Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Boston Batch” 2020-02

It’s shaping up to be an understandably light year for Booker’s special editions, but I suppose we’ll see. Here’s a look at 2020’s second release, “Boston Batch,” named not after Boston, Massachusetts but rather Boston, Kentucky, where Booker Noe began his career in distilling. This batch spent 6 years, 3 months, and 10 days in…

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Review: Founder’s Brewing Marvelroast

Founder’s Brewing apparently really likes to put coffee in their beer. Just earlier this year we told you about the KBS Espresso Stout and Underground Mountain Brown, both beers with a serious java dimension to their profiles. Now we have the cheekily named Marvelroast. Unlike those buzzy beers, however, Marvelroast starts out life as a…

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Review: Lucky Seven Bourbon – The Jokester and The Hold Up

Lucky Seven Spirits was founded by college buddies Michael Lahalih and John Pals, and the company’s name refers to their common love of the movie. The Lucky 7 name comes from “the infamous Stage 7 on the Warner Brothers lot, where some of the greatest movies in cinema were filmed, such as Casablanca and My…

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Review: Lustau “En Rama” Sherry Wines, 2020 Releases

Although you may have tried American sherry, true sherry is made exclusively in a small triangular area in Spain geographically demarcated by the cities of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, and Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Sherry has been growing in popularity in the U.S. over the past few years, but it can…

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Review: Vitae Spirits Modern Gin

Like a lot of craft distilleries out there, Vitae Spirits in Charlottesville, Virginia was founded by a scientist, Ian Gromsky, who decided that 9-to-5 in a lab wasn’t nearly as interesting as 9-to-never in a stillhouse. Despite having only just started distilling in 2017, this former microbiology professor at the University of Virginia produces a…

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Review: 2017 WillaKenzie Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Whoa, I’m as fan of “terroir” as the next guy, but this pinot noir feels like the fruit was dragged along a dirt road before hitting the bottle, it’s so full of brambly, almost tarry character on the nose and palate. Initially incredibly dry on the palate, the wine slowly opens up to reveal some…

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Review: Avion Tequila Reserva 44 Extra Anejo

The core offerings from Avion Tequila have consistently impressed us over the years, and the brand remains a significant player amid an ever-growing field of ultra-premium tequilas. In 2013, Avion followed the lead of other premium tequila producers and introduced an extra anejo as the Cadillac offering in their portfolio. Extra anejo is a category…

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Review: 2017 Markham The Altruist

Napa-based Markham has launched a new wine called The Altruist, a charity-focused bottling made in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation, whose mission is “to serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.” This Bordeaux-style blend comprises 66% merlot, 16% cabernet sauvignon, 6% petit verdot, 5% malbec,…

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