Review: Wines of Orsianna, 2015 Releases

Orsianna is made by the family of Fred Tocchini, who operates the San Francisco Wine Trading Company. (We reviewed their single-barrel bottling of Four Roses a few months back.) Now we’re taking a peak into what Tocchini and co. can do with wine, including some fresh whites and some lightly aged reds. 2013 Orsianna Sauvignon…

Read More about Review: Wines of Orsianna, 2015 Releases

Tasting Lost Spirits Distillery Whiskey Experiments

Lost Spirits — the company that’s knee deep in ultra-accelerated spirits aging technology — has largely devoted its early experiments to one liquor category: Rum. Why rum? It’s easier to age, with simpler ingredients and a more straightforward line from white spirit to old brown stuff. Whiskey is a bit of a holy grail for…

Read More about Tasting Lost Spirits Distillery Whiskey Experiments

Review: Ledaig 18 Years Old

Ledaig — pronounced, seemingly impossibly, as “letch-igg” — is produced at Tobermory, the only distillery on the Isle of Mull, which is a bit north of Islay on the western Scottish coast. Ledaig has a lot in common with Islay, namely the use of peated malt, but it cuts a much different figure than your…

Read More about Review: Ledaig 18 Years Old

Book Review: Beer: The Ultimate World Tour

This coffee table book takes you on a worldwide adventure of beer drinking, from Ireland to Germany to Japan to the U.S., author Bill Yenne aims to give us the lowdown about what it’s like to make beer and drink beer in various nations around the globe. That’s really it. The prose is straightforward and…

Read More about Book Review: Beer: The Ultimate World Tour

Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish 10 Years Old

The venerable house of Johnnie Walker is always good for something different once in a while. This year we see the launch of the new Select Casks limited release series which will run for the next few years and showcase different woods used as finishing barrels. First out of the gate is Rye Cask Finish.…

Read More about Review: Johnnie Walker Select Casks – Rye Cask Finish 10 Years Old

Book Review: Experimental Homebrewing

Burnt out on brewing pilsners, lagers, and IPAs? Check out Drew Beechum and Denny Conn’s book Experimental Homebrewing, an oversized tome that uses as its apparent thesis that anything in your kitchen can be used to make beer. Cilantro? Mushrooms? Peanut butter? You’ll need to get up earlier in the morning than that to stump this duo.…

Read More about Book Review: Experimental Homebrewing

Review: Speyburn Arranta Casks

One of the biggest bargains in single malts is out with a new, limited edition, U.S.-only release: Speyburn Arranta Casks. This is a no-age-statement single malt that is aged entirely in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. I don’t know what kind of barrels standard Speyburn 10 uses for aging, but presumably some refill casks are in the…

Read More about Review: Speyburn Arranta Casks

Review: 2012 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia

Tormaresca is part of the Antinori empire and is based in Puglia, “the heel” of Italy. We don’t get a lot of Puglian wines here, and we certainly don’t get many blends that include negroamaro, a dark red grape native to this area. Neprica gets its name from the three grapes in this blend — 40% negroamaro,…

Read More about Review: 2012 Tormaresca Neprica Puglia