Review: Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye (2020)

If you’re drinking a rye whisky that was made in Canada, there’s a good chance you’re drinking whisky from Alberta Distillers, which is essentially the MGP of the north. Alberta makes vodka and blended whisky, but its best known for its rye whisky, which is made from a 100% rye mashbill and is bottled here…

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Review: NV Alois Lageder BLA BLA 2

You have to dig pretty far into the internet to figure out what BLA BLA 2 is. Turns out it’s a blend of two vintages (2017 and 2018) of 100% blatterle grapes, an unheard-of varietal from South Tyrol. The wine it makes is a funky, ultra-dry expression that offers a slightly astringent sherry-like quality with…

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Review: Schlafly IPA, Hazy Grapefruit IPA, Low Cal IPA, and West Coast IPA

St. Louis’s Schlafly Beer recently dropped a new variety pack called Hoptic Visions, featuring four different IPAs — one a standby, three new, experimental releases. Let’s review each of them! Schlafly IPA – This is the year-round OG, and I have to say I really like it. The approachable brew balances east and west coast…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection – “Twin” Blend

This 7th entry in JD’s Tennessee Tasters’ Selection is one of its simplest concepts: Tennessee Whiskey (a type of bourbon) blended with Tennessee rye. 50 barrels total were used for this release — 30 rye, 20 Tennessee whiskey. All of them were distilled on May 19, 2014 (14E19, per the code on the label), then…

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Review: Straightaway Cocktails

Straightaway Cocktails, from Portland, Oregon, is a newcomer to the ready-to-drink space. While they have been around only since the end of 2018, Straightaway has rapidly expanded with three product lines currently offered. While Accompani amaro and Spritz flavored wine spritzers deserve their own write-ups, today we’ll focus on the core collection of six bottled…

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Review: 2019 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner Alto Adige

Eisacktaler Kellerei’s 2019 bottling of kerner features a crisp lemon backbone and some bright salinity, backed up by a fresh bouquet of flowers and a gentle layering of fresh herbs — rosemary, thyme, maybe some oregano — all of which works delightfully well together. This is on one hand a delicious throw-it-back porch pounder wine,…

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Review: Catoctin Creek “Life’s a Peach” Barrel Select Rye Whisky

Catoctin Creek‘s latest special edition rye is “Life’s a Peach,” a highly limited expression (547 bottles produced) of its 100% Virginia rye whiskey that is finished for one year in Short Hill Mountain Peach Brandy barrels. It’s the first time Catoctin — which is known for unusual special editions and weird finishes like this one…

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Review: Lejana Y Sola Mezcal Joven

Lejana Y Sola (“afar and alone”) is a sister brand of PaQui Tequila, which we reviewed when it was first released a whopping 11 years ago. This joven mezcal is an “ensemble” made from espadin and cuishe and is made in Lachila, Oaxaca via traditional methods that include the use of a horse-drawn tahona to…

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