Review: Elijah Craig Private Selections – Dry 85 and Love Point Deli

We’ve covered a lot of private barrel picks over the years, from the likes of Buffalo Trace, Four Roses, and even Jefferson’s, but one brand we haven’t yet sampled a private barrel of is Elijah Craig. Heaven Hill first got into the private barrel game a few years back (with any real seriousness, at least).…

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Review: Harahorn Gin

Norway’s Harahorn makes four different gins, but this is the flagship, made in small batches and including some usual botanical suspects — juniper berries, angelica root — and some unusual additions — wild blueberries, rhubarb, seaweed, wild marjoram, and over dozen additional Norse herbs. Let’s give this unique Scandinavian gin a try. The nose is…

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Review: Madre Mezcal Espadin y Cuishe

Made with espadin and madrecuishe (aka cuishe) agave, Madre Mezcal was formerly billed as an ensamble, but now carries the identities of both of its primary agave varieties on its label. The Oaxaca-made product shows promise right away. Initially rather sweet on the nose, with notes of overripe fruit, it finds balance in its smoky…

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Review: Select Aperitivo

The bright red color can mean only one thing — presuming it’s not maraschino, of course — you’re looking at a bitter Campari clone, one of the kings of the amaro world. Select was born in Venice (Campari hails from Milan), where it was originally created in 1920, using 30 botanicals (including rhubarb and juniper)…

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Review: Stinson Vineyards 2017 Meritage and 2019 Merlot

We’ve covered a lot of wines from Virginia in recent years, but none from Stinson Vineyards, which hails from the Monticello AVA. (Jefferson’s historic home is worth a visit, btw.) Today we look at two bottlings from the winery, both revolving in same way around merlot. 2017 Stinson Vineyards Meritage Monticello – 50% merlot, 20%…

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Review: Four Gate Batch 11 and 12

Four Gate continues to crank out whiskeys, and today we’re looking at two new releases — a rye and a bourbon, both quite different — from the Louisville-based operation. Four Gate Rye Batch 11 Ruby Rye Springs – This is the third representation of the same MGP rye from Four Gate, still 7 years old…

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Review: 2019 Vento di Mare Grillo Sicilia DOC

Once exclusively a blending grape for Madeira wine due to its high sugar content, grillo has since come into its own, and it’s common now as a Sicilian table wine. This offering from Vento di Mare is organic — and quite affordable. Kicking things off on the (perhaps unsurprisingly) sweet side, this wine starts with…

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Review: Proclamation Blended Irish Whiskey

The Proclamation in question is the 1916 order that formally established Ireland’s independence. Naturally a whiskey to celebrate that fact was all but inevitable. Proclamation, which arrived in the U.S. in late 2020, is owned by Inis Tine Uisce Teoranta (ITUT), a company based in County Mayo. Says the company, “Proclamation was a collaborative effort…

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