Drinkhacker Reads – 05.07.2013 – Beam Goes Boffo!

In bourbon news, MSN Money reports that Beam saw a hefty spike in sales during the first quarter of 2013, much of that attributed to the drama surrounding Maker’s Mark and the reduction of its alcohol content. Many theories abound if this was all just a business ploy, or a bad marketing decision, or a…

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Tasting New Cabernets of Chile, 2013 Releases

Chile is rising as a source of great Cabernet Sauvignon, made all the better by its generally quite affordable pricing. These three Cabs come from the blue chip regions of Chile, and each cuts a very different profile on the palate. Thoughts follow. 2009 Tabali Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Maipo Valley – Black- and blueberry notes…

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Review: Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Vodka and Gin

Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vermont primarily markets its products in the Northeast and uses honey in just about everything it makes, from honey mead to vodka and gin. We tasted both those spirits, plus an elderberry cordial from the company. Thoughts follow. By the by: Mind the beeswax seal on the vodka and gin (they…

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Review: Wild Shot Mezcal Silver

A beverage with a name like Wild Shot doesn’t exactly wear subtlety on its sleeve, and this unaged mezcal — complete with, or rather extremely proud of, the worm at the bottom of the bottle — doesn’t really hold back. Country musician Toby Keith is the man behind this celebrezcal, and you can click the…

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Review: Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey Barrel 261

We so rarely get to check out the whiskeys of France that when one arrives it’s always greeted with a bit of mystery and awe. Even among French whiskeys, Brenne is something completely unique. It starts as single malt, with barley harvested on the distillery’s own farm in the Cognac region of France. It is…

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Recipe: Cinco De Mayo Celebration Cocktails

In 1862, the great nation of Mexico held off Napoleon’s invading forces after a lengthy battle. What better way to celebrate the most festival of occasions than with a great drink? It’s the best holiday Mexico ever invented! Here’s a few recipe ideas for your consideration during this swell symbol of spring’s arrival! Korbel Citrus…

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Review: 2008 D’Alessandro Azienda Agricola “ns08” Nero d’Avola/Syrah

This monster of a wine hails from Sicily and is made with its traditional grape, Nero d’Avola (65%), blended with Syrah (35%). Results are intense. The nose is biting and quite raisiny, hinting at Port-like characteristics. On the body, tons of deep fruit notes, leather, tobacco, and a long, tannic finish. A good match with…

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Review: 2011 Matchbook Giguiere Musque Chardonnay Dunnigan Hills

The giant “Musque” on the label of this wine may throw you at first, but the body will do you one worse. A 100% unoaked Chardonnay made entirely from the Musque Clone No. 809, this is an aromatic and perfumy wine loaded with muscat-like flavors (hence the name of the clone). Big orange, honey, wildflower,…

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