Review: Spirits of French Lick – Bourbons, Gin, Absinthe, and Aquavit (2019)

If I wanted to be perfect on style and grammar, I’d call this post “Spirits of Spirits of French Lick.” You see, the distillery is called Spirits of French Lick, not French Lick, which makes me realize that I’ve now typed French lick four times. Five. Spirits of French Lick can be found in West Baden…

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Review: 21st Amendment Tasty IPA

Tasty? Aren’t all beers tasty? Some deets on this new offering from 21st Amendment: Last year, 21st Amendment Brewery partnered up with homebrewer extraordinaire, Mike “Tasty” McDole, to collaborate on a delicious, limited-release IPA. The beer came and went far too fast so the brewery decided to bring it back for good. Releasing in six-packs,…

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Review: Talisker 10 Years Old

Best known as the only major distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker fills a unique spot in the single malt world, bridging the gap between the heavy peat of Islay and the brighter styles of the Highlands, to which Skye is actually closer in proximity. At just 10 years old, Talisker is on point.…

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Review: 2014 Vivanco Rioja Crianza

While modestly earthy on the nose, with notes of licorice candy, blackberry, and baking spice, the palate of this Crianza (aged 16 months in French and American oak), is somewhat sweeter, bold with red fruit and hints of vanilla. Light tannins on the back end add some gravitas to an otherwise simple wine (which otherwise…

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Review: Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

This new expression from Glenfiddich — entry #4 in its Experiment Collection (see also here, here, and here) — is one of the most fun the distillery has released to date. While it’s a NAS whisky that doesn’t really feel like a “serious” dive into Speyside’s single malt heritage, it does offer some distinct — and…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Late 2018 Releases

It wouldn’t be January without our attempt to clean up a mess of late 2018 releases that we didn’t have time to review last year… so here goes, a full quintet from Oregon’s Deschutes! Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Aged Stout 2018 Edition – We missed last year’s Abyss bottling, so it’s fun to play catch-up with…

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Review: Knappogue Castle 12 Years Old Chateau Pichon Baron Finish

The Irish whiskey mavens at Knappogue Castle have embarked on a new project, the Cask Finish Series, which will see the company’s classic offerings finished in wine casks. For its first release in this series, Knappogue takes its 12 year old, pot-distilled, single malt bottling (those years being spent in ex-bourbon barrels), and finishes it in…

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Review: 2017 Lucky Rock Pinot Noir County Cuvee

Lucky Rock Wine Co. is the brainchild of two brothers, “raised by gold-mining parents, who grew up traveling via bus from mining claim to mining claim.” Now they’re making wine, with one bottling under their belt to date. Lucky Rock’s Pinot Noir County Cuvee is a blend from three different parts of California, breaking down…

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