Review: Old Hickory Hermitage Reserve Barrel Proof Whiskey

It’s been seven years since we visited with Old Hickory, an old, revived brand from Nashville’s R.S. Lipman that bottled various MGP whiskeys for a song. Now Old Hickory — Andrew Jackson, by the way — is moving upmarket with this, Hermitage Reserve, named in honor of Jackson’s estate near Nashville. What’s in the bottle?…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek The Kentucky Series: Boston

The trilogy has come to an end: Jim Beam’s Hardin’s Creek Kentucky Series closes with the final round of three 17 year old bourbons, all identical except for their aging location. After Clermont and Frankfort we wind things up with Boston, which isn’t a reference to the capital of Massachusetts but rather a small town…

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Review: Mortlach 12, 16, and 20 Years Old (2023)

Four years ago, we took a deep dive into Mortlach‘s three new permanent expressions, part of Diageo making a new push to bring awareness to this fantastic brand. Now, they’re back at it with a fresh marketing push — and while the good news is we’re bringing you some fresh “Beast of Dufftown” reviews, the…

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Review: Monteabellon Ribera del Duero – 2017 Finca Matambres and 2021 Tempranillo

  Monteabellon is a Ribera del Duero winery that has been producing wines for multiple generations. Today we look at two wines from the operation — an older, well-aged expression and a younger version, both (of course) tempranillos. 2017 Monteabellon Finca Matambres Ribera del Duero –  This hearty offering, 100% tempranillo (aged 14 months in French…

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Review: Purity Vodkas, Gins, and Spritz (2023)

Best known for its out-there bottle design, Sweden’s Purity has expanded from making a single vodka to a much wider range of products, including four(!) vodkas, three gins, and a bottled spritz. Everything has been rebranded lately, though the core recipes seem not to have changed much, starting with a distillate made of organic winter wheat…

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Review: Aberfeldy 15 Years Old Finished in Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Casks (2023)

Aberfeldy has become well-known for its series of 18 year old expressions, each finished in a different type of red wine cask. This year, Aberfeldy is flipping the script, just a bit, offering another red wine cask expression of its single malt that’s a more youthful 15 years old. The wine cask this time around:…

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Review: Loch Lomond Original Single Malt and The Open Special Edition 2023

Loch Lomond is not your average Scotch distillery. Nestled in the far southwest corner of the Highlands, near the famously scenic loch (lake, for you non-Scots) of the same name, the distillery uses a combination of uniquely configured pot and column stills to produce as many as 11 different distillates, including grain whiskies. We got…

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Review: Ardbeg Anthology 13 Years Old: The Harpy’s Tale

The whisky machine at Ardbeg continues to churn, with the launch of a brand new collection called Anthology. The Anthology Collection will be an ongoing series of whiskies built around experimental malts and asks (or combinations of casks) it has not previously used. Round One is The Harpy’s Tale, a 13 year old whisky aged…

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