Review: Procera Green Dot Gin 2023

The importance of terroir to wine is well known. The distillers at Procera bring the same concept to gin by carefully sourcing the fresh, African juniper berries they use. For the 2023 release of their apparently annual Green Dot Gin, Procera has taken this approach one rather giant step further, sourcing all the juniper berries,…

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Review: Renegade Rums – Aura, Nova, Dunfermline, and Hope – Swimming Pool

Drew has been dutifully chronicling the many releases of the terroir-obsessed Renegade Rum, a Grenada-based operation that specializes in products with incredibly specific provenances. Various “pre-cask” (white, unaged) rums, blends called Cuvees, and “super-geeky ‘MicrOrigin’” products are available — with nearly 20 different expressions now on the market. We can’t possibly keep up with all…

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Review: Attems 2021 Ribolla Gialla and 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

Attems is a winery in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia region with a particular focus on white wines, plus the occasional rose. Today we look at a pair of recently released whites, both from the 2021 vintage. 2021 Attems Ribolla Gialla IGT – The lightly oxidized quality of this indigenous grape makes for a wine with lots of…

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Review: Pokeno New Zealand Single Malt – Totara Cask, Triple Distilled, and Winter Malt

Just last year we introduced you to the impressive core range from Pokeno, and now the Kiwi whisky maker, which has only been distilling since 2017, is out with another lineup of unique single malts. Pokeno’s Exploration Series is a line that is intended to showcase the distillery’s most innovative whiskeys with emphasis on the…

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Review: Kilinga Bacanora – Silvestre, Blanco, and Reposado

Sure, let’s start with the basics: What’s bacanora? In the northern Mexico state of Sonora, bacanora is a type of mezcal traditionally made from a particular strain of agave, Agave angustifolia. Like Tequila, Bacanora is also a town that is the spiritual home of the beverage, though it can be and is made all over…

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Review: New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon 8 Years Old

  While they are known for their “riffs” on American whiskey traditions, Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery is out with a new bourbon that’s about as straightforward as they come. That said, it is twice as old as the flagship bourbon they debuted in 2018, making it their oldest rye bourbon yet (a more limited eight-year…

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Review: M&H Apex STR Single Cask

We got our first taste of an M&H Apex single cask single malt back in 2022. Several single casks, in fact, including a stripped and recharred cask like this latest expression that recently crossed our desk. As a reminder, Apex is the top of the Milk & Honey portfolio featuring both small batch and limited…

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Review: Hirsch The Single Barrel Bourbon Double Oak Second Edition

The latest release from Hirsch is a second edition of its Single Barrel Double Oak release, Kentucky distillate made from 72% corn, 13% rye, and 15% malted barley, bottled at 9 years old. The first 8 years were spent in a new American oak barrel, char #4, followed by another year in a #1 ultra-light…

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