Review: Esporao Reserva 2021 Red and 2022 White

Herdade Do Esporao wines bring only positive words to the Portuguese wine conversation: they are sturdy ambassadors staying within the realm of affordability and are consistent in quality. We review the vineyard’s offerings at a near-annual rate, and today we return to enjoy its two flagship red and white offerings. 2021 Herdade Do Esporao Reserva…

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Review: New Riff High Note Collection – Malted Rye and Bohemian Wheat Bourbon

Northern Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery just keeps on riffing, recently adding two new offerings to their limited-edition line, now dubbed the High Note Collection. Each is an 8 year old expression making this duo their oldest whiskeys to date, but both should be familiar to New Riff fans. One is a more aged expression of…

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Review: Longmorn 18 and 22 Years Old

Founded in 1894, Longmorn is a Speyside Scotch producer that only recently made its entrance into the American market. In early 2024, Longmorn launched 18 and 22 year-old expressions stateside. Both are non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength without added coloring.. The two expressions will form the core of Longmorn’s American lineup, and the…

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Review: Green River Rye

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Green River introduced a rye whiskey to their lineup. I’m honestly surprised we didn’t see it earlier. Rye is often the first offering from a new label, but we’ve already been spoiled with a trifecta of impressive bourbons from the Owensboro outfit. This latest is…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A124 (January 2024)

2024’s first special edition version of Larceny Barrel Proof is here, as always a cask strength wheated bourbon, no age statement. Larceny Barrel Proof always tends toward sweeter exuberance, and this release is no different, featuring a big bomb of butterscotch and vanilla, garnished with a curl of lemon peel. Toasty oak notes build as…

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Review: Wyoming Whiskey National Parks No. 3 Limited Edition Bourbon

Wyoming Whiskey dropped the third installment in their National Parks Collection last fall, this time paying tribute to the Grand Teton National Park with a substantial $150,000 donation to the park’s philanthropic partner, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. It’s an impressive gesture that speaks to the importance of Grand Teton not just for Wyoming…

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Review: 2020 Opaque Paso Robles Tannat

Tannat is a varietal associated largely with the nation of Uruguay, which is also a nation associated with soccer legend Edinson Cavani and author/politician Eduardo Acevedo Díaz. Non-Uruguayan, Paso-Robles-based winery Opaque keeps Tannat in its rotation of annual releases, and we’re reviewing the latest offering. I’ve rarely encountered a stateside Tannat, but I am told…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s 12 Years Old Batch 2 and 10 Years Old Batch 3 (2024)

Another year on, JD’s age-stated whiskey series continues — and while it will forever aggravate me that the 10 year old and 12 year old expressions will likely forever be one batch number apart, I’m willing to set that aside in anticipation of enjoying a top-shelf product. As a refresher, these two whiskeys are standard…

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