Review: The Reverend Sour Mash Whiskey

I thought the name Reverend sounded familiar when my sample arrived, and sure enough, I was right. There’s another Reverend whiskey on the market, and it’s unrelated to this release, a sour mash American whiskey of unstated mashbill, aged for more than four years in a mix of new, charred oak and first-fill bourbon casks.…

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Review: Beaulieu Vineyard 2020 Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon and 2023 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

A return appearance of Beaulieu Vineyard on this site should not come as a surprise, given our track record of reviewing and enjoying the Rutherford-based vineyard’s diverse range of wines. Today we have the opportunity to try bottles from both ends of the price range: the debut of an accessible and affordable Sauvignon Blanc, and…

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Review: Whiskey Jypsi Explorer Series

Last summer, we reviewed country music singer Eric Church’s first foray into whiskey, Whiskey Jypsi Legacy Batch 001. It was an unusual blend of bourbon, single malt, and Canadian whiskey that ended up being one of the better star-backed bottlings we’ve come across, albeit priced a bit steeply (like so many celebrity offerings). To our…

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Review: Tequila Herradura Legend

It’s been five years since we’ve reviewed anything new from Tequila Herradura — and our last go-round wasn’t the best. We’re not holding any grudges though, and we’re back to Jalisco for a fresh look at a newer release — Herradura Legend — an anejo tequila that sits between Herradura Ultra and Herradura Seleccion Suprema…

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Review: Pinot Noirs of de Negoce, Spring 2024 Releases

We’ve previously covered the negociant mail service de Négoce (“day nuh-go-shay”) and the labels of Cameron Hughes with both deeper dives and surface-level single-bottle reviews. However, it has been a few years since we’ve checked in, and it’s time to see how things are progressing. But first: a mild refresher on how this service works.…

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Review: Flecha Azul Tequila Anejo

Flecha Azul is a new tequila brand, coming out the gate with five expressions covering the gamut of modern tequila styles. We received but one for tasting, an anejo aged in American oak for 18 months, built from agaves harvested after 6 to 8 years, open-air fermented, and steam-cooked in masonry ovens before being distilled…

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Review: Wines of Oleandri Vineyards, Spring 2024 Releases

A collection of wines crafted from elite California AVAs, Oleandri showcases the unique terroir of Napa Valley and coastal vineyards. Their focus lies in delivering award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons and Cabernet Francs, but they’re also producing limited-run Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from appellations like the Sonoma Coast and Santa Rita Hills. Somewhat surprisingly, this is our…

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Review: Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey Calvados Cask Finish Aspen Exclusive

To celebrate the launch of the new Stranahan’s Whiskey Lodge in Aspen, the Denver-based distillery is rolling out a series of exclusive and limited blends. The first is a six-cask blend of their core single malt, each aged at least eight years with two and four of those years in ex-Calvados casks. It’s a premium-priced…

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