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Whiskey Review: Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Stagg Jr.Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Highest Recommendation)Price: $50 (750ml) Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been one of the most aggressive whiskey outfits when it comes to experimenting with and producing new bourbons. Their latest is one that's already generating a great deal of interest: Stagg Jr. A younger version of the highly sought-after George T. Stagg … Read more

Rum Review: Shellback Silver Rum

Shellback Caribbean Silver Rum Bajan Rum Grade: (Average) Price: $16 (750ml) Shellback Caribbean Rum, currently available in silver and spiced varieties, represents another bold move into the spirits world by E.&J. Gallo, the ubiquitous California winemakers. It’s produced in Barbados by the West Indies Rum Distillery, the company that also make the rum that goes into Cockspur and Malibu. … Read more

Wine Wednesday: Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006

Pierre Gimmonet is far from a household name in the Champagne business. But even though they don't get the headlines, they produce some of the best wines in the region. A great example is the Pierre Gimonnet Gastronome Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006. A "Blanc de Blanc" Champagne is a white wine made from white grapes … Read more

Whiskey Review: John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Bourbon

John J. Bowman Single BarrelVirginia Straight Bourbon WhiskeyGrade: (Above Average)Price: $50 (750ml) I've been a resident of the Old Dominion for the past ten years, so I have a particular interest in Virginia spirits. This is especially true when it comes to the products made by A. Smith Bowman, since I lived just a few … Read more

Brandy & Liqueur Reviews: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac and Dry Curaçao

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula CognacBrandy/CognacFinal Grade: B+Price: $45 (750ml) Pierre Ferrand Dry CuraçaoOrange LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $30 (750ml) Cognac Ferrand is one of the hottest companies in the spirits world today. Mixologists, critics and connoisseurs have been following the French distillery with great interest as they introduce one excellent product after another. The force … Read more

Whiskey Review: Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon

Evan Williams 1783 Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: A-Price: $15 (750ml) The Evan Williams family of whiskeys isn't as well known as some others (like Jim Beam, Jack Daniel's, and Maker's Mark), but it should be, as they make some of the best bourbons for the money that you can find. Evan Williams 1783 is … Read more

Whiskey Review: Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Four Roses Single BarrelKentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: APrice: $39 (750ml) The Four Roses distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is one of the most acclaimed in the world. Their bourbons win gold medals regularly at all the major competitions, and their 2012 Limited Edition Single Barrel was recently named by F. Paul Pacult as the 3rd … Read more

Whiskey Review: Red Stag Spiced Bourbon Whiskey

Red Stag Spiced Bourbon WhiskeyFlavored Bourbon WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $18 (750ml) Red Stag Spiced builds on the popular line of flavored whiskeys that Jim Beam began with their original Red Stag product, Black Cherry Bourbon. For this new spirit, the distillers start with their flagship four-year-old bourbon (Jim Beam White label) and infuse it with … Read more

Whiskey Review: High West Double Rye

High West Whiskey Double RyeRye WhiskeyFinal Grade: BPrice: $35 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob MontgomeryI’ve started to become more selective when it comes to rye. The first few ryes I tasted were new and different enough that just being a rye gave them a certain amount of good will. If High West had been the first rye I … Read more

Whiskey Review: Templeton Rye Whiskey

Templeton RyeSmall Batch Rye WhiskeyFinal Grade: APrice: $40 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery At last, I have found my rye.  My desert island Manhattan is now picked out. This is the bottle I would take on a long voyage; into the space capsule; in my suspended animation chamber. Along with companion bottles of Noilly Prat Sweet … Read more