New Expert Spirit Reviews - November 1, 2023 - Lux Row Double Single Barrel, Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon, Chivas Regal XV and more!

Check out the latest spirits reviewed by our Tasting Table experts! Photo Credit: Lux Row Distillers
Nov 01, 2023
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    This limited edition Kentucky straight bourbon offering from Lux Row Distillers is made by blending a single barrel of the brand's wheated bourbon together with a single barrel of its ryed bourbon. Also, each of the bourbons were aged at least 4 years. Together the bourbon bottling becomes a four-grain bourbon by using corn, wheat, rye, and malted barley. Each bottle will detail both barrel numbers and the original fill dates. There's a limited allocation of 7,500 6-pack cases with retailers getting their allocations in August 2023. (SRP $79.99)
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    This bottling of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon marks the 9th edition for the brand. Master Distiller Donnis Todd selected barrels aged 6 years or more from his "piggy bank" for this release. The first 1,000 bottles will be claimed by devoted fans at the distillery, while the remaining 8,600 bottles will be available across the country by the first week of October 2023. SRP $249.99
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    The third release in Whistlepig's Legends Series was made from barrels of high-rye whiskey selected by Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers. Unusually, the barrels underwent wind tunnel trials at the team's wind tunnel in Switzerland before enduring varying levels of G-Forces at the Whistlepig Farm & Distillery in Vermont. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu — the first Chinese F1 driver — the whiskey was also finished in lychee and oolong tea barrels. Available to purchase on Whistlepig's website beginning September 13, 2023 and in select US retailers. (SRP $49.99)
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    This release from Chivas Regal is aged a minimum of 15 years and is selectively finished in French Cognac casks. The naming convention is a nod to the cognac system which tends to use letters such as XO and VS rather than age statements. The one-time global travel retail release is now a part of the permanent portfolio for the brand, with a full release in the U.S. market as of autumn 2023. (SRP $49.99)
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    This bottling from Barrell Craft Spirits is one of two releases in the brand's new Cask Finish Series featuring blends of straight bourbons with unique finishes. Here, BCS blends Indiana straight bourbons (aged 5, 6, and 9 years) with Maryland straight bourbon aged 5 & 6 years. This vatting was then finished in casks from BCS's 2018 Tale of Two Islands Rum, a Jamaican rum which was matured in peated Islay single malt barrels. (The overall mash bill equivalent 73% corn, 23% rye, 4% malted barley). It was bottled at cask strength. Available fall 2023. (SRP $89.99)
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    Tequila Komos is a brand under the Spirit of Gallo portfolio. This Añejo Reserva is the fourth product for the brand, each of which is made with 100% blue Weber agave harvested from the Highlands and Lowlands of Jalisco. Packaged in a white ceramic bottle, this añejo tequila is aged for a minimum of 12 months in a combination of French oak wine, American bourbon and sherry barrels. Available for on-and off-premise accounts beginning June 2023. (SRP $169.99)
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    This expression replaces Lighthouse Batch Distilled Gin on the international marketplace. It is made by New Zealand's first female head distiller, Rachel Hall, and is a grain-based gin infused with 9 botanicals, particularly Yen Ben lemons that are native to the country along with navel oranges, coriander seed, almond, cassia bark, cinnamon quills (stick), licorice root, orris root, and of course, juniper. It is cut with natural spring water and botted at 40% ABV. There is an autumn, 2023 rollout to California, Nevada, and Florida as well as online. Available nationally in 2024.