Review: Ballast Point Passing Haze Hazy IPA and Brut IPA

  Two new IPAs from San Diego’s Ballast Point: A daytime-friendly hazy IPA and an on-trend brut IPA. Let’s dig in. Ballast Point Passing Haze Hazy IPA – Sessionable or no, this is a weird hazy. Golden-green in color, it’s amply hazy in appearance but doesn’t get there on the palate. An immediate note closer…

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Review: Old Ezra Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon 7 Years Old

In 2017, Luxco repackaged its Old Ezra Straight Bourbon 7 Years Old as part of its bid to keep moving higher on the shelf and an expansion. Drew found the 101 proof offering “quite good and pleasantly straightforward,” giving the expression a solid B+ rating. But now that 2017 expression is going away, as Luxco…

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Review: Wines of Flora Springs, 2016 Vintage

Looks like we aren’t getting an early spring, so here are three big reds from Flora Springs to help get you through the remaining cold snaps in the coming weeks. 2016 Flora Springs Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 84% cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 3% malbec, 1% petit verdot. Fresh red berries lead the charge on…

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Review: Powers Three Swallow Irish Whiskey

Top-shelf Irish whiskey producer Powers has released its latest expression of single pot still whiskey, with a unique name: Three Swallow. What’s it mean? Spoiler: More than just birds. Allow Powers to explain: A modern representation of what the original Powers Whiskey tasted like back in the days of its original John’s Lane distillery, this latest…

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Review: Chalk Hill 2016 Estate Chardonnay and 2017 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Chalk Hill Estate Winery wears its identity on its sleeve: It’s the cornerstone winery of the Chalk Hill AVA, one of the smallest distinct winegrowing regions in northern California. From its perch in northern Sonoma, Chalk Hill produces a variety of wines, but it’s best known for its whites. Here we review a pair of new…

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Review: Single Cask Nation Craigellachie 10, Macduff 13, and Stones of Stenness 18

Single Cask Nation is a newish (est. 2011) line of independently-bottled single malt whiskies, and thanks to our friends at importers ImpEx, they’re now going to be more widely available in the U.S. Today we look at the trio of inaugural releases — all bottled at cask strength — that are just now hitting our…

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Review: Firestone Walker Rosalie Beer Rose

Well, now I’ve heard everything. Firestone Walker’s Rosalie is a new beer that is co-fermented with wine grapes from its native Paso Robles. Described as “the rose lover’s beer,” it smells like malt but looks like white zinfandel. So… what is it? “We wanted to create a super-drinkable beer that captures the best qualities of…

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Review: Legent Bourbon

The whiskey-drinking world had a small orgasm when Beam Suntory announced earlier this month the release of a new whiskey called Legent, “a unique bourbon that brings together the best of the East and West in a way no other whiskey producer can.” The whiskey — pronounced “lee-jent” — starts as standard recipe Beam family…

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