Review: Four Gate Rye Batch 7 River Kelvin Rye

Our friends at Louisville’s Four Gate Whiskey are becoming well known for their micro-batch bourbons, and for their 7th release, they’re making the obvious jump to something new for the first time: rye whiskey. Four Gate Batch 7 is MGP-produced straight rye made from a mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, with a…

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Review: New Belgium Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA

Everything old is new again, as New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger line takes a trip back to a time 30-some years before hazy IPAs were invented… with a hazy IPA. I don’t get it either, but at least the design on the can is appropriately retro. Flavored with Citra, Simcoe, and Cascade hops, it’s flavored with…

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Review: Glengoyne 10, 12, 15, and 18 Years Old (2020)

We have not enjoyed the privilege of a proper deep dive into the lineup of Glasgow’s Glengoyne in a decade. As such, with the assistance of some friends, we culled together a sample set and went about with a re-visitation of their core range, circa 2020. The results were as enjoyable, consistent, and eclectic as…

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Review: Tarnished Truth Fourth Handle Gin

When we reviewed their high rye bourbon last year, we told you that Virginia’s Tarnished Truth Distillery was located inside a historic Virginia Beach hotel, The Cavalier. Apparently that hotel was quite the place, like something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. So decadent were the amenities that bathrooms had a “fourth handle” on…

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Review: Equiano Rum Original

While I’ve had rum from both Africa and the Caribbean, Equiano bills itself as “the world’s first African and Caribbean rum.” Equiano (now billed as Equiano Original) is distilled at Gray’s distillery in Mauritius, then matured in ex-Cognac casks for 10 years. From there, it’s blended with rum from Barbados’s Foursquare distillery, which is aged…

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Review: 2016 Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Collection Ranch 1 and Ranch 2

Beaulieu Vineyard — affectionately known as BV — offers myriad tiers of its wines, and its Maestro Collection is situated near the top. This collection honors Andre Tchelistcheff, arguably the most influential winemaker in Napa history. These are limited edition bottlings that are really designed to showcase hyper-specific Napa terroirs: The two Ranches in question…

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Review: Signatory Fettercairn 30 Years Old and Battlehill Fettercairn 9 Years Old

A quick search on our site for reviews of Fettercairn reveals a few morsels of coverage but nothing substantial. It’s not that it is unworthy of receiving our consideration, it’s just that we haven’t gotten around to it yet. There’s only so much one can drink at a time. This Eastern Highlands distillery is owned…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2020 Edition

Hey, the world isn’t going to let a global pandemic keep some of the most coveted whiskies from hitting the market this year. And here they are, your 2020 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection quintet. There aren’t any production-level changes for the 2020 bottlings vs. 2019, so let’s dive right in and see how everything is…

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