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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Review: 2019 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

You won’t find a more perfumed sauvignon blanc than this Russian River bottling from all-star Merry Edwards. Bursting with notes of honeysuckle, wildflowers, and cantaloupe, the wine opens up to a gentle, almond-dusted sweetness, loaded with notes of passion fruit and tangerine. It’s never short of easy-drinking and delightful, though the outsized alcohol level (14%)…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A121 (January 2021) and B521 (May 2021)

It’s hard keeping track of the roughly quarterly barrel proof releases of Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig and Larceny bourbons, so this time out we’re giving you a two-fer of Larceny looks, including the A121 and B521 releases. As a reminder, these wheated bourbon releases are always drawn and blended from a mix of barrels aged…

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Review: NV G.H. Mumm Grand Cordon Rose

Mumm’s special occasion rose — complete with avant garde bottle — has all the hallmarks one expects from rose Champagne: fresh florals, strawberry, and a healthy biscuit character that adds an ample, yeasty note to the affair. Lightly spicy on the back end but effervescent and refreshing, a cracker-crisp note on the conclusion tries its…

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