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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Can Scotch Win More American Hearts and Minds? Brand Building with Ardbeg’s Cameron George

In a whisky world pushing press around master distillers and blenders, one group with outsized market impact doesn’t always get the spotlight: professional brand ambassadors. They’re the folks often closest to accounts both on and off-premises, promoting brands at large-scale events, and tackling entry into new markets one at a time. Few spirits in the…

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Review: NY Distilling Co. Jaywalk Straight Rye

Brooklyn’s NY Distilling Co. recently announced the release of three different rye expressions, all using a unique grain that harkens back to 17th-century New York State. Jaywalk Rye utilizes Horton Rye, a grain smaller in size than traditional rye used for whiskey making. NY Distilling’s Allen Katz and Tom Potter partnered with Cornell University to…

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Review: The ImpEx Collection Edition Three – 4 Mezcal Expressions (2023 Releases)

Previously we brought you a look at the six indie-bottled whiskies in edition three of the ImpEx Collection — now we’re carrying on with the bottler’s first foray into mezcal. The line comprises four different expressions from two distillers, using four different subspecies of agave. Let’s get into it. The ImpEx Collection Mezcal Felipe Cortes,…

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Review: Rodney Strong Reserve Wines, 2024 Releases

Today we look at a trio of wines from Sonoma’s Rodney Strong — all part of its Reserve line. (You’ll recognize them by the black labels embossed with gold script.) 2021 Rodney Strong Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir – Hearty and rich, with bold notes of black cherry, cola, and black tea, it’s a…

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The Top 10 Gins of 2023

As the weather warms up, a young man’s fancy turns of course to lighter fare, with gin one of the most essential pieces of the springtime cocktail puzzle. We sampled plenty of outstanding gins over the last year, and with this feature we profile the greatest hits of 2023. Need more picks? Check our top…

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Review: Khor Vodka – Ice and De Luxe (2024)

Ukraine’s Khortytsa (we reviewed the Platinum expression in 2016) is now just “Khor” — presumably an attempt to make the name easier to pronounce. Not a bad idea; I have trouble typing it, too. But Khortytsa, er, Khor, actually has three expressions, the other two of which we are finally reviewing today. Both are 80…

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Review: Creador Mezcal, 2023 Releases

In the widening world of mezcal, artisanal expressions made by hand with traditional methods are increasingly the best places to find unique flavors and superior quality. And it doesn’t get more handmade than Creador which dropped their second set of bottlings late last fall. The deets: Each of the six new expressions is milled by…

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