Review: 2020 Castel Sallegg Bischofsleiten DOC

Wines from northern Italy and the mountainous region of Alto Adige are often light to medium bodied, high in acid, and fruit forward, which in general is a result of growing grapes in high altitude vineyards. And they are delightful. The black grape used to make the 2020 “Bischofsleiten” from Castel Sallegg is called Schiava…

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Review: Single Cask Nation Invergordon Single Grain Scotch Whisky 46 Years Old

Scottish grain whiskies, distilled typically from wheat or corn on columns stills, don’t get much love in the Scotch world. Pot-distilled barley contributes more flavor and texture, or so the argument goes, and thus grain whisky is rarely bottled on its own. Instead, it serves as the workhorse for most blended Scotch, contributing sweetness and…

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Review: Wines of Markham, 2022 Releases

The venerable Markham Vineyards presents a trio of wines for us today, two of its District Series merlots and the latest offering of The Altruist, a “right bank” style Bordeaux blend sourced from all over Napa. 2018 Markham Merlot Yountville – Surprisingly tannic for a merlot, I sipped and sipped at this bottling waiting for…

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Review: Glenmorangie Cognac Cask Finish 13 Years Old

The “Barrel Select” releases appear to have become an annual event from Glenmorangie, although there’s still no trace of them anywhere on the distillery’s website that I can find. Using my impressive deductive skills, I’m assuming these are limited offerings focusing on special cask finishes apart from those associated with the core lineup and other…

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Review: Ardbeg Twenty-Something 22 Years Old (2018)

A lot of people may not know it, what with their constant stream of special releases and a devoted Committee of adoring fans, but Islay’s Ardbeg Distillery almost closed up shop in the 1990s. The operation had fallen on hard times and was run for years only sparingly by its previous owners until the Glenmorangie…

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Review: A Smith. Bowman Abraham Bowman Rum Finished Bourbon

We’ve skipped a few beats recently with A. Smith Bowman’s annual Abraham Bowman experimental releases. The 2019 bottling was reportedly even more limited than usual (which is really limited) and last year’s release, an intriguing sounding bourbon finished in Virginia Port wine and Sauternes casks, managed to also elude us. But not this year (err,…

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Review: WhistlePig PiggyBack Devil’s Slide Non-Alcoholic Whiskey

Ever since they converted an old Vermont dairy farm into a craft whiskey operation in 2007, WhistlePig has made quite a name for itself with their consistently highly acclaimed rye whiskeys. They ante up on their limited edition special releases year on year, which includes ultra-premium expressions such as the 17 year Boss Hog VIII…

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Review: Barrell Gray Label Bourbon, Whiskey, and Seagrass (2021)

Barrell made its first upmarket moves in 2018 with what was then called the Barrell Craft Spirits line, a selection of extra-aged, cask strength bottlings that represented the cream of the crop from Barrell’s expansive spirits stocks. The initial lineup included a bourbon, whiskey, and rum offering. We only got the chance to sample the…

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