Recipe: Father’s Day Cocktails 2013

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to say thanks to the old guy who bailed you out of so much trouble when you were younger than with a nice relaxing drink? You know it’s the right thing to do! Here’s a few suggestions we tested out over the past several…

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Vertical Tasting Report: Wines of Zuani, 2009-2012

Patrizia Felluga is wine royalty. The matriarch of a wine dynasty that began in the late 1800s, she is a fifth generation winemaker who decided not to wait around to take over dad’s operation (Marco Felluga), but rather struck out on her own in 2001 to start her own label. Zuani is that wine. Felluga…

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Review: Ron Barcelo Imperial Premium Blend 30 Aniversario Rum

Barcelo is a solid but largely unknown Dominican rum producer which we’ve written about in the past. While we’re familiar with the rack versions of its rums, we didn’t know about the special barrels that Miguel Barcelo was setting aside. Well, he’s been doing that for the last 30 years, and now he’s blending them…

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Review: Ardbeg Ardbog

Ardbeg lovers likely don’t need me to tell them about the Ardbeg Committee and Ardbeg Day (which happens around June 1), which sees a special release of Ardbeg arriving every year. This year’s is called Ardbog, a play on words which alludes to the origin of peat in Scotland’s many bogs. Ardbog is a 10…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 06.09.2013 – Congressman to Introduce Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act

Good news for bourbon drinkers: Kentucky Congressman Andy Barr is introducing the Aged Distilled Spirits Competitiveness Act, a bill which would eliminate taxes a bourbon distillers must pay on each barrel while the product is aging. As a result, they say, distilleries could increase production, create new jobs, and potentially keep up with the ever…

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Review: Yellow Rose Blended Whiskey and Outlaw Bourbon

Houston is my hometown, and the one thing it hasn’t had is a distillery. Distilling is surprisingly new to Texas — Tito’s was the sole operator in the state for years — but now folks are diving headlong into their stills here. And now, finally, Houston has its first distilling operation it can call its…

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Review: PennyPacker Bourbon

There’s going to be some debate over the name. But “PennyPacker” is, from start to finish, a retro whiskey through and through. From the label design to the bottle shape and embossing. I’m kind of into it. The hipster side of me finds this a refreshingly fun little bottle. Oh, and there’s Bourbon inside it.…

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Review: Few Spirits American Gin and Rye Whiskey

Evanston, Illinois-based Few Spirits makes old-timey spirits and even bottles them in old-timey decanters. Today we take a crack at two of the company’s bottlings — the “American” gin and an aged rye whiskey. Thoughts follow. Few Spirits American Gin – Big and malty, this is a far different experience than most dry gins you’ve…

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