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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Review: Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey

Ireland’s “oldest continually licensed distillery,” Kilbeggan, has rolled out a new whiskey that “pays tribute to the golden age of Irish whiskey.” Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is a limited edition release that includes 30 percent rye in the mash (the rest is barley), a callback to the late 1800s, when high-rye mashbills were common in…

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Review: NV Alma Negra Brut Nature Rose Mendoza

The spooky label alone is enticement enough to check out Alma Negra, a nonvintage sparkler from Mendoza, Argentina that’s part of the Ernesto Catena brand. This gentle rose is made from a strange blend of malbec and pinot noir, and the resulting wine is heavy with nutty, mushroomy, almost smoky aromas. On the palate the…

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Review: Whiskies of Claxton’s, 2019 Releases

Claxton’s is an independent Scotch bottler based in Yorkshire in the UK, and if you’re like me, you’ve never once encountered its single malt whiskies in the States. There’s a good reason for that: They aren’t currently sold here. That could change in the near future though, as Claxton’s is actively looking for U.S. distribution…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Early 2019 Releases

A quintet of Deschutes brews has arrived on our steps in recent weeks. We’re rounding them all up here for your consideration. Deschutes Brewery Da Shootz! – The cleverly-named brew is a new low-abv pilsner, designed with summertime firmly in mind. Pale as can be and ever so slightly hazy, it’s light and bright with…

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Review: Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye 3 Years Old

Last year, craft Kentucky whiskey startup Kentucky Peerless hit the scene with its first offering, a 2 year old straight rye. Well, it’s a year later so what’s hitting the market? Good addition, kids: It’s Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye 3 Years Old. There’s nothing new in the mix here except for the extra year of…

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Review: Pursuit Spirits Straight Bourbon Whiskey Episodes 6-9

There’s no shortage of information and opinions out there about bourbon. You know that because you’re reading this review. First, it was mostly print media, then a seemingly endless stream of websites emerged, and in the last few years the topic has even gone live-action with YouTube channels, TV shows, and podcasts delivering information and…

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Review: Ketel One Botanical Vodkas

Netherlands-based Ketel One has long had a reputation for producing quality but inexpensive vodkas. Like the Dutch people, they don’t go in for hype  Ketel has been in business for over 300 years, and in that time they have only produced, in addition to their basic Ketel One brand, an orange vodka and a lemon…

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