Review: Sagamore Spirit Small Batch Straight Rye

Before bourbon, rye was America’s whiskey of choice. The early history of rye whiskey was centered around the northeastern United States where rye grain growing conditions were best. Two of the more notable styles of rye were known as Maryland Rye and Monongahela Rye from Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania rye mash bills traditionally consisted of all rye…

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Review: Samuel Maverick Private Reserve Bourbon Bottled-In-Bond

Maverick Distilling has graced these pages three times prior to today, with its Private Reserve Bourbon and Barrel Proof offerings classic examples of the Texas whiskeymaking style. Now we’re back with another spin on the bourbon formula: a bottled-in-bond offering of the Private Reserve expression. Private Reserve has a mashbill of 72% Texas-grown corn, 18%…

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Review: Wines of Aster, 2024 Releases

Bodegas Áster is a sub-brand of La Rioja Alta, focusing on offerings born in the Ribera del Duero region. These include the more traditionally styled Finca El Otero 2019 and the brand new contemporary El Espino 2020. An entry-level Crianza bottling is thrown in for good measure to round out the trio. All three wines…

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Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Indigo’s Hour Bourbon 18 Years Old

Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project rolls right along with a return to familiar grounds: namely, three bourbon-making regions of the United States. Specifically, the whiskey in this bottle starts as a mash of 68% corn, 28% rye, and 4% malted barley. Distilled in Indiana, it aged 18 years in Kentucky, and was ultimately bottled by Cascade…

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Rose Wine Roundup, 2024 Releases

The weather is getting warmer and it’s almost time to head to the pool. That means it’s time to pour some rosé! To be honest though, rosés can and should be enjoyed throughout the year. Once upon a time, rosés were overly sweet and disappointingly one-dimensional, but those days are long gone. Today, rosés are…

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Review: Keeper’s Heart Irish + Bourbon Cask Strength and Single Malt 10 Years Old

Time to round out our Keeper’s Heart coverage with the final two offerings in their core portfolio. Last year, we had the chance to chat about the young Irish and American whiskey mashup brand with industry icon David Perkins, who serves as Liquid Collaborator and Advisor. Perkins had high praise in our interview for a…

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Review: Ten To One Five Origin Select Rum

Ten To One has been doing great things with its rum blending efforts, and its latest release is a permanent addition to the lineup instead of a limited one-off. Five Origin Select includes — you guessed it — give different rums from Trinidad, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, plus one special addition: An 11-…

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Review: Spirits of French Lick Psyche Smoked Gin (Plus Interview)

For the better part of the last decade, Spirits of French Lick in southern Indiana has been under the distilling leadership of Alan Bishop. During this span, SOFL has come to be known for innovative spirits and thinking outside of the proverbial box. However, in April 2024, Alan Bishop announced his departure for an upstart…

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