Review: Coperies Single Malt Whisky Francais

Coperies is a new brand from Cognac-maker Merlet, which says it leverages centuries of knowhow at creating brandy to create this pot-distilled single malt whisky. Made with French barley in the Charentes region and aged in French oak barrels, this whisky is as French as you can get. There’s no aging information, but let’s not…

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Review: 2020 Chalk Hill Estate Sauvignon Blanc

A much more evocative wine than last year’s expression of this wine, which was a little harsh. For 2020, Chalk Hill rolls out a rich and fruit-filled expression of sauvignon blanc, with notes of melon, gooseberry, and lemon curd all up front — tempered by saline and mineral notes. Well balanced between fruity and lightly…

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Review: Branson Cognac, Complete Lineup

Branson (along with Le Chemin du Roi Champagne) is part of the Sire Spirits brand, which is famously owned by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Branson Cognac is available in four expressions, all of which we received for review. Ready to get started? All are 80 proof. Branson Cognac Phantom – Essentially a VS bottling, this…

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Review: Gary Farrell 2019 Chardonnay and 2018 Pinot Noir Single Vineyard Selections

We looked at these identical bottlings from Gary Farrell a year ago, only one vintage prior, respectively. Now they’re updated and back. Back into the fold we go! 2019 Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Valley Olivet Lane Vineyard – Creamy, with lightly lemony notes running to apple, caramel, and lingering vanilla notes. The citrus doesn’t…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A122 (January 2022)

After a pair of killer releases in 2021, can the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof series keep the magic going with this first release for 2022? Good news: ECBP Batch A122 is a surprising delight, with plenty of trademark fruit and spice throughout the experience. Things kick off with an aromatic punch of nutmeg and cloves,…

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Review: Firestone Walker Kentucky Mule and Gold Rider

The brewing brainiacs at Firestone Walker have gotten increasingly creative with their barrel-aged Proprietor’s Vintage Series in recent years. In addition to the tried-and-true classics like Parabola and Stickee Monkee, the brewery has launched several limited edition, cocktail-inspired brews. We covered one of the first of these, Old Man Hattan, back in 2019, as well…

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Review: Waterford Distillery The Cuvee

Ireland’s Waterford Distillery splashed on the whisky scene in 2020 with its terroir-focused Single Farm Origin releases, a slew of which have hit the shelves since we first looked in on them. Their Organic Gaia release shortly after was the distillery’s first blend of distilled barleys from various farms, although it was limited to only…

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Review: Wines of Halleck Vineyard, 2021 Vintage

Halleck Vineyard is a sleeper Sonoma winery known for its limited production pinot noir and a brisk collection of summery whites and roses. With the promise of a hot season breathing down our neck, we took a look at three new white and rose releases from the winery. All of these wines are available for…

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