Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – Andean Oak Casks

Now an annual release in its fourth iteration, the 2021 installment of Mount Gay’s Master Blender Selection is a truly unique offering. It starts with twice-pot-distilled rum that spends 14 years in standard bourbon casks before going into a virgin casks made from oak sourced from the Andes mountains. Branker’s innovation began once she had…

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Review: Wines of Vento di Mare, 2021 Releases

We covered one of the wines of Sicily’s Vento di Mare recently, after which the winery decided to send us four more wines in its affordable organic lineup. We delve into that quartet posthaste: 2020 Vento di Mare Pinot Grigio IGT – A milder pinot grigio you would have trouble finding, this gently floral offering…

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Review: Founders Brewing KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Espresso Stout and KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa

It’s starting to get cold out (in some parts of the country, at least), so that means the barrel-aged beer releases will soon start flowing. Founders is getting ahead of the flood this season with two new offerings under their KBS line, KBS Espresso and KBS Cinnamon Vanilla Cocoa. Espresso isn’t technically new, as it…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2021 Edition

By now you’ve surely heard the news. This year there will be no George Stagg release, with Buffalo Trace declaring that the barrels it pulled (from 2006 distillate) “did not meet the Stagg profile today.” The good news is that it still leaves four horsemen remaining in the Antique Collection, and these whiskeys are always…

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Review: 3 Franciacorta Sparkling Wines, 2021 Releases

When one thinks of Italian sparkling wine in the U.S., Prosecco invariably comes to mind first. But Italy is home to a range of distinctive, delicious sparklers that deserve serious attention. One style that is becoming more available on this side of the Atlantic is Franciacorta, from Lombardy, which is Italy’s closest equivalent to Champagne.…

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Review: Domaine Tariquet VS Classique and VSOP Armagnac (2021)

Will the real Tariquet please stand up? This longtime producer of Armagnac has operated under so many name variations I’ve lost the plot. In 2009 it was Domaine du Tariquet, then in 2015 and 2016 was bottling as Chateau du Tariquet. Now we’re back to Domaine Tariquet, without the “du.” The good news is that…

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Review: Good Deeds Malt Whiskey

Single malt, double malt, pshaw. How about a decuple malt whiskey, folks? Good Deeds Spirits isn’t so much a company but a consortium of 10 American malt whiskey producers who have come together to produce a series of monster collaboration products. The organization describes its intention as “creating interesting, collaborative spirits releases moving forward, all…

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Recipe: Hotel d’Alsace

There just aren’t enough Irish whiskey cocktails in the world today. If you ask the random stranger to name one, you’re almost 100% guaranteed to hear Irish Coffee, and while that tipple is timeless, it’s relegated to the less-than-versatile and almost exclusively seasonal category of “hot cocktails.” No one orders an Irish Coffee in the…

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