Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2023

Diageo’s six Distillers Edition single malt Scotch whiskies are back. We last reviewed this annually released collection in 2021, and if you’re experiencing deja vu, don’t be alarmed. These whiskies do not change every year save for the time of production: The ages and bottling proofs don’t change, and the use of special finishing casks…

Read More about Review: Diageo Scotch Whisky Distillers Editions 2023

Review: Buchanan’s Pineapple

Just when you think you’ve seen everything along come something new: Pineapple flavored Scotch courtesy of Buchanan’s. Officially billed as a “spirit drink” — Scotch cannot legally be flavored — it is a product “crafted with Scotch whisky, pineapple, citrus, and other natural flavors.” While I would suggest this is exclusively a mixer for oddball…

Read More about Review: Buchanan’s Pineapple

Review: Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc – 2019 Windy Ridge and 2021 Estate

Chalk Hill‘s summer 2023 sauvignon blanc wines have arrived, and we received a pair of them for review. Thoughts follow. 2019 Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc Windy Ridge – Boldly tropical, one could easily mistake this for a high-end New Zealand sauvignon blanc, brisk with pineapple, lemon/lime, and a gentle mineral quality. Sweeter perhaps than it…

Read More about Review: Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc – 2019 Windy Ridge and 2021 Estate

Review: Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea New York Edition Bourbon

Jefferson’s is famous for taking various whiskeys — all sourced, no age statements — and putting them on a big boat for a trip around the world. The whiskey sloshes around in the barrel for months (and in the heat of the tropics) before returning back to the U.S. for bottling. Dozens of “voyages” have…

Read More about Review: Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea New York Edition Bourbon

Review: Milam & Greene Very Small Batch Bourbon Batch 1

Milam & Greene Whiskey‘s Very Small Batch Bourbon isn’t even close to the smallest batch release its ever made, but this initial release of 75 barrels — for a new permanent edition release — is nonetheless a pretty tiny one as whiskey releases go. The whiskey marks a handful of milestones for the Texas-based operation.…

Read More about Review: Milam & Greene Very Small Batch Bourbon Batch 1

Review: Soto Sake Junmai, Junmai Daiginjo, and Yamagata Masamune Omachi Kimoto

The Soto brand may be run from its headquarters in Florida but their sake is genuine, made using all natural ingredients and traditional practices in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. All three of the sakes we are trying today are junmai, which means “pure rice” and requires that the sake be made exclusively with rice, water, yeast,…

Read More about Review: Soto Sake Junmai, Junmai Daiginjo, and Yamagata Masamune Omachi Kimoto

Review: Rock Town Bourbons – Small Batch, Toasted French Oak, and Cask Strength

  Rock Town Distillery is not new to bourbon; the distillery started in 2010 in Little Rock, Arkansas and produces bourbon, as well as vodka and liqueurs. But then recently, the founder took a trip to Kentucky. The story goes like this: In March of 2020, Rock Town’s Founder and Head Distiller Phil Brandon embarked…

Read More about Review: Rock Town Bourbons – Small Batch, Toasted French Oak, and Cask Strength

Review: Omage American Brandy – VS, VSOP, and XO

Inspired by Cognac, made in America, Omage is the brainchild of Julious Grant, a 30-year wine and spirits industry veteran with brandy in his blood. Omage is made from California-grown grapes (the varieties aren’t specified) with methods similar to those used in Cognac, all intended to mimic the king of all brandies. That said, it’s…

Read More about Review: Omage American Brandy – VS, VSOP, and XO