Review: The Famous Grouse Bourbon Cask, Ruby Cask, and Winter Reserve

In early 2018, Edrington decided to dramatically expand The Famouse Grouse brand, releasing a range of new blends under the avian banner. Two of these marked the start of Famous Grouse’s new Cask Series, which would showcase different barrel regimens. Both are permanent additions to the lineup. A third whisky, Winter Reserve, is technically a…

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Review: 2018 La Vieille Ferme Rose

This is a budget rose from La Vieille Ferme is made from a blend of cinsault, grenache, and syrah, and it’s produced via the saignée method, which is the fanciest of the various ways in which rose can be made. (It involves bleeding off some of a red wine’s juice at the very start of…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest Washington DC 2019

For a city that seems to always be in need of a stiff drink, WhiskyFest D.C. was a little less crowded than in previous years. Once again, there was no sign of Pappy van Winkle, but the BTAC offerings lasted well into the evening. As with most DC WhiskyFests, the seminars offered the biggest bang for…

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Review: Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur

  Mozart’s iconic bottles — shaped like a globe and wrapped in variously colored foils — are hard to miss, either at the liquor store or on the back bar. These Austrian products — of which there are five — include cream liqueurs, straightforward chocolate liqueurs (made without cream), and a clear, chocolate-flavored vodka. Today…

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Review: 6 Whiskeys from A.D. Laws – Hordeum Malt, Secale Ryes, and Four Grain Bourbons

Denver-based A.D. Laws, aka Laws Whiskey House, has quietly grown in stature to take a spot as one of the major craft distilleries in the U.S. Its focus is on whiskey and only whiskey: The company kicks out a dozen or so different bottlings, all with a focus on heritage grains, locally sourced ingredients, and…

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Review: 2018 The Wolftrap Rose South Africa

The Wolftrap is a South African rose from the Boekenhoutskloof winery in the Western Cape region, made from a blend of 69% cinsault, 21% syrah, and 10% grenache. It’s not the most expressive rose you’ll find, a rather gummy body masking flavor notes that range from grapefruit peel to honeysuckle, with a curiously oily/margarine character…

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Review: Lagavulin 16 Years Old (2019)

Despite the expansive number reviews and articles we’ve published (over 6000, if you’re counting), there are nonetheless a few bottles which are inadvertently absent from the canon. Today’s catch-up moment shines a spotlight on of one of the best single malts Islay has to offer: Lagavulin 16 Years Old, which was last seen in a…

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Review: Dow’s Tawny Port 10 Years Old and 20 Years Old (2019)

Port powerhouse Dow’s recently rebranded its Tawny Port line, with Charles Symington “tweaking his rule-book to create and re-launch a striking range of tawny Ports.” Those changes involve aging the wine for a longer period of time in smaller oak vessels, with the goal of building up the body of the wines and darkening their…

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