Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum

Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum: The Richness And A Little Sweetness Of Venezuela

The famous Venezuelan rum Diplomático and Ken Gargett share a birth year (1959), so it is an error of judgment on his part not to have shared more time with this excellent rum. Thankfully, he is rectifying that. And shares what he thinks with us while he’s doing that.

Equipo Navazos La Bota 65 Ron ‘Bota NO’

Equipo Navazos La Bota 65 Ron ‘Bota NO’: No Additives, No Coloring, No Sweeteners, No Aromatics, Unchillfiltered, And 98/100. Cheers!

Equipo Navazos is making some of the most exciting wines – sherries to be specific – on the planet. Ken Gargett believes this company is incredibly exciting and that this rum is a great example of the “team’s” great nose for the sublimely unusual.

Charles Clavem champagne

Charles Clavem Champagne: The Bottle Deserves As Much (Or More) Attention As The Wine

Even in the exclusive world of champagnes, there are tiers. While the birthplace of any champagne makes it special, all champagnes are not created equal. Charles Clavem, inspired by the story of a leather craftsman from a Champagne town called Les Riceys, offers bespoke bottles decorated with precious gems and noble metals. And, oh, the taste!

Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006

Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2006: From A Long And Complex History

Critics are not supposed to have favorites, though we get asked exactly that question all the time. It ranks with asking parents which is their favorite child, and chances are you’ll get an equally noncommitted response. For champagne, Ken Gargett has many favorites – too many – but the house of Pol Roger will always hold a special place for him.

Henschke Hill of Grace

Henschke Hill Of Grace 2013 Shiraz Wine: Supple Texture, Incredible Length, It Just Goes On And On . . . But Is It Any Good?

Henschke’s Hill of Grace is Australia’s greatest single-vineyard Shiraz. Ken Gargett thinks that the 2013 vintage, which was grown in a block planted in the 1850s, has concentration, structure, and generosity despite the ultra-dryness of 2013 and the shortened harvest period. Cheers!

Charles Heidsieck ‘Blanc des Millenaires’ 2004

Charles Heidsieck Blanc Des Millenaires 2004: Long Live The King Of Chardonnay Cuvées

The king is dead. Long live the king. It has been with us seemingly forever, but finally the esteemed house of Charles Heidsieck will move on from the 1995 vintage of its stunning prestige cuvée Blanc des Millenaires to the 2004 vintage. What about all those vintages in between, you ask? Well, these missing vintages are part of what makes this wine so special.

Guests enjoying the garden at Grovely House

Luxurious Wining, Dining, And Sleeping — Glamping, Anyone? — In Southeast Queensland, Australia

Queensland is a mecca for tourists from around the world. The Great Barrier Reef and its islands, the Gold Coast, northern rainforests, endless beaches, and outback all draw millions of visitors each year. Queensland also makes wine, and although production is small there are some tasty bottles and luxurious places to stay, including a round of glamping like you’ve never seen.

Penfolds Lot 1990 Pot Distilled Single Batch Brandy neat

Penfolds Special Bottlings: Spirited Wines, Distilled Single Batch Brandy, And A Fortified

The invitation to a “secret tasting” with James Godfrey was not one Ken Gargett would ever decline. What Godfrey doesn’t know about fortifieds is not worth knowing, and those he has not tasted are probably not worth tasting. Here’s what Ken learned . . .

El Dorado 21-Year-Old Special Reserve Rum

El Dorado 21-Year-Old Special Reserve Rum: Searching Out Guyana’s Rich, Liquid Gold

At the highly respected Chicago Beverage Tasting Institute, the El Dorado 21-Year-Old caught the world’s attention when it was awarded 98/100, the highest score ever achieved by any rum. It was described as “one of the world’s greatest rum drinking experiences.” Does Ken Gargett agree?

Chateau Yquem

Château d’Yquem: Paired Years Elevate The World’s Best White Wine For A Simply Magical Experience

Ken Gargett thinks that the 2001 Château d’Yquem is the finest young wine he has ever experienced, red or white, and remains convinced that it will go down as one of the greatest Yquems, if not the greatest of all time. But he was also able to experience something else: drinking “twin” vintages of this amazing Sauternes.