Marianne Eaves on Forbidden, Whiskey Innovation, and Bourbon Gluts

Marianne Eaves likes to stay busy. Since she left Castle & Key Distillery — where she was widely regarded as the first American woman to hold the title of Master Distiller — Eaves has consulted and blended for a wide range of distilleries and non-distilling producers. Indeed, her Eaves Blind series has seen her partner…

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Review: Two Wines from Beaujolais – 2022 Manoir de Carra and 2019 Chateau Bonnet

Beaujolais remains an undersung and underconsumed wine region, particularly in the States, but that’s changing — ever so slowly — as better and better expressions make it to the U.S. market. Today we’re checking out a pair of recently released Beaujolais wines, both 100% gamay, and both extremely affordable, high-quality offerings. 2022 Manoir de Carra…

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Review: Isle of Skye Blended Scotch, Complete Lineup (2023)

While we encountered a younger Isle of Skye offering in a previous life, owner Ian Macleod Distillers has recently brought the entire range of Scotch blends stateside. The lineup runs a broad age gamut, from 8 to 30 years old, and each expression now sports fancy new packaging. Named for Skye, home to Talisker Distillery,…

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Review: Eagle Rare 25 Years Old

Are you ready to climb even higher heights of peak bourbon? Eagle Rare 25 is the new impressively ornate ultra-aged bourbon from Buffalo Trace that aims to ascend to a perch among the most coveted American whiskeys on the market. To achieve the feat of extending Eagle Rare bourbon well beyond its typical age of…

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Review: Wines of Rombauer, 2023 Releases

A quartet of wines from our buddies at Rombauer — who are riding high now that they are basking in that Gallo acquisition money. Well done, folks! 2022 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc – 76% Sonoma fruit, 24% Napa. Ultra-tropical, this is a Dole Whip in a glass, full of pineapple and cream and… well, that’s it.…

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Review: Glenmorangie “A Tale of Tokyo”

Hey, I’m not the only one that loves Japan and Japanese whisky. Lately, even Scotland is getting in on the hype, with a range of mizunara-finished Scotches hitting the market at a steady clip. Up next is Glenmorangie’s turn, with it’s latest “Tale of” offering, A Tale of Tokyo. For this expression, Dr. Bill Lumsden…

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Review: La Pulga Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

Tequila continues to take the country by storm but perhaps nowhere more so than in Texas. Three Ft. Worth-based entrepreneurs are getting in on the action with another addition to the growing La Pulga, a tequila distilled and bottled in Jalisco, Mexico but proudly born in “Cowtown.” Or so goes the press release. The name…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog X: The Commandments” Rye Whiskey 2023

There’s no more exciting time in whiskeydom than when WhistlePig drops its latest Boss Hog. Now in its tenth installment, the aggressively experimental whiskey series takes a new step into craziness, finishing its rye whiskey with truly Biblical flavors. There’s really no other option than to let WhistlePig explain The Commandments to you: A testament…

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