Review: Grander Panama Rum 8 Years Old

Grander (awkward name, admittedly) is a new brand column-distilled in Panama and bottled at 8 years old. Quite light in color, it may initially trick you into thinking this is an undercooked rum. Not so. The nose is quite peppery, offering ample vanilla but backed up by lots of spice — both baking spices and…

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Review: Available 2013 Red Blend and 2014 Pinot Grigio

Napa-based Taken Wine Co. imports these wines from Italy — and I have to say, “Available” is one of the worst brand names I’ve come across for any wine, much less an import. These two wines both hail from Puglia, “the heel” of Italy. Thoughts follow. 2014 Available Pinot Grigio Puglia IGT – Somewhat bland for…

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Review: Benromach 10 Years Old

We’ve written a lot about the limited edition expressions of Speyside’s Benromach, but the expression you’re most likely to encounter is this entry level bottling, which is fairly easy to find. Benromach is part of the Gordon & MacPhail empire, a very small operation in the north of Speyside that is unique for using a…

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Review of Soave: 2013 Fattori and 2014 Rocca Sveva

Putting the unavoidable Santa Margarita aside, arguably the most popular white wine in Italy is Soave, which is produced near the city of Verona in the Veneto region. 70 percent of any Soave wine must be vinified from the Garganega grape. The remainder may be Verdicchio (aka Trebbiano di Soave), and a rare few other local varieties.…

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Review: Blood Oath Bourbon Whiskey Pact No. 1 2015

There is a lot of flowery script on the label of the new Blood Oath Bourbon, but there is precious little information therein. What do we know about this new bottling? It is sourced bourbon — and not only is the distillery unstated, the state in which it is produced is unstated. (The whiskey is…

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Review: Patron Citronge Mango Liqueur

Patron’s third installment in the Citronge lineup turns to our friend the mango for its core flavor component after Orange and Lime. Is Patron getting too out-there? Too cute? Turns out mango works pretty well in a sweet liqueur, and it gives a margarita an interesting spin vs. orange-standard triple sec. The nose is heavy…

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Review: Plantation Rum Lineup (2015) – 3 Stars White, Original Dark, Barbados 5 Years Old, Extra Old 20th Anniversary, Old Reserve 2001, and Pineapple

Plantation Rum is actually part of the French company Cognac Ferrand, and it produces over a dozen rums that are sourced from plantations all over the Caribbean and beyond. Some of these rums we’ve reviewed before, but today we’re taking a deep dive into six of the company’s offerings, including its first foray into a…

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Review: Paul Masson Grande Amber VS Brandy

Don’t be fooled: The VS in Paul Masson’s Grande Amber VS doesn’t stand for very superior or very special, as it does in France. It stands for very smooth, as noted in tiny type underneath. Yes, Paul Masson has come a long way since Orson Welles’ day, but it’s still an avowed budget brand. Brandy like this remains its…

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