Review: Buffalo Trace Prohibition Collection

A few months ago, Buffalo Trace dropped one of its most ambitious (and expensive) whiskey collections: the first installment of the annually released Prohibition Collection, a five-(half) bottle collection “honoring the whiskeys that were legally produced and sold at the distillery during arguably the most contentious time period in alcohol history.” From 1920 to 1933,…

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Review: Copper Fox Amaro y Arroyo

Virginia’s Copper Fox Distillery has been mixing up impressive craft cocktails at both their Sperryville and Williamsburg locations since the state loosened restrictions on on-site beverage sales (which still aren’t loose enough, if you ask most Virginia distillers). It’s no surprise then that the distillery has added a cocktail-friendly amaro to its lineup. Amaro y…

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Review: 4 Syrups from Liquid Alchemist

Liquid Alchemist has more flavors than I can count — at least a dozen — and all are authentic as they get, made with their named ingredients and cane sugar, plus maybe a little citric acid. We’ve reviewed Liquid Alchemist’s orgeat in the past — not my favorite — and today we take a spin with…

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Review: Doritos Nacho Cheese Spirit

You probably never thought about boozifying a nacho cheese flavored Doritos chip, did you? But you probably also never thought about turning Doritos into Taco Bell taco shells either, and now look who’s laughing. In collaboration with “global flavor innovator” Empirical, a Delaware-based operation which makes all kinds of oddball spirits, the good people at…

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Review: 2018 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro

Produced only in select vintages since 1947, Riserva Ducale Oro is hand-harvested, largely using estate fruit grown on Ruffino’s Gretote property. A classic expression of Tuscany, the wine hits all the highlights and expectations, including bright cherry, jammy plum, and gentle florals to keep the fruit in check. Some darker cocoa powder and nutmeg notes…

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Review: Milam & Greene The Castle Hill Series Batch 3

It’s a bittersweet farewell to Milam & Greene’s Castle Hill Series in 2023, as the final barrels of its Dickel-sourced whiskey have now been turned out, blended, and bottled. Sure, last year Heather Greene said that Castle Hill Batch 2 was probably the final Castle Hill release, but this time she says for sure that’s it…

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Review: Signatory Mortlach 15 Years Old 2008

  As a rule of thumb when I see independent bottlings of Mortlach, I pick them up. While this Signatory Vintage release, from the long-running “Un-Chillfiltered Collection,” is matured only in bourbon hogsheads, the 15 year age statement — and reasonable price — spurred me to lie down my Visa card. This is a classic…

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Review: Wines of Halter Ranch, 2023 Releases

We are entering the darkest part of the winter season, which means it is time to pull out some deep reds and hang by the fireplace for more than a few hours while the snow/ice/wind do their thing outdoors. Which brings us to this particular trio of wines. Set alongside the west side of Paso…

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