Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Offerings, Summer 2020

Our latest go-round with the indie bottlers at That Boutique-y Whisky Company took place over a live Zoom webinar, where four single malts were on offer — not just to whisky writers but to the general public. (It helped if you bought the inexpensive tasting kit so you could play along.) This collection of whiskies —…

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Review: Kilchoman Am Bùrach

The question remains unanswered: Is the accidental mixing of barrels/distillates more commonplace than public originally were made aware? Is it a new thing in an effort to reduce distillery waste? Is it something marketing and “innovation specialists” have preyed upon as a new best practice and are trying to make commonplace? All of the above?…

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Recipe: Algonquin Cocktail

Some say the Algonquin was created at New York’s famous hotel — in the era of Dorothy Parker — others say it was merely inspired by the famous “round table” there. Either way, I doubt Ms. Parker drank this concoction. Surely she would have eschewed something as jejune as pineapple juice in her drink. (She…

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Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte OLC:01 2010

Normally around these parts the domain of consideration for Bruichladdich rests in the hands of our intrepid editor-in-chief/fearless leader. So when there is a Laddie not covered in our portfolio, one jumps at the opportunity to make their feelings known. This time around we have Port Charlotte OLC:01, a member of the distillery’s venerable Cask…

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Review: Whiskeys of Ragged Branch

Virginia-based Ragged Branch is a craft distillery that makes bourbon — and lots of it: The brand has five different bourbon expressions — and one rye — all produced in house and aged for at least four years (though no formal age statements appear on its bottles). Aside from that, there’s limited available information about…

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Review: Clown Shoes Rainbows Are Real

This is our first encounter with Clown Shoes, a Boston/Vermont-based craft producer of unusual brews, and one of our first experiences with terpenes, those “aromatic oils found in natural botanical sources (including cannabis and hops) that are said to have therapeutic benefits.” There’s no cannabis in Rainbows Are Real, but the brew does include Beta-Pinene…

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What Makes up a Vegan-Friendly Wine, and How Do You Find One?

ADVERTISEMENT Do you love wine and your vegan lifestyle? No problem, you can be both a wine lover and a vegan. It’s easy if you know where to look. But wine is just grape juice, why would it not be vegan friendly? Winemakers and wine drinkers prefer their wines clear. Young wine is hazy due…

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Review: Appleton Estate Rum 8 Years Old Reserve

Recently, Appleton — the pride of Jamaica — announced a new permanent addition to its lineup of rums. The new 8 Year Old Reserve, from Master Blender Joy Spence, is designed to be “Appleton Estate’s most versatile expression of aged rum.” It also coincides with a relaunch of the entire brand, which features new bottle…

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