Review: James E. Pepper Old Henry Clay Straight Rye Whiskey

Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distilling Company is clearly sitting on a healthy stock of Indiana rye. The distillery bottles five different rye expressions, including a barrel proof and a single barrel. Almost all of those are released under the 1776 label with the outlier being Old Henry Clay Straight Rye Whiskey. Where does that name…

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Review: Elysian Pumpkin Beers and Space Dust IPA

We’ve still got another few weeks before pumpkin beer season ends, so please indulge our slightly belated look at a whopping four pumpkin brews from Seattle’s Elysian… plus one regular old bottling that doesn’t have any pumpkin in it at all (just because). Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Brewed with pumpkin seeds and additional…

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Review: Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Proper No. Twelve, aka Proper Twelve, is UFC fighter Conor McGregor’s whisky. By that I mean it is a new brand launched under his supervision, named in honor of the Crumlin, Dublin 12 neighborhood where McGregor was born and raised. Now, McGregor has not gone out and built a distillery in The Liberties or anything. His team is…

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Review: 2016 Seven Hills Merlot Walla Walla Valley

Here’s a fresh little merlot from Washington’s Seven Hills, tucked away in the Walla Walla region. Initially on the tannic side for merlot, a little air helps things open up to let some of the fruit and spice enter the experience. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, red flowers, and some berry fruit cut through the sometimes…

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Review: Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels

Our friends at Guinness and our buddies at Bulleit have joined forces: Under their corporate banner, Diageo, the duo have done the obvious by putting Guinness Stout in Bulleit whiskey barrels, all part of a grand transatlantic experiment. There’s not a lot of detail to share: The beer is brewed in Dublin, then shipped to…

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Review: 2016 Bouchaine Pinot Noir Swan Estate

This lovely estate pinot combines fruit from both Napa and Carneros, creating a whole that is seemingly greater than the sum of the parts. Wet and heavy with fruit, it features prominent cherry and blackberry notes, touched with spice and a bit of gritty earth that keeps the palate grounded. Complex but balanced among the…

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Review: Inchgower 27 Years Old Limited Edition 2018

Our second review from the 2018 Diageo Special Release series is this 27 year old from Inchgower, a Speyside distillery that is largely known for being a major contributor to Bell’s whisky. Distilled in 1990, the whisky is aged in refill American oak hogsheads. Burly and brooding on the nose, this whisky finds notes of…

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Review: New Belgium Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale (2018)

The march of mainstream beers aged in mainstream whiskey barrels continues with New Belgium’s latest, a strong ale aged in barrels from Knob Creek (and denoted as such in large type on the label). Well, it may not technically be aged in those barrels. The company notes that the beer is “aged with bourbon-steeped oak spirals…

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