Drinkhacker Reads – 06.26.2013 – Knob Creek Maple For Autumn

Aside from a folksy anecdote about Booker making maple syrup, not much else in terms of date or price was really unveiled in a recent press release, other than the fact that Knob Creek will be introducing a smoked, maple flavored bourbon to be released sometime this autumn. No doubt a tasty sample and review…

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Review: Kilchoman Loch Gorm 2013 (First Release)

Kilchoman, by far Islay’s newest distillery, keeps cranking out releases — this is the 8th Kilchoman review we’ve published since 2010. Loch Gorm, named after a peaty Loch near the distillery, is the beginning of a new range of whiskys from the distillery. As with the others, it will be reissued in older expressions as…

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Review: Given Liqueur

Let me get this straight: Tequila. Lime juice. Sweetened with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice. Made in Cognac, France. Somehow all of this works. This sort of mini-margarita in a bottle is a truly bizarre oddity, but if you’re a margarita fan, it’s worth a shot (so to speak). The nose offers ample lime and light…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 06.24.2013 – Is Bigger Better?

Returning from a much needed vacation, we were surprised to see an article published in Slate arguing that big name distilleries like Beam and Wild Turkey were just as good as craft distilleries. While there are many valid points to be made for either side, in the end isn’t it a bit like comparing apples…

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Review: Avion Espresso Liqueur

Tequila and coffee have been done before, namely by Patron with its XO Cafe. Now comes upstart Avion to challenge the natural order of things, and convince you that you need to get your coffee in your agave. This newest entry into the Avion family blends Avion Silver tequila with Italian espresso (fancy!). It’s inky…

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Review: Wemyss Malts Heathery Smoke 30 Years Old and The Hive 8 Years Old

Two new whiskys from Wemyss — one a very rare independent bottling of a single malt, one a larger-scale extension of The Hive blended malt. Notes on both follow. Wemyss Single Malt “Heathery Smoke” 30 Years Old – One of Wemyss’ more successful single malts (this one from Caol Ila), though I think “Honeyed Peat”…

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Review: O Wines 2011 Chardonnay and 2010 Red Blend

This Columbia Valley (Washington) winery recently changed ownership (it’s now part of the Ste. Michelle empire) and is now making a bigger push into the market. Only two wines are offered; the latest releases of both are reviewed below. Also of note: O also has a huge scholarship program that any wine-friendly families with looking…

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Review: 2010 Chateau Tanunda Grand Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz

Chateau Tanunda, “Icon of the Barossa,” doesn’t look like your typical Australian wine. For starters, there are no animals on the label. Rather, there’s a line-art drawing of a chateau. Very French. The wines, however, are pure Australia through and through. While the winery says its inspiration lies in Europe, its fruit is out there…

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