Review: 2021 Ottella Lugana and Le Creete

Lugana can be found in the north of Italy, and the focus here is far and away on white wines. We’ve covered the wines of Lugana extensively in the past, but this is our first round with Ottella, which also produces olive oil and grappa. Let’s dive in. 2021 Ottella Lugana DOC – 100% turbiana…

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Review: Log Still Distillery Whiskeys – Monk’s Road Small Batch and Rattle & Snap

Log Still Distillery is based in Gethsemane, Kentucky, where it produces a variety of whiskeys and gins. The project was born from the progeny of old-time whiskeymaker JW Dant, whose name is still being used on whiskey today, courtesy of his great-great-grandson Wally Dant, who revived the family’s 1836-established brand just a few years ago.…

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Review: Green River Wheated Bourbon

Following its bourbon debut last fall, Kentucky’s Green River Distillery (formerly O.Z. Tyler) is expanding their portfolio this spring with two new expressions. While a full-proof single barrel bourbon is on the way, Green River fans can snag this new bottle now: Green River Wheated Bourbon. The mashbill is similar to Green River’s inaugural offering…

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Review: Renegade Pre-Cask Single Farm Origin Rums – Lake Antoine and Hope

Mark Reynier is obsessed with terroir. He was an early proponent of the concept, as it applies to whisky, when he owned Bruichladdich. He then built an entire whisky brand around the idea with Waterford Distillery in Ireland, offering almost tedious levels of production detail for each release. Last fall, Mark applied his obsession with…

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Review: Natterjack Irish Whiskey

Hot on the heels of Keeper’s Heart, another Irish and American whiskey mashup has landed on the Drinkhacker review desk: Natterjack, from the unusually-named Gortinore Distilling. Unlike Keeper’s Heart, which blends Irish and American whiskeys, Natterjack is triple-distilled entirely in Ireland but from a very corn-heavy grainbill similar to American bourbons (80% corn and 20%…

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Review: Canaima Gin

Canaïma gin is produced in Venezuela by a surprising maker: the distillers of Ron Diplomático. Made with 19 handpicked botanicals, six of which are native to the Amazonian rain forest (cashew (merey), acai, uva de palma, tupiro, seje, and copoazu), each is said to be individually distilled to make this unique gin. Traditional gin botanicals…

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Review: Stella Rosa Tropical Passion Brandy

You know the wine, now get to know the brandy. The massest of mass market wine brands, Stella Rosa, parachuted into the brandy business late last year, offering a trio of brandies at launch — all flavored and imported from Italy. We received one of the three: Tropical Passion, which is further described on the…

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Review: Heimat Barrel Finished Bosc Pear Liqueur

Ute Londrigan is the founder of Heimat NY, a small-batch fruit liqueur producer based in the quiet suburbs of New York, ideally situated between the bustling city and the lush and diverse fruit farms further north. The launch of Heimat NY in November 2018 seems almost predestined, as Londrigan carries the torch of the craft…

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