Review: Firestone Walker Parabola, Amburana, and Double Barrel 2021

As Firestone Walker says, “Of all the beers in our Proprietor’s Vintage Series, Parabola is the most notorious,” describing it correctly as a “beast of a beer,” a monster that spends a year in whiskey barrels before bottling and which always lands in the double digits of alcohol by volume. This year we’re looking at…

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Review: Foghat Cocktail Smoker

The pandemic has seen a huge upsurge in the number of ready-made cocktails in cans and bottles on the market, as people have adjusted to drinking at home more often. While there are some incredibly good pre-mixed cocktails available, there’s still nothing to beat a freshly-made cocktail creation of your own, especially when you have…

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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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