Dickel’s 2020 is the lone outlier, a whiskey distilled in fall 2008 and bottled at…

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Review: 2021 Grochau Cellars Melon de Bourgogne

Melon de Bourgogne is a grape varietal rarely grown in the U.S. It is much more common in the Loire Valley where it is used to make Muscadet wine. But Grochau Cellars grows it successfully in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. They use sur lie aging (aging the wine on the lees) for 8 months…

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Review: GlenAllachie Virgin Oak Series, 2022 Lineup

GlenAllachie continues to expand an already expansive portfolio of single malts. Not only does the newly revitalized Speyside distillery offer an impressively broad core range (8 years all the way up to 30!), but they have also embarked on a robust single cask program, myriad different finishes, and now this line, the Virgin Oak Series.…

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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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