Touring Scotch Whisky Distilleries in Speyside, Scotland

The trouble with drinking whisky in Scotland is the regret you experience the moment you get home. No matter how long you spend there and how much you purchase, by the time you get back to the States you wish you’d tasted and brought home more than you did. The vastness of malt whisky options available to…

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Tasting the Wines of Italy’s Lugana Region, 2015 Releases

What, you’re not drinking Lugana wines every night? You can be forgiven if the name doesn’t ring a bell. Lugana is a tiny region in the north of the country, nestled between the better-known areas of Lombardia and the Veneto, snug against the southern shores of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It’s here…

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Review: 1792 Sweet Wheat Bourbon

1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon has long been a well-respected but widely overlooked part of the Buffalo Trace stable, which is understandable since it’s made at its own facility, Barton 1792, quite a ways away from the thriving Buffalo Trace headquarters. But BT is breathing some new life into 1792 with this, the first of what is…

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Review: 2013 Mark West Pinot Noir California

If there’s a store that sells wine in California that does not have Mark West on the shelves, I haven’t been there. But nine bucks for pinot is a deal that’s pretty tough to beat, so it’s easy to see why retailers and consumers alike gravitate to the brand and its iconic, yellow label. The wine…

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Review: 2013 Humble Pie Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

Our final Tony Leonardini wine of three is this humbly named humble cabernet from the humble Central Coast of California. It tastes a lot better than it should at this price point, offering a nose of fresh berries, with the palate taking things into a blackberry jam-and-chocolate arena. Quite sweet at first, it settles down…

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Review: Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon 22 Years Old (2015)

When we first reviewed the entry-level Blade and Bow a few months ago, we noted that a second expression existed with a whopping 22 year old age statement. It wasn’t available to us at the time, but now we’ve obtained samples and can cover it in full. As a refresher, it’s a wholly different bourbon…

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Review: Westland American Oak Single Malt, Sherry Wood, and Peated Whiskey

American single malt whiskeys get a bad rap, and that’s usually for a good reason: Many of them are borderline undrinkable. Seattle-based Westland is trying to change that perception with it offerings, all single malts, and all produced in the style of their Scottish inspirations. Westland makes its whiskeys from five different malts, including a…

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Review: 4 Centre-Loire Wines, 2015 Releases

The Loire Valley is a sprawling wine region in northwest France — and the Centre-Loire (named because it is located in the geographic center of France) is the home to some of its most renowned wines, including the widely beloved Sancerre. Today we’re looking at four Centre-Loire wines, all composed of sauvignon blanc grapes and…

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