Review: Old Forester The 117 Series – High Angels’ Share

Old Forester’s latest whiskey has a unique claim to fame: It’s the first whiskey from the brand (or Brown-Forman in general) to feature a woman’s signature on the label. That woman, of course, is Jackie Zykan, Old Forester’s Master Taster and a veteran of its sister brand, Woodford Reserve. Zykan’s autograph can be found on…

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Review: Hunt & Gather Lot #1 Bourbon 15 Years Old

Recently reader JJ wrote in response to our review of Doc Swinson’s mysterious 15 year old bourbons to ask if we’d ever tried Hunt & Gather Lot #1, another sourced 15 year old Kentucky bourbon with a secretive origin story. The stated mashbill of 79% corn, 13% rye, and 8% malted barley is a rounding…

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Review: Ardbeg Arrrrrrrdbeg!

After 13 years, Ardbeg Distillery Manager Mickey Heads has retired, and in classic style the distillery is putting out this year’s Committee Release in Heads’s honor. Wholly matured in former rye whiskey casks (albeit sans age statement), it includes a kitschy label that features Heads as a “salty seadog,” hitting the sea in search of,…

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Recipe: Dreamsicle Sour

If “whiskey sour crossed with a Dreamsicle” gets your mind racing, you’ve come to the right place. Florida-based mixologist and author Sailor Guevara set out to combine one of her favorite whiskey cocktails with the now-classic (and decadently creamy) popsicle flavor. The result is her Dreamsicle Sour, a cocktail that smooths out the sharpness of…

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Review: Sandeman Port – Founder’s Reserve, 20 Year Tawny, and 30 Year Tawny (2021)

We’ve reviewed the Port wines of Sandeman on several occasions, the most recent in 2016. Today we look at a smattering of offerings from the iconic house on the Douro river, including a fresh look at Founder’s Reserve — which now has an apostrophe in it! — and two well-aged tawny offerings. Sandeman Founder’s Reserve…

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Review: Hine Homage Cognac (2021)

Hine’s Homage is an homage to Thomas Hine, the English founder of the Hine brand back in 1763. The brandy itself is a Grand Champagne Cognac blended from more than 20 eaux-de-vie, again all made from Grande Champagne grapes. This blend is noteworthy as including four single vintages that are called “Early Landed,” which were…

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Review: Dogfish Head Hazy-O! Hazy IPA

The “O!” in Dogfish Head’s new hazy IPA, Hazy-O!, stands for oats, of which four types are used in the brewing of this beer: malted, rolled, naked, and oat milk, the lattermost of which may raise an eyebrow or two. Big and rounded on the palate, it’s got an ample tropical note up front that…

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The Top 10 Wines for Summer 2021

As summer 2021 approaches with its promise of the ease of quarantine restrictions, so do the wines with which we might enjoy that time. We’ve seen a ton of wines in the last 6 months or so, and with this list we’re cherry-picking our favorite bottlings that feel idea for warmer times. Ready to dig…

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