Review: Fresh Origins Herb Crystals and Flower Crystals

Bacon salt rim? Boring. How about a basil rim on your cocktail? Or fennel? Fresh Origins, a micro-greens and edible flowers creator, is launching Herb and Flower Crystals, a sort of freeze-dried herb-meets-sugar idea that results in colorful, exotic, and wholly unique crystals that can be used as cocktail garnishes. Two sizes of the crunchy…

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Review: Tequila Tapatio Reposado and Anejo

Late last year, so-called “cult tequila” Tapatio finally arrived in the U.S. after 75 years of Mexico-only availability. But only the blanco was being sold. Now, the rest of the lineup arrives on our shores, rounding out the Tapatio family with a reposado and an anejo. We sampled the two new expressions, imported courtesy of…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 04.01.2013 – Environment Changes the Way Whisky Tastes + Other Science Stuff

Lots of cool stuff today, so let’s hop right in! A study from the University of Oxford has revealed that the environment in which one drinks whisky can alter taste perceptions by as much as 20%. In the study to be published in September, Professor Charles Spence and his colleagues observed drinkers in the world’s…

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Review: Russell’s Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel Bourbon

This is one review we’ve been itching to get up for you for a long time, and finally we’ve got our mitts on this latest from Wild Turkey master distiller (and all around good guy) Jimmy Russell: Russell’s Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel Bourbon. The name has had many in this biz scratching their heads:…

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Review: Wines of Mettler, 2010 Bottlings

We recently wrote about one of Mettler’s wines in our roundup of Lodi’s biggest names. The company recently sent a pair of additional bottlings to consider. Thoughts follow. 2010 Mettler Petite Sirah Estate Grown – Tons of fruit, jammy like a big Zinfandel. Light smoky notes and a huge body. This is a very sweet…

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Review: Plymouth Gin and Navy Strength Gin

I’m no stranger to Plymouth Gin — it’s the very product that started me off in spirits reviewing, over a decade ago. Plymouth is a unique gin because the term describes both a style and a brand. “Plymouth Gin,” like “Scotch whisky,” is gin that is made in Plymouth, England. There’s only one company making…

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Review: Jack From Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Jack From Brooklyn is a company based in, well, see if you can guess. And its sole product to date is Sorel, a unique, heavily-spiced liqueur based on hibiscus. The recipe includes Moroccan hibiscus, Brazilian cloves, Indonesian cassia (cinnamon) and nutmeg, and Nigerian ginger. Sweetened with sugar and swirled together into a base of organic…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.29.2013

Friday, Friday here again! Time for another quick round up of the latest and greatest reviews of beverages we’ve reviewed on the site this week. Before you read on any further, just a quick reminder we have no less than three contests going on where you could enter and potentially win some incredible prizes. So…

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