Review: Ohishi Kaito’s Cask, Islay Cask, and Tokubetsu Reserve Whisky

Ohishi made a splash in 2016 when it arrived in the U.S. after over 140 years of producing rice-based whisky. We reviewed its inaugural offerings at the time. Today we turn our attention to three new releases, each more exotic than the last. Ohishi Kaito’s Cask Whisky – This is a special selection of Ohishi’s…

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Review: 2016 FEL Chardonnay Anderson Valley

  Did you know? “Fel” is Swedish for “wrong.” Naming quirks aside, FEL’s 2016 chardonnay from the Anderson Valley region strikes hard with lots of sweetness up front, almost marshmallow-like, with creme brulee notes, before segueing strangely into some quite contrary notes — bitter lemon peel and some hints of canned green beans, giving it…

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Review: Nine Single Barrel Bourbons from the New Hampshire Liquor Commission – Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Jack Daniel’s, and Russell’s Reserve

The state that brought you 15 barrels of Jack Daniel’s whiskey and 9 single barrel tequilas is back again with a mountain of single barrel bourbons from some of the biggest names in the industry. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently went down south and came back with a whopping 62 barrels of spirits from just…

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Review: 2015 Luce della Vite Lucente

Tuscany’s Luce della Vite is well known for its high-end super-Tuscan blend, but its “second wine,” Lucente, merits just as much attention. For the 2015 release, a surprising note of vanilla runs through the wine, with a semi-sweet core of cherry, blackberry, and blueberry character. A spicy element pokes its head up from time to time,…

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Drinkhacker Asks: Limestone Branch Distillery’s Steve Beam

Recently, we kicked off our Drinkhacker Asks series with Jimmy Russell, one of the most recognizable names in the spirits world. While we’ll continue to interview big names in the industry, we also want to introduce you to some of the less well-known figures, as it’s our experience that often these folks have some of…

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Review: Coravin Aerator

The Coravin system is one of the biggest advances in wine dispensing, solving the problem of how to drink a glass or two of wine from a pricy bottle without having the rest of it spoil. But what if it’s a wine that needs aeration? Dealing with the Coravin is a two-handed process, so you…

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Review: 1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Sazerac’s 1792 Distillery can’t be stopped, with its latest bourbon expression, the seventh in a series of limited releases. (If you’ve been following our coverage of 1792’s special editions and wondering what happened to #6, it was a special edition to commemorate the 225th anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood and was only available in very limited…

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Review: 2014 Justin Isosceles Paso Robles

Justin’s 2014 Isosceles is a blend of 73% cabernet sauvignon, 15% cabernet franc, and 12% merlot. (See also my initial spot review from our Paso Robles trip.) While this is one of Justin’s most revered expressions, this is a wine that’s simply not ready to drink today and will undoubtedly benefit from time in bottle. (My…

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