Review: Chicken Cock Red Stave Petite Sirah Barrel Finish

So I first read the label on this whiskey as Red State, thinking maybe Chicken Cock was doing an ambitious “Red State/Blue State” combo release. I mean, the brand is called Chicken Cock. Why wouldn’t they? But know, it’s Red Stave, a limited edition that is finished in J. Wilkes Winery Petite Sirah barrels hailing…

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Review: Wolves Whiskey Malted Barley Lot 2 and Winter Run Batch 3

Wolves Whiskey hit the scene in 2019 with both an unexpected mission and a surprising fanfare. Founded by two footwear magnates and leaning on the distilling prowess of Charbay‘s Marko Karakasevic, the outfit drew a lot of its playbook from Charbay’s longtime program of making whiskey out of beer. Things have since exploded for the…

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Review: Oran Blended Scotch – Blend No. 1 and No. 2

Oran is a new line of blended Scotch whisky that comes to us from an unexpected place: The Perfect Fifth, an independent Scotch bottler based in the U.S., in partnership with Jim Murray, the infamous whisky critic and writer. Murray personally created the two blends — his first ever — from 11 total casks of…

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Review: Wines of Baldacci, 2021 Vintage (Second Opinion)

Whoops, Rob already reviewed these wines a few months ago. His take can be found here. Baldacci Family Vineyards has embraced the world of Tubes with this Discovery Collection ($60) of three of its wines. The $60 set includes 100ml samples of three wines Los Carneros Chardonnay, Los Carneros Pinot Noir, and Fraternity Red Blend,…

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Review: Talisker Glacial Edge 45 Years Old

Does Talisker ever plan to stop releasing successively older whiskies? Here’s to hoping the answer is no, because the stuff coming out of the Isle of Skye continues to blow us away every time a sample arrives. Talisker Glacial Edge 45 Years Old is the final release in the Xpedition Series (we didn’t know it…

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Review: Dassai Blue Type 50 Junmai Daigingo Sake and Type 23 Junmai Daigingo Sake

Dassai is a well-established sake brewery in Yamaguchi, Japan. Dassai Blue is an expansion of the brand into the U.S. where earlier this year they opened a large, ambitious new brewery in Hyde Park, New York. Although built upon the experience of Dassai, the new brewery is creating its own line of sake, and today…

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Review: Saison De Frai Smoked Trout Flavored Brandy

New Hampshire’s Tamworth Distilling, the company behind graveyard tree-sap infused rye, crab whiskey, and a famed venison-flavored whiskey, is back with yet another novelty, this time a brandy, infused with the flavor of smoked trout. Or, more accurately, a trout distillate flavored with apple brandy. No typo. The 2023 Food & Wine Drinks Innovator of…

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Review: 3 Wines from The Urban Grape, 2023 Releases

Black winemakers face an uphill battle when it comes to getting their wares in front of consumers, which is why they’re lucky to have The Urban Grape on their side. America’s largest certified Black-owned beverage retailer, The Urban Grape is all about diversity and representation, with its wine operation focused on bringing the wines of…

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