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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Review: 4 Buzzard’s Roost Whiskeys, 2022 Releases

Buzzard’s Roost got a quiet start in 2020, and now the Louisville-based brand is on a tear, with at least eight expressions of bourbon and rye now available. In late 2021, bottling, aging, and finishing operations moved to Bardstown Bourbon Company; all spirits however are still sourced from MGP in Indiana. We recently received a…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey Outryder 2021 and Single Barrel Bourbon 2021

We’re way, way, way late to the game with these two Wyoming Whiskey releases, which hit at the tail end of 2021 and got lost in the sample shuffle at that time. But better late than never, I’d like to think, so here we go with two big offerings from Wyoming, one of the best…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2022

Summer’s in full swing, and many a young man’s mind turns to beer if for no other reason than to cool down a bit. Our fourth annual Top 10 Beers of the Year list is here to help you make sense of an increasingly crowded market with a look at 10 top brews that made…

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Review: Wines of St. Francis, 2022 Releases

Two new budget-friendly wines from Sonoma’s St. Francis. Let’s give ’em a try. 2020 St. Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County – Brightly fruity with lots of lemon, edged with tropical notes. The oak and vanilla here aren’t overwhelming, but work well to complement the moderated fruit notes, which tilt at tangerine and, eventually, strawberry. Some floral…

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