Review: Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye

Rare Breed has long been one of Wild Turkey’s premium bourbon bottlings, the big selling point being that it’s bottled uncut, at barrel proof. Now the Rare Breed brand is extending to that other American hallmark: Rye. It’s the same concept — uncut, non-chillfiltered, and full proof — only this one’s blended from ryes aged…

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Review: Method + Standard Vodka – Original and Raspberry

Our final look at the spirits of Madison, NC-based Piedmont Distillers takes us to the world of vodka. Method + Standard is a line of vodkas which are made via “a quadruple distillation of American-grown corn.” It’s available as a straight, unflavored vodka and in three infused versions. We look at two of them below. Method…

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Review: Convite Mezcal – Esencial and Tobala

Convite — Spanish for invitation — is a new(ish) brand in the U.S. with a substantial range of expressions already under its belt. The Oaxaca-based brand launched with three varieties and now markets at least seven in total, many made from single species of agave. We received two of Convite’s product line to check out. Thoughts…

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Review: 2017 Trapiche Medalla Malbec Mendoza

Trapiche’s Argentina-born wines are invariably built around value, and this Mendoza malbec is no exception. Pushy up front with extracted, densely black fruit, this wine can be initially off-putting, so give it some time to evolve in the glass. Over time, a brambly character, laced with baking spices, emerges, but there’s so much tannin here…

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Book Review: Making Bourbon: A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky

A few months ago, we reviewed Karl Raitz’s Bourbon’s Backroads: A Journey through Kentucky’s Distilling Landscape, which provides a thoroughly detailed and data-intensive look at the context during which bourbon came to fruition. Raitz made the hard stuff look effortless: weaving together a narrative involving transportation, government affairs, topography, geography, engineering, architecture, and nearly every…

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Review: Filibuster Single Estate Bourbon

We previously encountered Maurertown, Virginia-based Filibuster only briefly back in 2017, when we saw a trio of the craft distillery’s bourbons in a MashBox sampler kit. Now we’re diving deeper into the whiskeys of Filibuster with this unusual offering, a limited edition release billed as a Single Estate bourbon. Per the company, that means “one…

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Review: Glen Ranoch Special Reserve Highland Single Malt

Let the record show I have absolutely no problem with going to the budget shelf, nor does anyone else on this staff. Through countless samples of flavored vodkas, beers, gins and whatever else comes our way, we have zero problem venturing forth into anything with a good-faith taste test. Our tongues are not so frail…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 9 Years Old Spring 2020 Edition

  For its latest installment in the twice-a-year Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond series, Heaven Hill is stepping the age back from 15 to 9 years, its age now in line with the fall 2018 release. This limited edition bottling of the wheated Old Fitzgerald recipe hasn’t disappointed yet, and this first 2020 release — though we’re…

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