Review: Wines of La Prenda, 2024 Releases

La Prenda Wines was founded in 2008 by Ned and Erika Hill, who named the winery after the street where Ned’s father grew up. They are proud of their Sonoma terroir and make wines that highlight the region’s strengths. Today we are trying their Cabernet Sauvignon, Brut Rose, and Pet-Nat Sparkling Rose but under a…

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Review: Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 13 Years Old 25th Anniversary Edition VVS 2024

Heaven Hill’s first 2024 release of the Old Fitzgerald bottled in bond series has arrived with extra-special vibes attached: This release commemorates the 25th anniversary of Heaven Hill acquiring the historic Bernheim Distillery (DSP-KY-1) in Louisville — and along with it the Old Fitzgerald brand. This isn’t the spring release of Old Fitz — we…

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Review: 2020 Eleven Eleven XI Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District

Napa’s Eleven Eleven Winery is back with a new Cabernet called XI: An “estate melange” of 11:11 and Destin Vineyards fruit: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. While bold and fully loaded with purple fruit — a mix of red and black berry notes — this Bordeaux…

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Review: Nosotros Tequila and Mezcal, Complete Lineup (2024)

We’ve been big fans of Nosotros Tequila since its 2019 launch, when we enjoyed its blanco and its 2020 reposado follow-up. We’ve been sleeping on the brand since, including its anejo and cider barrel releases as well as its entry into mezcal. We correct that oversight today with a fresh look at all 5 products…

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Review: Glen Deveron 16 Years Old – Royal Burgh Collection

Glen Deveron is a duty free standby with a rare, reasonable price tag, and I picked this 16 year old up on the way home from a recent trip to London. It’s a no-frills 16 year old Highlands single malt made at the Macduff distillery in the far northeast of the island, with aging in…

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Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2014, Re/Define 18, and Re/Define 30

Bruichladdich has just launched a new series of whiskies dubbed Luxury Redefined — or Re/Define, per the label. The pair of high age statement whiskies are “taken from landmark moments in the distillery’s recent history, charting its renaissance since 2001.” They also highlight Bruichladdich’s commitment to sustainability, with “an industry-first, fully recyclable bespoke outer wrap”…

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Review: Bivrost Cask Aquavit

Aurora Spirit Distillery in Norway sits above the Arctic Circle and lays claim to being the northermost distillery in the world. The company makes a range of spirits including whiskey, gin, and vodka, but when you’re this close to Santa, what you want to drink is aquavit, the iconic tipple of Scandinavia. Bivrost Cask Aquavit…

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Review: Meikle Toir Whiskies, Complete Lineup

While Islay remains the primary region for peated whisky in Scotland, more and more mainland distilleries are adding smoky offerings to their portfolio. Billy Walker is no stranger to the concept of peated Speyside malts, as his two previous distilleries, Benriach and GlenDronach, both produced the style, albeit sparingly. It’s no surprise then that his…

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