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2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

2016 Old Forester Birthday Bourbon Review

Another year, another Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. Each September, to honor founder George Garvin Brown’s birthday, Old Forester releases a limited-edition, 12-year old vintage-dated expression. It’s always a fun exercise to taste the new whiskey and compare notes with previous years. But mostly to taste it. So that’s exactly what…read more →

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Leopold Bros. Navy Strength Gin Review

Colorado-based Leopold Bros. distillery is something of a trailblazer in the world of gin. Their American small batch gin, originally released in 2001, was at the leading edge of the “American gin” movement, eschewing the juniper-forward style of London dry gins in favor of a more subtle, herbal character that’s…read more →

Gem & Bolt Mezcal Review

Gem & Bolt Mezcal Review

Gem & Bolt’s unique packaging is no accident. The female co-founders of this new mezcal brand are artists, and they’ve clearly left their mark on the bottle—and more. Gem & Bolt claims to be the first available mezcal made with damiana, a Mexican herb renowned for its healing properties and…read more →

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

Revivalist Botanical Gin Review: a Gin for All Seasons

The closest we’ll ever get to having a calendar made purely of gin may just be the Revivalist Botanical series, a new portfolio of gins from Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Branch Distillers that draws inspiration from the four seasons. But rather than rolling them out seasonally, each Revivalist gin will be available…read more →

Kimo Sabe Joven Mezcal Review

Kimo Sabe Joven Mezcal Review

Kimo Sabe Mezcal is a relatively new entrant to the market, first appearing in 2015 and then gaining some recognition this year for winning a gold medal and “Best of Class International Specialty Spirit” from the American Distilling Institute. The brand is currently producing three expressions–joven, reposado and anejo–each from…read more →

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak Review

Jim Beam Double Oak is a new release that, as the name implies, is aged twice. Four year old Jim Beam bourbon is taken out of its charred American white oak barrel, the standard wood for maturing bourbons, and then moved to another charred oak barrel for an undisclosed amount…read more →

William Wolf Coffee Whiskey Review

William Wolf Coffee Whiskey Review

Coffee and whiskey are both liquids with a knack for making life a little more tolerable. So it seems only natural that they’d join forces at one point. Whether in your glass as separate entities, or as a bottled alliance. In this case, as William Wolf Coffee Whisky. William Wolf…read more →

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka Review

Blue Lake Vodka comes from Humboldt Craft Spirits in California. The independently-owned craft distillery produces and bottles everything on site. In this case, everything consists of that vodka, plus a rye whiskey that’s currently resting in barrels and a gin that’s in development. So they’re not just a one trick…read more →

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky Review

Lagavulin turns 200 this year—but it’s never been younger, thanks to the release of Lagavulin 8 Year Old. This whisky stands out from its elder brothers not just in age statement, but also in price and color. Lagavulin 8 is a delicate light gold that almost appears clear from certain…read more →

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

Canadian Club 100% Rye Whisky Review

Canadian whisky is often colloquially referred to as “rye.” And though historically the grain makeups included rye and flavors included some corresponding spice, those rye percentages were never very high. In fact, they were typically much lower than their American counterparts. And these days, with plenty of American bottles sporting…read more →

Good Diplomacy: a Tasting of Six Diplomatico Rums

Good Diplomacy: a Tasting of Six Diplomatico Rums

I may not know much about diplomacy, but I did recently have the chance to learn more about Ron Diplomático during a tasting dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar in Boston’s South End. I’d not previously had the chance to taste the Venezuelan rum, but I’d always admired the portrait of…read more →

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon Review

Knob Creek 2001 Limited Edition Bourbon Review

2001 marks the year that Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe passed the Knob Creek torch to his son, Fred. So this limited edition Knob Creek was started by the father, finished by the son, and aged for 14 years, which is five years longer than the standard Knob Creek. Knob…read more →