Review: Johnnie Walker Blue Label (2016)

It’s been a solid six years since we spent any serious time with Johnnie Walker’s flagship bottling, Blue Label. The House of Walker doesn’t talk much about whether or how the recipe for Blue Label has evolved over the years, but in 2010 it was said that there were nine single malts in the blend,…

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Review: Attems 2015 Pinot Grigio and 2014 Pinot Grigio Ramato

  Two wines from Attems, located in the Venezia region of Italy. Both in fact are made from the same grape — pinot grigio — but one is made in the traditional dry white style, the other as a ramato, or orange style. Let’s taste both. 2015 Attems Pinot Grigio – Surprisingly buttery, to the…

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Review: Humboldt Distillery Humboldt’s Finest Hemp Vodka

Humboldt’s finest? We’re talking about redwood trees, amirite people? OK then, we’re really talking about cannabis sativa, good old hemp seed, and here’s another entry into the burgeoning market of hemp-flavored (and THC-free, of course) vodka. There’s no real production info here, except that the vodka includes natural flavors and, oddly, certified color (it is…

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Review: 2005 vs. 2007 Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva

Bodegas Franco Espanolas, a Rioja winery dating back to 1890, recently released a three-pack of old Gran Reserva wines, including vintages from 1999, 2005, and 2007. The three-pack costs $125, but rarity of the ’99 is making it tough to come by. We did however get a look at both the ’05 and ’07, which…

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Tasting the Wines of Amalaya and Colome, 2016 Releases

Amalaya and Colome are both based in Salta, Argentina — and both are owned by California’s Hess Family Wines. Today we look at two wines from each, a torrontes and a malbec, all delightfully different despite being neighbors, both geographically and business-wise. 2015 Amalaya Torrontes/Riesling Salta – 85% torrontes and 15% riesling. The riesling is…

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Review: Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum

For the record, that’s Old Fashioned Traditional Dark. The rum itself may be old-fashioned, but its creation is decidedly newfangled. Constructed by a crew of seven self-described “rum geeks,” the team behind Plantation’s OFTD includes Plantation’s rum master Alexandre Gabriel, plus David Wondrich, and five rum-centric bar owners, including Jeff “Beachbum” Berry (New Orleans’ Latitude 29),…

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Review: Jameson The Cooper’s Croze Irish Whiskey

Wood is important in whiskey, and that’s why with this new expression, Jameson is highlighting the power of wood by turning its Head Cooper, Ger Buckley, loose in the warehouse. The goal, “to showcase the diversity of barrels at our Midleton distillery and the profound influence that wood yields. With knowledge passed down through 5 generations…

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Review: Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA

I guess the flesh is the hops. The blood is in the juice: This is an IPA flavored with orange peel, lemon flesh, and blood orange juice. A shandy it’s not, mind you, though what it actually is is difficult to describe. Tart citrus juice tones down the piney bitterness of the IPA, without adding…

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