Review: Bedtime Bourbon 8 Years Old

What if I told you a company was making an eight year old Bourbon that was sourced from Tennessee, and that it was on sale exclusively in Kentucky? I’m not crazy, I’m just sampling Bedtime Bourbon, which is being produced by the Louisville Bourbon Transit Company, a tiny outlet that recently opened up shop here. Here’s…

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Cocktail Recipes for New Year’s Eve 2017

Whether you’re celebrating that 2017 is finally over or just looking forward to a brighter 2018 (or both), it’s tradition to celebrate with booze. We want to share a few cocktail recipes with you; some are perfect for a quiet evening with your significant other, some are built as party punches. A few are simple;…

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Review: Bardstown Bourbon and Copper & Kings Collabor&tion Rare Release Bourbons

I like to think I have an open mind when it comes to the booze world, and in general I love the idea (and execution) of bourbon that is finished in other types of casks. So then, what’s not to like about this oddball collaboration between the Bardstown Bourbon Company and the brandy-makers at Copper &…

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Review: 2015 Flechas de los Andes Gran Malbec

Argentina malbec can be so hit or miss. Here’s one that knocks it out of the park for less than a 20-spot. A spicy nose of black pepper gives way to a lush, gorgeous core of blackberries and baking spice, dark chocolate and vanilla. The lengthy palate is strong on cinnamon, with hints of elderflower…

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Review: Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Straight Rye Whiskey

The number of craft whiskey distilleries in America continues to rise, but only a fraction of them can bottle their own distillate as a “straight whiskey,” meaning it’s at least two years old. Even fewer can claim to be bottling at 5-plus years, which is comparable in age to the core products from industry big…

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Review: 2015 Le Volte Dell’Ornellaia Toscana IGT

This second label from Bolgheri’s Ornellaia invariably fights well above its weight class. A blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon, it’s a classic Super Tuscan… without the price tag. Sultry notes of blackberry sprinkled with black pepper lead the way on a seductive nose. On the palate the surprisingly lithe wine delves in with a…

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Review: Stroma Liqueur

It’s been a few years since the rush of Scotch whiskey liqueurs — Dewar’s Highlander Honey, Compass Box Orangerie — took aim at Drambuie’s dominance of this niche market. But it turns out the trend isn’t quite finished, as Old Pulteney is now sending its own liqueur, Stroma, to the market. Old Pulteney is only…

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Review: 2012 Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay Napa Valley

Like your chardonnay bold? Newton’s Unfiltered Chardonnay ought to fit the bill. This golden-hued wine is bursting with fresh stone fruit, sultanas, quince, and kumquat — all painted across a backdrop of golden syrup and vanilla ice cream. There’s a vegetal tone to the finish — nothing overwhelming and perhaps merely a signal of this…

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