Review: Castle & Key Restoration Rye – Batch 1 & 2

It is finally here. After numerous stop-starts, years of restoration, courtroom battles, personnel changes, delicious gins, waiting for the barrels to age with great patience, and lord knows what else to which the public is unaware, we have whiskey from Castle & Key. For those not watching along at home, allow us to catch you…

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Recipe: The Mr. Mancini

I’m always on the lookout for a new Manhattan recipe, and I love to experiment with all of the different amari that have started flooding our shores in recent years. Recently, I stumbled on a version of this cocktail, dubbed The Mancini, that was created by Greg Seider and named for a friend of his…

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Preview: Green River Bourbon (Almost) 4 Years Old

Owensboro, Kentucky’s O.Z. Tyler Distillery, which got started producing spirits in 2016, is returning to the original name of the distillery that houses its operations: Green River Distilling Co., a brand which was originally founded in 1885 by John W. McCulloch, and was apparently a big deal back in the day. “Green River was known…

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Review: Jacob’s Pardon American Whiskey #1 and Single Barrels 15 Years Old

The folks at Taub Family Selections (well known for their wine imports) know that stories sell booze, and this one has a doozy: Marc Taub’s great uncle Jacob Taub (and brother Abner) were bootleggers in the Prohibition era, and eventually went to prison for the crime. Six long years later, Jacob and Abner were formally…

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Review: Wines of The Prisoner, Late 2020 Releases

The Prisoner — it’s not just for zinfandel any more, folks. Here’s a look at three new wines from The Prisoner label, only one of which has any zin in it, but all of which share a familiar name. 2019 The Prisoner Chardonnay Carneros – Made with the addition of Roussanne and Gewürztraminer. This wine…

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Review: Glenfarclas 21 Years Old

We’ve always been impressed with the incredible value to be found in one of perhaps the most underrated Speyside distilleries, Glenfarclas. Throughout our years exploring the brand, this impressive single malt has shown it can deliver, be it a young or old expression, cask strength or modest proof. Despite our appreciation, it’s taken us entirely…

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Review: Licor 43 Original

Licor 43 is billed as the #1 selling Spanish liqueur in the world. Despite the fact that there aren’t that many Spanish liqueurs to begin with, Licor 43 is popular by plenty of other metrics, and in recent years it has started to gain traction as a cocktail companion behind American bars. Licor 43 gets…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C920 (September 2020)

The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof should need no introduction, but if you’re just joining us, Batch C920 was bottled in September 2020 at the usual 12 years of age. This bottling, the final of 3 releases for 2020, has been winning raves, but after multiple rounds of tasting it it just never fully gelled with…

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