Review: 2017 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon and Trilogy

Two of Flora Springs’ biggest reds are here, with Napa’s 2017 releases finally hitting the market. Let’s dive in. 2017 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – Rich and chocolaty, there’s no confusing the identity of this number. Silky and fully exuding crushed black fruit — with a squeeze of strawberry added — the wine…

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Review: Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur Single Origin Colombia

We’re approaching the era of peak coffee liqueur, as is evidenced by the release of Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur’s first Single Origin expression, a line which will focus on coffee grown in a specific region, “working with local farmers to ensure no two batches are the same.” Up first is Mr Black Colombia,…

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Review: Firestone Walker Flyjack

Sessionizing the hazy IPA continues to be the quest of the day for many brewers, and Firestone Walker’s Flyjack is the latest variation on the theme. With a light lemon peel character and hints of grapefruit, Flyjack — at a whopping 96 calories per 12 oz can — is more citrus-forward than tropical, but it’s…

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Review: Westland Coldfoot Edition 1

Seattle-based Westland Distillery, where the new releases seem to drop every other week, is back with its latest craft whiskey, Coldfoot. Coldfoot is a curious, limited-edition collaboration with outdoor goods company C.C. Filson Co. and is meant to evoke “the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.” If you’re curious about what the name refers to, let’s…

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Review: 3 Texas Whiskeys from Flaviar

My latest foray into Flaviar’s new quarterly subscription club is this trio of whiskeys from three different Texas distilleries. (Forgot what this club is all about? $95 gets you a single shipment or $300 buys you four shipments over the course of a year. Each shipment includes a tasting kit of three themed 50ml samples…

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Review: Weller Special Reserve (2020)

In recent years, William Larue Weller has become the most coveted bottle in the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, easily seeing markups of five times its MSRP and even more than that on the secondary market. That breathless hysteria has now trickled all the way down to the most readily available bottle in the Weller…

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Review: Volatus 2016 “Bloody Well Right” Tannat and 2018 CAVU

Here’s a pair of wines from Paso Robles’ Volatus. If some of the names sound familiar, it’s because co-owner Victoria Schmitt’s father was Supertramp’s drummer. On to the wines. 2016 Volatus “Bloody Well Right” Tannat Paso Robles – 100% tannat — unusual, to say the least. The wine is a hefty beast, pushy with earth, eucalyptus,…

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Review: Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask-Finished Bourbon

Not long ago, we revisited Jefferson’s Reserve. Well, today we’re reviewing a wine-finished version of that very same bourbon. Jefferson’s Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish is the same blend of three different well-aged rye bourbons finished for an extra year in French oak casks that previously held the acclaimed Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon from…

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