Review: That Boutique-y Whisky Company Offerings, Winter 2020

The good news is that our friends at That Boutique-y Whisky Company recently kicked off a new whisky club: The Dram Good Club. The so-called Dram Good Club gives drinkers access to miniature bottles of what TBWC does best: Whisky rarities that you’d otherwise never be able to sample. The bad news? The Dram Good Club…

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The Top 10 Rums of 2019

Who doesn’t love a good list? Who doesn’t love rum? Let’s put these two loves together by kicking off our inaugural look back at the 10 best rums we reviewed during the previous calendar year. 2019 was a huge year for rum, with numerous excellent bottlings hitting the market from all over the Caribbean (and…

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Review: 2017 Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

A tart and lovely pinot noir, Gary Farrell’s 2017 release drinks beautifully from the start. Iconic notes of cherry, tea leaf, and baking spice mingle beautifully on the tongue, with just a hint of chocolate on the back end. Ample acidity works well to counteract the sweeter elements in the wine, leading to a lush…

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Visiting Chimney Rock and Black Stallion Wineries in Napa, California, 2020

Along Napa’s Silverado Trail you’ll find a pair of wineries which are pushing their offerings, especially cabernet sauvignon, toward the higher end of the category. We spent a day visiting both Chimney Rock and Black Stallion, both of which are worthwhile to visit. Chimney Rock was founded in 1980 and its architecture is unique for…

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Book Review: The Mixology of Astrology

Looking for elevated cocktail recipes? You needn’t look past the title of Aliza Kelly Faragher’s The Mixology of Astrology to know you’re not getting it here. Still, it’s a quirky enough idea to at least merit a flip-through if you’re zodiacally inclined and wondering if there are cocktails that pair better with your star sign.…

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Review: Glenfiddich 12 Years Old

We’ve covered over a dozen Glenfiddich releases — both mainline and special editions — but one we’ve somehow never formally reviewed is likely its biggest seller: Glenfiddich 12 Years Old. Aged in mix of bourbon and sherry casks, it’s designed for sipping straight, mixing, or giving as an affordable but much appreciated gift. So, how’s it…

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Review: Fonseca Bin 27 Port

Like Graham’s Six Grapes and Sandeman’s Founders Reserve, Fonseca Bin 27 is a widely available and top-selling ruby Port wine with wide availability, produced by one of Portugal’s most notable producers. We last encountered Bin 27 in an informal review with Taylor Fladgate group CEO Adrian Bridge way back in 2012. A fresh, more refined…

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Review: Red River Texas Bourbon and Rye

Red River is being billed as a “relaunch,” but I can’t exactly tell where or what it’s being relaunched from. What I do know is that it’s part of the Shaw Ross Importers portfolio, which puts out a large collection of rum, tequila, whiskey, and other spirits, wines, and sakes. As an importer, it may…

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