Review: Old Forester Rye

Old Forester is a little late to the mad rush to rye, but I like to think they were simply taking the time to do it right. No MGP juice here, this is not only made from Old Forester’s homegrown mash, it’s the first new mashbill recipe to come from the brand in 150 years.…

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Review: 2016 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles and Puligny-Montrachet

It’s a special treat from France for today, wine lovers: A pair of white Burgundies from the maestros at Olivier Leflaive, representing two extremes (in price) of the winery’s lineup. 2016 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Les Setilles – What a bright and lovely white Burgundy, as pure expression of Chardonnay as you’ll likely find in a…

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Review: El Mayor Tequila Single Estate Blanco and French Oak Chardonnay Finish

El Mayor has long been one of our favorite tequilas, and now the Highlands-based brand is throwing some curveballs by introducing two new limited edition expressions. No, neither is an extra anejo or a cristalino, but rather a blanco sourced from a single estate and a reposado aged not in bourbon barrels but in Chardonnay…

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Review: 6 Beers from Lagunitas, Early 2019 Releases

Today’s sextet of releases from Petaluma, California-based Lagunitas includes copious special editions and limited brews, plus two oldies available in new formats (hint: it’s cans!): Lagunitas perennial releases of IPA and DayTime. Let’s dig in! Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale – In 2005, Lagunitas was shut down for 20 days due to shoddy operations, and…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Distillery Series – Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Woodford Reserve’s Distillery Series saw two new spring releases last year. The first was Barrel Finished Rye, an impressive rye whiskey finished in a second heavily toasted but lightly charred barrel. The other release, Bottled in Bond, seems far less adventurous by comparison. Essentially, this is just a bottled in bond version of Woodford Reserve…

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Review: Wines of Tenuta di Fessina, 2019 Releases

In the region of Etna on the island of Sicily you’ll find Tenuta di Fessina, a winery established in 2007 by Silvia Maestrelli. From these 26 acres of vines, the winery produces seven wines under four different labels — Erse, Laeneo, A’Puddara, and Musmeci. Today we look at all but one of the current releases. Thoughts…

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Review: Coopers’ Craft Bourbon Barrel Reserve

Brown-Forman dropped its Coopers’ Craft Bourbon just 2 1/2 years ago (its first new bourbon brand in 20 years), and now its out with its first line extension: A 100 proof version of the whiskey intended to honor the craft of the cooper, the guys who make the barrels. Labeling on the original Coopers’ Craft…

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Review: Tedorigawa Iki na Onna “Lady Luck” Daiginjo Sake

The Tedorigawa brand was introduced to me through the documentary The Birth of Sake. The film follows the brewery through a difficult six-month brewing season, which illustrates the skill and dedication required to brew sake in the traditional manner. The process is so demanding that brewers must live at the brewery communal style, removed from all…

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