Review: Tomatin Cu Bocan 1990 Limited Edition

Tomatin’s Cu Bocan line has an interesting provenance. Much like Balvenie, the otherwise peatless Tomatin devotes just one week a year to producing peated whisky. That (very) lightly peated new-make spirit goes into a first fill bourbon, ex-sherry, and virgin oak casks, where it is eventually bottled under the Cu Bocan brand. Some of these…

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Recipe: Patron’s Dynasty Margarita

PatrĂ³n Tequila recently launched the 2019 edition of its annual Margarita of the Year Competition, designed to “showcase unique twists on the iconic cocktail created by bartenders from around the world.” Eight finalists were recently announced, and this year fans can vote for their favorite on MargaritaoftheYear.com. The winner will be announced on Cinco de…

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Review: Freeland Spirits Gin and Bourbon

You’ll find the woman-owned and -operated Freeland Spirits in Portland, Oregon, where distiller Molly Troupe has been turning out gin since 2017. A second spirit, Freeland Bourbon, came along only a few months ago in November 2018 — a sourced product while Freeland builds its in-house whiskey production. We had the opportunity to taste them…

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Tasting the White Wines of Alto Adige-Suditrol, 2017 Vintage

Alto Adige, also known as South Tyrol, or Suditrol, is a region in the far north of Italy, and a real hodgepodge of wine is made here, drawing from Italian styles to the south and, especially, German and Austrian styles to the north. Alto Adige is arguably at its best when you’re drinking a crisp,…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Tennessee Bourbon 10 Years Old (2019)

Back when we reviewed the inaugural release of Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey, we titled that post “Complete Lineup.” Turns out that wasn’t quite accurate, because Heaven’s Door released a fourth whiskey shortly after its initial turnout, a 10 year old version of its Tennessee Straight Bourbon. While the standard bottling is just shy of…

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Review: 2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noirs – Dundee Hills and Red Hills Vineyard

Oregon’s Archery Summit has released two pinot noirs from the 2016 vintage, both sourced from Dundee Hills fruit. The difference between these two wines? One is a single-vineyard selection from the Red Hills Vineyard. Thoughts on both wines follow. 2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills – Boldly fruity, this is a fairly straightforward wine,…

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Review: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Tired of Tanqueray? Here’s a crazy spin on gin that was new to me, a mashup of gin with shiraz wine. Let me get Australia’s Four Pillars to do the explaining: “Our home is in the Yarra Valley, where our neighbours make some of the finest wines in the world. So in 2015 we combined…

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Review: La Pivon Vermouth – Blanco and Rojo

La Pivon is a new vermouth brand crafted in Madrid, using local herbs and botanicals (including cardamon, wormwood, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, lemon peel, and gentian — La Pivon doesn’t say how the herbs are different in each bottling) and aged in oak barrels before bottling. As Spain is pretty much ground zero for the…

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