Review: 2017 Bota Box Dry Rose California

Boxed wine continues its quest for acceptance among serious wine drinkers, and Bota Box’s Dry Rose — a mystery blend from all over the state — does a decent job at furthering that agenda. As the name of the wine states, this rose is on the dry side (though not bone dry), a tart and…

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Review: Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey

Celebrity whiskey reaches its apex with Blackened, a blended American whiskey built and branded by heavy metal legends Metallica. Crafted by Maker’s Mark veteran (and current WhistlePig distiller) Dave Pickerell, Blackened isn’t a gimmick, though it does stretch some industry boundaries. Here’s how it’s made: First, it’s not a bourbon or a rye, but a…

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Recipe: Boots with the Fur

I came across this cocktail, from Lily Neff, bartender at Longman & Eagle in Chicago, in the most recent issue of Whisky Advocate. It’s a perfect sipper for fall, and it makes use of a big current trend in mixology — saline solution, which gives your cocktail a natural saltiness. It’s a curious ingredient. After prepping…

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Review: Little Book Blended Whiskey Chapter 2: “Noe Simple Task” (2018)

When Jim Beam and Freddie Noe released Little Book last year, it caused a bit of a stir. Though it wasn’t my favorite whiskey of the year, it had a lot of charm, in part because it was so different from the usual juice coming out of Kentucky. Little Book isn’t bourbon, it’s a blend.…

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Tasting the Wines of Argentina’s La Posta, 2016 Vintage

La Posta is an interesting concept from Argentina’s Laura Catena, a master brand designed to promote “grower wines” — wines which are made by the growers of the grapes. The focus here is, of course, heavily on malbec. Some details: Fourth generation vintner Laura Catena is championing Grower Malbec with her passion project, La Posta.…

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Review: Bowmore 27 Years Old Port Cask

A trilogy is complete at last: Bowmore’s Single Malt Scotch Whisky Vintner’s Trilogy has found its third member, Bowmore 27 Year Old Port Cask. This expression joins Bowmore 18 Year Old Double Matured Manzanilla and Bowmore 26 Year Old Wine Matured, both of which were released in November 2017. (We haven’t reviewed either of the other…

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Review: Wines of Gia Coppola – #selfish, #overit, and #thirsty, 2018 Releases

Don’t look now but there’s another Coppola family member making wine. This time it’s Gia Coppola (Francis’s granddaughter), who’s turning out three millennial-friendly bottlings with hashtags baked right into the names of the wines. Each is bottled in one liter containers, bears an artsy photograph on the front label, and is sealed not with a…

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Review: Highland Park Valknut

Highland Park’s second release in its Viking Legend series is here: Valknut. (Rhymes with hoot, not nut. The Valknut is a ) As a refresher, HP’s Valkyrie hit in summer 2017. Like Valkyrie, Valknut is a non-age statement single malt. The twist here: The whisky is aged in sherry-seasoned American oak casks, and finds “the addition…

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