Review: Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin

I picked up a bottle of this recently on a trip to Colorado. Uncle Val’s is distilled by 35 Maple Street, out of Sonoma, California, although the bottle says it was bottled in Bend, Oregon. I don’t know what’s up with that discrepancy, but in any case it’s an immaterial one. The gin’s featured botanicals…

Crater Lake Rye Whiskey

My two go-to ryes are the 15-year old Taos Lightning, which comes in at about $80 a bottle, and George Dickel, for a quarter of that. Now the Taos Lightning is extremely good, as it had better be for that price, but I don’t get it too often because the Dickel is perfectly serviceable, especially…