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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Review: Little Book Bourbon Chapter 3: “The Road Home” (2019)

Freddie Noe’s passion project — the rotating whiskey series bottled under the Little Book banner — has reached its third installment, “The Road Home.” For the first time in the series, Little Book isn’t a blended whiskey but is actually a bourbon — or rather, a blend of each of the four bourbon styles made…

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Review: Wines of Chronic Cellars, 2019 Releases

Chronic Cellars is a hipster-friendly wine brand out of Paso Robles, California. With tongue-in-cheek brand names and eye-catching graphics (and, of course, it’s called “Chronic”), Chronic doesn’t immediately come across as a “serious” wine label. Turns out that’s not the case, as Chronic has a few impressive (and affordable) gems under its wings. That said,…

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What’s the Deal with Independent Whisky Bottlers?

Recently a reader made a comment on our Debate Over Age Statements dispatch, essentially asking what the story was with independently bottled whiskies. Why would a 25 year old Bladnoch from Alexander Murray cost less than a 25 year old whisky directly from Bladnoch? What’s the difference between the independent bottling and the distillery bottling, anyway?…

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Review: 2016 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills

Washington-based Double Canyon recently released its 2016 cabernet sauvignon, and it’s definitely a worthwhile bottling at an outstanding price. The wine opens up softly, with introductory layers of mint and chocolate. Supple notes of strawberries and blueberries inform the lively, slightly peppery, palate, which opens the way toward a long and silky finish. A heavy…

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