The best things we drank in April 2022

Every month a huge amount of booze falls on our desks – beer, wine and lots of whiskey. We taste everything, and we only share the best of the best. This month: orange wine to drink all summer long, an IPA that looks a lot like grapefruit juice and more.

The Macallan Distills Your New York World

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The Macallan’s latest offering is a limited-edition New York-inspired scotch. The brand has been working on its Distil Your World series, with previous releases focusing on London and Scotland. Its New York edition, limited to just 1,000 bottles, combines six European and American oak barrels. Polly Logan, the whiskey maker of The Macallan, traveled to New York to try to infuse the flavor of the city into the brand new Scotch. But don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like dirty air, dirty water dogs or expired pretzels. Distil Your World New York has notes of baked apple (New York City is the big apple, after all) as well as hints of maple syrup, honey roasted nuts and sweet oak. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

Price: $650

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Gulp Hablo Orange Wine

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Bringing orange wine to a party can be tricky – people either love it or they’ve never heard of it. This wine has enough to please those looking for the originality usually associated with orange wine, but as the name suggests, it is also extremely drinkable. For a liter bottle, it’s also affordable. I’ll drink this all summer.— Caitlyn Shaw, Associate Director, Product and Marketing

Price: $20

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Lawson’s Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

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Lawson has decided to finally dispense this taproom-favorite double IPA with ruby ​​red grapefruit and everyone is better off for it. This limited-edition release hits 8% ABV and brings a nice tropical twist to the brewery’s flagship product, Double Sunshine. Getting the grapefruit addition right in an IPA is no easy task and Lawson nails it – it makes sense considering this beer has long been advertised as the favorite limited-edition offering they had. — Ryan Brower, Trade Editor

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Goose Island Neon Beer Hug

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While a respectable IPA with tropical notes through the use of hops like Nugget, Sultana, Citra, Mosaic, and Eureka isn’t necessarily anything out of the ordinary, Neon Beer Hug marks Goose Island’s leap into the family. IPA brands. What does that mean? Think the likes of New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger or Firestone Walker’s Mind Haze – flagship IPAs with multiple variants that all tie together using (mostly) the same base beer. Beer Hug is the latest development from the folks at Goose Island and expect to see a lot more variations coming out. — Ryan Brower, Trade Editor

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The hidden seed

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While typical porter season is in our rearview mirror, The Seed in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is not doing anything typical. This pub porter is a tricky 3.8% ABV and highlights what I love about craft beer right now: digging into old world beer styles (in this case, a staple of British pubs) , a low ABV and find ways to improve it. In the case of All Tucked Away, the roasted dandelion root gives the beer a subtle bite and a musty taste (much like the smokiness of a Rauchbier). It also means that the beer doesn’t rely on the typical Porter chocolate malt flavor, which most of the time can come across as a thin, chocolate beer and nothing else. It also offers much improved mouthfeel and head retention to the typical wearer (as mentioned, only the best wearers avoid the watered down chocolate approach). All in all, this rendition of a porter is keeping me company right now, as we’re still dealing with chilly temperatures in May. Ryan Brower, Trade Editor

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Mouthy Wines, Duo Cinsault “From Head to Toe”

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Earlier this month, Foxtrot did a collaboration with Wilco on snacks, cereal and a Chicago-exclusive beer. Although I didn’t get a chance to try the Wilco brand beer, I was able to try Foxtrot’s new wine, made in collaboration with expert winemaker, Samantha Sheehan. Intended to be enjoyed chilled, the Head to Toe red blend is a deliciously good alternative to your typical summer rosé (or orange wine). It’s packed with red fruit flavors and a nice touch of acidity that makes it a little too easy, especially since this stuff is drinkable straight from the bottle. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

Price: $52 for 2 bottles

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Old Elk Double Wheat Straight Whiskey

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master distiller Greg Metze and the Old Elk Distillery are two names you need to know if you like whisky. Old Elk is releasing two new expressions in April — Pure Double Wheat Whiskey and Four Grain Straight Bourbon Whiskey – both of which are exceptional. It was hard to pick one that I liked more, but after being on a wheat whiskey kick, I have to say Old Elk’s Double Wheat Straight Whiskey was my favorite. The high strength juice – with a 53.55% ABV – is a combination of Old Elk’s Straight Wheat Whiskey and Wheated Bourbon. The combination of the two creates a bright, fresh and crisp drink, tasting notes that I wouldn’t typically associate with whisky. However, this makes it an exceptional drink for the warmer months. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

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GlenDronach Cask Bottling Lot 19

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We’ll be blunt: you probably won’t get a chance to try any of the three bottles of GlenDronach’s Cask Bottling Batch 19. Scottish distillery master blender Rachel Barrie selected 12 casks, “each bottled from a single Pedro Ximénez Puncheon or Oloroso Sherry Butt, distilled between 1990 and 1994.” Single cask bottlings range from 50.8% ABV to 55.4% ABV, all of which highlight the effects of sherry maturation. Cask 217 dates from 1992 and was aged in Oloroso sherry casks; Cask 6052 is from 1992 and aged with the punch of Pedro Ximénez; and Cask 5080 is from 1994 and aged in puncheon Oloroso. Some states in the United States received each of the offers, and the MSRP for these bottles starts at $600. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

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Stauning El Clasico

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Founded by nine Danish friends, Stauning’s Danish Whiskey is one of the best spirits you’re probably not drinking. The distillery takes local grain which is ground malted in-house, hoping to revive traditional whiskey-making methods. Its most recent launch is El Clásico, a rye whiskey that spends time sitting and aging in vermouth casks. Wait, rye and vermouth? It looks like a classic Manhattan cocktail, and that combination is found in this whiskey, tasted straight. El Clásico has a soft, sweet taste that dissipates into a bit of vermouth-like bitterness. And as good as the juice is inside, the bottle artwork makes it a standout piece on your bar cart. – Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

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Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke

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Basil Hayden isn’t an Islay Scotch brand, but a blind tasting of his new Subtle Smoke bourbon might lead you to believe it. OK, maybe not exactly, but Subtle Smoke has a satisfying heat that makes this limited release one you’ll want to pick up. Basil Hayden toasts and chars a secondary barrel where the seated bourbon is infused with smoky flavor through the use of smoked hickory chips, the smoke from which is pumped into the secondary barrel. This is a great addition to the Basil Hayden range, and one that continues the legacy of Booker Noe. – Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

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Slane Special Edition

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Slane Irish Whiskey has been hosting concerts on its estate for 40 years. To celebrate its anniversary, the distillery released its Slane Special Edition bottling. The distillery became famous for its castle, where legendary artists – like Metallica, U2 and Guns N’ Roses – gave concerts and recorded albums. The Special Edition is a 45% alcohol whiskey that takes the brand’s signature triple cask blend and gives it more time in virgin casks. The result is a whiskey that tastes of roasted marshmallows and stone fruit with a light vanilla finish. — Tyler Chin, Associate Editor

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