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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(Pop-Up) Bar Review: The Casa Lolea Experience, New York

Casa Lolea sangria recently made a one-night appearance by taking over a swanky rooftop bar at the new The Dominick Hotel in New York City to feature is ready-to-drink line of frizzante sangrias. This ‘pop-up’ destination was adorned with neon, rosey-palette lights glistening over a wading pool, polka dot beanbags and balloons, a mix of…

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Review: Brown Sugar Bourbon BSB and BSB 103 (2021)

Under its original owner, Washington-based Heritage Distilling, Brown Sugar Bourbon was a quirky flavored whiskey from a company really striving to make it in the craft game. Earlier this year, the Brown Sugar Bourbon brand was sold to actor Jamie Foxx, dramatically boosting its market presence. Following the sale of the brand, production of the…

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Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Kupferschmid

Located on 35 acres in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Dutcher Crossing is an under-the-radar winery with a fairly vast collection of bottlings on offer. Today we look at two current releases — including a red blend from the 2015 vintage. 2019 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County – Bright with fruit, this sauvignon blanc is…

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