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  • Balvenie The Week of Peat – 14 YearBalvenie The Week of Peat – 14 Year
    March 16, 2021
    48.3% ABV – 96.6 ProofSuggested Retail Price: $100Distiller Rating: 90Drinkhacker Rating: A- Mark Garbin’s Review: Now we come to the most startling moment of our story, the 14-year Peat Week. Confession: This became my gateway bottle to the world of smoky whisky. When I drank it long ago, the dram’s earthy, heather fragrance surprised

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  • Balvenie Portwood – 21-YearBalvenie Portwood – 21-Year
    March 16, 2021
    40% ABV – 80 ProofSuggested Retail Price: $250+Distiller Rating: 93Whiskey Reviewer Rating: A Mark Garbin’s Review: Balvenie’s core product range ends with the 21-year Portwood. It carries over the same iconic aroma adding port’s sugared tinge derived from barrels that stored the rich wine for over three decades. The silky yet

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  • Balvenie Caribbean Cask – 14 YearBalvenie Caribbean Cask – 14 Year
    March 16, 2021
    43% ABV – 86 ProofSuggested Retail Price: $60+Distiller Rating: 89Whiskey Reviewer Rating: B+ Mark Garbin’s Review: The Caribbean Cask, aged fourteen years, takes the Twelve’s scent but infuses tropical fruits into the nose. On the palate, the rum casks produce a sugar cane island extract that morphs into an easy Speyside

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  • Balvenie Doublewood – 12 YearBalvenie Doublewood – 12 Year
    March 16, 2021
    40% ABVSuggested Retail Price: $55+Distiller Rating: 87Whiskey Reviewer Rating: B Mark Garbin’s Review: The Balvenie 12-year’s malty, cereal, toasty essence led to a smoothness that showed a sweet side with a wisp of vapor and slight, smoky wood. A lingering finish ensured no central theme rose to the fore. It’s the model, balanced

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  • Perfect Pairings IV – Balvenie
    March 16, 2021
    Epiphany – an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosureMerriam-Webster’s Dictionary What were you doing in 2015 on the first Thursday in December? In an age of isolation, can we even recall times when we enjoyed whisky in joyous company?  Years ago, that frosty night forever etched itself in my mind.  The site: New

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  • Craigellachie 17 – War for Your TastebudsCraigellachie 17 – War for Your Tastebuds
    March 16, 2021
    46% ABVDistiller Rating: 92Suggested Retail Price:  $150+ Mark Garbin’s Review: Wow! Did whisky aromas ever jump out at you straight from the glass as you wait the customary twenty pre-nosing seconds? Well, this one did in a contest for dominance between honey, malt, alcohol, cream and dirt. Yes, those scents attacked from a Glencairn with

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  • Craigellachie 13 – The Bad Boy of Single MaltsCraigellachie 13 – The Bad Boy of Single Malts
    March 16, 2021
    46% ABV – 92 ProofUSC Rating: 93Distiller Rating: 88Suggested Retail Price: $70 Mark Garbin’s Review: They call Craigellachie 13 the “bad boy” of single malts; a moniker well deserved. Its old-fashioned distillation method requires cooling in copper coils called a worm tub (Click here). The result highlights every flavor and

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  • LISTEN_Listen: Kevin Sun Talks Luxury Cigar Club Cigar University Binder 101
    February 12, 2021
    On this week’s episode, Kevin Sun joined the guys at The Straight Cut on an educational journey, exploring how different binders contribute to the tasting note in a cigar. Created by Luxury Cigar Club in collaboration with Valacari Cigar Company, this first installation in the Cigar University Series will help cigar smokers understand the (often

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