Review: Limousin Rye – Batch B14 and D14

Wisconsin-based Dancing Goat Distillery has been known for its Travis Hasse liqueurs, and recently it pushed its way into rye whiskey. The distillery offers no mashbill information, but it does note that the bottled spirit is at least three years old. The catch is that Limousin Rye starts out in used “vintage oak” barrels, to…

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Review: Highland Park Twisted Tattoo 16 Years Old

Highland Park continues to shake up its image and product line, and I have to confess, by launching a product with a name like Twisted Tattoo, I figured Highland Park must have finally jumped the shark. I mean, this is a product that sounds more applicable to a flavored rum than a 16 year old…

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Review: Hangar 1 Bentwing Brandy

Ready for something new from the brandy world? Here it comes, in the form of a blended brandy from Hangar 1, which offers its first non-vodka spirit ever. Hangar 1 Vodka transitions to The Hangar 1 Distillery with the launch of its first-ever non-vodka offering: Bentwing Brandy, a super-premium blend of fruit-forward Northern California and…

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Review: Lux Row Distillers Double Barrel Bourbon 12 Years Old

Lux Row, the maker of the Blood Oath, Rebel Yell, and Yellowstone line, has been on a tear of late, and to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its distillery, it’s launching its most prized whiskey yet, a 12 year old bourbon that bears nothing but the company’s name. The limited-release ryed bourbon…

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Review: Archery Summit 2016 Pinot Gris and 2017 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Oregon’s Archery Summit offers a pair of new releases in time for the holidays, including a pinot from the 2017 and, unusually, a pinot gris from the 2016 vintage. 2016 Archery Summit Vireton Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – Soft, fresh, and pretty, this floral wine pours on the notes of honeysuckle, cinnamon toast, and lemon…

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Review: Nelson’s Green Brier Tennessee Whiskey

It is no small thing for a craft whiskey distillery to release its own, house-made whiskey, and because whiskey takes valuable time to produce, often years of barrel aging, it’s a stressful waiting game. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery has been waiting since 2014 for that moment. In the meantime, they’ve released a successful line of…

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Review: Dry Portuguese Wines from Symington, 2019 Releases

Symington is best known for its Port houses — Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s, and more — but it also produces dry table wines from Portugal’s Douro, including the trio reviewed here. All are current releases. Thoughts follow. 2017 Altano Naturalmente Douro Branco White – This blend of malvasia fina, viosinho, rabigato, and moscatel galego comes across…

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Review: Egan’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey Legacy Reserve Volume II 16 Years Old

The Egan’s Irish Whiskey line got its first luxe bottling with Legacy Reserve in early 2019. Now Legacy Reserve is back with a new incarnation, Legacy Reserve Volume II, and it’s a full year older. That extra year includes some finishing in an unusual type of barrel: Banyuls wine. Details? Here ya go: Legacy Reserve…

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