Review: 2018 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile’s Concha y Toro is back with two new Casillero del Diablo releases, a cabernet and a carmenere from the 2018 vintage. Let’s dig in. 2018 Casillero del Diablo Reserva Carmenere – While thinner in body than I’d like, this wine offers a healthy layer of red fruit to complement the traditional meaty elements of…

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Review: Bhakta 50 Armagnac Barrel 3

You may know Raj Bhakta best as the founder of WhistlePig. But you might have missed the news that Bhakta left WhistlePig last year and struck out in search of new ventures — and sure enough, he found a few of them. The first you’ll be seeing is called simply Bhakta 50, the product of…

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Review: Wines of Bodegas Caro, 2020 Releases

Bodegas Caro is a Mendoza, Argentina-based winery that was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family. The concept: “combine French and Argentine cultures and the two signature grapes of each producer, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.” Bodegas Caro began with just one wine — CARO — and…

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Review: Lismore Speyside Single Malt

Lismore is a non-distilling producer from Speyside which gathers its goods from an undisclosed location. The independent bottler in question, William Lundie & Co., is keeping mum on the source, and that’s quite all right. There are enough mysteries and turmoil in the world to fret upon without having to diligently sleuth for an answer…

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Review: Old Tub Bourbon

Old Tub was an old Jim Beam brand that dates back to the late 1800s, and 2020s Beam decided to bring it back as a limited time release. It’s a bonded expression of straight Kentucky bourbon, and though it carries no formal age statement it’s at least 4 years old. It’s bottled “unfiltered, for more…

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Review: 5 Syrups from Monin

France’s Monin has been making flavored syrups for more than 100 years, and today we look at a quintet from the collection of well over 100 different products. Monin is widely available (including on Amazon), so you should be able to find many of the company’s products — at larger liquor stores. (We’ve also covered…

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The Latest Secret Ingredient to Your Hangover Cure Doubles as a Cocktail Mixer

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Review: Cincoro Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

Ready for more celebrity tequila? Cincoro was created by Michael Jordan and a group of four other NBA team owners with a specific goal: “to create the new gold standard for the spirit.” The collection includes four different 100% agave tequilas which, unusually, use a blend of agave from the Highland and Lowland regions. The insanely…

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