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New Zealand Whisky Co. Oamaruvian Review

The Oamaruvian

By Richard Thomas Rating: B+ New Zealand Whisky Company is unique among independent bottlers because it exists in a country with no active distilleries, and their stock in trade is whisky made by a single distillery, Willowbank, that was shuttered in 1997. The Oamaruvian story starts with Dunedin DoubleWood, which in turn began with 200 ex-Bourbon barrels of grain whisky. ...

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Beam Brings Out Basil Hayden Dark Rye

Beam Suntory has introduced Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye, the first-ever permanent addition to the Basil Hayden’s portfolio. Much like Basil Hayden’s flagship bourbon, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye is designed to stand out in the ever-expanding crowd of American whiskies. Uniting the duo of Kentucky straight rye whiskey and Canadian rye with a splash of California port, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye ...

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Highland Park Magnus Scotch Review

Highland Park Magnus

By Richard Thomas Rating: B Magnus is brand new expression from Highland Park and part of a larger repackaging and shake-up of the esteemed Orkney distillery’s product line. The name is not a reference to the Latin word magnus, meaning “great,” but instead is a homage to the distillery’s late 18th Century founder Magnus Eunson. The new expression is now ...

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Lost Distillery Company Gerston Scotch Review

The Lost Distillery Company Gerston

By Father John Rayls Rating: B The Gerston Distillery had two distinct lives. The first lasted over 80 years, from 1796 to 1882, as a farm distiller operation that was known for its flavor and quality and achieved some worldwide recognition, despite its necessarily small scale. The second life only lasted about two decades from 1886 to perhaps as late ...

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