Review: 2018 Hess Select North Coast and Lion Tamer Cabernet Sauvignon

The brand formerly known as The Hess Collection — now officially Hess Persson Estates — will be familiar to most readers, but many don’t realize that the brand bottles wine under a number of different labels. In fact, “The Hess Collection” no longer appears on either of the bottlings reviewed below, which includes a look…

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Review: Blue Run Golden Rye and High Rye Bourbon 4 Years Old

Blue Run hit the scene with a splash in 2020, a collaboration between Jim Rutledge, the famed former master distiller at Four Roses, and Nike brand designer Devon McKinney. Since then, a smattering of whiskeys have been released by the brand, but they’ve all had a catch: All were sourced, none had any of Rutledge’s real…

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Review: Dogfish Head Let’s Get Lost Single Malt

The beer maestros at Dogfish Head continues to expand their distilling operations, their latest innovation being this new single malt, called Let’s Got Lost, which is “distilled from a custom blend of malted barley (Pale Malt, Crystal Malt, Coffee Kiln Malt, and a high ratio of Applewood Smoked Malt) and aged onsite for more than…

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Review: Compass Box No Name, No. 3

Compass Box’s No Name — which we’ve encountered only at tasting events like WhiskyFest — was envisioned as a one-off in 2017, built on a base of Ardbeg but showcasing the lighter side of peat. The original spawned a sequel, and now this third edition has arrived — the final in a series that was…

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Review: Bacardi Tropical Rum

This limited edition rum from Bacardi dropped last summer, but, hey, warmer weather will be here before you know it — with National Pina Colada Day hitting on July 10. (Now you know!) Bacardi Tropical is, well, exactly what it sounds like: white rum (from one of Bacardi’s big factories in Mexico or Puerto Rico,…

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Review: Mico Tequila and Seltzers, Complete Lineup

Mico is a new tequila brand, the name translating to “monkey” in Spanish — which seems to have little to do with the brand aside from the mascot, which is a suited man with a monkey’s face. The tequilas are 100% agave (source unknown), double distilled, and, in the case of the aged renditions, double-barreled with…

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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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