Review: Starward Nova Single Malt Australian Whisky

Fans of world whisky should be excited that a new option has recently made its way to our shores: Starward Nova, a single malt that hails from Australia. Here’s what we know about it: Starward is an Australian whisky completely made in Melbourne, and what sets it apart from other world whiskies is that it…

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Book Review: Julep: Southern Cocktails Refashioned

First off, to clear up any early and obvious confusion, Julep is not a book about mint juleps (not entirely, anyway). Julep is a bar in Houston, Texas — a great one, at that! — that, as the subtitle for this book indicates, focuses to some degree on the cocktails of the South. Julep is…

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A Guide to Decoding Dessert Wines

ADVERTISEMENT Although less popular than dry wines, about 25% of wine drinkers sometimes consume dessert wine, which is particularly popular with older consumers. If you’re not drinking dessert wine, you’re missing out. Like dry wine, dessert wines have their own unique characteristics that make them special and awesome in their own way. Dessert wine is…

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Review: Teerenpeli PyyGin and Kaski Single Malt Whisky

You’ll find Teerenpeli Brewery and Distillery in the south of Finland — making this our first foray into the spirits of the Finns. Established as a brewery in 2002, the operation has grown dramatically in recent years, with the distillery arm opening in 2015. Teerenpeli distills using copper pot stills and matures its whiskies in…

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Review: 2018 Lucky Rock Sauvignon Blanc County Cuvee

Lucky Rock’s 2018 sauvignon blanc is a blend of fruit, 55% from Lake County, 45% from Napa County. The result is unfortunately dull, a surprisingly lifeless wine that feels a bit too muddy. What would otherwise be a fairly grassy wine just finds much of its freshness sucked out here, much like how a canister…

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Review: Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2019)

In the few short years since its introduction, Joseph A. Magnus has become quite a phenomenon, particularly thanks to its unique Cigar Blend product. We reviewed Magnus’s third batch of its straight bourbon — MGP stock finished in Pedro Ximinez sherry, Oloroso sherry, and Cognac barrels — only two years ago. Today we’re taking another…

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Review: 2017 Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County

With Artezin’s 2018 bottling of its Mendocino Old Vine zinfandel (85% zinfandel, 15% petite sirah), the brand doesn’t stray far from the zinfandel playbook. This wine is aggressive with sweetness, coming off as Port-like at first, densely raisiny with notes of dried cherries and blackcurrants and layers of chocolate underneath that. The 2017 drinks like…

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Review: One Eight Distilling Untitled Whiskey No. 13, No. 14, and No. 15

The team at One Eight Distilling expanded their operation in Washington D.C.’s Ivy City neighborhood this year, trading up to a shiny new column and hybrid pot still that will enable them to eventually triple their capacity. In time, they’ll be rolling out 11 barrels a day, which is no small feat for a craft…

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