Review: Gary Farrell 2021 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Russian River Selection

Summer can only mean it’s time to spend some time with Gary Farrell and its latest Russian River Selection series releases — which include chardonnay and pinot noir from two years prior. 2021 was a heavy drought year for the region, so let’s see how the resulting wines have turned out. 2021 Gary Farrell Chardonnay…

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Review: Selections from the Macbeth Whiskey Collection, Act One

Ah, Macbeth. The Scottish play. The Thane of Glamis. The Murderous King. The… collection of 42 whiskies hand-selected by Livingstone and Elixir Distillers? OK, we’re listening. This way-out-there concept celebrates Macbeth by taking 42 Scotch whiskies and pairing them with 42 characters from the famous play. At the top of the line is the £10,000…

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Review: The Ice Designer

Getting creative with your ice has become a thing of late, whether it’s creating spheres or freezing your initials into them. Want something a little less ostentatious? Check out The Ice Designer, a brass plate with five different patterns that you can melt directly into your cubes. The concept is similar to any press-style sphere…

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Review: John Parrott Barrel Proof Bourbon

There is predictably – or perhaps peculiarly – very little public information available on John Parrott barrel proof bourbon, which is the inaugural release from newcomer SK Spirits. Per their website: “‘This whiskey is a tribute to John Parrott and everything he stood for,’ said Michael Sawyer, SK Spirits CEO and Lead Rectifier.” And who is…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Founder’s 11th Anniversary Blend

Chattanooga Whiskey is out with another Anniversary Blend, the 11th for those counting at home. As with previous years, this whiskey is a combination of house-distilled product and whiskey sourced from MGP in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Here are the specifics from the gang at Chattanooga: Following in the footsteps of last year’s critically acclaimed 10th Anniversary…

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Review: Glen Grant 21 Years Old

Master distiller Dennis Malcolm has been on the job for 60 years at Speyside’s Glen Grant distillery, and to mark the occasion the operation has launched a new permanent expression, the oldest in its lineup. The new 21 year old bottling joins 10, 12, 15, and 18 year old expressions, not to mention various special…

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Review: Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey 15 Years Old

Redbreast 12 Years Old is a classic expression of Irish whiskey at its most traditional and iconic. If you’ve had your fill of the 12, why not step it up a bit and see what the 15 Year Old has to offer? Good news: Redbreast doesn’t mess with a winning formula here. All the essential…

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Review: Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2014 Heavily Peated Islay Single Malt

Port Charlotte’s latest vintage Islay Barley release — made entirely from heavily peated barley grown on the island —  has arrived. It’s our first look at the bottling since the delightful 2012 expression, and as is customary for the release, the aging regimen has taken a few twists and turns. Peated to 40 PPM, its…

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