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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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 06.07.2013

It’s been a few weeks since our last one, but here’s the latest from the Shopping List…our regular look back at the best (and the worst) of the newest products we’ve reviewed. Most of these are readily available at your local retailer, but some may require visiting a specialty shop or deeper investigation. Related Stories:…

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Review: Lake Champlain BeBop Hop Chocolate Bar

But allow me to explain. Lake Champlain Chocolates has made this oddity by wrapping a solidified blend of milk and dark chocolate around a molten core that’s made with hop-infused caramel, which is sweetened with malt that’s been reduced from Long Trail’s brewing operation. Hops, as in beer, that’s right. While “hop oil” is the…

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Review: Gnarly Head “Authentic” White and Red Wines, 2013 Releases

Gnarly Head extends its budget “Authentic” wine collection from Red to White this month. “Authentic” seems to be a euphemism for “Big Blend of Everything in the Field,” which I guess doesn’t look as good on the label. Thoughts on the new Authentic White and the already-out Authentic Red follow. 2011 Gnarly Head Authentic White…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 06.06.2013 – Minaj à Trois Moscato And Other News Of The Weird

Louisville, Kentucky…where things seem to be on a roll in the drinking world. Yesterday we discussed the arrival of the Rick Pitino limited edition Maker’s Mark bottle, and today we find out the Kentucky metropolis has been selected as the test city for the new Bud Light vented can. The integrated tab (seen in the…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Nine

We’re over the hump and on to the last half of Buffalo Trace’s “Single Oak Project” experiment. Now two years into the four year experiment, with this ninth round of experimental, single-barrel Bourbons we hope to find the Holy Grail of just what is responsible for the perfect glass of whiskey. Previous rounds can be…

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The A-List – May 2013

A supplement to our regular Shopping Lists, The A-List recognizes those bottles we’ve had the privilege to review and find to be of highest quality (A+ to A- range). Unlike last month’s honor roll, this month the pickings weren’t as extensive. While the overall spirits category didn’t measure up to its usual standard of excellence,…

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