Review: Diageo Orphan Barrel Project Whoop & Holler American Whiskey 28 Years Old

For this ninth release in Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Project, the company has turned to George Dickel, of all places, where it has unearthed a 28 year old expression of this Tennessee classic. Produced at Cascade Hollow in Tullahoma, it is made from Dickel’s standard mash of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley, and…

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Review: Smithworks American Made Vodka

“From the heartland,” the bottle boldly proclaims. Water from Lake Fort Smith, grain (corn) from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Triple distilled in Kansas, bottled in Fort Smith, Arkansas. And Blake Shelton is the brand’s spokesperson. So yeah, that’s some heartland stuff right there. I’m happy to report that the heartland acquits itself admirably with this…

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Review: Greenbar Grand Poppy Liqueur

Los Angeles-based Greenbar Distillery is the home of TRU organic vodka, Crusoe rums, and Bar Keep bitters… plus this truly unique product, a bitter liqueur made (in part) from poppies. Distilled from molasses a la rum, the finished product has quite a list of odd botanicals inside, including California poppy, orange, lemon, grapefruit, bearberry, California bay…

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Review: Germain-Robin Alembic Brandy One-Time Blend No. 23

Germain-Robin makes some amazing brandies, but this may be the best I’ve seen from the company to date. The catch: it’s a one-time only blend, as the name suggests, so if this review catches your palate, better grab a bottle now. The focus of this blend is French colombard grapes, which were the preferred grape in…

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Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2007 Vintage

After a two year drought, we are finally back with another Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon review. What happened to 2005 and 2006? Good question. At the time, rumors swirled that the Single Barrel line was being discontinued or was becoming a distillery-only product. The distillery went dark to questions about the line, but apparently…

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Visiting and Tasting With Hourglass Wines, 2016

“Michelin restaurants have more equipment than we do.” So says Tony Biagi, winemaker at north Napa’s Hourglass and a celebrity in his own right, having made wines at Plumpjack, CADE, and other blue-chip operations. Now he’s got another feather in his cap in the form of Hourglass, a cult winery in the making, where a…

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Review: Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale

Is the third try the charm for Small Town Brewery and its “Not Your Father’s” line of hard sodas. While its root beer is acceptable, its ginger ale fell flat. Now let’s look at its vanilla cream. Results: This one’s roughly in the middle of the trio. To start with, it’s aided by copious amounts of sugar. The…

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Review: Compass Box The Circus and Enlightenment

Two new limited expressions from the ever-interesting blenders at Compass Box: The Circus and Enlightenment. Let’s take a look at both. Thoughts follow. Compass Box The Circus – This is another complicated whisky that requires an infographic to explain how it is blended. The gist is that The Circus is composed of a mix of…

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