Review: Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum – Belize 2005 and Barbados 2009 Port Cask

Two new rum offerings from the independent bottlers at Holmes Cay, including a second go-round with Barbados, Holmes Cay’s first release that undergoes a secondary casking (this one’s finished in Port). Holmes Cay Single Cask Rum Belize 2005 – Produced at Travellers Liquors Distillery in Belize, this 15 year old rum is column distilled and…

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Review: 2016 J. Lohr Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles

Jerry Lohr proudly proclaims this Paso Robles bottling as his “statement” cabernet sauvignon. It’s 80% cab, blended with small amounts of Saint-Macaire (a rare French import), cabernet franc, petit verdot, and malbec. The wine is supple and opulent, a sultry investigation into the varietal that any cab lover will thrill to. Intensely dark currant notes…

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Review: Van Winkle Wolverine 1000 Mile Work Boots

A few weeks ago, we published a short dispatch regarding an auction happening in partnership between Wolverine Boots, Old Rip Van Winkle and TV Presenter/Workforce Advocate Mike Rowe. Wolverine created a limited edition of boots partially furnished from Van Winkle barrels, with all proceeds going to benefit Rowe’s foundation mikeroweWORKS, which provides scholarships and financial…

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Review: Cardhu 11 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

Normally Diageo’s Special Releases — its annual release of ultra-rare cask strength Scotch whiskies — don’t arrive until Christmas or beyond. But now we’re in the time of Covid, so anything goes, I suppose. To be sure, we’re not looking this gift horse in the mouth — and neither should American Scotch fans, who are…

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Review: 2017 Angove Shiraz Warboys Vineyard

This is a rare, single vineyard shiraz from Angove Family Winemakers, located in Australia’s McLaren Vale. The wine spends 10 months in French oak puncheons. The wine is a bit sweet at first blush, but some air helps the macerated currant and raspberry notes to find a more even footing, where notes of licorice, dark…

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Review: Paul John Nirvana

Paul John, made in Goa, India, has launched a new single malt called Nirvana. It’s made from six-row barley grown in India and matured in ex-bourbon casks. Aside from the origins of the grain (and the spirit itself), the unique element here is the six-row barley, as the lower-protein/higher-starch two-row barley is more commonly used…

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Review: Inchmoan 12 Year and 25 Years Old Single Malt (2017)

Western Highlands’ Loch Lomond has quite a few brands under its care. Aside from eponymous releases, the distillery serves as home Inchmurrin, Inchfad, Glen Douglas, Craiglodge, and Croftengea, amongst others. Over a dozen stills crafted in four different styles afford Loch Lomond the ability to be pretty versatile. Today’s consideration, Inchmoan, can be a bit…

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Review: Expresiones del Corazon Barrel-Aged Tequila William Larue Weller Anejo 2020

This long-running collaboration between Corazon Tequila and Buffalo Trace — in which Corazon’s single-estate tequila is aged in a variety of Buffalo Trace whiskey casks — is always worth sampling. This year finds Buffalo Trace dropping three expressions, all anejos aged variously in William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac, and George T. Stagg barrels. We…

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