Review: Dignified Single Malt Whiskey

South Mountain Distillery is located in the South Mountains of North Carolina, where generations of Smiths have lived since the 1700s. The Smiths claim a long history of distilling spirits that dates back to the Gold Rush of the mid 1800s, including operation during the Prohibition era. They still distill whiskey and rum, although they…

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Review: Swilled Dog Bourbons and Rye

Launched in 2016, Swilled Dog is a family-owned cider and spirits company based out of West Virginia. What started as a family basement operation has since grown into an independent cidery and tasting room in Upper Tract, WV, where they offer everything from tastings to craft exhibitions and a regular series of “Yoga & Cider”…

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Review: Distillery 291 “M” Colorado Whiskey

Several years ago Drew introduced us to Colorado’s Distillery 291. Now we’re back with a look at its latest whiskey, which starts as 291 Colorado Rye Whiskey, aged in new American white oak barrels and finished with aspen staves. From there, the whiskey is finished for four months in barrels previously used to barrel-age Wisconsin…

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Review: Ron Abuelo XII Anos Two Oaks and XV Anos Finish Collection

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 12 years since we’ve seen any of the rums of Ron Abuelo, at the time earning a well-deserved Best Value award for its incredible quality to price ratio. Now Ron Abuelo has been back at work pushing its products into more exotic (and pricier) categories, with the recent…

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Review: 21 Seeds Valencia Orange Tequila

21 Seeds is a new brand of flavored tequila made with all-natural fruit infusions. Available in three flavors to start — Valencia Orange, Grapefruit Hibiscus, and Cucumber Jalapeño — the tequila is “cultivated from a proprietary blend of agaves from the lowland and highland regions of Jalisco” and bottled without the addition of high fructose…

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Review: Sweetens Cove Tennessee Bourbon (2021)

Sweetens Cove hit the ground running with their inaugural release last year, a 13-year-old stunner blended by the talented Marianne Eaves. Now Marianne and her celebrity backers have returned with round two, which aims to be considerably more accessible than the original with more than twice the number of barrels reportedly bottled. While five different…

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Review: Wines of Chehalem, 2021 Releases

Four wines from our friends at Chehalem, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Let’s dig in. 2020 Chehalem Rose of Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains – Classically fruity, almost impossibly so at times, this wine is all strawberries and flowers, with some sweet pineapple in the mix for good measure. It’s a simple wine and one which can…

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Review: Nulu Single Barrel Bourbon

Nulu Straight Bourbon Whiskey is produced by Prohibition Craft Spirits, in Louisville, Kentucky, and was founded by Keith Hazelbaker in 2016 with the desire to “get back to the basics” with a very meticulous hands-on approach in everything they do. Their line up of spirits include tequila, rum, vodka, gin and — the subject of…

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