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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4th of July Cocktail Recipes, 2013

For reasons passing understanding, the inbox flows full for the Fourth of July (for everyone outside of the United States, that’s our Independence Day) with cocktail recipes galore. More than any other holiday, we get an influx of really good recipes to pass on. Here’s but a small sample of our good fortune, and we…

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Review: 8 Hangar 24 Beers, 2013 Releases

Jesus, these guys don’t quit, and here we have roughly a quarter of Hangar 24’s production line in one mega-post. You should know these guys by now, but if not, well, this is a great intro to some of H24’s brews. All beers below are limited edition (some are only on shelves for a month)…

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Review: 2012 Sonoma-Cutrer Late Harvest Chardonnay Winemaker’s Release

Sonoma-Cutrer produces some of the best-selling white wines from California, and now this winery on the rise is expanding into an interesting new area: Dessert wines. Its first release in a new range of limited-edition wines called the Winemaker’s Release Series is this, a sweet, late harvest Chardonnay. (Few dessert wines are made from Chardonnay…

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Review: Long Island Spirits Vodka and Liqueurs, Complete Lineup

We’ve covered Long Island Spirits’ straight vodka before. But recently we received a fresh bottle… along with everything else Long Island makes. Yowza. That primarily includes a long line of liqueurs bottled under the Sorbetta brand. These are simple, natural liqueurs available only in 375ml bottles. They’re all crafted from LiV Vodka (of course), fresh…

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Review: Tequila Herradura Coleccion de la Casa Port Cask Finished Reposado, Reserva 2012

Much in the vein of Corazon’s Expresion de Corazon tequilas, which are finished in special whiskey barrels, Herradura is experimenting with exotic finishes to its tequilas. Coleccion de la Casa is a new line of limited edition tequilas which will be released annually, each a unique experience. First out the gate is Reserva 2012, a…

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