Review: Tequila Gran Diamante, Complete Lineup

Tequila Gran Diamante is a new brand out of Jalisco (by way of Southern California), using Highlands agave to make a full line of three tequilas which are bottled in some of the most over-the-top decanters I’ve encountered in years. While these bottles trickle into bars and retail, we received samples of the complete lineup…

Read More about Review: Tequila Gran Diamante, Complete Lineup

Review: Wine Access Connoisseurs Club

Wine clubs are a dime a dozen — or, more to the point, $59.99 per month with a 12 month commitment. All too often these clubs feature tired, bulk wines that have been hastily repackaged and had a new label slapped on them. That’s not to say you can’t find value in some of these…

Read More about Review: Wine Access Connoisseurs Club

Review: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, Distiller’s Edition, and Cask Proof

While we’ve covered several special releases from Virginia’s Catoctin Creek, including the bizarre and bold Ragnarok Rye and a Bottled in Bond commemorating their first decade of distilling, we’ve never actually looked at the distillery’s core portfolio. Today, we correct that. Outside of a gin and several small production brandies, the standard lineup at Catoctin…

Read More about Review: Catoctin Creek Roundstone Rye, Distiller’s Edition, and Cask Proof

Review: Unanime 2018 Merlot and 2017 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

In Autumn of 2021, I was fortunate enough to review the 2017 Mascota Vineyards Malbec and noticed the front page was blessed with a charming adage reminding us “pleasure is a treasure.” (Unanime is one of Mascota’s sub-labels.) I am pleased to report that one pandemic spike, one unjustified invasion/occupation, and two downright unremarkable Kanye…

Read More about Review: Unanime 2018 Merlot and 2017 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Amrut Spectrum 004 Single Malt Whisky 2022

After a five-year hiatus, Amrut is bringing back its ultra-rare and ultra-unusual Spectrum bottling. As with the 2017 release, this is Amrut single malt aged for an unspecified amount of time in ex-bourbon casks and then finished, again for an unspecified amount of time, in special “Spectrum” casks constructed from four different types of oak…

Read More about Review: Amrut Spectrum 004 Single Malt Whisky 2022

Review: Trapiche 2017 Iscay Syrah-Viognier and 2020 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon

We are back with another round from Mendoza’s Trapiche vineyards after being delighted by its Oak Cask Malbec and Medalla Cabernet Sauvignon earlier this year. With expectations high, let’s uncork. 2017 Trapiche Iscay Syrah-Viognier – A deep and heavy on blackberry nose deceptively brings malbec impressions to mind, but the palate corrects that assumption with…

Read More about Review: Trapiche 2017 Iscay Syrah-Viognier and 2020 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage

We’ve been dragging our feet on Buffalo Trace’s recent installments to the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line, but it’s not entirely our fault. Every bottle in the standard Taylor lineup has become a hot commodity, which means limited releases like this one are now almost impossible to track down, let alone afford once you actually…

Read More about Review: E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage

Book Review: Claridge’s – The Cocktail Book

When stepping into the bar at Claridge’s, the art deco design isn’t just a half-baked attempt or superfluous fly-by-night trendy imitation of the golden age, it’s the genuine article. The aesthetic and care to detail are something to be respected, the entire experience classy from start to finish. So, it makes sense that Director of…

Read More about Book Review: Claridge’s – The Cocktail Book