Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Glenury Royal

Johnnie Walker’s Blue Label Ghost and Rare edition was such a hit that it spawned two sequels. The second release featured the addition of whisky from the renowned Port Ellen in its blend, and now there’s a third and final release, which revolves around the long-shuttered Glenury Royal distillery, as well as some other treasures.…

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Review: 2016 Sosie Syrah Vivio Vineyard Bennett Valley

Five whopping barrels were produced of this Sonoma-born syrah from Sosie. The Vivio Vineyard is near the Petaluma Gap, making for a fairly cool, breezy, foggy climate in which this syrah is grown. Exuberant and fruity, the wine is an instant delight with notes of licorice candy, dark chocolate, blackberries, and violets. Deep and soulful,…

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Review: Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished

Ready for more Crown Royal? Here we go: A new member has joined the Crown Royal family – Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished. The fourth release in Crown Royal’s award-winning Noble Collection… the famed French oak used in Crown Royal Noble Collection French Oak Cask Finished is sourced from the renowned Vosges…

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Review: 2019 Tio Pepe Fino En Rama

It’s the 10th anniversary of “Tio Pepe En Rama,” the Jerez winery’s special edition Fino style sherry that is bottled unclarified and unfiltered. 67 casks were used to create this 2019 bottling, which is intended to be consumed as young as possible. As with the 2018, this sherry has all the trappings of a classic…

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Review: Mount Gay Master Blender Selection – Pot Still Rum

It’s tough keeping up with Mount Gay’s special releases, which have been bottled under labels including XO, Origin Series, Master Select, and more. The most recent series is known as The Master Blender Collection, and the expression reviewed here is technically release #2 in that lineup, following Mount Gay XO Rum – The Peat Smoke…

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Review: Old Forester Statesman

First things first: Statesman was a publicity stunt. Old Forester put this whiskey out basically to be a prop in the second Kingsman movie, and the distillery released a few bottles to the public. It was intended as a limited edition, but lo and behold, people seemed to like it, and Statesman is still widely available…

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Review: Denizen Dark Vatted Rum

Denizen is a rum brand that’s been around for awhile — the premise surrounding a Dutch company that imports a variety of barrels from throughout the Caribbean and bottles them in various expression. The latest in the lineup is Denizen Dark Vatted Rum, a 50% abv rum that offers a nod to the British navy…

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Review: Remus Repeal Reserve Series III Bourbon

MGP’s Remus label continues to grow and grow, now spanning four different bottlings, including the prized, 14 year old Volstead Reserve. For the third release in the mainline — now known as the Repeal Reserve Series because of its November 13 release date — we’re getting another “medley” of high-rye bourbons representing two years of…

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