Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog V: The Spirit of Mauve” Rye Whiskey 13 Years Old 2018

Fall’s arrival means a new, insanely-priced special edition of WhistlePig rye (only 2016 has been skipped in the last six years). This one breaks new ground by honoring a departed pig — the titular “boss hog” — with a finishing idyll in apple brandy barrels. Some details: Now arriving is The Boss Hog V: The…

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Review: Bully Boy Distillers Gin (2018)

Boston-based Bully Boy Distillers already makes an Estate Gin, so don’t get confused by this non-estate rendition, which is a completely different product. While most gins are typically crafted with a neutral grain base, Bully Boy draws inspiration for its Gin from its acclaimed White Rum by using a cane base. This provides the spirit…

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Review: Firestone Walker Sucaba Barley Wine Ale (2018)

The explosion in barrel-aged beers has led to a growing trend in the cellar aging of these brews. High in alcohol content with boozy barrel notes, barrel-aged beers are widely believed to improve, like many wines, with a year or more in the bottle. California’s Firestone Walker Brewery has an impressive stock of barrel-aged beers…

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Review: Westland Garryana Native Oak Series 2018 Edition 3|1

The third release of Westland’s unique single malt, aged in Garryana oak barrels that are sourced from the Pacific Northwest, has arrived. What’s new in the “Garry Oak” series with edition #3? Once again, fans are in for a twist that takes this spirit in a whole new direction: Unlike the previous two editions, which married…

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Review: Fever-Tree Aromatic Tonic Water

For its 11th product, artisan mixer-make Fever-Tree takes another stab at tonic water, this one designed particularly for Tanqueray and Plymouth gins. It’s the 5th tonic water offering from the brand, and it’s particularly unique because, well, it’s pink. Some details: Fever-Tree, the world’s leading producer of premium tonics and mixers, unveils the launch of…

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Review: 2018 Relaunch of Port Charlotte – Port Charlotte 10 Years Old, Islay Barley 2011, and MRC: 01 2010

When Simon Coughlin, chief executive of Remy Cointreau’s whisky business and one of the founders of the revived Bruichladdich, comes to town, you make the time to meet with the man. The former wine merchant partnered with Mark Reynier to buy the dilapidated property in 2002, and consumers promptly greeted its production — speaheaded by…

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Review: Allagash Brett IPA

Allagash continues to experiment with beer recipes, creating innovative brews that sometimes provide new takes on traditional styles and other times go in bold new directions (for recent examples, look here, here, here, and here). The beer we’re reviewing today, Brett, is a new take on IPA. For this beer, Allagash once again used Brettanomyces,…

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Review: Compass Box Hedonism Quindecimus

In the 18 years since Compass Box began blending whisky, there have been only four special editions of Hedonism, the grain whisky that put the whiskymaker on the map. We sampled the first of these, Maximus, back in 2008, but the 10th anniversary release, which yielded only 144 bottles, unsurprisingly eluded us (as has the most…

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