Review: GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 12 29 Years Old

Last year’s GlenDronach Grandeur release, Batch 11, was the oldest in its history at 28 years of age. Well, the distillery just upped itself for the second year running with Batch 12, a 29 year old whisky that is matured entirely in oloroso sherry casks. With the intense coffee-brown color and richness of flavor, I…

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Review: 2020 Stags’ Leap Winery Petite Sirah

This wine is invariably a monster, and the 2020 vintage is no exception to that rule, Inky purple-black, it is initially slightly off-putting with its tarry notes of the blackest of berries and the darkest of chocolates — notes of blackened oak barrels and licorice candies never far from reach. The 2020 expression is a…

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Review: Glenglassaugh Sandend, Portsay, and 12 Years Old

Glenglassaugh’s core range: We hardly knew ye! The old Revival, Evolution, and Torfa are out. In their place, three new core whiskies, including the first full-time Glenglassaugh with an age statement: Sandend, Portsoy, and 12 Years Old. Shaped by the influences of land and sea, the reimagined portfolio and design encapsulate the ethos of the…

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Review: 2022 Domaine Bousquet Alavida Malbec

The first two rounds of Domaine Bousquet’s Alavida were met with praise for presenting a high-quality Malbec at a smart price point while also displaying an impressive list of credentials in the “clean living” column. It’s a USDA-certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher wine enduring an incredibly disciplined and rigorous process that requires an immense…

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Grain to Glass and Climate Change: An Interview with Frey Ranch Founder Colby Frey

Frey Ranch sits in a unique segment in American whiskey: a full farm and distillery estate operation, they grow every bit of their own grain, then distill and age on site. And as a Nevada-based operation, they operate in one of America’s driest climates, often putting them at the forefront of climate change’s impact on…

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Review: 2018 Baldacci Vineyards Thomas Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Christened in tribute to the patriarch of Baldacci Family Vineyards and father to winemaker Michael Baldacci, this Cabernet Sauvignon is the beneficiary of grapes harvested from Baldacci’s top two vineyards, located in the Stags Leap and Diamond Mountain districts and carefully selected to showcase the diversity of regional terroir. It is matured for 22 months…

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Review: Isle of Raasay Na Sia Single Casks 2023

Earlier this year, we took our first taste of the much-anticipated Isle of Raasay Single Malt. I first tried it in Scotland last summer and then again when our review sample arrived care of U.S. importer ImpEx, and on both occasions I was impressed by the unique complexity this upstart distillery had achieved in a…

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Review: Tempus Fugit Cherries

As discussed in our in-depth roundup of cocktail cherries, “brandied cherries” are often a misnomer. Almost all cocktail cherries, even the high-end ones, are stored in syrup or juice (or some combination thereof), with no booze at all in the jar. Tempus Fugit, best known for its intense liqueurs, is one of the exceptions. This…

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