Review: Port Ellen 35 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

Our 10th review in the Diageo Special Releases series is this old Port Ellen, a classic, beloved, and regular part of this series. The Islay-based Port Ellen was closed in 1983, which makes this 1978-distilled product (now carefully allocated) unbearably rare. Aged in refill American and European oak, it’s bottled at 35 epic years of…

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Review: Sipp Sparkling Organics

What’s a Sipp? These new “eco beverages” are organic, sweetened with agave nectar, and designed to compete with those bad-for-you artificial sodas. Each 12 oz. bottle has about 100 calories. Four flavors are available. We tasted them all and present our notes for your consideration. Sipp Summer Pear – Flavorings include pear, green tea, and…

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Review: Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

A 12-year-old expression of Lagavulin is a perennial part of the Diageo Special Editions, and sure enough, this is the 13th Lagavulin 12 to be released in the series, again vatted from refill American Oak casks. As usual, it’s a classic expression of Lagavulin, light on its feet (and a gentle yellow in color), radiant with…

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Review: The Singleton of Glendullan 38 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

The Singleton of Glendullan (#8 in this year’s Diageo Special Edition releases) should be familiar to most American drinkers (other Singleton bottlings are targeted at other countries)… but never do we see this whisky at a whopping 38 years of age. This Speyside whisky was distilled in 1975 and was aged fully in European refill…

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Review: American Juice Company Mixers

With their goofy names, one wouldn’t expect the fruit juice mixes from the American Juice Company to be upscale products designed for the back bar. These are all-natural products but, they’re designed to last for the long haul. Shelf-stable, they’re good for six months (before opening) without refrigeration. AJC produces offerings on a rotating, seasonal…

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Review: McMenamins Devils Bit Whiskey

The microdistillers at McMenamins specialize and young and unaged spirits, but once in a while they make more seriously aged stuff, too. Once a year, actually, in the case of Devils Bit, a five-year-old whiskey that is available for one day and one day only each year from a dozen McMenamins properties. That day happens…

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Review: Rosebank 21 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

It’s time for whisky #7 out of 11 in the 2014 Diageo Special Edition releases, this one a 21 year old from Rosebank, a now-defunct distillery in the Lowlands. This whisky was distilled in 1992. Rosebank promptly shuttered in 1993 — which means there’s not much left to go around. One of the more exotic…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Aged Stout 2014 Edition

The 9th annual installment of Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss is here. The recipe for The Abyss doesn’t vary much from year to year. If you aren’t familiar with the formula, here’s what goes into it. (That’s three different types of barrels, into which 28% of the brew is aged… a bit going into each…

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