Review: Iichiko Shochu – Silhouette and Frasco

Shochu is something we see so seldomly here at Drinkhacker that we don’t even do! have a category for it. (I’m putting it in the sake category for lack of a proper one.) Shochu has many of the same flavor characteristics as sake, but it can be made from other starches than rice — namely barley,…

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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…

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Review: Soireehome Tempour

There are wine gadgets and there is the Tempour, which aims to do pretty much everything you could possibly do to a wine in a single, somewhat crazy package. The elongated cylinder literally has it all. From the bottom up: Stainless steel chilling rod, aeration vent, sediment filter, pouring spout, and a stopper up top.…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.03.2013 – Stag Semen And Other Whipped Delights

In what could be described as “perfect timing”, Consumer Reports has announced its list of top microbrews right before the U.S. holiday weekend. Stone IPA, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Samuel Adams Hopology Collection Latitude 48 IPA all took home top honors, with Shock Top Wheat IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Widmer…

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Halftime: The 2013 Drinkhacker (Semi) Year In Review

We’ve had a lot of exceptional items come across our desks this year, and rather than wait until the annual gift guide for a re-cap, we figured that there’s no better time than (a little over) the halfway point of 2013 to remember some of the best of the best. Scotch: January brought us two…

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Review: Campo de Encanto Pisco Grand & Noble Acholado

One of the top brands of the pisco revival, Encanto has been making waves for years — and we’re only just now getting around to reviewing it formally. An acholado style pisco, Encanto is a blend of distillate from four types of grapes — Quebranta (74%), Torontel (6%), Moscatel (4%) and Italia (16%). (Most other…

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Review: Pine Barrens American Single Malt Whisky

Long Island Spirits — whose vodkas and liqueur lineup we recently covered — is the company behind this single malt, Pine Barrens, another entry into the burgeoning American single-malt market. Pine Barrens begins as beer, specifically Old Howling Bastard, made by Blue Point Brewing in nearby Patchogue. After distillation it is aged for about a…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 07.01.2013 – Homebrewing Now Legal Across the United States

Theses days it seems people have been losing faith and confidence in their government’s ability to pass effective, bipartisan legislation. However, the American Homebrewer’s Association announced this morning that new homebrewing laws in the state of Mississippi go into effect today, making it the 50th and final state to allow homebrewing. What better way to…

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