Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection – Wheated Bourbon Entry Proof Experiments

Buffalo Trace, no stranger to experimentation, recently released this intriguing series of bourbons as part of its Experimental Collection. The idea: Vary entry proof from very low (90) to fairly high (125), and keep the barrels otherwise exactly the same. Entry proof, for those not familiar with the lingo, is the term that describes the…

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Review: 2012 Battistina Gavi DOCG

A nice end-of season white wine from Italy, 2012 Battistina Gavi DOCG is made from 100% estate Cortese grapes in Piedmont. A well-balanced white, loaded with floral elements and stone fruit, namely peaches and a touch of apricot. There’s a little pineapple on the finish, too. Modest acidity on a medium body, it all comes together as…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXV 25th Birthday Reserve

We haven’t encountered Deschutes’ Black Butte since its XXI release in 2009. It’s time for a fresh look at this annual, limited-edition aged porter from one of Oregon’s premiere breweries. This experimental release is a bit different every year. For 2013 it’s brewed with dates, figs, and cocoa nibs, and half is aged in bourbon…

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Review: Los Amantes Mezcal Joven

Los Amantes, “the lovers,” is a Oaxacan mezcal made via traditional methods, using an underground pit to smoke 100% Tobala and Espadin agave pinas for three days, then triple distilling the juice pressed from them. This Joven mezcal has a faint color. Although joven mezcals can be lightly aged for up to 2 months in…

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Review: A. Smith Bowman Virginia Bourbons – Bowman Brothers Small Batch and John J. Bowman Single Barrel

Yes Virginia, they do make whiskey in, uh, Virginia. A. Smith Bowman is a boutique bottling now owned by Buffalo Trace parent company Sazerac. It was previously sold with very limited regional availability, but now this unique whiskey, made in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is getting broader distribution that currently totals 17 states (sorry Mississippi!). We were…

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Review: Mama Walker’s “Breakfast” Liqueurs

Breakfast at the real Mama Walker’s house (presuming there is one), must have been quite an affair. Donuts, blueberry pancakes, bacon… all that’s missing is the scrambled eggs and OJ. Presumably a scrambled egg liqueur is forthcoming from this brand, which exists exclusively to sell these “breakfast” themed liqueurs. At 70 proof, I’m not sure…

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Review: 2010 Charter Oak Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard

This winery specializes in Zinfandel, including some single vineyard bottlings like this one from the Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma. The wine is a dense and heady (15.0% abv) Zin, loaded with fresh plums, blackberries, and menthol on the nose. The palate is similar, with a touch of liquified milk chocolate, some cedar notes, and…

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Review: 2011 HandCraft Cabernet Sauvignon California

Cheryl Indelicato is the curernt queen of the long-running Indelicato empire, best known for its Delicato wine brand — one which was recently retired and relaunched as Domino. Among a dozen or so wines the family produces is this new bottling, HandCraft, another value project with Indelicato’s personal stamp all over it. A range of…

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