Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Pigskin Batch” 2020-03 and “Donohoe’s Batch” 2021-01

Our Booker’s Bourbon small batch reviews fell a bit behind last winter; today we look at two recent batches of Booker’s, both of which should be readily available on the market. While similar in age and proof, they’re quite different experiences. Let’s dig in. Booker’s Bourbon “Pigskin Batch” 2020-03 – Aged 6 years, 7 months,…

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Review: In Good Taste’s Wild Child Tasting Kit

I have to say, it was a lot of fun receiving my Wild Child tasting flight of wines from In Good Taste. Inside a well-crafted box lay 8 different samples of wine, each 187 ml (roughly 1/4 of a standard bottle). All of the grape varietals were less common varieties. No Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay,…

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Review: Mighty Swell Spiked Spritzers (2021 Flavors)

Much to their credit, the folks at Mighty Swell keep the new additions to the flavor profile ever-changing. This scrappy little Austin upstart continues to carve out their own little space in the ready-to-drink cocktail world. They are back once again with four new flavors for consideration. Each 12-ounce can checks in at 5% abv…

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Tasting Maker’s Mark’s New Private Selection Stave: Roasted French Mendiant

The Private Selection program at Maker’s Mark is one of the most unique in the bourbon business, the idea being that customers can take a standard barrel of Maker’s Mark, then put 10 additional staves in the barrel, where they finish the whiskey for 9 extra weeks. Private Selection — no longer called Private Select —…

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Review: 2018 Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana IGT

Aia Vecchia is a winery founded by Bolgheri’s Pellegrini family in 1996, and this affordable Super Tuscan is made from a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. An initial, significant heaviness with lots of tannin and turned earth takes its time to show its charms, but it eventually opens up.…

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Review: 2018 Casanova di Neri IrRosso Toscana IGT

Established in 1971, Casanova di Neri is top shelf producer of Brunello di Montalcino. With IrRosso, it blends up 90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot to create a youthful but classically Italian wine that pops with notes of fresh cherry, raspberry, and an herbal layer that offers notes of fresh rosemary, thyme,…

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Review: High N’ Wicked The Honorable Bourbon 12 Years Old

High N’ Wicked is a new whiskey brand based out of Jackson, Wyoming, but beyond that, there’s not a lot I can tell you about their operation. It’s almost certainly a non-distilling producer, as their stated mission is to “present and develop unique American whiskies – releasing singular expressions annually that it deems worth of…

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Review: Liber & Co. Toasted Coconut Syrup

Liber & Co.’s latest syrupy concoction is virtually unique in the market: A syrup built around toasted coconuts. It’s made with a Fair Trade-certified toasted coconut butter from the Philippines, plus cane sugar, lemon oil, salt, and rosemary extract. That ingredient list doesn’t lie: while a freshly toasted grating of sweetened coconut immediately hits the…

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