Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Prelude: Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky

Virginia Distillery Co. reached a milestone recently with the release of Prelude: Courage & Conviction, the first single malt whisky made entirely at the distillery in Lovingston, Virginia. Up until this point, each release was a blend of the distillery’s own young single malt and sourced stocks from Scotland. Prelude won’t be a permanent addition…

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Review: Dashfire Canned Cocktails – Complete Lineup

Dashfire is best known as a purveyor of bitters, with the self-proclaimed largest selection of bitters in the world. Recently the company expanded its offerings to include a selection of six premade cocktails, each available in the cutest single-serve can you’ve ever seen — 100ml each. (750ml bottles are also available.) The cocktails are all…

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Review: Popi’s Finest Rum

Popi’s Finest Rum isn’t made in the Caribbean or South America, but is rather the product of MISCellaneous Distillery (aka MISC Distillery), which can be found in Mount Airy, Maryland. MISCellaneous makes gin, whiskey, vodka, and a trio of rums, one of which — Popi’s Finest — we review here. Per the company, “Popi’s Finest…

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Review: Johnnie Walker Black Label 12 Years Old (2019)

It’s been more than 10 years since we reviewed Johnnie Walker’s iconic Black Label (here) and, considering it’s one of the best-selling Scotch whiskies in the world, we thought the ubiquitous blended Scotch deserved a fresh review. We’ve considered the range of base whiskies that comprise Black Label in this piece, but today, we’re looking…

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Review: WhistlePig Double Malt Rye 18 Years Old

If there’s ever an excuse to release an ultra-aged, ultra-rare, ultra-expensive whiskey, WhistlePig will take it. For its next trick, the Vermont distiller is putting out its oldest whiskey ever, an 18 year old called Double Malt rye, made from a mash bill that includes unmalted rye, malted rye, and malted barley. This is a…

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Review: 2016 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo

Marques de Casa Concha is sub-brand of Chile’s popular Concha y Toro winery, though it’s hard to tell whether the Marques label is a step up or a step down. (Methinks… a step sideways.) This 2016 cabernet blends in 5% syrah and 4% cabernet franc, all sourced from Chile’s Maipo Valley. It’s a rich and…

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Review: Noble Oak Double Oak Bourbon

Noble Oak is a new brand of bourbon that takes traditional, sourced MGP whiskey, then finishes it with the addition of staves of former sherry barrels through a process called Compression Finishing. The Kentucky-based company doesn’t say much about what Compression Finishing is or how it works, but it doesn’t claim it to be an…

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Review: Nosotros Tequila Blanco (2019)

How’s this for an origin story? Nosotros began as a college project by Carlos Soto and Michael Arbanas in 2015, and the duo decided to make the project a reality, officially launching in 2016. Today, Nosotros — or more formally, La Historia de Nosotros (“The Story of Us”), is winning lots of praise from the…

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