Review: Barrell Whiskey American Vatted Malt

Even with its already robust portfolio of small batch whiskeys, single barrels, and limited editions, the folks at Barrell Bourbon can’t seem to satisfy their creative appetites. Enter their latest special release, American Vatted Malt. It’s admittedly an unsexy name for a pretty unique undertaking. I’ll let Barrell explain: This bottling is a blend of…

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Review: NV Croft Pink Rose Port

Croft Pink was the first Rose Port, and remains the most popular on the market (at least from my perspective). The style has been around only since 2008, but since that time dozens of major and minor Port producers have followed suit. The main difference in the production of Rose Port vs. other styles is…

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Review: Mic.Drop Bourbon L19-01 4 Years Old

PM Spirits (creators of The Street Pumas collection) recently launched a pair of old bourbons under the name of Mic.Drop, the first an 8 year old and the second a whopping 13 years old. The Mic.Drop continues with this third release, though it’s not called Mic.Drop.3. Rather, it simply carries production information on the front…

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Review: Loyal 9 Canned Cocktails – Complete Lineup

Rhode Island’s Sons of Liberty recently launched a brand of canned cocktails under the banner of Loyal 9 — though the labels just say “Loyal.” These aren’t seltzers (none are carbonated), and all are made with vodka. I initially presumed that was Sons of Liberty’s own vodka, but they don’t actually market one, so who…

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Review: 1792 Bourbon 12 Years Old

Up next in the rapidly expanding 1792 collection is another spin on 1792 Small Batch Bourbon: 1792 12 Years Old (aka 1792 Aged Twelve Years). The 12 year old is Kentucky straight bourbon that uses the same rye-heavy recipe as the flagship 1792 Small Batch Bourbon. 1792 Small Batch currently carries no age statement, but…

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Review: 2018 Alois Lageder Chardonnay Alto Adige

This northern Italian white — denoted unusually on the label with its grape varietal, chardonnay — is a biodynamic wine that’s part of Alois Lageder’s “Classical” line. Per the company, “Alois Lageder strives to find the best conditions for each grape variety and collaborates with partners from all over Alto Adige to highlight the diversity…

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Review: Casa D’Aristi Huana, Kalani, and Xtabentun

I realize that the headline of this review looks like I just hit some random letters on the keyboard, but I assure you that’s not the case. Casa D’Aristi is a Mexican liqueur brand based in the town of Merida in the Yucatan. The Aristi family produces spirits that “reflect the authentic flavors of the…

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Review: Intercept 2018 Chardonnay and 2017 Red Blend

Intercept is a new wine brand with a name that has a surprising level of meaning behind it: O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a leading California producer of premium wine brands, announces the launch of a new wine brand, Intercept, in partnership with wine aficionado, television personality, retired football superstar, and one of the all-time leaders…

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