Review: Milano Green Vodka

Italy seems to be a hotbed these days — not for wine, but rather for vodka. Milano Green is made from wheat in the north of Italy and blended with spring water from the Italian alps. Production methods are sustainable, per the company, but the producer does not claim that the product is organic. This…

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Tasting the Wines of Sardinia’s Sella & Mosca, 2013 Releases

Sardinia is an island I know little about, so the opportunity to taste the wines of its premier producer, Sella & Mosca, was something I jumped at. Founded in 1899, Sella & Mosca is a big operation that sells 650,000 cases of wine a year, half of it on its home island of Sardinia. This…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.25.2013 – New Russell’s Reserve, Angel’s Envy and Jim Beam

Master distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell are readying the latest expression to the Russell’s Reserve line, and reports are in from various sources that shipping has already begun. This edition is curiously absent an age statement, but is brought to you at 110 proof and is non-chill filtered. It also boasts of being small batch…

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Tasting the Liqueurs and C2 Cognac/Liqueur Blends of Merlet (2013)

We covered Merlet’s new Cognac a few weeks ago, but the company is arguably best known for its fruit liqueurs, which we’re finally getting around to covering them. All of them, actually. Thoughts on these high-end liqueurs and two unique Cognac/liqueur blends follow. Merlet Triple Sec – Triple sec is perhaps the toughest liqueur there…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Eight

Another quarter, another installment of the Buffalo Trace “Single Oak Project” experiment. This month we look at the eighth round of these unique, single-barrel Bourbons as we help analyze what recipes and formulas make for the very best Bourbon. Previous rounds can be found here: Round One (including all the basics of the approach to…

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Review: Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Do you like apples, like Will’s blonde friend? If so, you’ll love Shock Top’s latest brew, a Belgian wheat ale brewed with honeycrisp apple cider and spices. It smells and tastes exactly how you imagine it will: Tangy apple juice on the front of the palate, then a very lightly bitter, quite sweet finish. Long…

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Recipe: Academy Awards 2013 Cocktails

Sunday is the most wonderful time of year for movie stars (and fans). It’s the only time where the media world stops and lavishes the cinematic arts with attention and praise for the well-done, A+ job they’ve contributed to furthering the discourse of humanity over the previous 11 months. In other words, it is time…

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Review: LeSutra Sparkling Liqueurs

To call the LeSutra line of liqueurs garish would be a vast understatement. Decked out in pastel colors, emblazoned with tiny fleur-de-lis icons, and sporting oversized metallic stoppers, you don’t walk past the lineup of four LeSutra bottles and not ask, what the heck is that? Launched by producer Timbaland, these are (duh) club-friendly spirits…

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