Review: Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut Gin 2023

Every year Germany’s Monkey 47 releases a special edition of its winning gin. Monkey 47 is famously made with 47 botanicals, and these Distiller’s Cut releases add a 48th ingredient. For 2023 (the 13th year of the series), the extra ingredient is Acer Saccharum — better known as maple syrup. Maple syrup is an odd…

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Review: 2018 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon “The Lark”

Rob recently brought us a glowing review of Larkmead‘s iconic Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2020 vintage — and now we’re taking a step further up the Napa operation’s lineup with a look at the 2018 bottling of “The Lark,” essentially its reserve to end all reserves. The winery’s top tier wine is made of 100%…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8 Years Old Fall 2023 Edition

We said it last time around with the very delayed Spring 2023 edition of Old Fitz, but we’ll say it again: We’re not late on this “Fall 2023” release, even though you’re reading this in February 2024. To clarify: This second edition of Old Fitzgerald’s bottled-in-bond release from 2023 was announced around November and didn’t…

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Review: Kylie 0% Sparkling Rose

So I didn’t even know that songstress Kylie Minogue had a wine operation — and now it’s expanding into the burgeoning non-alcoholic space with the launch of Kylie 0% Sparkling Rosé Wine, its first in the U.S. market. Some winemaking details: Kylie 0% Sparkling Rosé Wine Alternative uses a unique fermentation process that reduces sugars…

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Review: Hampden Rums – “Great House” 2023, Pagos, and 8 Years Old

There’s little we like more than checking out goodies from Jamaica’s Hampden Estate, which only began releasing its stock under its own name in 2018. Here’s a peek at three new(ish) releases from the iconic operation. Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition 2023 – This is the fifth edition of Great House, and these are…

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Review: 2022 Love Is Wine Chardonnay

If you’ve missed the Netflix series Love Is Blind, well, good news — it’s streaming, so you can catch up right away. (Pro tip: Don’t miss Love Is Blind Japan.) One of the curious things about this dating show — where the participants have to propose without ever seeing the other person — is that they are…

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Review: Laws Bourbon – Honey Cask and Cognac Foeder Finishes (2023)

Late last year, Denver’s Laws Whiskey House dropped two new installments in its Special Finish Series, and they couldn’t be more different. Both start with Laws Four Grain Bourbon (60% corn, 20% heirloom wheat, 10% heirloom rye, and 10% heirloom malted barley) … and then down the rabbit hole we go. Laws Four Grain Bourbon…

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Review: Renegade Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Rums – Lake Antoine Lower Crater and Nursery

Mark Reynier’s terroir-focused rum line, Renegade, has been pumping out new offerings since we last tasted a pair of pre-cask selections in early 2023. As with Waterford, his similarly soil-obsessed Irish whiskey project, the Renegade portfolio focuses on single farm origin bottlings, mostly unaged, that reflect the characteristics of a small piece of land on…

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