Review: Forbidden Bourbon

Forbidden bourbon is the bold and elegant next chapter in the storied career of Kentucky’s first titled female Master Distiller since prohibition, Marianne Eaves. Eaves, who has previously served as Master Taster for Brown-Forman, Master Blender for Sweetens Cove, as well as the inaugural Master Distiller at Castle & Key, enters her new role unfettered…

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Book Review: Champagne Magnum Opus

Weighing in at a hefty 7 lbs. and 446 pages is Richard Juhlin’s… well, magnum opus… Champagne Magnum Opus, which will not only exercise your forearms and biceps in a healthy resistance training exercise but also your mind as you skim through one of the most expansive books ever written on the subject. Now in…

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Review: Buckner’s Bourbon 13 Years Old

Is Augusta Distillery’s Buckner’s 13 year old bourbon the best in the world? After being crowned “the world’s best bourbon” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition the hype around this whiskey has certainly caught the attention of discerning bourbon fans. That win comes on the heels of Augusta Distillery’s 15 year old Buckner’s being…

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Review: 2022 Roses for Summer – Marietta Old Vine Rose and E. Guigal Cotes Du Rhone Rose

Summer is upon us, and it’s been a hot one so far. Time to pour the rosé and chill. Today we are tasting two wines that both feature Syrah and Grenache, but from different locations, one from California and the other from France. Let’s pull up a lawn chair, open them up, and give them…

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Review: Patron Ahumado Tequila – Silver and Reposado

Patron continues to experiment with smoke in its tequila lineup, the latest being this pair of releases called Patron Ahumado. Made from agave piñas that are roasted with mesquite charcoal for seven days in underground stone pits, then crushed with a stone tahona wheel, the tequilas are primarily a departure from tequila’s traditional oven cooking.…

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Review: Diora 2022 Rose and 2019 Pinot Noir

Monterey-based Diora Wines focuses on pinot noir and chardonnay, but today we’re looking at two pinot expressions — a standard red and a rose made from pinot noir grapes. Both are designed with summer sipping and affordability in mind. Let’s dive in. 2022 Diora La Belle Fete Rose of Pinot Noir Monterey – Bright strawberry…

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Review: Royal Salute 21 Years Old The Signature Blend

Did you know: Royal Salute is the only whisky brand whose core lineup starts at 21 years of age and gets older from there? The Signature Blend, reviewed here, was originally created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 and it remains the same today, still carrying its 21 year old age statement. The blender (part…

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Review: Desert Door Lady of Spain Texas Sotol

  Sotol may sound like a one-off experience, but Texas-based Desert Door sure does a lot with it, cranking out special editions of this unique, American twist on tequila. Lady of Spain is Desert Door’s second release in its Explorer Series for 2023, and is actually a relaunch of a previous expression which was aged…

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