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Review: Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila

By Christopher Null | April 1, 2009 |

As promised in February, we finally got our hands on Tres Generaciones’ Anejo tequila, so we could finally round out the line we first examined here. Though it spends six times the amount of time in oak barrels as 3G’s reposado (“at least” 12 months vs. about 2 months), this anejo is barely darker in…

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Review: Templeton Rye (2009)

By Christopher Null | March 19, 2009 |

If they were drinking whiskey this good back in the Prohibition days, I don’t feel so bad for them after all. Templeton was a purported favorite of Al Capone and “the center of his bootlegging empire,” Templeton Rye is a killer whiskey that — if marketing is to be believed — has been being produced…

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Review: Combier Liqueur d’Orange

By Christopher Null | March 5, 2009 |

The world has no shortage of orange-flavored liqueurs. If generic triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier aren’t good enough, you can always delve into a dozen or so orange-infused vodkas on the market. I’d say there’s room for one more, but La Distillerie Combier has a different claim to make: It owns up to being…

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Review: 2006 Robert Craig Affinity

By Christopher Null | March 2, 2009 |

We last encountered Robert Craig Affinity in June of last year with the 2005 vintage. The 2006 arrives a bit early, but we’re not ones to let good wine sit idle. This year’s Bordeaux-style Napa Valley blend is more “ready” than the 2005, a racier, spicier wine, very fruity and laced with exotic spice like…

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Review: Bruichladdich Bourbon Cask 16, 2001 Resurrection Dram, 21 Years Old, and 1984 Golder Still

By Christopher Null | March 1, 2009 |

Bruichladdich — a perennial favorite at Drinkhacker HQ from Islay — recently released a number of new expressions of its classic whisky, some with surprising compositions. We got our mitts (and tongues) on four of them: Bruichladdich Bourbon Cask Aged 16 Years Old – No big surprise here. 97 percent of Scotch whisky is matured…

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Review: Citadelle Gin (2009) and Citadelle Reserve Gin 2008 Vintage

By Christopher Null | February 27, 2009 |

One occasionally gets in the mood for gin, and when one does, said mood hits hard. Citadelle is a relative newcomer to the scene… with not one but two gins for your drinking pleasure. These gins hail, unusually, from France, and both are 88 proof, distilled from wheat. Up first is standard Citadelle Gin (2009),…

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Review: Springbank 21 Years Old

By Christopher Null | February 25, 2009 |

Dug up this old bottle at a friend’s house last night… one whiff and I knew I’d found something special. Springbank isn’t a big name in Scotch whisky in America, but if its younger (and less expensive) bottlings are anything like this one, it really deserves to be. Located in Campbeltown (on the little peninsula…

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Review: Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka

By Christopher Null | February 11, 2009 |

Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is one of those drinks that can get you into a lot of trouble. No, not like this stuff. Like good whiskey, Firefly goes down absurdly easy, enticing you into drinking more and more and more and zzzzzzzzzzzzzz….. well, then you’re gone. I was a skeptic: Vodka flavored with tea? Sounds…

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Review: Tres Generaciones Plata and Reposado Tequila

By Christopher Null | February 7, 2009 |

Part of the Sauza mini-empire (along with Hornitos), Tres Generaciones is the company’s newest and most premium tequila, 100 percent agave, of course. We tried the plata (silver) and reposado bottlings (but, alas, the anejo wasn’t available). Both are 80 proof. Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila – This is a very respectable blanco tequila, extremely smooth,…

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Review: Oban 18 Years Old Limited Edition 2008 and 1993 Distiller’s Edition

By Christopher Null | February 6, 2009 |

The Classic Malts Collection, which comprises a wide range of Scotch whiskys, recently announced a number of special edition, limited release Scotches. We got our hands on a few of them. Reviews will be posted over the next few days, but we’ll start with two from Oban. Oban Limited Edition 18 Years Old 2009 – It’s been…

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