Review: Crittenden’s Cut Above Mississippi Blues Berry Bourbon

The spread of the concept of finishing bourbon in various types of casks is largely a result of the work of Woodford Reserve and Angel’s Envy. Today, the American whiskey industry is in a perpetual arms race to see who can come up with the next unique finishing cask to grab consumer intrigue. Despite their…

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Review: High Camp Firelight Flask 2.0

High Camp keeps cranking out the fancy flasks, and as long as they do, we’ll keep on covering them. The new Firelight Flask is similar to the last High Camp flask we reviewed, the Parkside Flask. Both hold 750ml of liquid and include two tumblers that adhere magnetically to the top and bottom of the…

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Review: GlenDronach Allardice 18 Years Old

We commonly crank through GlenDronach’s special editions, but one of its permanent lineup has eluded us: Allardice, its 18 year old expression. The famed Highlands distillery’s 18 year old is named in honor of James Allardice, who founded the distillery in 1826. The whisky is completely aged in oloroso sherry casks. Densely sherried, the nose…

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Review: 2020 Stags’ Leap Winery The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

At the top of Stags’ Leap Winery’s mountain of Cabernet Sauvignon releases sits The Leap, a heavy-duty wine that, in this incarnation, is composed of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Malbec, and 1% Merlot. The wine showcases Stags’ Leap at the top of its game: rich, seductive fruit touches on the expected blackcurrants…

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Review: Chateau de Lacquy Armagnac 21 Years Old

There are a couple of theories regarding how bourbon came to be aged in charred oak barrels. Perhaps the most plausible theory lies in the fact that the French mature brandy in toasted wood barrels. In the era of bourbon infancy, Cognac was a known luxury French spirit. Did Americans begin using charred or toasted…

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Review: Oddbird Non-Alcoholic Presence and Addiction

Oddbird is the producer of some of my favorite non-alcoholic wines, and the brand recently sent two new expressions that we hadn’t yet seen, the white blend Presence and the red Addiction. We tasted them on a recent “day off” from the hard sauce. Oddbird Presence – A blend of riesling, gewurztraminer, sylvaner, viognier, and…

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Meili Founders Jason Momoa and Blaine Halvorson Think Vodka Is Underestimated (and Far from Flavorless)

At this point, the celebrity spirits market is undeniably crowded, with enough whiskey and agave-based brands to make the average consumer’s head spin. And given the space’s maturity, a giant social media following likely isn’t enough to guarantee success. Some—truly a handful—of A-lister backed brands do manage to stand out on partnerships with major distilleries,…

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Review: 2020 Muse Vineyards Petit Verdot Shenandoah Valley

This bottle slipped through the cracks in our most recent roundup of top Virginia wines, so we’re making up for the oversight and covering it solo. Rich and enveloping, this 100% petit verdot pours on some brooding charm with its dense notes of anise, graphite, and dried blackberries — heavy and almost oily at first…

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