Review: Mic.Drop Rye L20-01 4 Years Old

The latest Mic.Drop release from PM Spirits isn’t a bourbon but a rye, another young gun at 4 years old, sourced from Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville, Kentucky. Mic.Drop L20-01, which was released late last year, is drawn from just 5 casks of rye distilled in 2015 and bottled in 2020, made from a mash…

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Review: Bully Boy Distillers Amaro Rabarbaro

Boston’s Bully Boy Distillers makes a somewhat traditional amaro, but this Rabarbaro expression is built around a more uncommon recipe. The “Rabarb” is for rhubarb, which is paired with black cardamom, marjoram, chamomile, cloves, yarrow, amd bitter orange to make a decidedly unusual experience. (The company suggests using it as an alternative to sweet vermouth…

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Review: Goodfolks Peru Cajamarca Blend Coffee

In keeping with Kentucky tradition, the month of May shines a light on Louisville for numerous reasons, the primary being the running of the horses at the Kentucky Derby. Louisville also has a special place at the heart of this site for blessing us with a king’s ransom of bourbon throughout the last 8,000+ reviews…

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Review: Saint Liberty Bourbon, Rye, and Four Grain Bourbon

Saint Liberty is sourced whiskey, but not what you’re thinking. It’s distilled in all sorts of places and bottled in even stranger locales (Colorado, Montana) — with two of its three whiskeys hailing from Texas. None of its products are distilled in Indiana or Kentucky. And the company itself is based… in Austin, Texas. The…

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Review: 2014 Left Coast Cellars Blanc de Noir

The wines of Oregon’s Left Coast Cellars are no stranger to these pages, and today we look at the latest vintage of the operations chardonnay-driven sparkler, a Blanc de Noir from the 2014 vintage. Big green apple and lime notes hit up front, followed by lots of acidity, some sesame cookie notes, and an ample…

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Review: 2019 Smashberry Chardonnay Paso Robles

For the inaugural release of a white wine in the Smashberry portfolio (which already includes a red and a rosé), the Miller Family Wine Company balanced 95% Chardonnay with 5% Viognier and aged it exclusively in stainless steel. Having spent no time in oak, this wine centers on fruit and offers sweet apple and peach…

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Review: The Tweeddale Grain of Truth Single Grain Scotch

If you’re at all familiar with The Tweeddale, it’s likely in reference to its origin story in the late 1800s. The brand was a simple, small scale blended Scotch operation operated by one Richard Day, and it appears to have been fairly successful up until World War II, when the business was shuttered. In 2010…

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Recipe: Bitter Tropical Bramble

When Camarena Tequila asked if they could develop a cocktail for us that made use of some of our favorite ingredients, we jumped at the offer. Our request: Figure out a way to blend tequila and amaro. Here’s what Chris Chamberlain, Beverage Development Lead for E&J Gallo Spirits (which owns Camarena) came up with! It’s…

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