Review: 3 Ribera del Duero Wines from Familia Fernandez Rivera, 2023 Releases

The Familia Fernández Rivera can be found in Spain’s Ribera del Duero, where the weather is hot and the tempranillo grapes grow ripe, developing an unmistakable intensity of flavor. The family harvested its first vintage in 1975. Today it farms 200 hectares of tempranillo, all sustainably, bottling the resulting wines under four different brands. Today…

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Review: Papa’s Pilar Rye Finished Rum

Ten years after its launch, the Papa’s Pilar rum brand continues to explode with the addition of a fourth permanent expression to the lineup. It’s probably the oddest rum in the lineup, finishing the brand’s Dark Rum (a solera blend of rums from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, and Florida) with once-used straight rye whiskey barrels…

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Review: 2022 Eleven Eleven Sauvignon Blanc Beckstoffer Melrose Vineyard

Eleven Eleven Winery creates wines from all over Napa and Sonoma, California. This 100% sauvignon blanc hails from a prime single vineyard parcel in Rutherford, Napa. Crisp and heavy with citrus, this is a wine is a decidedly bold crowd-pleaser. It features lots of acidity that leans on lime leaf while gently evoking some of…

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Review: GlenDronach Cask Strength Batch 12

The latest cask strength sherry bomb from GlenDronach has arrived, a whisky again using Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks to create an unabashed exploration of the power of sherry. As usual, this carries no age statement yet has a clear maturity to it that certainly gives it ample gravitas. As with virtually all of…

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Review: Isle of Raasay Hebridean Gin

They asked, and we waited. And now there appears to be a lot of whisky for us to check out from the Isle of Raasay Distillery. But before we get to all that, there’s a clear spirit — a gin, unsurprisingly — that the folks at Raasay have submitted for our consideration. This Scottish island…

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Review: The Irishman Cask Strength 2023

Earlier this summer, we covered Writers’ Tears Cask Strength, a limited edition offering from Walsh Whiskey. Now we’re back with another cask strength limited release from Walsh Whiskey’s other moniker, The Irishman. The brand first launched this whiskey way back in 2008, and at the time, it was the first release of a triple-distilled Irish…

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Review: M&H Art & Craft DoppleBock Beer Cask and Elements Pomegranate Wine Cask

Israeli distillery Milk & Honey continues to churn out unique and innovative single malts. Case in point: a pair of recent arrivals on the Drinkhacker review desk. One is from the Elements Series, several of which we’ve covered in the past, and another is from a new line of rare releases dubbed Art & Craft.…

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Review: Heaven’s Door Rye Decade Series II 10 Years Old (2023)

You probably felt this one coming: A second release from Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Decade Series. While last year’s original Decade was a bourbon, this new release is a rye, made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley, and aged in barrel, as the name suggests, for a full 10 years. I don’t have any…

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