Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 15 Years Old 2016

At this point, it seems like WhistlePig is just going to age its rye forever, releasing a new whiskey each year until the earth burns up and all the whiskey evaporates. I’m OK with that, as long as the results keep turning out as well as WhistlePig’s generally do. With this 15 year old spirit,…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Mendocino, 2016

It had been too long since we trekked to Mendocino, so a few weeks back we loaded up the car and hit the windy, Redwood-strewn trail to the rocky California coast, and hit up some of the star wineries of the region along the way. The Anderson Valley and Mendocino County continue to raise the…

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Review: Cambria Benchbreak 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Pinot Noir

Two new wines from Cambria and its Benchbreak series, a line of sustainably grown wines from the Santa Maria Valley. Thoughts follow. 2014 Cambria Benchbreak Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley – Intensely oaky and meaty on the nose, this chardonnay — which is otherwise lightly bodied and quite fruity — takes the butter and pushes it…

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Review: Jackson Morgan Southern Cream Salted Caramel

Cream liqueurs are on the rise — and here’s a new one that’s made from Tennessee whiskey… in Kentucky! No, irony isn’t one of the six flavors available — which include Whipped Orange Cream and Bread Pudding(!) — but we did get a taste of the Salted Caramel expression of Jackson Morgan (named after the two…

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Review: Redbreast All Sherry Single Cask Irish Whiskey

The name speaks for itself: This lot of 576 bottles of 16 year old, completely sherry-cask-aged whiskey is the first ever single barrel bottling of the Irish single pot still classic, Redbreast. Here’s the gist, straight from the source: Redbreast Single Cask offers a unique take on Redbreast’s full bodied flavour profile, renowned for its…

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Review: True Myth 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

  True Myth is a new label from Edna Valley-based Niven Family Estates, inspired by the idea that “the one True Myth is Mother Nature.” Let’s tuck into the label’s first two offerings. 2014 True Myth Chardonnay Edna Valley Paragon Vineyard – Vibrant citrus on the nose, the oak element doesn’t emerge until you sip…

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Review: 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

Barton’s 1792 bourbon is on a line expansion tear lately, and it’s newest release is here: 1792 Single Barrel. Like Sweet Wheat and Port Finish, it’s a limited edition so grab it while you can. Nothing tough to understand about this one: These are standard-production, single barrel offerings, with no other specific information provided. Naturally,…

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Review: Wines of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, 2016 Releases

Four new wines in the KJ stable have recently been released, all in the Vintner’s Reserve line, the second (from the bottom) level in the five tiers that Kendall-Jackson produces. Thoughts on these wines, all reds, follow. 2013 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot Sonoma County – As inoffensive a wine as anyone could hope for, this…

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