Review: Maker’s Mark RC6 2019 Limited Release

It may be hard to believe, but Maker’s Mark’s first, true limited-edition offering only just hit shelves this past fall. Stave Profile RC6, or RC6 for short, is the latest release in Maker’s Wood Finishing Series (everything that’s not standard Maker’s Mark), and it continues the tradition set out by Private Select, and Maker’s 46 before it,…

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Review: Basil Hayden x Beehive “Pour Me a Slice” Bourbon-Infused Cheese

Well, the headline tells it all. Beehive Cheese took its aged, cow’s milk cheddar, pumped it up with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, and is bringing this intriguing combination to you, the drinker. “Pour Me a Slice” comes in both 4 oz. and 12 oz. sizes. The cheese is fairly firm, quite nutty, and mildly grassy —…

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Review: 10th Street Single Malt Peated

So, we’ve established that 10th Street is a peated single malt. So: Where might 10th Street be? Dufftown? Glasgow? How about San Jose, California. Here, a group of former engineers are working to unabashedly deconstruct the whisky of Islay, and to do that they’re importing peat from Scotland (local barley is used), using it to…

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Review: Slane Irish Whiskey Spiked Doughnuts

It’s Irish Coffee Day… and what goes better with Irish Coffee than a nice doughnut? Let’s take that one step further: How about an Irish whiskey-spiked doughnut, courtesy of Slane Irish Whiskey today and New York-based Dough Doughnuts? The concept isn’t difficult. The bakery has produced a trio of doughnut styles, all infused with Slane…

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Review: Egan’s Centenary Irish Whiskey

The Egan’s Irish Whiskey brand has been on a tear of late — and made a surprise appearance as our #2 top whiskey of 2019 with its Legacy Reserve II bottling. Now Egan’s is out with a new edition built to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the passing of co-founder Henry Egan, “a spirit…

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Review: The Bitter Housewife Orange, Cardamon, and Old Fashioned Bitters, Plus Bitters & Soda

The Bitter Housewife is a fanciful name for a new line of products clearly not being developed by a housewife at all but by a savvy entrepreneur. I met owner Genevieve Brazelton at a recent event and found her to not even be a little bit bitter, but rather quite effusive about her burgeoning product…

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Review: Larga Vida XO Rum 2019 Edition

A sunset with a jumping dolphin on the label, and a speedboat cutting through the waves as a stopper? This can only mean one thing, right? We’re drinking rum built for partying. Surprise, surprise, though: Larga Vida isn’t your daddy’s blender fodder. This is high-end, complex stuff, designed by the co-founder of the Flaviar booze…

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Review: A Duo of Sebastiani Cabernets, 2020 Releases

A pair of new cabernet sauvignon releases from Sonoma’s venerable Sebastiani (now part of the Foley empire): 2017 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast – A straightforward cab (with grapes from both Sonoma and Lake Counties), this wine is youthful and focused more on fruit than wood. “Juicy” is an understatement, with aggressive fruit tempering and…

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