Review: Lo-Fi Aperitifs Vermouth and Amaro, Complete Lineup

The story of Lo-Fi Aperitifs begins in California, where regionally appropriate botanicals are sourced to create various vermouths and an amaro. All of them use wine for the base — even the amaro — which keeps things light and lively, with abv kept in check. While we previous looked at Lo-Fi’s Sweet Vermouth in our…

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Review: El Cristiano Tequila Extra Anejo Black Label

Jonathan kicked off our coverage of El Cristiano Tequila last year with a look at the distillery’s silver and reposado expressions. Now we’re jumping ahead to El Cristiano Extra Anejo, “Black Label,” which is aged for three years in ex bourbon barrels. The tequila plays like a selection of greatest hits from the Extra Anejo…

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Review: 2022 Danaus Red Blend

Although it lacks prominence on its website nor is there any mention on the bottle itself, Danaus is an extension of the ever-expanding portfolio of Argentina’s Domaine Bousquet, a brand with which regular readers of the site are no doubt familiar. Danaus proves to be a curious anomaly in Bousquet’s lineup, as it originates from…

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Review: Glenturret Triple Wood Single Malt 2023 Release

While it’s largely regarded as Scotland’s oldest working distillery, Glenturret single malt is not widely seen on our shores for some reason. Maybe that’s set to change with the arrival of Glenturret Triple Wood Single Malt, a whisky aged in sherry-seasoned American and European oak as well as ex-bourbon casks, then blended together to create…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A124 (January 2024)

Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig Barrel Proof machine is rolling for 2024, and we’re off to a curious start: A124 is one of the youngest releases in the series, at 10 years, 9 months old — and one of the lowest in proof, at just 59.5% alcohol. That’s still toasty, but considering some ECBP releases have…

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Review: 2021 The Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon

The Dreaming Tree has been around, as best as I can gather from a casual search, for around fifteen years or so. It is a collaboration between winemaker Grayson Stewart (from California’s The Wine Group enterprise) and singer/guitarist/wine enthusiast Dave Matthews, a man whose music was doubtless the soundtrack to many awkward make-out sessions and…

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Review: 2020 Mascota Vineyards Unanime Malbec

As a young child, my career aspirations fell squarely between replacing Tom Brookens at third base for the Detroit Tigers or Michael Anthony on bass for Van Halen. Sadly, neither came to fruition, however I am pleased and somewhat envious to report that the childhood dream of Master Winemaker Opi Sadler became a reality with…

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Review: Sausalito Liquor Co. Marin Coastal Gin and Unsinkable Whiskeys

First, I love that a company in the 2020s named itself “Liquor Co.” Forget “Distilling” or “Spirits,” Sausalito Liquor Co. is kicking it old school. The California operation launched last year with three spirits, a gin, a bourbon, and a rye. Designed with northern California’s distinct flora in mind, “these spirits are meant to be…

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