Review: Ko’olau Distillery Old Pali Road Whiskey

When in Hawaii, a young man’s thoughts typically turn to rum, not whiskey. Yet here we are, sipping a blended whiskey made in the only distillery on the island of Oahu. Ko’olau Distillery’s Old Pali Road Whiskey uses locally-grown corn to make a “bourbon-style base” for its mash. This is distilled and then blended with…

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Review: St. Elder Pamplemousse and Blood Orange Liqueurs

St. Elder makes a perfectly delightful (and less expensive) alternative to St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur. Now St. Elder is back with a line extension of two new exotic liqueurs — pamplemousse (grapefruit) and blood orange. Let’s check them out. St. Elder Pamplemousse Pink Grapefruit Liqueur – This hazily translucent and lightly pink liqueur certainly looks like…

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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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