Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2023 Edition

The release of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon — now 23 years running — marks the unofficial start of whiskey season (never mind Four Roses sneaking into the schedule a couple days early), and today’s release of OldFo Birthday Bourbon 2023 is no exception. As has long been the case, this is a 12 year old…

Read More about Review: Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2023 Edition

Review: Harpoon Juicer, UFO Florida Citrus, and Sticky Bun Stout

Today we dive into three very different beers from Boston’s Harpoon. No need to prolong the prologue. Let’s dive in. Harpoon Juicer Hazy IPA – Straightforward but dead-on perfect for the style, this concoction of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, and Azacca hops is made using a “unique brewing technique called ‘dip hopping,’ where the hops are…

Read More about Review: Harpoon Juicer, UFO Florida Citrus, and Sticky Bun Stout

Review: Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila (2023)

Fifteen years ago, Maestro Dobel did the unthinkable, coming from nowhere and creating a whole category of spirit — cristalino tequila. Maestro Dobel Diamond, as it was called at the time, was aged tequila (a blend of reposado, anejo, and extra anejo) that was filtered back to clear. It was different and exciting — and…

Read More about Review: Maestro Dobel Diamante Tequila (2023)

Review: Dewar’s The Champions Edition 19 Years Old (2023)

Dewar’s “Champions Edition” scotch continues its celebration of the 19th hole of golf — the bar, in case you didn’t know — with another annual release of this 19 year old blended Scotch, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Open. This is our third year running with the blend, following the 2022 and the inaugural…

Read More about Review: Dewar’s The Champions Edition 19 Years Old (2023)

Review: 2021 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Penner-Ash has long been a blue chip winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and this 2021 shows why. Bright and acidic, the wine bursts out of the gate with notes of cherry and strawberry, the latter of which adds a light touch of spring to the proceedings. It’s gently alighted with notes of cherry cola and…

Read More about Review: 2021 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2023 Edition “135th Anniversary”

For its 135th anniversary edition of its coveted Limited Edition Small Batch release, Four Roses is dropping a whopper, blending up a 14 year old OESK (40%), 12 year old OESV (35%), 16 year old OESV (20%), and the doozy, a 25 year old OBSV (5%), into the release. There might not be much of…

Read More about Review: Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon 2023 Edition “135th Anniversary”

Book Review: A Booze & Vinyl Christmas: Merry Music-and-Drink Pairings to Celebrate the Season

At a previous place of employment, I was tasked with cataloging and reviewing the upcoming season’s wave of holiday albums in the middle of summer. It was a rather mind-numbing assignment, but as the lowest rung on the editorial ladder, it felt like a weird rite of passage. Nearly 15 years later, I find myself…

Read More about Book Review: A Booze & Vinyl Christmas: Merry Music-and-Drink Pairings to Celebrate the Season

Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Apprentice Batch” 2023-02

The second Booker’s Bourbon release of 2023 is upon us, and this one dives deep into the Noe family archives for its naming inspiration. According to the official release notes for Booker’s “Apprentice Batch”: This batch pays homage to the beginning of Booker Noe’s distilling career when he first learned the art of making bourbon…

Read More about Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Apprentice Batch” 2023-02