Review: The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 7

The Balvenie’s Tun 1509 series is finally getting its long-awaited seventh release. For those unfamiliar, the series is designed to bring to life master distiller David Stewart’s 58 years of distilling and blending experience “through an expression of exemplary quality and character.” Here’s some detail: To produce Batch 7 of Tun 1509, Stewart continued his…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Founder’s Collection Boxergrail Cask Strength Rye (2020)

We’ve been following Louisville’s Rabbit Hole Distillery since they first hit the crowded American whiskey scene a few years back. The original core lineup included a rye whiskey, dubbed Boxergrail, and now a select few barrels (just seven, in fact) have been chosen for bottling as the distillery’s first ultra-rare Founder’s Collection release. The standard…

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Review: Wines of Tussock Jumper, 2020 Releases

Last year we were introduced to Tussock Jumper wines and found they offer good-quality wines at affordable prices. There are now two new 2020 releases. Let’s give them a try. 2020 Tussock Jumper Chenin Blanc South Africa – I didn’t admit it last year when I reviewed this wine, but I will now: I am…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 14 Years Old (2020)

It’s round three for Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky brand, which has been cranking out limited edition Kentucky bourbons since 2018. As with the last two editions, it’s a single barrel release, this time composed of 32 barrels which will all be bottled individually at cask strength (proof ranging from roughly 125 to 135). It’s got…

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Review: Mighty Swell Blackberry Spiked Spritzer

We reviewed most of the varietals from Mighty Swell last year when we first took a deep dive into the Austin, Texas-based spiked spritzer producer. This fall, the company shook things up with new “innovative” packaging and an “improved formulation.” Not done there, they decided to also add a fifth flavor to the mix, Blackberry.…

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Review: Pittyvaich 30 Years Old Limited Edition 2020

This is the 4th Pittyvaich release in the Diageo Special Releases series since 2015. This 30 year old marks the first time it has been finished in first fill ex-bourbon casks. As with the 2019 release, it’s one of my favorites in the lineup, if not my top pick. The nose is initially a bit…

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Review: La Adelita Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

La Adelita is a new brand of tequila that spans five expressions: blanco,  reposado, anejo, cristalino, and extra anejo, all hitting the market straight out of the gate. The brand lays claim to being a “single estate” spirit, but it’s hard to read the name of said estate on the label. Rancho el Fraile, from…

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Review: Copalli Rum – White and Barrel Rested

Copalli is an organic rum distilled in Belize from heirloom sugar cane (not molasses). The brand was launched in 2018 and it’s finally finding broader distribution in the U.S. Two varieties are available, and the production details vary for each. Let’s try both. Copalli White Rum – This is a double distillation of pot- and…

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