Review: Dewar’s Ilegal Smooth Mezcal Cask Finish 8 Years Old

I’m already on record as being not a fan of the use of “Smooth” in a product’s official name (or, for that matter, as a descriptor of any spirit), but I will say that Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth Rum Cask Finish Blended Scotch was at least a credible product. Buoyed by that product’s success, now Dewar’s…

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Review: 2017 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Krug’s 2017 cab is surprisingly lean and already hitting maturity. The wine (a blend of 87% cabernet sauvignon, 5% merlot, 5% petit verdot, and 3% petite sirah) is dry and very herbal, with a slight oxidized note and lots of green pepper/green onion sitting heavy atop the otherwise straightforward core of currants. Quite tannic as…

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Review: Oak Farm 2018 Albarino and 2017 Zinfandel

Lodi’s Oak Farm Vineyards produces a surprisingly wide range of wines, including many made with classically European varietals, one of which we cover in this two-fer review. 2018 Oak Farm Albarino Lodi – This is a surprising wine from Lodi, full of tropical fruit, Cape gooseberry, and lemon peel notes. Bursting with fruit and sweetness,…

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Review: Kirkland Speyside Single Malt 22 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

It’s been a minute since we last reviewed a mystery, Costco discount dram, so here’s a recent one, Kirkland Speyside Single Malt 22 Years Old. Alexander Murray, which currently bottles these bargain beauties, has occasionally deviated from the sherry-finished path (this 16-year-old from 2016, for example), but this one stays the course, finished for a…

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Recipe: Manhattan Transfer

If you happen to be a whiskey drinker, like me, you probably love a good Manhattan. But as a whiskey-lover, I have a hard time sticking to just one brand or type of whiskey, and that translates to my Manhattans, too. I’m always looking for new and different variations. The Manhattan Transfer is my latest…

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Review: 2017 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay

Chalk Hill’s (gray-label) Estate Chardonnay is one of its most classic bottlings. Bold with buttery oak, it folds in notes of fig, lemon peel, and pears, and as with other bottlings of this wine — grapes from the eponymous AVA — a slight layer of coconut peeks through. The finish hints at a mild nuttiness…

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Review: High West Bourye (2019)

High West’s latest Bourye batch dropped in December 2019, technically making it a 2019 release, though few have seen it until the last couple of months. You’ll see it referred to as the 2020 release here and there — including on High West’s own website. As always, Bourye is a combination of bourbon and rye…

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Review: Modified Theory Canned Cocktails

Deschutes Brewery — which we cover at length here — recently expanded its footprint into the canned cocktail market. While they’re sippable on their own as “hard bevy” ready-to-drink cocktails, Deschutes is also positioning them as mixers to which you can add a shot of alcohol for an extra kick. Three flavors are on tap,…

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