Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2021

Not to be confused with the far more expensive Diageo Special Edition Releases, Diageo’s Distillers Edition whiskies are more accessible (read: affordable) but also released on a (mostly) annual basis. While normally we see these a bit randomly, this year we were fortunate to receive the full collection of 2021 Distillers Editions, six whiskies in…

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Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Chenoweth Vineyard Chardonnay and 2018 Maple Vineyard Zinfandel

We’ve tried Dutcher Crossing before, but not everything from this smaller, Sonoma based producer, which offers a range of wines from various vineyards. This is our first experience with Dutcher’s Chardonnays (they produce several, often highlighting grapes drawn from single vineyards) as well as one of their Zinfandels. 2019 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Vineyard Russian River…

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Review: George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend Rye

This latest limited-edition release from George Dickel flew a bit under the radar this fall, but it’s got quite the backstory. Dubbed George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Blend Rye, this is, as the name suggests, a collaboration between Tennessee’s George Dickel and Leopold Bros, a Colorado distillery that was one of the earliest craft…

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Review: Buzzbox Perfect Margarita

Ready-to-drink cocktails are showing up everywhere these days, and buzzbox (with a lowercase “b” to keep it casual) is a new company devoted to providing premium cocktails made without preservatives, additives, or artificial colors or flavors and packaged in eco-friendly boxes that look somewhat like — well, actually exactly like — my children’s juice boxes.…

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Review: Kentucky Peerless Double Oak Bourbon

We’re probably nowhere near peak double-oak in the bourbon world, but maybe we’re getting close when small craft producers like Kentucky Peerless are hopping on the bandwagon. According to Peerless, they came about the process organically after re-barrelling bourbon from leaky barrels into new oak and discovering a dramatically changed profile. Those original bottlings were…

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Review: 2018 Charles Woodson’s Intercept Cabernet Sauvignon

Not a sports fan? Who’s Charles Woodson? He’s a former NFL defenseman — rookie of the year in 1998 — who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. Now the man is making wine in Paso Robles with the help of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, which produces a variety of luxury…

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Review: Mal de Amor Mezcal, 7 Expressions

The range of mezcals available in the U.S. is growing and the ones we are trying today represent a fantastic new range of offerings. The Mal de Amor distillery is owned and run by the Hernandez family and is located in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. All of the mezcals we are trying are joven, which…

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Review: 2018 Hamel Isthmus Red Wine Sonoma Valley

2018’s Hamel Isthmus is a much more approachable wine than the 2016 bottling. Composed of a much different blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 14% cabernet franc, and 4% petit verdot, the wine is quite dry and weighty, notes of graphite and tanned leather yielding tentatively to a punch of currants and blackberry bramble,…

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