Review: Distillery Exclusive Single Malts from Dalwhinnie, Glenfiddich, and Auchentoshan

I’m not sure when the distillery-exclusive trend came to Scotland, but I know it was well before we Yanks embraced it stateside. Limited edition festival bottlings have been helping to drive turnout for years at events like the Feis Ile on Islay and Spirit of Speyside Festival, among many others. But long before that, I…

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Review: In Good Taste 2023 Wine Advent Calendar

Boozy advent calendars are incredibly fun — but also incredibly difficult. When it comes to wine, the prospect is even more daunting: 24 bottles of hooch would weigh more than 80 pounds and provide far more wine than most will plan to drink in 3 1/2 weeks. In Good Taste gets around this problem by…

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Reflections on a Craft: An Interview with St. George Distillery’s Lance Winters

Today, there are over 2300 craft distilleries operating across the country, but back in the 1980s, when St. George got its start in northern California, there were barely a handful. The distillery’s founder, Jörg Rupf, was one of the godfathers of the craft distilling movement, but his passions were initially pretty narrow, focusing on eaux-de-vie…

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Review: 2022 Wines of Lugana – Olivini, Le Morette, and Tommasi

Lugana is an under-the-radar wine region in Italy, found in Lombardy, south of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. The wines here are exclusively white, vinified from a single varietal called turbiana. Previously known as trebbiano di Lugana, turbiana makes for bright but lightly sweet wines, reminiscent of pinot grigio but with a bit more body.…

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Review: Little Book Blended Whiskey Chapter 7: “In Retrospect” (2023)

Every release of Beam’s Little Book feels like it’s going to be the last one. Chapter 6 of the book was “To The Finish,” but now we have “In Retrospect.” What, one may ask, have we learned in the last 7 years? Never a whiskey that has shied away from complexity, this release is a blend…

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Review: King Robert II Blended Scotch – Treble Cask and 12 Years Old

King Robert II is a budget Scotch brand that got a relaunch last year from its owners at Ian Macleod. Now available throughout the U.S., three expressions are on tap — a non-age-statement “treble cask” edition, a 12 year old, and a 15 year old. (We’re reviewing the first two today.) Some details: The brand…

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Review: Doc Swinson’s Whiskeys, 2023 Releases

Doc Swinson’s came out of nowhere a few years ago, and since then the brand (using all sourced stock) has absolutely exploded. What began as a handful of sourced whiskeys is now a bazillion different bottlings, filed into various series. We recently received a care package of five of these expressions, so let’s get right…

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Review: Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Irish Milk Gin

Bertha, Big Bertha to her friends, was an exquisite, whiskey-drinking, grand dame of a cow. She was a Droimeann, a now endangered Irish breed that whether black, white, or red, are typically defined by a long, pale brushstroke of a stripe that extends from neck to tail. Bertha was beautiful then, but she was also…

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