Review: Elijah Craig Single Barrel Bourbon 18 Years Old

Elijah Craig 18 Years Old was originally released in 1994 — but you probably haven’t noticed it on the shelves for the last three years, as the expression has been on “hiatus” due to a lack of available 18 year old bourbon barrels. Now EC18 is finally back, and for my money, this is Elijah…

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Review: 2014 Carne Humana Napa Valley White Wine

Carne Humana, literally “human flesh,” is the name of a Napa Valley ranch turned vineyard, which now specializes in field blend bottlings. This white wine is a hodgepodge of stuff, but it’s predominantly sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and semillon. The nose is marshmallow-like, with citrus and baked apple overtones. On the palate, gentle sweetness is complemented…

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Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition 2015

This year’s limited edition Cairdeas bottling from Laphroaig commemorates the distillery’s 200th anniversary. This year, the distillery eschews avant garde wood finishes and goes with a decidedly traditional approach: “The 2015 is produced from our finest malting floor’s malt, distilled using only the smaller stills, and fully matured in our famous No. 1 warehouse, right…

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Review: 2013 Trapiche Broquel Malbec Mendoza

Trapiche’s Broquel bottling is a widely available malbec and a solid introduction to the style if you’re unfamiliar. Here a nose of dark fruits and modest balsamic notes leads into a rather dense body (though not overly so for Argentine malbec) loaded with notes of grilled plums, red pepper, coffee, and dark chocolate. Lightly bitter…

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Review: Compass Box Flaming Heart 2015 and This Is Not a Luxury Whisky

Compass Box is probably the most exciting whisky blender in Scotland right now, and these two new limited releases, if nothing else, show just how avant garde the company can be. Let’s take a dip into the blending pool, shall we? Compass Box Flaming Heart 2015 Limited Edition – Flaming Heart is a semi-regular blend,…

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Review: 2013 Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

Solid effort here from this Sonoma producer, with a layered wine that offers notes of currants, raspberry, and Christmas spices up front. A bitter edge winds through some distinct vanilla notes before settling down for a somewhat racy, almost peppery character on the finish — a nice counterpart to the denser, almost macerated fruit notes up…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila 2015 Edition – The Rolling Stones Tour Pick

Here’s a curious crossover. This year’s release of the acclaimed Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Extra Anejo tequila is coming with a familiar pair of lips: The Rolling Stone’s logo. Bottled to commemorate the band’s 1972 “Tequila Sunrise” tour, this tequila is designed to “celebrate the pivotal role Jose Cuervo played in fueling The…

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Review: 2011 Quinta do Vesuvio Pombal do Vesuvio Douro

Portugal’s dry red wines come in a distant third place when ranking the wine varieties the country is known for, and even at Quinta do Vesuvio, it’s better known for Port than it is for table wines. It’s easy to overlook the standard reds of the Douro region, but this blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, and Tinta…

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