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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Review: Dear, Bear & Moose “The Gentlemen” Glentauchers 1996 23 Years Old

If you took a brief nap at the right time, you might have missed the release of The Gentlemen, a Guy Ritchie movie starring the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Hugh Grant getting into a lot of fights. It’s set in Britain, so naturally the movie’s brand owners got together with Flaviar to release a special…

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Review: Glendalough Irish Whiskey – Pot Still, 17 Years Old, and 25 Years Old

When I stumbled upon Glendalough’s well-aged Irish whiskeys at a recent WhiskyFest, I knew that the baby sips doled out at these festivals weren’t going to do it. I named the distillery’s wholly unique 17 year old my favorite whiskey of the night, and finally we received a follow-up sample of it and the equally…

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Review: 2019 Justin Rose Central Coast

This rose is born of mystery grapes — “mostly syrah,” per the winery — but it comes across much like any Central Coast rose wine, full of strawberries and cream, a light layer of spice, and a vanilla custard note on the back end. Citrus and floral notes all dance on the tongue here and…

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Review: Wines of Jeff Runquist, 2020 Releases

Jeff Runquist’s name may make him sound like a race car driver, but he’s actually a veteran winemaker who makes his home in California’s Amador County. We recently received a five-pack of wines from the Runquist stable — which comprises 25 red varietals alone — to see what he’s been up to. Thoughts follow. 2018…

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Review: Gray Whale Gin

Gray Whale Gin is a Sonoma, California-made spirit designed to celebrate the California gray whale. Per the producer, Golden State Distillery, “the spirit takes the drinker on a gustatory journey up the Pacific coastline along the gray whales’ 12,000-mile migration pattern from Baja California through Mendocino (terminating in the Arctic).” The company donates 1% of…

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Review: 2017 La Crema Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

This pinot noir hails from always-on-the-wine-list-by-the-glass La Crema, though you don’t often see the winery’s Sonoma Coast appellation, a slightly elevated bottling. This 2017 acquits itself fine, offering an appropriately cool climate construction that offers notes of brambly blackberry, blueberry reduction, and cola. The finish has grip, its tannic bite suggesting hints of clove and…

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