Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2020)

The annual Cask Strength release of Angel’s Envy bourbon came and went last fall, but it took us a bit to run down a sample. Apologies for our tardiness, but if you’re a fan of this one, you already know it’s best to buy this bottle if and when you see it because it seldom…

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Review: Torabhaig Legacy 1 2017

Opened on January 1, 2017, Torabhaig is the first new distillery on the Isle of Skye (where Talisker is the main offering) in nearly 200 years. The distillery is part of the Mossburn mini-empire, which much like an American craft producer, started as a blender of other people’s whisky — from all over Scotland —…

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Recipe: The Earl’s Bourbon Cocktail

For the bourbon cocktail connoisseur, life is often about searching for the perfect Old Fashioned. Of course, it’s an impossible task, as there are too many delicious bourbon expressions and twists on the classic cocktail formulation to find a singular “perfect” glass. (Though in this instance, the journey is just as fun as the destination.)…

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Review: Firestone Walker XXIV Anniversary Ale

Last fall, Firestone Walker released its 15th anniversary ale, somewhat confusingly dubbed XXIV because they actually started celebrating at X with the 10th anniversary. Anyway, as with all past celebratory ales, this one is a blend of various Proprietor’s Vintage offerings created with the help of some of their winemaker friends in California. Safe to…

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How Long Does Vermouth Last?

Reader Evan asks (in a nutshell):  Does vermouth go bad? Grab that bottle of vermouth that’s been sitting open in your liquor cabinet for a year and take a sip. Yeah, it goes bad. Real bad. Vermouth is basically just wine, after all. But how long does it last after you open it? Conventional wisdom…

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Review: Laphroaig 30 Years Old – The Ian Hunter Story, Book Two: Building an Icon (2021)

The second release — or book, I guess — in Laphroaig’s collectable Ian Hunter Story series has arrived. Like the 2019 Book One, it’s a 30 year old whisky, though this one is completely aged in oloroso sherry casks instead of bourbon. Here’s the short of it: In over a decade of tasting at least…

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Review: Beers of Hop Butcher for the World, 2021 Releases

The curiously named brewery Hop Butcher for the World can be found in Bedford Park, Illinois. The focus here is on unusual brews and especially unusual hops; the sextet of beers reviewed below include some hop varieties I’d never heard of. Let’s try them. Hop Butcher for the World Choice Stock – Brewed with unusual…

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Review: Old Line Spirits Single Malt and Single Malt Cask Strength

Arch Watkins and Mark McLaughlin, the founders of Baltimore’s Old Line Distillery, set out in 2015 to make bourbon and rye, like so many upstart craft producers, but along the way they ended up with a sizeable portfolio of American single malts and rums. What happened? As the story goes, they were approached by the…

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