Review: Louis XIII Cognac Rare Cask 42.1

For the third time in the brand’s history, Louis XIII has released its Rare Cask expression. With an estimated $50,000 price tag, it’s Louis XIII Cognac’s most coveted and expensive expression currently on the market. This particular Rare Cask is also the first such release in over ten years, and the first from Cellar Master…

Read More about Review: Louis XIII Cognac Rare Cask 42.1

Review: 2018 San Felice Campiogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

We reviewed the 2017 vintage of San Felice’s Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino twice, and now we’re back with our first (and probably only) look at the 2018 vintage. Both are expected to be very good to excellent vintages for the classic Tuscan region, so let’s dive in and see if the equation has changed at…

Read More about Review: 2018 San Felice Campiogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

Review: Ron Diplomatico Ambassador and Single Vintage 2007

Venezuela’s Ron Diplomatico has numerous expressions, with these two releases part of its newish Prestige Range, which continue to push the rum world upmarket. Let’s dig in to each in turn. Ron Diplomatico Ambassador – Diplomatico’s highest-end expression is “straight from the barrel”… but only 47% abv, which raises an eyebrow or two. Finished in…

Read More about Review: Ron Diplomatico Ambassador and Single Vintage 2007

Review: Sagamore Spirit Amaro

Liqueurs made for specific cocktails are nothing new. But what about a liqueur distilled to match a particular rye whiskey? Sagamore Spirit recently released their own amaro, and it’s designed to be used in a Black Manhattan alongside their Maryland-style rye. That’s about as specific as they come! In the brand’s own words: Sagamore Spirit…

Read More about Review: Sagamore Spirit Amaro

Review: Catoctin Creek Hot Honey Rye

This fall, Catoctin Creek released Hot Honey Rye, the first permanent addition to the small craft distillery’s core range in over five years. First introduced as a limited Barrel Select offering in 2022, this flavored whiskey is now slated for the big leagues with distribution to all of Catoctin Creek’s mid-Atlantic markets, as well as…

Read More about Review: Catoctin Creek Hot Honey Rye

Review: Goodles “If You’re Hoppy And You Know It” IPA-Inspired Cheesy Mac

What if you combined mac & cheese with the flavor of an IPA beer? That’s the kind of drunk-ass thinking that must have resulted in Goodles — “Noodles, Gooder!” — which comes in the familiar, rectangular box filled with dried, corkscrew pasta and a packet of cheesy-IPAesque powder that you mix with milk to create…

Read More about Review: Goodles “If You’re Hoppy And You Know It” IPA-Inspired Cheesy Mac

Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #11 and Collaborative Series Goose Island

Bardstown Bourbon Company dropped new additions to their Discovery and Collaborative Series this fall, and we’ve got thoughts to share on two of them. First up, the 11th installment in the Discovery Series, a line that, until this latest release, relied entirely on sourced whiskey for its often elaborate blends. Next is a new addition…

Read More about Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #11 and Collaborative Series Goose Island

Review: HipStirs Craft Cocktail Syrups – Old Fashioned, Cranberry Pie, and Pumpkin Spice

HipStirs is the latest player in the craft cocktail mixer category, a newbie since it only launched in 2022. All their expressions are strictly non-alcoholic syrups which aim to simplify the process of making cocktails at home: Just pour the mixer and the base of your choice — alcoholic or non — and voila. If…

Read More about Review: HipStirs Craft Cocktail Syrups – Old Fashioned, Cranberry Pie, and Pumpkin Spice