Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C921 (September 2021)

  Belatedly, we’re finally getting around to the final Larceny Barrel Proof release from 2021, C921, which shipped in September. The wheated bourbon is one of the better offerings from the Larceny Barrel Proof catalog that I’ve encountered since the series launched in early 2020. The nose is ripe and rich with dark, stewed fruits…

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Review: Red Door Highland Gin

Red Door Gin is produced by our friends at Benromach, best known for their upstart Scotch whisky distillery on the northern edge of Speyside. (Great place to visit, by the way.) It’s a classic London Dry style, made in Benromach’s pot stills, and flavored with just eight botanicals, a core of five classic ingredients —…

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Review: NV Bruno Paillard Champagne Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

This luxe bottling from Bruno Paillard is made exclusively from chardonnay grapes sourced from grand cru vineyards, spending four years sur lie and 10 additional months in bottle after disgorgement. Formally classified as extra brut in style, the nonvintage bottling is a glorious expression of chardonnay that approximates a breadier, yeastier version of green apple-heavy…

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The Top 10 Rums of 2021

Jamaica figures heavily in our look back at the previous year in rum, with its fingerprints appearing in whole or in part on four of our top 10 expressions released in 2021. Of course, there’s ample representation from other islands in the Caribbean – as well as some further-afield locations that stretch from South America…

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Review: Cantine Ermes 2019 Quattro Quarti and 2016 Epicentro

Cantine Ermes is a major wine producer on the Italian island of Sicily. Today we look at two hearty reds from the operation, both built around Sicily’s indigenous nero d’avola grape. 2019 Cantine Ermes Quattro Quarti Appassimento Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC – Made in the appassimento style (with partially dried grapes) iconic to Valpolicella, you’d…

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Review: Jim Beam Orange

Want to shortcut your way to a highball or an old fashioned? A flavored whiskey might not be a bad idea, no? Jim Beam is no stranger to flavoring its bourbons, with the Red Stag line daring back to 2009, not to mention such products as Jim Beam Vanilla. Some of these creations have been…

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Review: 2020 Clean Slate Riesling Mosel

Clean Slate has long been a no-nonsense way to get a great value on a solid expression of riesling. As always it’s a semi-sweet style of the grape. A base of honey and white grape juice makes this an immediately appealing wine, perfect for aperitif sips before, well, dipping into just about anything. Crisp with…

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Review: El Bandido Yankee Tequila Blanco

The El Bandido Yankee Tequila Company launched in mid-2021, offering a blanco and reposado available regionally (namely in Illinois, Texas, and Michigan). Founded by former NFL player James Robert Morris and NHL Hall of Fame hockey player Chris Chelios, it’s another semi-celebrity tequila that aims to produce a high-end, 100% agave spirit which is —…

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