Review: Kentucky Owl Straight Rye Whiskey (Batch 2)

Kentucky Owl recently released the third installment of its straight rye whiskey, but before we can get to that bottle, we need to catch everyone up on Batch 2. Kentucky Owl’s founder and blender Dixon Dedman set the bar pretty high with the inaugural release of Kentucky Owl rye. Batch 2 clocks in at a…

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Review: Claim by Brannland Cider

Claim is made by Brannland Cider, but it’s not a traditional cider. It’s a “new generation ice wine,” or ice cider, made from nothing but apples, with a lower sugar level than traditional ciders. I’ll let the Swedish cidermeisters explain: Every year since its inception the final blend of Brännland Iscider has held a wide…

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Review: Gregarious Gin

We’ve covered a couple of spirits from MISCellaneous Distillery in the past. Today we turn our attention to the Maryland-based operation’s gin, Gregarious. What’s most notable about Gregarious is not its botanical bill — which includes six ingredients, none disclosed — but rather its distillate base, which is made from Domino Sugar molasses. Let’s give it…

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Review: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco and Tinto

Quinta da Fonte Souto is another Portuguese table wine brand from the Portmeisters at Symington. These 2017 releases include one red and one white, both blends. (The two on the right pictured above are reviewed below.) 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Branco White Alentejo DOC – This blend of 75% arinto and 25% verdelho comes…

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Review: Dingle Irish Whiskey Batch 4

Dingle Whiskey Distillery was opened only in 2012, but it’s already tearing up the market with release after release of unusual whiskeys. Up next is Dingle Single Malt Irish Whiskey Batch No. 4, another limited edition offering that hits on the heels of Dingle Batch No. 3. Some details on this release, which is aged…

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Review: 3 Alexander Murray Whiskies from Flaviar

Ah, what a find to discover this trio of independently bottled Alexander Murray whiskies in Flaviar’s new quarterly subscription club. (To refresh your memory: $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 plus a…

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Review: Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon 7 Years Old

For years, Heaven Hill marketed a value-priced bourbon called Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond. For 12 bucks you got a solid 6 year old, 100 proof whiskey, at least if you lived in Kentucky. When it was discontinued earlier this year as the crushing rise in demand for quality bourbon depleted stocks which would be used in…

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Review: Dashfire Bitters – Spiced Apple, Sichuan, and Cardamom

Remember Dashfire’s sextet of canned cocktails we recently reviewed? Well now we’re taking a step back to look at the products that got the Minnesota-based company started: the bitters that are used in the creation of all those ready-to-drink cocktails. The company produces more than a dozen bitters varieties, but we’ll get things going with…

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