Review: Rums of Rhum Clement – Cask Collection, VSOP, Creole Shrubb, and Coconut Liqueur (2020)

A recent virtual road show from Spiribam — the corporate owner of Rhum J.M, Bounty, Chairman’s, and Admiral Rodney rums — brought a number of its brands into the limelight. While we’ll have coverage of a couple of additional ones soon, we first look at one of the company’s most prized operations, Rhum Clement, an…

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Review: 2019 Mateus Dry Rose

Mateus? Mateus. The wine your parents dranks when Lancer’s, Blue Nun, and Black Tower weren’t available is making a push back into the zeitgeist, and — surprise — it’s better than you might think. The brand lays claim as being the first Portuguese rose ever created, and while the original Mateus was slightly sparkling and…

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Review: Headwind Vodka

Formally “Headwind Craft FWD Vodka,” this spirit hails from Portland, Oregon, where a “high-quality, gluten-free, corn-based grain is six times distilled and filtered through Pacific Northwest timber.” A thin label made of birch wood, bearing batch and bottle number, reinforces the lumberjack connection. Do outdoorsy types drink vodka? The nose presents itself as a fairly…

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Review: Catoctin Creek Infinity Barrel #InThisTogether Rye

Breweries and distilleries are doing their best to acknowledge our trying times, and Virginia’s Catoctin Creek recently dropped its own charity-focused whiskey, a 100% rye aged in leftover casks from its barrel select program, with profits going to support struggling restaurants and bars. The barrels used represent a hodgepodge of stuff, including an American chardonnay…

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Review: The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

Rum is hot right now — at least in the world of whiskey it is, where rum casks are being used in all manner of new whiskey releases, including expressions from Dewar’s, Tullamore D.E.W., and now The Glenlivet, which finishes a non-age-stated single malt in Caribbean rum casks for an undetermined length of time. You…

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Review: Harpoon Midnight in Manhattan

Boston-based Harpoon is the king of collaborations, and this one’s as nutty as its prior collabs: A partnership with New York’s Kings County Distillery to create a beer that is inspired by the Manhattan cocktail. It’s a brown ale that uses chestnuts and tart cherries in the mash, then ages the finished product in Kings County…

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Review: Wheel Horse Rye Batch 1

Wheel Horse is a sourced whiskey distilled at Kentucky’s O.Z. Tyler — and in fact it’s the first rye (95% rye, 5% malted barley) to come out of O.Z. (and its forebears) since the company was founded. The bottler is Ocean State Distillers, based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The whiskey itself carries no age statement…

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Review: 2019 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc Reserva

This year Veramonte has rolled out a new look for its wines. As well, after making a bug push into organic farming over the last 8 years, it’s moving many of its vineyards to biodynamic practices. This simple and bargain-priced wine — now billed as a Reserva — is one of the Chilean operation’s flagship…

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