New Expert Spirit Reviews - June 7, 2023

Check out the latest spirits reviewed by our Tasting Table experts! Photo Credit: Hendrick's Gin
Jun 07, 2023
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    Hendrick's Flora Adora is a limited edition gin crafted by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie at the Hendrick's Gin Palace in southwest Scotland. She was inspired by garden flowers which are more enticing than others to pollinators like bees, birds, and butterflies. Availability begins March 2023. (SRP $39.99)
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    Following previous limited edition cask strength batches, Blackened has released Volume 1 for nationwide release as well as selected provinces in Canada. The Cask Strength bottling features the same blend of straight rye and bourbon whiskeys which are married and finished in "sonically-enhanced" brandy barrels. Volume 1 is bottled without chill-filtration at 61.4% ABV (122.85 proof). Availability begins May 2023 with more volumes to follow. (SRP 69.99)
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    The Innkeeper's Blend is the second small batch bourbon release in the brand's Icon Series and pays homage to the family of Master Blender Dixon Dedman and their 100 years in the hospitality industry. 2XO stands for Two Times Oak and refers to Dixon's blending process which involves secondary aging in char #3 and #4 barrels. The whiskey is a blend of Kentucky straight bourbons with two different mash bills, one a low rye (16-18%) and the other a high rye (36%)(SRP $100)
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    Appleton Estate Legend is based on an original formula of the legendary golden rum that was the inspiration for the creation of a classic Tiki cocktail — the Mai Tai. When Victor 'Trader Vic' Bergeron first created the Mai Tai in 1944 at his bar in Oakland, California, he originally used J. Wray & Nephew 17 Year Rum. For this Legend rum bottling, Appleton Estate Master Blender Joy Spence referenced original manuscripts and formulas for this recreation. She used four very rare distillates aged a minimum of 17 years in Jamaica's tropical climate for this blend. Only 1,500 bottles are available for this one-time only limited release. Availability begins in June 2023 at select retailers in the US, Jamaica, the UK, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong. (SRP $500)
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    Rebel 100 Straight Rye is a 50% ABV straight rye whiskey with a mash bill of 51% rye, 45% corn and 4% malted barley. It is available across the United States as of March 2023 with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 750ml bottle.