Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Batch Proof 2024

Woodford Reserve’s Batch Proof release for 2024 arrives early this time, arriving this year at a relatively tame 121.2 proof. As always, “Batch Proof showcases the flavor nuances created from batching 100+ different Woodford Reserve barrels together, then presenting that bourbon at the exact proof from the barrels.” Other than abv, it’s essentially a barrel…

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Review: High Desert Cactus Vodka

Further proof that you can make vodka out of anything, High Desert is made from prickly pear cacti harvested in the high desert of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. That’s really the whole story: There’s a whole lotta cactus out there in the southern deserts, so good on ’em for trying to do something useful with…

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Review: Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila – 50th Anniversary Legacy Edition

Tres Generaciones upgrades its Anejo expression with this third bottle in its Legacy Edition series of tequilas. This 50th Anniversary Añejo “is a unique expression paying homage to Don Francisco Javier Sauza’s original recipe, which he crafted 50 years ago to create a tequila masterpiece celebrating three generations of distilling at La Perseverancia distillery.” This…

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Review: Procera Green Dot Gin 2023

The importance of terroir to wine is well known. The distillers at Procera bring the same concept to gin by carefully sourcing the fresh, African juniper berries they use. For the 2023 release of their apparently annual Green Dot Gin, Procera has taken this approach one rather giant step further, sourcing all the juniper berries,…

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Review: Renegade Rums – Aura, Nova, Dunfermline, and Hope – Swimming Pool

Drew has been dutifully chronicling the many releases of the terroir-obsessed Renegade Rum, a Grenada-based operation that specializes in products with incredibly specific provenances. Various “pre-cask” (white, unaged) rums, blends called Cuvees, and “super-geeky ‘MicrOrigin’” products are available — with nearly 20 different expressions now on the market. We can’t possibly keep up with all…

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Review: Attems 2021 Ribolla Gialla and 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

Attems is a winery in Italy’s Friuli-Venezia region with a particular focus on white wines, plus the occasional rose. Today we look at a pair of recently released whites, both from the 2021 vintage. 2021 Attems Ribolla Gialla IGT – The lightly oxidized quality of this indigenous grape makes for a wine with lots of…

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Review: Pokeno New Zealand Single Malt – Totara Cask, Triple Distilled, and Winter Malt

Just last year we introduced you to the impressive core range from Pokeno, and now the Kiwi whisky maker, which has only been distilling since 2017, is out with another lineup of unique single malts. Pokeno’s Exploration Series is a line that is intended to showcase the distillery’s most innovative whiskeys with emphasis on the…

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Review: Kilinga Bacanora – Silvestre, Blanco, and Reposado

Sure, let’s start with the basics: What’s bacanora? In the northern Mexico state of Sonora, bacanora is a type of mezcal traditionally made from a particular strain of agave, Agave angustifolia. Like Tequila, Bacanora is also a town that is the spiritual home of the beverage, though it can be and is made all over…

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