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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.25.2013

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of the Shopping List, the absolute best and the worst of what we’ve reviewed over the past several weeks. Though it seems as if bourbon release season is finally winding down, we had one heck of a run with some excellent scotches in this edition, with the Laphroaig Cairdeas getting the rare A+ rating. We also visited this year’s WhiskyFest San Francisco and came back with a full report, including marks for this year’s edition of the non-stolen Pappy.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.11.2013

This week’s Shopping List is dominated by bourbons once again, as we seem to be in the full throes of bourbon release season for 2013. No doubt the coveted slot for our bourbon pick in this year’s holiday gift guide will have some pretty steep competition. Also worth checking out for a quick read: Chris’s post on grading and critiquing. Definitely some points to consider when making up your own mind on anything we’ve reviewed on the site. Have a great weekend!

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The A-List September 2013

This month’s worth of reviews saw a lot of brands and releases right on the cusp of making it with a B+ grading, not enough to earn a spot on the A-List for September. However, kudos to Buffalo Trace for dominating the spirits section with their Experimental and Antique collections, as well as offering an assist to the up-and-coming Bowman Brothers brand. We’ll be taking a break from the A-List for a few months to ready the 2013 edition of our Holiday Gift Guide, and working on our year-end best of lists as well.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 09.27.2013

It’s been a bit, but here’s the latest edition of our semi-regular Shopping List, summing up the best and worst of everything we’ve reviewed over the past several weeks. Bourbon season is definitely in full swing, with the Buffalo Trace Experimental and Antique Collections dominating the crowd. And with new maple flavored editions from Beam and Knob Creek right around the corner and the annual Van Winkle nationwide frenzy just on the horizon, it seems as if there’s no sign of the momentum slowing any time soon. As always, we’ll be here drinking away and delivering our thoughts.

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The A-List August 2013

Welcome to the A-List, our monthly look back at the best of the best that we’ve had the privilege to review over the past month. August was a sharp improvement from the otherwise sluggish summer months, with a great balance of spirits, wines, and beers that were impressive, especially in the Pinot Noir section. Bourbons also made a strong showing with the Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch and Parker’s Heritage Collection’s Promise of Hope offerings.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 08.30.2013

After a brief hiatus, the semi-regular Drinkhacker Shopping List returns as a regularly scheduled feature. These past few weeks have seen an incredibly generous helping of wine reviews, intermingled with some of the best bourbons we’ve tasted this entire year. Print this easily portable list and be sure to take it with you as a reference guide during your trip to the store this holiday weekend!

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We’ve also had several extensive tasting reports worthy of your time and attention:

2011 Vintage Port (and Beyond)
Vini d’Italia Tour 2013
Pinot Days 2013

The A-List June 2013

This month’s A-List is the shortest since its inception. Perhaps its the time of year when the new release schedule is a bit slower, but the wide variety we’ve become spoiled with month after month was reduced. One company, Sazerac, dominated our marks in the spirits category with three of its new bourbon-barrel-finished tequilas hitting the spot, as well as an inclusion a bottle from its ongoing Single Oak Barrel project. Beaulieu vineyard also provided us with some lovely summer sipping courtesy of its Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Reserve blend.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 06.07.2013

It’s been a few weeks since our last one, but here’s the latest from the Shopping List…our regular look back at the best (and the worst) of the newest products we’ve reviewed. Most of these are readily available at your local retailer, but some may require visiting a specialty shop or deeper investigation.

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The A-List – May 2013

A supplement to our regular Shopping Lists, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). Unlike last month’s honor roll, this month the pickings weren’t as extensive. While the overall spirits category didn’t measure up to its usual standard of excellence, we had several great wines, a few truly outstanding bourbons and some incredibly tasty beers to enjoy while welcoming in summer.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 05.17.2013

It’s Friday once again and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, our look back at the best and the worst of products we’ve reviewed over the last few weeks. Plenty of wines to satisfy and a pretty intense campaign by Jim Beam with not one, but three new and high-quality limited expressions. We also had a pretty extensive tasting report from the Wines of Howell Mountain.

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The A-List – April 2013

A supplement to our regular Shopping Lists, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). Unlike last month’s diverse range of drinking options, the spirits and wine categories absolutely dominated the ratings in April. This month, we also had the opportunity to sample extensively from the offerings at the 2013 Berkeley Wine Festival and the San Francisco edition of the 2013 Whiskies of the World Expo. All in all, another great month of drinking in the books!

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 04.26.2013

It’s Friday once again and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, our weekly look back at the best and the worst of products we’ve reviewed over the last few weeks. This week we’ve had some new gadgets to test, excellent new whiskey and less than excellent “mangria”. We’ve also covered tastings at the Whiskies of the World Expo in San Francisco and of the entire Budweiser stable of beers.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 04.19.2013

If it’s Friday and time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List — our regularly scheduled survey of the best (and worst) items arriving at our office over the past few weeks. We’ve had an incredibly busy past few weeks, including an extremely spirited overview of the Budweiser family of products from our resident beer expert and a tasting report from the recent Whiskies of The World 2013 expo. Between these reports and the list below, there’s plenty for you to use as a resource during your next trip to the store.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 04.12.2013

If it’s Friday, it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List — our regularly scheduled overview of the best (and worst) items arriving at our office over the past few weeks. It’s printable and ready for you to take along on your next trip to the store!

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The A-List – March 2013

A supplement to our weekly Shopping List, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). As you can see, there was a bit more diversity in our selections than in previous months, with tequilas, bourbons and beers all making their presence known in March. We also featured a preview tasting of the Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year, which is due out later this fall.

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.29.2013

Friday, Friday here again! Time for another quick round up of the latest and greatest reviews of beverages we’ve reviewed on the site this week. Before you read on any further, just a quick reminder we have no less than three contests going on where you could enter and potentially win some incredible prizes. So if the Easter holiday isn’t exactly your thing, they might be a nice alternative:

Etch Your Own Flask
George Dickel’s Raising The Bar
Art of Patron Tequila Bottle Contest

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.22.2013

Happy Friday to one and all. Time to celebrate the end of another grueling work for us working stiffs and head on over to the watering hole or liquor store to pick up something special for the 48 hours of freedom ahead. Looking for something new to try? We’ve got you covered with our weekly shopping list, a handy, dandy digest of everything new we’ve covered in the past two weeks.

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Also, be sure to put your thinking caps on this weekend and enter our contest to put yourself in the running to win DIY bar gear!

The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.15.2013

Another week, another Friday rolling around and another chance for us to provide you with the Drinkhacker Shopping List: our look at the best (and worst) of our reviews over the past fortnight.

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And along with these fine reviews, we’ve also done several tasting reports worthy of a click-through:
Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines 2013
Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project, Round Eight

Tasting The Wines of Lodi California, 2013
Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2010 Vintage

The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.08.2013

Another week, another Friday rolling around and another chance for us to provide you with the Drinkhacker Shopping List: our weekly look at the best (and worst) of our reviews over the past fortnight. And if you haven’t already, be sure to enter our most recent contest for a chance to win an incredible book!

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We’ve also featured a generous amount of book reviews this past month. These titles could potentially serve as a delightful compliment to your weekend drinking experience(s):

Destination: Cocktails
The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail
Vodka Distilled
Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking
The Smart Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bordeaux
Extreme Brewing
The Kentucky Mint Julep
Shake, Stir, Pour
Alt Whiskeys
Lapham’s Quarterly: Intoxication

And along with these fine literary works, we’ve also done several tasting reports worthy of a click-through:
Tre Bicchieri Italian Wines 2013
Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project, Round Eight

Tasting The Wines of Lodi California, 2013
Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2010 Vintage

The A-List – February 2013

A supplement to our weekly Shopping List, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). As you can see, there were plenty of wines to choose from this month, as the Bordeaux and Sauternes tasting was full of delightful bottles worthy of distinction. Jose Cuervo also had a very strong showing with this year’s expression of its Reserva de La Familia Tequila line.

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