Review: Foursquare Mark XVIII “Indelible” Single Blended Rum

It’s getting a bit hard to keep up with these Foursquare Exceptional Cask Selections. I don’t know if they adhere to a particular schedule, but I seem to always be noticing a new one on the shelf at least a couple of times each year (and at steeper and steeper price points). In addition to…

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Review: Southern Star Standard Bourbon and Double Rye (2022)

We’ve been keeping tabs on North Carolina’s Southern Distilling Company for a few years now. The distillery remains one of the largest, if not the largest, in the state and continues to expand their portfolio. Initial offerings, some of which we covered in 2019, relied mostly on whiskey distilled by MGP, but the distillery is…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B522 (May 2022)

The second ECBP for 2022 arrived earlier this summer, clocking in at just a hair hotter than A122‘s 120.8 proof. By now you know the drill about what’s in this seasonally released 12 year old bourbon. Let’s dive in. Toasty but not overly woody on the nose, B522 sets up to be more barrel-forward than…

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Review: St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur

St. George is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but its coffee liqueur is inspired by New Orleans, using Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans, Madagascar vanilla, and organic cane sugar as the basis for its rich spirit. The nose is classically bold, with a coarse grind of coffee doused with vanilla and dark chocolate evident.…

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Review: Westward Single Malt Whiskey Elements: High Desert to Klamath Basin

We’ve reviewed several single malts from Oregon’s Westward Whiskey in recent years, but no one told us the distillery had its own whiskey club! Color us a little envious that we weren’t invited to join. For those interested, here are a few deets: Launched in 2019 and previously available exclusively in Oregon, the home of Westward Whiskey,…

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Jefferson’s Founder Trey Zoeller Talks Bourbon Heritage and Making Kentucky “Cool”

In the age of bourbon sourcing, blending, and cask finishes, Jefferson’s Bourbon certainly stands out as a pioneer. Launched in 1997, the brand predates the 2010s “Bourbon Boom” by more than a decade, and Jefferson’s founder Trey Zoeller has witnessed most of the industry’s current trends since their inception. Indeed, Zoeller and his team were…

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Review: Shortbarrel Toasted Bourbon 101 and Rye 101

Georgia-based Shortbarrel is a recent addition to the ever-growing list of independent American whiskey bottlers. It began as a barrel picking group in 2016, but by 2021, after more than 350 barrel picks, a few of the group’s members decided to graduate to brand building. In less than two years, they’ve established a modest portfolio…

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Book Review: A Sense of Place: A Journey Around Scotland’s Whisky

On one of my first press jaunts as a doe-eyed, aspiring whisky scribe, I sat on a bus next to Chuck Cowdery, someone whom I regard and respect as a true statesman of the profession to this day. We were discussing Kentucky (I was fairly new to the Commonwealth at the time), and he leaned…

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