Review: GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 and Master Vintage 1993

Highlands-based distillery GlenDronach recently dropped two new releases both built around sherry cask maturation and both created by Master Blender Rachel Barrie. Both Pedro Ximenez and oloroso sherry casks are used in these expressions. Here’s a look at the pair. GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 8 – 10 years old, full proof. Heavy on the sherry,…

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Review: EastBev Co Asian Cocktail Subscription Box

The cocktailing world has long been in love with the flavors of Asia — but sourcing Asian ingredients like yuzu and cherry blossoms can be difficult on our shores. EastBev Co is bringing its talents to bear on the problem, offering a unique cocktail subscription kit that focuses exclusively on cocktails inspired by the Far…

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Review: 2017 Thierry et Pascale Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay

The French are tiptoeing their way to adding varietal information to wine labels, as is evidenced in this white Burgundy, labelled underneath as “Chardonnay.” Lightly oaked, there’s plenty of fruit left in the wine here, which bristles with sharp notes of lemon and lime. A base of pear, a hint of fig and a twist…

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Review: Knappogue Castle 12 Years Old Marsala Finish

The latest Irish whiskey from Knappogue Castle is this 12 year old single malt, aged in bourbon barrels and then finished in Marco De Bartoli Marsala casks from the region of Samperi in Sicily. You can smell the Marsala wine influence immediately when you crack open the bottle. The aromas of oxidized wine, citrus peel,…

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Review: 2015 Marques de Casa Concha Merlot

This Chilean merlot is overloaded with fruit, with cherry and strawberry notes providing the base for a surprisingly jammy palate. A slightly floral edge adds some nuance, but it’s the lasting sweetness that dominates the experience. B / $25 Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Review: 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet…

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Review: Penelope Bourbon Barrel Strength (2020)

It’s our third go-round with Penelope, a unique “four grain” whiskey that blends three MGP whiskeys together: a rye-mash bourbon, a wheat-mash bourbon, and a “corn bourbon” made from just corn and barley. We’ve reviewed the standard bottling in two separate batches. Now we turn to Batch #2 of the Barrel Strength expression. (Though, note,…

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Review: 2018 Famile Perrin Reserve Cotes do Rhone Blanc AOC

This is a classic blend of grenache blanc, marsanne, roussanne, and viognier from the Rhone Valley. Slightly green on the nose, with a floral, potpourri note. The palate runs to honeysuckle and sees a touch of camphor, and as the wine warms in the glass it becomes quite perfumed on the finish. Exotic and lovely…

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Tasting Report: Brunello di Montalcino, 2020 Releases

Like Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino is made in Italy from sangiovese grapes. What’s the difference between the two wines, then? Location: Chianti hails from Tuscany, while Brunello is born in Montalcino, about 60 miles to the south. The weather and the soils are both different here, and the warmer climes around Montalcino give Brunello more…

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