Review: Chicken Cock Double Oak 8 Years Old

Chicken Cock‘s latest — billed as Double Oak on the front label and Double Barrel Aged 8 Years on the reverse — is officially a Kentucky Whiskey, not bourbon or rye. The producer doesn’t do a lot of explaining as to what’s going on here, but some internet research reveals the truth: The first 7…

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Review: Elysian Odd Water and Hazy ’96

Seattle’s Elysian recently dropped two new beers — or rather, one beer and a hop-flavored sparkling water. Let’s try both. Elysian Odd Water – Pretty simple: This is just moderately sparkling water flavored with Citra and Amarillo hops. Much less overtly hoppy than other hop-flavored waters I’ve encountered, this has a refreshing, lightly fruity quality…

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Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B523 (May 2023)

Summer is here, which can only mean that a fresh expression of Larceny Barrel Proof has arrived. Unlike Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B523, there are no big plot twists on Larceny’s latest. As always, it’s a full-strength expression of Heaven Hill’s modern classic wheated bourbon, Larceny. B523 is right on target for the Larceny line,…

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Review: 2020 Daou Soul of a Lion Cabernet Sauvignon Adelaida District

Paso Robles-based Daou has been moving heavily into the mainstream — it’s a mainstay on many a by-the-glass wine list these days — but its Soul of a Lion bottling remains a luxe option that you’ll find only on thick, reserve wine lists. We loved the 2017 bottling of the wine, and now the 2020,…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye Barrel Proof

After making an initial splash into the cask strength rye arena back in 2020, Jack Daniel’s is back making waves with a new ongoing expression – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye. This brand new barrel proof rye marks a permanent extension of Jack Daniel’s increasingly crowded single barrel collection which also contains a…

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Review: Hardin’s Creek The Kentucky Series: Clermont

Beam Suntory’s Hardin’s Creek line of rare whiskeys launched last year to significant fanfare — at least for it’s Jacob’s Well blend of 16 and 15 year old bourbons. Now Beam is back with more Hardin’s Creek — the first of a trilogy in what it calls “The Kentucky Series” — a trio which will…

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Review: Traverse City Finishing Series Whiskeys – Port, Sherry, and Cab Franc Barrel Finish

Michigan’s Traverse City recently dropped a trio of new whiskeys, all made from its own distillate and each finished in a different type of wine cask. The focus on all three is decidedly on the finishing cask: These don’t even indicate the type of whiskey they’re made from on the front of the bottle; you’ll have…

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Review: Nowadays Cannabis Infused Beverage

As the wave of cannabis legalization washes over the United States, new variations of cocktails are emerging at a rapid clip. Here to help fuel the wave of weed-based innovation is Nowadays Cannabis Infused Beverage, a tart, fruit-forward infusion of low-dose or microdose cannabis that lends a refreshingly unusual flavor profile to the mixologists’ toolkit.…

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