Review: Painted Stave Distilling SunSeeker Wheat Whiskey

Another belated solar eclipse-themed whiskey, SunSeeker is Smyrna, Delaware-based Painted Stave Distilling’s third limited release made from a base of craft beer. In January 2016, Painted Stave Distilling partnered with Fordham Brewing Company in Dover, DE on what would be become the third release in Painted Stave’s “Beers To Whiskey!” series. Painted Stave picked up over…

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Review: Black Feather Bourbon

Black Feather American Bourbon Whiskey comes across a lot like a microdistilled whiskey, but it’s actually a blend of two MGP allotments, bourbons made from a mash of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. Bottled in Houston, Texas (go Astros!), bottles are individually numbered, including a batch number. Again, I was stunned to…

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Review: A Year of Good Whisky Page-a-Day Calendar 2018

This sounded like the perfect idea. Why hadn’t it been done before, I wondered. A rip-off-the-pages daily calendar featuring nothing but whisky. Genius! Well, great idea though it may be, the execution of this calendar is lackluster at best. What I was hoping for was a calendar which would feature a different spirit, hopefully letting…

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Review: Glencadam The Re-awakening 13 Years Old

The story of Glencadam gets its start in 1825, when the distillery was opened in the Scottish Highlands. The stills went silent in 2000 and in 2003 it was purchased by a local company, Angus Dundee Distillers. While Glencadam bottlings drawn from older stock have never really gone away, at long last, in 2017, the…

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Review: Tequila Ciudad Blanco

Tequila Ciudad is a new, ultrapremium tequila brand, launching in 27 states this year. A Highlands-sourced, 100% agave tequila, Ciudad is offered in all three major expressions, though we’re only reviewing the blanco for the time being. Let’s dig in. A slight smokiness on the nose is intriguing, though it slightly masks some lemon peel…

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Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1989 from Astor Wines & Spirits

In the whisky world, single casks are great because they offer the opportunity to try a unique and rare version of an otherwise familiar spirit. Glenfarclas’ Family Casks go one step further and let you pick across vintages spanning five decades. Since 2007, this Speyside distillery owned by the Grant family has produced more than…

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Review: Root7 Geo Glasses

My daughter recently asked me, “How do you review a glass?” Pretty simple, I said: How does it look, and how easy is it to drink out of. Root7’s new Geo Glasses tumblers merit a discussion on both fronts. Hexagonal in shape, the glasses feature gold accents (or jet black (pictured), as you prefer) on…

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Review: Carlshamns Flaggpunsch Swedish Punsch

Spend much time reading old cocktail guides and you’ll find a commonly called-for ingredient: Swedish Punsch (sometimes written as Swedish Punch). Ask your local liquor store for a bottle and you’re bound to get a head-scratch. Swedish Punsch went the way of the dodo during Prohibition. So, what is Swedish Punsch? It’s something akin to…

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