Review: Cragganmore 25 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

Onward to the 6th whisky in the 2014 Diageo Special Edition releases, a 25 year old from Cragganmore, a Speyside distillery best known for its younger single malts. This 25 year old was distilled in 1988 and aged in a mix of refill European and American Oak casks. Quite malty on the nose, the Cragganmore 25…

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Review: Counting Sheep Coffee

Once you reach a certain age, the idea of drinking coffee after dinner starts to sound insane. And yet it still sounds appealing to kick back with a cup of Java after a delightful meal while you share the molten lava cake. Enter Counting Sheep, a novelty coffee producer that actually wants that late night…

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Review: Strathmill 25 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

#5 of 11 in the 2014 Diageo Special Releases is this rarity from Strathmill, located in Speyside. Strathmill is predominantly used in blended whisky, making this old expression exceedingly rare. The whisky has spent 25 years in ex-Bourbon barrels and is bottled at cask strength. This is classic, beautiful Speyside at the perfect age. Liquid…

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Review: Alaskan Brewing Company Big Mountain Pale Ale

Do you like fruit? Do you like pale ales? Have I got a brew for you: Alaskan’s new spring seasonal, Big Mountain Pale Ale. Alaskan explains: Big Mountain is a flavor departure for us, with a very new combination of hops that we have never used in our bottled beers before,” said David Wilson, Alaskan’s…

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Review: Caol Ila 30 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

Yesterday we experienced Caol Ila’s unpeated expression; today it’s the full monty, and bottled at a full 30 years of age — the oldest Caol Ila ever released by the distillery itself. #4 in the 2014 Diageo Special Releases is a peat bomb straight outta Islay, distilled in 1983. After 20 years or so, peated whiskies…

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Review: Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel and Chardonnay, 2015 Releases

Napa’s Frank Family has two of its flagship wines ready for their 2015 debut. Thoughts on the winery’s Chardonnay and Zinfandel follow. 2013 Frank Family Vineyards Chardonnay Carneros – Same aging regimen on this Carneros bottling — barrel fermented in 34% new, 33% once, and 33% twice-filled French oak barrels for 9 months. Moderately tropical on the nose,…

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Review: Caol Ila Unpeated 15 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

Caol Ila is an active Islay distillery, and any Scotch nut knows that means peat and lots of it. But once each year Caol Ila makes unpeated whisky, just for kicks. This is one of those releases, a 15 year old “Highland style” spirit distilled in 1998. This expression, #3 of 11 in the 2014 Diageo…

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Review: Brora 35 Years Old Limited Edition 2014

Whisky #2 of 11 for Diageo’s 2014 special releases is a familiar one: Brora 35 Years Old, which is being issued for the third time in three years. Distilled in 1978, this is a classic expression from a long-shuttered distillery. (Shuttered in 1983, there can’t be much Brora left out there.) The nose is a…

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