Review: Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum

Sammy Hagar conquered rock music. Then he conquered tequila. Then Mexican food. Now: Rum. The liquor mogul is expanding into the rum business courtesy of this tropics-friendly bottling, a white rum made from first-press Hawaiian sugar cane that is pot-distilled in small batches. It’s aged for two years, then filtered to remove color. Since it’s…

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Review: Four Roses 2013 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon

This year’s Single Barrel release from Four Roses trots out the OBSK (high-rye) recipe at 13 big years of age. Slightly older than the usual Single Barrel bottlings (typically 11 or 12 years old), this release is a monster whiskey. If you’ve been waiting for something incredibly bold from Four Roses, wait no longer. Four…

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Review: Belaya Rus Vodka

This Belarusian vodka dates back to 1993, and hails from a 100-year-old distillery in Minsk. Distilled six times “for your pleasure” from a blend of 75% rye and 25% winter wheat, this budget brand offers lots of quality plus Eastern European street cred. Belaya Rus (literally “White Russian”) is surprisingly easy, especially considering its birth…

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Review: Stone Enjoy By 4.20.13 IPA

For those beer drinkers who can’t get enough hops, there’s nothing worse than opening an India Pale Ale and finding out that the bottle you just bought is several months old. Unlike some beer styles that can improve and mature with age, IPAs and other hop-forward beers are notorious for dropping off quickly because the…

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Review: Admiral Rodney Extra Old St. Lucia Rum

This bottle was given to me as a gift, brought back directly from St. Lucia. Bottled by St. Lucia Distillers, it is named after Admiral Georges Rodney, a British seaman who fought against the French in the 18th century. This rum is continuous column distilled, then aged for an average of 12 years in American…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 04.08.2013 – Buffalo Trace Builds Warehouse X

In its ongoing quest to find the “holy grail” of bourbon, Buffalo Trace announced on Friday it has broken ground on the enigmatically christened Warehouse X, a comparatively small warehouse only able to hold 150 barrels at capacity. This facility will be able to test for such factors as natural light, temperature, airflow, and humidity…

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Review: Highland Park Valhalla Collection – Loki

The second release of Highland Park’s Norse God-inspired Valhalla Collection is upon us, this one inspired by the master of mischief, Loki. While lighter in proof than the massive Thor, the 97.4 proof, 15 year old Loki is immediately hot and fiery. Even the nose brings a bit of a burn to the nostrils, offering…

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Review: Real Russian Vodka

I once heard a story about a guy who had trademarked “Ice Cold” Vodka. Ice Cold was the brand name. Makes sense. Basically the same thing Miller did with the Lite brand. Real Russian Vodka is either brilliant branding or incredibly misleading or both. It is made from an “authentic family recipe born over 100…

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