Review: Rosebank 31 Years Old

Rosebank — “the King of the Lowlands” — shut its doors in 1993. But that hasn’t stopped Ian Macleod Distillers (which bought the brand and remaining stock in 2017) from launching whiskies from the operation, and this release — the second of a planned trilogy — clocks in at a whopping 31 years of age.…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series #10

It’s always a pleasure to try a new release from BBCo’s Discovery Series, which is dedicated to the art of blending, and #10 is an exciting one. Of the five whiskeys that comprise this blend, 62% of it, is 9-year-old Kentucky Bourbon. Solid start. Some 6-year-old Kentucky high-rye bourbon (8%) promises a spicy note. Lending…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2023 Edition

It’s hard to believe but this is our 16th round with Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection, which we’ve been reviewing annually since the site got its start. As has been the case for every year but one, the collection spans five whiskeys — three bourbons and two ryes — all of which are highly allocated and…

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Review: Old Hickory Hermitage Reserve Barrel Proof Whiskey

It’s been seven years since we visited with Old Hickory, an old, revived brand from Nashville’s R.S. Lipman that bottled various MGP whiskeys for a song. Now Old Hickory — Andrew Jackson, by the way — is moving upmarket with this, Hermitage Reserve, named in honor of Jackson’s estate near Nashville. What’s in the bottle?…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek The Kentucky Series: Boston

The trilogy has come to an end: Jim Beam’s Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series closes with the final round of three 17 year old bourbons, all identical except for their aging location. After Clermont and Frankfort we wind things up with Boston, which isn’t a reference to the capital of Massachusetts but rather a small town…

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Review: Mortlach 12, 16, and 20 Years Old (2023)

Four years ago, we took a deep dive into Mortlach‘s three new permanent expressions, part of Diageo making a new push to bring awareness to this fantastic brand. Now, they’re back at it with a fresh marketing push — and while the good news is we’re bringing you some fresh “Beast of Dufftown” reviews, the…

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Review: Monteabellon Ribera del Duero – 2017 Finca Matambres and 2021 Tempranillo

  Monteabellon is a Ribera del Duero winery that has been producing wines for multiple generations. Today we look at two wines from the operation — an older, well-aged expression and a younger version, both (of course) tempranillos. 2017 Monteabellon Finca Matambres Ribera del Duero –  This hearty offering, 100% tempranillo (aged 14 months in French…

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Review: Purity Vodkas, Gins, and Spritz (2023)

Best known for its out-there bottle design, Sweden’s Purity has expanded from making a single vodka to a much wider range of products, including four(!) vodkas, three gins, and a bottled spritz. Everything has been rebranded lately, though the core recipes seem not to have changed much, starting with a distillate made of organic winter wheat…

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