The best things we drank in June 2022


Every month a huge amount of alcohol hits our desks – beer, wine and lots of whisky. We taste everything, and we only share the best of the best. This month: a cider made with a legend of natural wine, a non-alcoholic wine alternative for the summer and more.

The Balvenie twenty-five

The Balvenie

I first heard of The Balvenie when the Scottish brand collaborated with the late Anthony Bourdain on a video series called Raw Craft. Once I was old enough to drink, The Balvenie was one of my first Scottish experiences, and it was a great pleasure to taste the brand’s new expression, the Twenty-Five, which is part from the brand’s Rare Marriages collection, including the Twenty-Five, as well as The Balvenie Thirty and The Balvenie Forty. The youngest expression in the collection has all the ingredients of an extra-aged whiskey – so depth, maturity and complexity – but an overwhelming lightness that makes it feel like an everyday sip. If only it didn’t sell for $800. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor


Del Maguey Las Milpas Mezcal

del maguey las milpas mezcal


If you’ve explored mezcal in any way, getting your hands on a single Del Maguey village is a must. You’ll notice subtle differences at Las Milpas that you won’t find anywhere else – each mezcal speaks to its specific terroir, in this case, above San Dionisio Ocotepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. Remember that with mezcal, you sip, not shoot. — Will Porter, Business Writer

Price: $77


Great Jones Straight Bourbon

big jones straight bourbon

Big Jones

Nine times out of ten I’ll drink rye whiskey by default (and the team at Great Jones has distilled some excellent ones), but when it comes to their stellar assortment, the Straight Bourbon surprises me the most. Unlike most bourbons I’ve had, there’s a slight white pepper finish here that’s definitely the star of the show. It’s so seductive from the first sip. If you love bourbon but are looking for something a little adventurous, you (literally) have to try. — Matthew Pastorius, Business Development Manager


Redbreast Kentucky Oak Edition

kentucky oak redbreast edition


Redbreast is an Irish whiskey brand that, with its new release, is getting some American love. As part of a future collection of American Oak aged Irish Whiskeys, Redbreast has released their Kentucky Oak Edition. Aged in American oak bourbon casks and Spanish Oloroso sherry butts, the whiskey is matured for three to seven months in American oak sourced from the Taylor family’s Elk Cave farm in Kentucky, prized for its high quality white oak. quality. The resulting whiskey is a 101-proof juice that is part Irish and part American. Expect baking spice and stone fruit on the palate and a delicious woody scent on the nose. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor


Pendleton Trustee Reserve

pendleton trustees reserve


A delicious whiskey absolutely worth sipping when you have the time, Pendleton’s Directors’ Reserve is aged for 20 years in American oak barrels and topped off with spring water fed by Mount’s glaciers. Hood of Oregon. Its notes range from toasted coconut and cinnamon on the first puff to apple, pear and banana after a few sips. — Will Porter, Business Writer

Price: $139


Schönramer’s Inferno

schönramer helles lager


On my pilgrimage to the best beer festival in the country, this was a traditional German brewery that was one of my favorites. At 5% ABV, this Helles lager really hit the hot day spent (mostly) tasting hazy IPAs. It was neat, clean and a real treat – if you come across it, do yourself a favor and order some. — Ryan Brower, Trade Editor


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