Rob Theakston

Rob Theakston is a contributing editor to Drinkhacker.

The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.02.2012

By Rob Theakston | November 2, 2012 |

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the last few weeks. Along with our regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Tasting Report – WhiskyFest San Francisco 2012 Tasting Wines with Francesca Planeta Tasting…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.01.2012

By Rob Theakston | November 1, 2012 |

The Drinks Business presents a slide show featuring some of history’s biggest despots and their beverages of choice. Who knew Gaddafi had a thing for Johnnie Walker Black Label? [The Drinks Business] In other slideshow news, Becky Paskin over at The Spirits Business covers the top ten spirit launches for the month of October.  Hits…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.31.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 31, 2012 |

Happy Halloween! The great craft spirits microdistillery campaign of 2012 continues to roll into new territories, as the great state of Wyoming is getting into the action. Wyoming Whiskey will debut this December; the product of some savvy investors and Steve Nally, a long time employee of the whiskey industry. The group plans on issuing…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.30.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 30, 2012 |

In other “What Global Warming?” news: world-wide wine production is expected to drop 6.1% over the next year, with France’s output potentially decreasing by 20%. This news will no doubt be displeasing to Canadians, who are now consuming more wine than they have in recent years. [Business Week] Merging the latest in technology trends, Diageo is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.29.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 29, 2012 |

‘Tis the season for giving: Napa Valley based Rosenblum Cellars has released a new line of wines in partnership with author Joel Stein with a portion of the proceeds going to local Meals on Wheels charities. Stark Raving Wines will arrive in four varieties (red, white, Cabernet and Malbec), and will have a kick-off promotional…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.26.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 26, 2012 |

Once again it is time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured for the last few weeks. Along with the regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Wines of Italy’s Morellino di Scansano DOCG Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.25.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 25, 2012 |

Pernod Ricard announced today the arrival of its newest line, ODDKA by Wyborowa Vodka.  This jump into the flavored vodka craze is not without surprise, but with flavors like Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi, and Electricity, the company boldly claims its intentions to branch out into previously uncharted experimental territories. The line will be first available…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.24.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 24, 2012 |

As part of its annual tradition, Woodford Reserve has announced this year’s installment to its Master’s Collection. 2013 features a Four Wood Bourbon, finishing whiskey aged in new oak, Maple, Port and Sherry wood barrels. Cocktail Enthusiast was on hand and filed a report about the tasting experience. Our review is pending. [Cocktail Enthusiast] The…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.23.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 23, 2012 |

Many new release announcements in the past day, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Here we go: Nonjatta is reporting that the Japanese chapter of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society is readying not one but three Nikka single casks for their members. We’ve got coverage of a few of the upcoming general releases…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.22.2012

By Rob Theakston | October 22, 2012 |

Business Week reports on the continuing trend of merging flavor profiles in liquor blends. While this phenomenon seems to be quite popular and no doubt profitable, here’s hoping that a bend will be crossed soon. Very, very soon. [Business Week] And in what is an absolute total coincidence, Beam is launching a line of chocolate…

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