Review: Deanston Tequila Cask Finish 15 Years Old

Scotch casks tend to make it to Mexico for use in tequila. The other way around… not so much. Deanston Distillery mixes that up with this 15 year old — blending “the essence of the Scottish and Mexican Highlands.” The whisky starts out spending 13 years in traditional Oak hogsheads before being finished for 2…

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Review: Still Austin Bottled in Bond Bourbons – Blue Corn and High Rye

Still Austin‘s bonded expressions continue to arrive at a healthy clip. Today we’re looking at a pair of recent releases, a high-rye offering and one built around exotic blue corn. These are the second and third releases in Still Austin’s ongoing Bottled in Bond series. Both are of course 100 proof. Still Austin Bottled in…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Amburana

While it’s predominantly associated with cachaca or barrel-aged beers, a few American distilleries (maybe more than a few) have experimented recently with finishing their whiskeys in Brazilian oak (also called Amburana). None, however, has offered such a luxe rendition as Kentucky’s Rabbit Hole. The distillery’s Founder’s Collection, where this latest offering is housed, is the…

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Review: Spirits of Single Cask Nation, Spring 2023 Releases

More than just the packaging has changed for indie bottler Single Cask Nation (SCN) since last we checked in on them. At the beginning of 2024, the brand announced their acquisition by Artisanal Spirits Co., owners of another, bigger bottler you may have heard of, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Founders Joshua Hatton and Jason…

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Review: Old Elk Cigar Cut Island Blend and Infinity Blend 2023

Old Elk recently (that is, at the end of 2023) released a pair of its big blends, both incredibly complex whiskeys that draw from a range of mashbills and finishing styles, all whipped up into a frenzy. We’ve got them both covered here — including the Cigar Cut and Infinity Blend, both in their 2023…

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Review: Belvedere 10 Vodka

Ready for a new ultra-ultra-premium vodka? Check out Belvedere 10, “an all-new luxury vodka of true liquid brilliance.” The vodka is distilled from organic diamond rye grown on a single field in Poland and is rested for 10 months after distillation before bottling. It’s that bottle that’s likely to draw your eye first and foremost:…

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Review: Rolling Fork Amburana Odyssey Rum

Rolling Fork is an indie spirits bottler that is focused on rum. Drew has looked at a few of its unique expressions in the past, and now we’re back with another limited edition release that is unlike anything else you’re likely to find on the market. The catch: Amburana oak aging. Amburana Oak is a…

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Review: 2021 Binnun Bordeaux Style Blend Judean Hills Reserve

This Israeli wine keeps its eye on France, offering a definitively Bordelais style wine made from a blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 5% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. The finished product is slightly sweet with notes of fresh plums and strawberry up top, but the wine settles into a groove to reveal notes…

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