Review: Parker’s Heritage Collection Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon 24 Years Old (2016)

You might be asking, aren’t we almost on the 12th release of the annual Parker’s Heritage Collection? The answer is yes, and our review on that one will be out soon, we promise. (Next week! -Ed.) The short version of this story is that it took us a while to locate a sample of the…

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Review: William Heavenhill Single Barrel Bourbon (5th Edition)

William Heavenhill Single Barrel is a distillery exclusive bottling from Heaven Hill Distilleries that is available only at the Bourbon Heritage Center that adjoins the distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. It was named for a 19th century distiller and owner of the land where the distillery now sits. For the 5th edition of William Heavenhill that…

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Review: 2016 Landmark Vineyards Chardonnay Overlook and Pinot Noir Hop Kiln

We’ve covered Landmark Vineyards’ wines repeatedly over the years. Today we look at two new releases, both from Sonoma, from the 2016 vintage. 2016 Landmark Vineyards Chardonnay Overlook Sonoma County – Butter, oak, and vanilla are whipped into a frenzy on this impactful but approachable wine, with layers of coconut, buttered popcorn, and lemon tea…

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Review: Citadelle Reserve Gin (2018) and Citadelle Extremes No. 1 “No Mistake” Old Tom Gin

While we’ve reviewed various Citadelle Gin bottlings in the past, it’s been a full five years since we’ve seen anything from the brand. For a retrospective, check out our coverage from 2013, 2010, and 2009. Well, a lot has changed at Citadelle in the last year, which has seen changes to the way Citadelle’s barrel-aged…

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Review: Whiskey Del Bac Dorado, Clear, and Classic (2018)

Hamilton Distillers is based in Tucson, Arizona, and wears its desert cred on its sleeve. Distilling out of a 40 gallon pot still since 2011, this is a grain-to-glass (sand-to-glass?) operation that even operates its own malt house (now tank-malted instead of floor-malted). The Del Bac line includes three single malts, two of which are smoked with…

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Review: Mud House 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Pinot Noir

Mud House is a big New Zealand brand that produces a large selection of wines. Here’s a look at two new releases that represent the core of kiwi wine country. 2017 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Exuding loads of tropical fruit, this is an effusive expression of kiwi sauvignon blanc, at least as it has…

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Review: Expresiones del Corazon Barrel-Aged Tequila (Sazerac Rye Anejo & Buffalo Trace Old 22 Anejo) 2018

The mad doctors at Buffalo Trace don’t just mess with whiskey. They also experiment with tequila, taking white spirit from Corazon Tequila and aging it in special whiskey barrels that previously held some of Buffalo Trace’s rarest and most expensive spirits. (Check out reviews from 2016, 2015, and 2013 to get a historical perspective.) 2018 sees Buffalo…

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Book Review: The Way of Whisky

Let’s face it. Japan is a fascinating place, and so, too, Japanese whisky. As the popularity of the latter continues to skyrocket, more and more books on the subject are hitting the shelves (as evidence, see our last book review). Well-known spirits author Dave Broom was an expert on Japanese whisky long before it became…

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