Review: Clermont Steep American Single Malt

The American Single Malt category is booming. And though the movement was largely spearheaded by craft producers, major distillers — including the bourbon world’s biggest producers — are hopping on the train. Actually, it’s more accurate to say they did so years ago, because that distillate has now come of age. A prime example is…

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Review: 2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir – Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

You’ll find Papapietro Perry in a quaint tasting room in Sonoma’s equally quaint Dry Creek Valley. The focus here has long been on pinot noir, and today we look at two new pinot releases from two different parts of the county. 2020 Papapietro Perry Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – Effusive but not dense, this coastal…

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Review: The Singleton of Glen Ord 40 Years Old

The Singleton brand has finally put the cap on its ultra-rare Epicurean Odyssey Series, which launched with a 38 year old expression from Glen Ord, was followed up by a 39 year old, and now ends the story with its natural conclusion: The Singleton of Glen Ord 40 Years Old. Each of the three whiskies…

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Review: Fever-Tree Margarita and Bloody Mary Mixers

Fever-Tree is famous for its carbonated mixers, and now it’s turning its attention to an obvious counterpart: cocktail mixers in the form of margarita (two types) and Bloody Mary mixes. The trio are available in 750ml bottles and, like most Fever Tree products, are made from high-grade ingredients. All prices below are for 750ml bottles.…

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Building the Ultimate Spirits Getaway: A Visit to Bhakta-Griswold in Vermont

Since 2020, Raj Bhakta’s eponymous second act in spirits has built a reputation as one of the most interesting companies in alcohol. First came Bhakta’s vintage blended Armagnac, which carried a 50 year age statement and included liquid dating back to 1868. Next up were single vintages, more brandies (including calvados), a finished bourbon, and…

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Review: Agavales Tequila Blanco

I will be honest with this one: This was the cheapest 100% agave blanco tequila that I could find that was available in a liter format (which I needed for another project for Wired). The tequila is certainly harmless, with expressive lemon notes on the nose, followed by gentle, herbal agave and a few white…

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Review: Blackened Whiskey Cask Strength Volume 01

Blackened, the sonically enhanced whiskey brand from heavy-metal band Metallica, has been busy since we last checked in on them back in 2018. A rye, dubbed Rye the Lightning, joined the standard offering, a bourbon and rye blend, last summer. Before that, the portfolio expanded with the “Masters of Whiskey” limited edition series showcasing collaborations…

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Review: Austrian Sparkling Wines, 2023 Releases

Pet nat gruner and fizzy moscato from Austria? Wake up, Sally! This is happening. You probably won’t see either of these wines on the list at your favorite haunt any time soon, but if you’d like to consider the potential of Austrian sparklers, these two wines are a great place to start. 2021 Hager Matthias…

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