Tasting Report: Sparkling Rose Wines, 2020 Releases

“There sure are a lot of girly drinks in the fridge,” my wife said as I prepared to tuck into this roundup of sparkling rose wine. And she’s right. Some of these sparkly bottles look like they belong on my daughter’s desk, not on the bar of the discriminating drinker. So it goes. Not every…

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Review: M&H Classic Single Malt, Elements Sherry, and Levantine Gin

Earlier this year we brought you a first look at two whiskies from Tel Aviv-based M&H (Milk & Honey) Distillery, Israel’s first whisky distillery, both bottled under the “Whisky in Bloom” brand. Now the brand — which has actually been around since 2012 — is expanding its U.S. presence with three additional releases, M&H Classic…

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Review: Clynelish Indies: Signatory 11 Years Old and Adelphi 17 Years Old

Clynelish gets plenty of love from here and today is no exception, as we consider a double dose from the distillery. These two expressions differing mildly from one another courtesy of two independent bottlers: one from Adelphi and one from Signatory. Signatory Clynelish 11 Years Old – Distilled in 2008, bottled in 2019, and aged…

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Blending Whisky with Bruichladdich’s Adam Hannett

Along with Compass Box, Bruichladdich has been at the forefront of the Scotch transparency movement, a rejection of the intense secrecy rules that the Scottish government has long demanded around the production of whisky. For those not in the know, it’s actually illegal to share too much information about the components of a Scotch whisky.…

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Book Review: The New Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Think Like a Master Mixologist

Some recipe books end up dog-eared and well-worn beyond acceptable levels for even book lovers to keep on shelves. However, for those who call upon their wisdom with regularity, they become a badge of honor and reliable wisdom on which to lean. They are filled with Post-It notes of numerous colors peeking out from the…

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Review: Chairman’s Reserve 1931 Rum

At the top of the Saint Lucia-based Chairman’s Reserve rum lineup is this bottling, Chairman’s Reserve 1931, “a tribute to the rum philosophy and craft” of its founder, Denis Barnard, who founded the distillery in 1931. This blend of column and pot distilled rums spend 6 to 11 years in a combination of bourbon and…

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Review: 2017 La Crema Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

La Crema’s more entry-level bottlings always tend toward beefiness, and this expression is no exception, kicking off with a somewhat tough and decidedly meaty character that feels like it will never let up. Give it some time in glass, and the picture changes, albeit slowly. Notes of blackberry and blueberry cobbler emerge, alongside notes of…

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Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2020

Kilchoman’s release of Loch Gorm — number 9 as far as I can tell — is a vatting of 21 casks of the Islay distillery’s production, variously hailing from 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. As usual with Loch Gorm, all were fully matured in Oloroso sherry butts. 15,500 bottles were produced for worldwide distribution, 1,920 of which…

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