Review: Boulard Calvados Pays d’Auge VSOP Bourbon Cask Finish

The apple barons at Calvados Boulard have launched a new limited-edition expression that spins their widely available 4+ year old VSOP Calvados by finishing it in bourbon barrels. (Calvados is primarily aged in new oak or, more commonly, previously used Calvados barrels.) This expression is the first release in Boulard’s new 12 Barrel Collection, which…

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Review: Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey

MGP continues to expand its in-house portfolio with the addition of yet another brand, Eight & Sand Blended Bourbon Whiskey. While we were fans of MGP’s rye releases, we were less enthusiastic about their initial efforts at an entry-level and premium bourbon. What then to make of this somewhat unusual blended bourbon? For starters, this is…

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Review: Domaines Barons de Rothschild Legende 2016 Bordeaux and 2015 Pauillac

Domaines Barons de Rothschild is part of the Chateau Lafite empire, and these “Legende” wines represent the entry level for the brand, hitting the shelf at prices that start at under $20 a bottle. If you can’t afford a $1000 bottle of the first-growth real stuff, well, Legende isn’t a reasonable substitute — but at…

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Tasting Report: 2017 Burgundy from Bouchard Pere & Fils and William Fevre

The first wines of Burgundy’s 2017 vintage are just now starting to trickle out, and the Henriot family brought their two Burgundy operations — Bouchard Pere & Fils and William Fevre — to the U.S. to show off how things were coming together. (Some of the wines reviewed below — particularly premier cru and grand…

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Bar Review: Berber, San Francisco

Berber is a new restaurant in San Francisco that specializes in the cuisine of Northern Africa. Open for about 3 months, Berber hosts live performances on the weekends — belly dancing, acrobats, and the like — that diners can enjoy in between courses. While we didn’t have reservations for the show (this takes place in…

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Review: Catoctin Creek Rabble Rouser Rye and 1757 Virginia Brandy XO

Catoctin Creek Distilling in tiny Purcellville, Virginia has a spirits portfolio dominated by rye whiskey. Why rye? Because they wanted to stay true to the earliest whiskey-making traditions of Virginia. While their whiskey offerings are exclusively rye, the core line-up includes several different proof options – 80 proof, 92 proof, and cask strength (which we’ll…

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Review: Founders Brewing KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (2019)

Another date on the calendar which darker beer aficionados dare not miss: the annual release of Founders KBS Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. The Grand Rapids-based Founders performs a plethora of experiments with styles and flavors throughout the year, but this is the one for which the brewery is arguably best known. Via the press release,…

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Review: Bulleit Rye 12 Years Old

Bulleit has already gained a solid reputation for its (sourced but) inexpensive and high-quality rye, and as the company did with its bourbon, it’s now pushing rye up-market. Bulleit Rye (aka Bulleit 95 Rye) is an age-statemented version of the original rye (which launched in 2011) crafted using the same 95% rye/5% barley mashbill but…

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