Review: 2018 Bodegas Valdemar Conde Valdemar Crianza

With Father’s Day right around the bend, some fatherly types might indulge in a nice snifter of bourbon from Kentucky, a dram of from Islay, or just a plain old beer from the craft brewery or gas station around the corner. However, if you’re looking for something for the dad who likes a bit of…

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Fire Up the BBQ, It’s Whiskey Time! Flaviar’s Grilled & Distilled Summer Box Pairs Barbecue and Whiskey

Flaviar has partnered with award-winning American pitmaster, chef, and restaurateur George “Tuffy” Stone to launch its exclusive Grilled & Distilled Summer Box. Known as “The Professor,” Stone is a five-time world barbecue champion who owns the Virginia-based restaurant chain Q Barbeque. This ultimate BBQ & Whiskey tasting set includes a whoppping 10 whiskey samples and…

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Review: 2XO The Innkeeper’s Blend

Following up on a critically-acclaimed debut, Dixon Dedman is back with the second release from his new brand 2XO, and this one is called The Innkeeper’s Blend. It’s a fitting name because Dedman himself is the former operator of the oldest continuously family-operated inn in the United States, the Beaumont Inn in Kentucky. He began…

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Review: Lost Lantern Single Distillery Series Spring 2023 Releases

Lost Lantern has quickly built a reputation as an American independent bottler not afraid to take big swings and put bold flavors front and center. The Vermont-based founding team has thus far released an American vatted malt and dozens of single cask expressions. One of their new and ongoing initiatives is the single distillery series.…

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Review: 2019 San Pedro 1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenere

To think of Chilean red wine is to think of Carménère, one of the country’s most popular, if not the preeminent grape used in the nation’s winemaking enterprise. Originally indigenous to Bordeaux, the varietal has thrived internationally since the late 19th century and is used with little frequency in its country of origin. Thankfully, Chile…

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Review: Tamdhu 12 and 15 Years Old

Following a brief closure from 2010 to 2013, Tamdhu has been working its way back into the Scotch scene, offering a variety of Speyside single malts often crafted with a heavy sherry influence. We covered Tamdhu 10 Years Old way back in 2014 (and various special editions since) and are now moving up the permanent…

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Review: Santo Tequila Blanco, Reposado, and 110 Blanco

Santo was launched by rocker Sammy Hagar and foody Guy Fieri in 2019 as a blend of tequila and mezcal. While the celebrity backing may raise eyebrows, it’s been a success, and the brand has since extended into various straight tequila expressions. These tequilas  hail from El Viejito Distillery and is made with no additives…

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Book Review: Backcountry Cocktails: Civilized Drinks for Wild Places

I am generally not one for an adventurous life in the great outdoors. When discussing the splendid pursuits of natural environments with someone evangelical about its numerous benefits, I often reach for Frank Zappa’s quote: “Outdoors for me is walking from the car to the ticket desk at the airport.” Folks will either sail right…

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