Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Bottled in Bond 13 Years Old (2021)

In 2019, George Dickel impressed us so much with its 13-year-old Bottled in Bond that we put it in our Top 10 Whiskeys list for the year. In 2020, the distillery produced a very solid, if somewhat less balanced and slightly younger, sequel. Now, round three is hitting the shelves. Perhaps in response to some…

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Review: J.R. Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon

J.R. Ewing might be fictional — and famously got shot — but that isn’t going to stop the man from releasing his own bourbon, a vanity project that is actually bottled in Dallas, Texas. J.R.’s bourbon launched in 2014 in a handful of markets. The distillate’s origins are unstated, but it’s said to be from…

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Recipe: Oaxaca Old Fashioned

In the grand scheme of things, agave-based spirits haven’t been featured in many cocktails until pretty recently. Tequila went in a Margarita and the occasional Sunrise. Mezcal, if it was even on the shelf, went in a Paloma, and that was about the extent of it. Like so many cocktail trends, we can thank the…

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Review: Chateau de Pellehaut Reserve Le Bel Age Armagnac

Pellehaut is an Armagnac producer with which I was unfamiliar before receiving a sample of its Reserve Le Bel Age bottling, which is made from a blend of ugni blanc and folle blanche grapes planted between 1990 and 1992. Aged for an average of 10 years in barrel, it isn’t billed as an XO though…

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Review: GlenAllachie 14 Years Old Port Single Cask 2006 #7862

GlenAllachie’s relaunch hit the U.S. in earnest a few years ago. Now fans of the whisky can dig deeper into its archives with this single cask bottling, which spends 14 years in Port pipes. Just 331 bottles were turned out from this cask, #7862. We received a small sample to check out. Let’s dig in.…

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The Top 10 Beers of 2021

Beer o’clock? You don’t have to tell us twice. With summer upon us, we’re ready to dive into our third annual Top 10 Beers of the Year list, a look back at the best brews that hit the market in the last 12-ish months. (See also our 2020 and 2019 lists.) As with all of…

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Review: LS Cream Liqueur

I’m not sure what the “LS” in LS Cream Liqueur stands for, but I do know that it’s made in Florida and is inspired by a Haitian recipe that includes a “blend of fresh cream and neutral grain spirits mixed with notes of coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.” LS is inspired by cremas, a sweet…

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Review: Nikka Coffey Gin

We’ve reviewed a number of Nikka’s whiskies to date, but are just now coming around to their gin, which they introduced in 2017. As with the Japanese distillery’s Coffey Malt and Coffey Grain whiskies, the Coffey Gin draws its name from the Coffey (column) still used instead of a pot still. Nikka’s gin is different…

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