Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Spring 2021 Edition

The first bonded Old Fitzgerald release for 2021 is here, and it’s the youngest of the whiskeys released in the series to date (which spans up to nine releases, depending on how you count them). This bourbon uses Old Fitz’s traditional wheated mashbill and was distilled in the spring of 2013, then bottled in spring…

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Review: 2018 Aperture Cellars Sonoma County Red Blend

This Alexander Valley wine is blended with Bordeaux firmly in mind, composed of 39% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot, 22% malbec, 3% cabernet franc, and 3% petit verdot. Though still young, it’s already drinking with finesse. Fairly tart up front with notes of cranberry and raspberry, the wine settles into a slightly sweeter groove featuring currants,…

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Tasting the Wines of Sella & Mosca, 2021 Releases

Did you know that Sardinia didn’t split off from Italy: It was once attached to France, and as such its soil and terroir are closer to that of Provence than nearer Sicily or Tuscany. Sella & Mosca is one of the most noteworthy wineries on this unique island, and today we make a return visit…

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Review: Foundry Distilling Sinister Malt Whisky

Collaborations between beer and whiskey makers often yield mixed results. Far too often, the hops influence or some other variable will hijack the process, and the well-intended experiment loses the plot. Colorado‚Äôs Left Hand Brewing and its well-respected Milk Stout Nitro have been around for quite a bit, and the people behind Foundry may appear…

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Review: Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee

Allow me to start with the punchline. Guinness + Cold Brew Coffee = Tiramisu. Any one of those categories are divisive in their appeal. You either love them or leave them. So you are now free to pass on this review, or decide on a nice reading corner to be immersed in a scene of…

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Review: Oban Distillers Edition 2018 – Distilled 2004

Yep, it’s a bit of a time warp today as we step back a bit to Oban’s 2018 Distillers Edition release, which we recently acquired, you know, 3 years too late. The good news for Oban fans — which, if you’re not, you should be — is that this expression still appears to be readily…

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Review: Tanduay Double Rum

The Philippines-based Tanduay Rum is out with a new expression called Double Rum. It’s a blend of two rums, a “premium” rum that’s 16 years old and a “traditional” rum that’s 5 years old. These two rums are then blended (no proportion is offered) and aged for a further 2 years in once-used bourbon barrels.…

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Tasting Craft Stouts from Half Time Beverage

Half Time Beverage is the self-proclaimed largest online retailer of craft beer. It’s not just the operator of two stores in New York’s Hudson Valley — featuring more than 4000 beer and cider selections — it’s also an online merchant, happily shipping brews directly to the doors of the very thirsty. Sadly, Half Time Beverage…

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