Review: Laphroaig 10 Years Old Sherry Oak Finish

The marriage of sherry and peat can prove to be a challenging equation to balance. Some distilleries manage to figure it out with elegance and style. Others have birthed mutations best forgotten, relegated to the island of misfit bottles. Thankfully this Laphroaig does not fall in the latter category, but sadly neither does it rise…

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Understanding Bordeaux’s Crus Bourgeois – Tasting the 2018 Vintage

In Bordeaux, there are basically two primary worlds of wine: Crus Classes, those “classified wines” that were first established in 1855, and Crus Bourgeois, which reflects wines from across the Medoc region which are one step down. There have always been many highly regarded wines in the Cru Bourgeois classification, and the classification has been…

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Review: Dos Primos Tequila Blanco

Fancy paint-accented bottle with a leather-wrapped neck, fabric label with signatures attached, a promise of “100% slow roasted Weber blue agave grown right in the heart of tequila country” … that, alas, is about all we know about Dos Primos Tequila, a new spirit which is clearly swinging for the fences — but which is…

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Tasting Virginia’s Best Wines, 2021 Releases

We’re back for our third round with the Virginia’s Governor’s Cup Gold Medalists — a selection of the best wines from the state’s annual wine competition. As has been the norm for the past two years, it’s a well-mixed collection of whites, reds, and dessert bottlings. Let’s dig in. 2014 Trump Sparkling Brut Reserve Monticello –…

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Review: Dirty Devil Vodka

Dirty Devil Vodka has a curiously unique selling point: It’s the world’s first hyper-oxygenated spirit, “a patented process that yields water with five times the oxygen of ordinary water.” Wazzat? Here’s what the company says: “We start with a super purification system that produces the highest quality of water,” explained Daniel Sdicu, Biologist/Chemist, Dirty Devil…

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Review: Mossburn Blended Malts – Speyside and Island

Established in 1992, Mossburn is a bottler of a range of whiskies, most of them sourced from other distilleries around Scotland. (It also operates Torabhaig, which is tiptoeing into its own distillates as we speak.) While Mossburn bottles a variety of single vintage whiskies from other distilleries (much like any independent bottler), what you’re more…

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Review: Kooper Family Single Barrel Bourbon

The latest whiskey release from Kooper Family is a single barrel bourbon offering, Indiana/MGP-sourced spirit that is 4 to 5 years old (depending on the barrel), aged in #3 char barrels at Kooper’s place in Fayette County, Texas. Though each bottle is drawn from a single barrel, bottles are not denoted with barrel identification information,…

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Review: Paul John Mithuna

Goa, India’s Paul John is back with another single malt. Mithuna, and this one swings for the fences, touting right on the box that it is “the 3rd finest whisky in the world,” which is apparently something Jim Murray has decided. It’s the second whisky in Paul John’s Zodiac series, Mithuna being the Indian equivalent…

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