Review: Oban Distillers Edition 2019 – Distilled 2005

It’s been a while since we took a look at any of Diageo’s Distillers Edition releases, so before the next crop hits the shelves this fall, I thought I would revisit a favorite of mine from Oban, a small but mighty distillery in the Highland region of Scotland. For Oban’s annual Distillers Edition, the standard…

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Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 95.35 and Beachcomber Blend

It’s been about four years since we’ve covered releases from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (full disclosure: I received a gift membership from a friend which expires at the end of August 2020). In that time they’ve had their packaging go under the scalpel for a serious touch-up and have increased the outturn rate to…

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Review: Troegs Nimble Giant (2020)

It’s been four years since we’ve spent time with one of Troegs’ flagship bers, the once-a-year Nimble Giant. The double IPA, built around Mosaic, Simcoe and Azacca hops, feels less fruit-forward this year than I remember, rather brooding at times with a heavy bill of dank forest floor, piney resin, and some mushroom punch. Toasty cereal…

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Review: Chicken Cock Straight Rye and Ryeteous Blonde

Two new expressions from the burgeoning Chicken Cock brand, a straightforward Kentucky rye and more unusual beer barrel-finished rye. Production details — and our thoughts — all follow. Chicken Cock Straight Rye -A Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey to follow up on Chicken Cock’s Straight Bourbon, this spirit was made in partnership with the Bardstown Bourbon…

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Review: Eastern Standard Provisions Pretzels

Oktoberfest may not be the raucous affair we’ve come to expect this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the experience to your home with some good oompah music, German beer, and a solid pair of lederhosen. What’s missing in this equation? Why, pretzels, of course — and sorry, but Snyder’s just isn’t going…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Tradicional Tequila Anejo

While most drinkers know to keep Jose Cuervo’s mixto tequilas at bay, the Jose Cuervo Tradicional line — the brand’s most budget-priced 100% agave tequila — isn’t bad as a mixer. For years this line has included only a silver and a reposado version. Only now has the lineup finally been rounded out with an…

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Review: Ban Poitin and Micil Poitin

Poitin (puh-cheen) is Ireland’s answer to moonshine, a pot-distilled spirit which can be made from a variety of base starches (much like vodka). A recent event rounded up three Irish poitin bottlings to help elucidate how different various expressions of this spirit can be. We aren’t re-reviewing the barley-based Mad March Hare here, so please…

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Review: Plantation Rum – Peru 2004, Barbados 2005, and Fiji 2009

Believe it or not, living in the epicenter of the bourbon universe has its drawbacks. While we are — or were — usually first to market with numerous special and limited edition bourbon releases, there is a painful deficit of new and special rums and single malts to keep things interesting. So when a select…

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