Review: Liquor Lab Whiskey Experience Kit

There’s a million mail-order cocktail kits on the market these days. Liquor Lab is the latest to join the fray, and while it’s a very gimmicky affair, I can see how it might appeal to some drinkers. First: Liquor Lab is a place (there are locations in Nashville and Louisville), and while I’ve never been…

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Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Special Releases 2021

Diageo’s Special Releases Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection for 2021 has arrived. Tagged with the moniker “Legends Untold,” this year’s collection spans 8 whiskies, all single malt (no grain whisky this year), designed to “reach into the realms of augmented reality to share the untold stories of iconic Scotch distilleries in new and unique ways.”…

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Review: Rhum Barbancourt 8 Years Old

Following up on our review of Haiti-based Rhum Barbancourt’s 15 Years Old expression, we push downmarket a bit into a more readily available bottling, Barbancourt 8 Years Old, also known as Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Speciale 5 Stars. As with all Barbancourt expressions, this is an agricole-style rum made from fresh sugar cane juice (not molasses),…

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Review: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar 2021

November is upon us, which means holiday shopping will soon follow. For the spirits enthusiast in your family, consider an early present in the form of an advent calendar: 12 or 24 30ml mini bottles that can be consumed, one each day, leading up to Christmas. Drinks by the Dram was nice enough to send…

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Review: One Eight Distilling District Made Single Barrel Cask Strength Bourbon

Last year, Washington D.C.’s One Eight Distilling released their first ever single barrel under their in-house District Made label, an impressive cask strength rye whiskey. What makes sense for a sequel? You guessed it. A cask strength, single barrel bourbon. This bottle hit the distillery’s gift shop shelves back in September, but the One Eight…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Cuvee Single Cask (2021)

Over the summer, Virginia Distillery Co. added three new offerings to their line of Courage & Conviction single malts, each drawn from stocks used in the core Courage & Conviction blend. If that wasn’t evidence enough that the distillery has really ramped up their single malt production, we now have the latest bottling: Courage &…

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Review: Damrak Virgin Non-Alcoholic Gin

When is a gin not a gin? Try this one, a non-alcoholic offering from Damrak. We tried Damrak’s standard, Amsterdam-based gin in 2018 and enjoyed its citrus-heavy palate. Damrak Virgin is distilled from 10 (different) botanicals, including Valencia and Curacao orange peels, juniper, ginger, lavender, cinnamon, and lemon peel — before the alcohol is stripped…

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Review: Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Rye and Port Cask Finish Rye

Earlier this month, we reviewed the reborn Old Scout Single Barrel Bourbon, which died an untimely death, along with the standard Old Scout Bourbon, when the distillery ran out of sourced MGP stock in 2016. That wasn’t the only casualty of Smooth Ambler’s shortage. There was also an Old Scout Rye (MGP’s beloved 95/5 mashbill)…

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