Review: Jameson The Blender’s Dog Irish Whiskey

Jameson began its Whiskey Makers Series with last year’s lackluster The Cooper’s Croze (celebrating the impact of wood and the barrel on its whiskey) with this second release in the trilogy: The Blender’s Dog. For those not steeped in whiskey lore, the dog doesn’t represent a furry friend but rather a long copper tube that…

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Review: 2013 Scotto Family Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel

A bold, classic zin, Scotto’s 2013 zin offers notes of plump raisin, bordering on prune, with hints of black cherries. Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves — all your baking spice classics — add nuance, and are essential in the face of a lingering, molasses-like sweetness. B / $13 / scottocellars.com Related Stories: Review: Frank Family Vineyards…

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Review: Ragtime Rye

We’ve previously encountered New York Distilling Company with its Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye product, and today we take a step back and look at the company’s straight rye, Ragtime. It’s unclear if Ragtime is used as a component in Mister Katz’s, but we do know it is distilled from New York rye grain and…

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Review: ‘Merican Mule (2017)

The Moscow Mule does not exactly have a reputation as a difficult cocktail to make: Vodka, ginger beer, a squeeze of lime. Sourcing the copper cup is typically the hardest part of this drink to master, in fact. Never ye mind, though: Some entrepreneurial types out of Long Beach, California decided to can this sucker,…

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Review: A. Smith Bowman Isaac Bowman Port-Barrel Finished Bourbon

Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman seems to have no shortage of relatives under whom it can bottle whiskey. Abraham, John, “Bowman Brothers”… they all have spirits made in their honor. Now it’s Isaac’s turn, with a bourbon finished in Port casks. Officially known as Isaac Bowman Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels, this is a NAS…

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Review: Wines of Wakefield, 2017 Releases

Wakefield Winery is actually Taylors Winery, but they are not permitted to use the family name in much of the Northern Hemisphere due to trademark restrictions. Located in the Clare Valley of South Australia, the winery was opened in 1969 by Bill Taylor Sr. and his sons Bill Jr. and John, and the family still…

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Review: Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey

Venerable Irish brand Kilbeggan (the oldest in Ireland) — see our coverage of its standard blend here — has largely been a single-product operation for most of its existence. Things are on the move here, though, as Kilbeggan has just launched a single grain whiskey to expand the portfolio. What’s single grain? Kilbeggan reminds us:…

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Tasting Lodi Zinfandel, 2017 Releases – Michael David, Fields Family, Ironstone, and Harney Lane

November 15 was National Zinfandel Day, and there’s nowhere that is more associated with zinfandel than Lodi, California. In honor of the occasion, LOCA — the trade group for Lodi — got four winemakers together to present their recent releases — all old vine bottlings — and talk about all things zin. Here’s a look…

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