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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Review: Budweiser Reserve Copper Lager

We’ve been rather firm (but fair) in our assessment of Budweiser products. One of the largest beer producers in the world, Budweiser has been fighting the battle against the emergence of home brewers and micro-brewers as their share of the market has steadily increased over the last several years. The mass-produced iconic brand is synonymous…

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Review: Owney’s New York City Rum

Here’s a curious product from Owney’s, a rum producer we encountered (but didn’t really care for) a couple of years ago as part of a MashBox club package. The product — “New York City Rum” — is a bit of a misnomer. This new expression is actually a blend of its own New York-produced Distiller’s…

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Review: Noble Vines 2017 Chardonnay and 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Noble Vines offers a simple collection of numerically-designated wines, sourced from all over California. Here’s a look at two recent bottlings in the ultra-affordable collection. 2017 Noble Vines Collection 446 Chardonnay Monterey – Lots of oak and vanilla here on a wine that doesn’t feel as natural as it should. Gummy and extracted, the heavy oak…

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