Review: Old Charter Oak French Oak Bourbon

Remember Buffalo Trace’s launch of the Old Charter Oak line late last year? This revived brand heralded the limited release of a series of bourbons, each to be aged in different types of oak barrels, so drinkers could really explore the impact of wood on whiskey. The series kicked off to great acclaim with an…

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Review: Wines of Maple Creek Winery/Artevino, 2019 Releases

Mendocino-based Maple Creek Winery releases many of its wines under a second label, Artevino, which winemaker (and artist) Tom Rodrigues uses to showcase “French style wine” made in California. Today we look at a sextet of Artevino bottlings in current release, as well as one wine bottled under the Maple Creek brand (which seems to…

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Review: New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin

There’s been plenty of buzz about the brown spirits coming out of Kentucky’s New Riff Distillery. We’ve reviewed their bottled-in-bond bourbon and single barrel bourbon, as well as the more recent rye release. While their whiskey gets the lion’s share of attention, New Riff actually has a clear spirit in their portfolio, Kentucky Wild Gin.…

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Review: The Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish Whiskey Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish 16 Years Old

The Tyrconnell Irish whiskey brand has been on a tear of late, with a pair of fantastic single malts hitting in the last couple of years. Now the brand is stepping up the game again with another well-aged rarity from the emerald isle: The Tyrconnell 16 Year Old Oloroso & Moscatel Cask Finish. Per the…

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Review: D. George Benham’s Barrel Finished Gin

Since its release in 2016, Benham’s Gin has become a staple in bars not just in California, where it’s made, but all over the U.S. and even internationally. That success has driven a follow-up bottling, which sees Benham’s Gin finished in five year old Zinfandel wine barrels for at least three months. The botanicals haven’t…

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Review: King of Kentucky Straight Bourbon 15 Years Old (2019)

Brown-Forman’s King of Kentucky revival made a huge splash in 2018 — and we weren’t immune to its charms, naming it our #7 whiskey of the year in our top 10 list for 2018. If you missed the drama, K of K was an old late 1800s brand that had nothing really to do with…

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Review: Whiskies of Scotland Bunnahabhain 24 Years Old 1989

Whiskies of Scotland may not be the most creatively named independent Scotch bottler, but the company does boast an impressive range of older single malts, including this 24 year old from Islay’s Bunnahabhain, distilled in 1989. Bunnahabhain is well known for its modest (or even absent) peat profile, and after 24 years in barrel, said…

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Undertaking the Store Pick Experience at WhistlePig

“Store picks” are an exciting and growing phenomenon in the bourbon and rye world, and if you are a fan of American whiskey then you will definitely want to know more about these rarities. First off, some nomenclature: Store picks are single barrels of a particular brand of whiskey that are individually chosen by liquor…

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