Review: Wines of Early Mountain, 2019 Releases

Yes, Virginia. Wine from Virginia, Virginia. Early Mountain — which recently won big in Virginia’s Governer’s Cup Wine Competition — can be found on the Monticello Wine Trail in Madison County (not that Madison County), where it produces a wide range of wines from grapes both international and obscure. We tried three of them, mostly…

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Recipes for National Absinthe Day 2019

National Absinthe Day is, whoa, today! March 5. While absinthe may not be the It Spirit it was a few years ago, it’s finding plenty of action as a cocktail ingredient. Here are a number of absinthe-centric recipes to check out. Some are on the new side, while others are closer to classics. Sour Cherry…

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Review: Rabbit Hole Distillery PX Finished Bourbon and Rye Finished Gin (2019)

We first reviewed Rabbit Hole Distillery (then known as Rabbit Hole Distilling) back in 2017 before their distillery in Louisville had even opened. At that time, we sampled their inaugural bourbon and rye offerings but missed two other spirits that followed not long after: a bourbon finished in Pedro Ximenez sherry barrels and a London…

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Review: Virginia Distillery Co. Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky (Batch 2)

Last year, we reviewed Virginia Distillery Co.’s first release of Brewers Batch, a limited edition release that showcases finishing casks sourced from local breweries. That inaugural batch featured a cask from Virginia’s Three Notch’d Brewing that had been used to finish a scotch ale, and while enjoyable, I felt like there was almost too much…

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Review: Kavalan Distillery Select

Highball culture is making its way from Japan to Taiwan, as Kavalan has introduced its first expression intended for mixing, Kavalan Distillery Select. Some info: “Kavalan Distillery Select is matured in select malt neutral casks to showcase the fruitiness and sub-tropical characteristic of Taiwan’s climate without too much influence from the wood,” says Master Blender,…

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Mexican-Style Lager Roundup: Tecate, Modelo, and Calidad

The Mexican lager is a style more associated with slices of lime and dashes of salt than ample flavor. Chances are you’re not buying a 30-pack of Tecate to impress, you’re looking for something ice-cold to occupy red solo cups while you put in some hard training for the World Series of Beer Pong. Very…

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Review: GlenDronach Revival 15 Years Old (2019)

GlenDronach’s 15 year old is a heavily-sherried single malt that fans have long beloved for its intensity, rich with both Pedro Ximenez and oloroso sherry finishing. It was an unequivocal sherry bomb at the time — and then it went away. In 2015 GlenDronach suspended the release, citing a shortage of available stock with which…

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Review: 2015 Finca Decero The Owl & the Dust Devil

This wine from Mendoza, Argentina-based Finca Decero is an unusual blend of 39% cabernet sauvignon, 32% malbec, 19% petit verdot, and 10% tannat. The cabernet and malbec carry the weight of the wine, bold with currants, volcanic soil, and black pepper. Lush and silky, that velvety cabernet body glides over the palate, leading to a…

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