Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky (Dr. Jim Swan Batch)

Virginia Distillery Co. hit a major milestone with the 2019 release of their long-awaited, house-made single malt, Courage & Conviction. A second release of that single malt, three times bigger than the first, hit shelves in the spring of last year. While the first release was dedicated to the distillery’s late founder, Dr. George G.…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C920 (September 2020)

We’re finally getting around to coverage of the final barrel proof release of Larceny from 2020, which dropped in September. As a reminder, these releases are coming out with roughly the same schedule as Elijah Craig Barrel Proof batches, with a rotating series of cask strength whiskeys hitting up to 4 times a year. Larceny release…

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Review: Wines of the Cotes du Rhone, 2020 Releases

The Côtes du Rhône is a sprawling region in France’s Rhone Valley, and it’s actually home to a pair of similar-sounding levels of wine: Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône Villages. The difference can be particularly confusing, because the areas overlap and intersect. The 411 on what you really need to know here is…

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Review: Chicken Cock Master Distiller’s Pick Bourbon 15 Years Old

Here’s another special edition from the Chicken Cock gang, drawn from just 10 of the brand’s “best and oldest barrels.” For this 15 year old, Master Distiller Gregg Snyder offers a (sourced) Kentucky bourbon made from a mashbill of 78.5% corn, 13% rye, and 8.5% malted barley. Only 1350 bottles were produced, all at barrel…

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Review: Cascade Brewing Contemporary Fashion

Cascade Brewing, located in Portland, Oregon, is not a typical brewery. The first detail to clue you in is a look at their line-up of beers: not one IPA. Heck, not even an amber ale, stout or lager in sight. In fact, I’m hard pressed to find a single beer that neatly falls into one…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength Batch #5 and Rose Cask Finish

Penelope Bourbon continues to crank out expressions of its triple-mashbill, MGP-sourced bourbons as it tweaks its release schedule and experiments with new finishes. Today we look at two new Penelope releases. First is its latest Barrel Strength Bourbon. While these were originally planned as annual releases (see 2019 and 2020 reviews), they’re now coming out…

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Review: 2019 Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti DOCG

Castiglioni is Frescobaldi’s most affordable Chianti; I’ve seen it on sale for as little as $10, but $15 to $20 tends to be more common. It’s still a DOCG bottling, though, its sangiovese base blended with a small amount of merlot. Frescobaldi’s 2019 Castiglioni Chianti at least looks the part, and the nose finds a…

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Recipe: Wintergreen

Looking for a cocktail to warm you during winter and also give you a taste of much-needed summer? I’d recommend the Wintergreen (courtesy of Whiskey Muse). It’s a cross between a Whiskey Ginger, one of my personal favorite cocktails year-round, and a Mojito, another favorite but more for beach vacation weather. The amount of lime…

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