Tasting Report: Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s Premier Drams 2018

Not many bars can throw their own whiskey festival, but when a bar happens to have the largest selection of whiskey in the Western Hemisphere, it becomes an ideal setting. Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC held its inaugural and appropriately named Premier Drams festival on March 25, and we were invited. The bar…

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Review: GlenDronach Grandeur Batch 9 24 Years Old, Single Cask #415 24 Years Old, and Single Cask #2257 27 Years Old

Whoa, here’s a trilogy of new releases from The Glendronach — a Highland distillery (in the far north of the country) known for its sherry cask maturation — none younger than 24 years of age. These are all very rare releases — though the two single casks releases are U.S. exclusives. Let’s give them a…

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Review: Clos du Bois “Lightly Bubbled” Wines

Want a little bubbly but don’t want a monster of a wine like Champagne? Clos du Bois has a new idea: table wine that is “lightly bubbled.” These wines are hardly made in the methode champenoise style but are simply carbonated a bit after the fact. The result is a moderately fizzy wine — a bit…

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Review: Godfather Vodka – Ultra Premium and Platinum

With a name like Godfather Vodka, one would assume the product was made in Sicily. Not so: Godfather actually hails from Armenia, a land better known for its brandy. Godfather’s products all include “XXS” in the full name — and that doesn’t mean “extra extra small.” Rather, XXS stands for “extra extra soft,” as it…

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Review: Luce Farm/Long Trail Brewing Medicator

Luce Farm is an organic and sustainable farm located outside of Killington, Vermont, specializing in CBD hemp products. The farm partnered with Long Trail Brewing to create Vermont’s first CBD beer: Medicator, a “hybrid of an IPA and American pale ale brewed with dry-hopped Citra and Mosaic hops and finished with extracted terpenes which are…

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Review: The Glenlivet Code

Though everyone’s a fan of transparency, whisky drinkers also love a good mystery. Well, our friends at The Glenlivet are happy to indulge us with this new whisky, Glenlivet Code, which intentionally keeps its composition a secret. Some details… er, so to speak. The Glenlivet takes whisky enthusiasts on a journey of discovery, while also…

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Review: 2016 Gamble Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

The 2016 Gamble Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Gamble Vineyard Yountville (its full name) is a fresh and fruity, with minor tropical notes, this wine evolves in glass to showcase notes of mandarin orange, with a spray of fresh herbs and a bit of dill on the back end. A lively and fun version of sauvignon blanc.…

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Review: BenRiach Classic Cask Strength, Single Cask #7367 Virgin Oak 10 Years Old, and Single Cask #2683 Peated Port Wood 12 Years Old

And now, three new limited releases from BenRiach, one of the few distilleries in Speyside that uses peat in some of its expressions. (BenRiach also triple distills some of its whisky, another oddity for Scotland.) All three of the whiskies reviewed below are a bit off the beaten path for single malt. BenRiach Classic Cask…

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