Review: Thomas S. Moore Bourbons – Madeira, Merlot, Sherry, and Cognac Cask Finished

Three wine-finished whiskeys from Barton 1792‘s Thomas S. Moore brand felt like a lot at the time… but are you ready for moore of them? (Sorry.) Now Moore is out with four additional expressions, three finished in additional types of wine casks and one in Cognac barrels. Here’s some errata, before we start sipping: To create…

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Review: Shiner Tex Hex Desert Mirage, Agua Fresca, and Sea Salt & Lime

Our friends at Texas’s Shiner are back with three new seasonals, including the second release in the Tex Hex line (think Voodoo Ranger, but from the south). Shiner Tex Hex Desert Mirage Hazy IPA – This hazy IPA, the second in the Tex Hex series, is brewed with cactus water. I can’t say that it…

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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Ronnie’s Batch” 2022-01

It took almost the full first half of 2022, but bourbon drinkers can finally get their hands on Jim Beam’s latest in the Booker’s line. This release — 2022-01 — is named for Ronnie Land, a 40-year Beam employee who worked at the company’s Clermont and Boston, Kentucky facilities. Land rose to Warehouse Manager and…

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Review: 2020 Metz Road Pinot Noir Riverview Vineyard Monterey

We visited with Scheid Family Wines’ Metz Road pinot noir, hailing from Monterey County, last year. Now we’re back with a look at the 2020 release. The 2020 release is just a tiny bit more engaging than last year’s flabbier offering, kicking off with some citrus notes that lead the way to a beefy, somewhat…

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Review: Compass Box Experimental Grain Whisky

Compass Box is out with its latest expression, and even explaining what it is takes some doing. Experimental Grain Whisky is a blend of four whiskies, one of which is made from 100% peated malted barley from Loch Lomond Distillery. So: That portion is a single malt, right? Actually, no. It’s distilled in a column…

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Review: 2019 Domaine Anderson Chardonnay

Anderson Valley is the source for this wine, which we last visited with its 2017 vintage. Compared to the killer ’17, this 2019 chardonnay has a considerably harder edge, greener up front with a few notes of green bean and oregano, before a tart lemon peel element comes into clearer focus. Time in glass is…

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Review: Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Bourbon 15 Years Old

2 years ago we took a deep dive into the whiskeys of Peg Leg Porker, sourced Tennessee bourbons at a variety of ages, bottled by a local pitmaster after filtering through his own charcoal, after aging. What we missed at the time was PLP’s top expression, a 15 year old “Pitmaster Reserve” that was on…

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Review: NV Bonterra Bubbles Brut and Rose Sparkling Wine

Bonterra Organic Vineyards in Sonoma, California has been producing wines from organic grapes since 1987, focused on regenerative farming and sustainability practices in wine production. (And for avoidance of doubt, technically Bonterra’s wines are not “organic wines” since there are sulfites added, but instead they are wines made conventionally but with organic grapes.) And as…

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