Review: Master of Malt Origin Single Estate Gins

It’s well known that Pinot Noir from California tastes different than Pinot Noir from France — even if the wines are made identically. But does the concept of terroir extend to spirits like gin, too? Can juniper berries sourced from the far ends of the world really express their differences after going through the long…

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Book Review: Bordeaux

Every serious wine drinker needs a big fat book on Bordeaux, the world’s pre-eminent wine region, on his shelf. Oz Clarke’s fat tome on the area and its wines (and, per the subtitle, the vineyards and winemakers) is a decent pick, but it’s not the best I’ve seen. As is frequently the problem with “celebrity”…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 02.08.2013

It is indeed Friday once again, and time for our weekly look back at the best (and worst) of reviews via our Shopping List; a digestible, printer-friendly version of our most recent coverage. We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports in recent weeks that are worthy of your time and attention: WALT Wines, 2010 Vintages…

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Review: Hooker’s House Bourbon and Rye (2013)

Color me a bit of a skeptic. Hooker’s House label declares these whiskeys as “Sonoma Style,” as in the California wine country. Where they do not make whiskey. Right? Heck, HelloCello (aka Prohibition Spirits) — best known for its artisanal lemoncello (and other flavors) — makes this whiskey. What on earth do these guys know…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.07.2013 – Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project + Diet Soda Accelerates Intoxication Rates

In a recent study by Northern Kentucky University and the University of Chicago, researchers have discovered that drinking alcohol mixed with diet soda as opposed to regular soda may increase the rate in which you become intoxicated. [Yahoo] Buffalo Trace has announced the release of the eighth round of its Single Oak Project will hit…

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Review: Merlet Cognac Brothers Blend

Formerly a private label distiller of Cognac for the major houses, Merlet (pronounced mer-lay) has launched its own label, under its own name. (The company also makes a variety of fruit liqueurs, which we’ll be reviewing soon.) The first product, launching now in the U.S., is called Merlet Brothers Blend, a marriage of eaux-de-vies ranging…

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Book Review: Extreme Brewing

We presented Alt Whiskeys previously. Now we have Extreme Brewing. Written by Sam Calagione, owner of the highly-esteemed Dogfish Head Brewery, Extreme Brewing is a treatise on how to make beers that push the boundaries of the beverage. Several dozen recipes are included, ranging from the expected pilsners and lagers to stuff that includes pumpkin,…

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Review: Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Rye and Bourbon Whiskey

Finger Lakes Distilling operates out of, you guessed it, the Finger Lakes region of New York, well known as an up-and-coming wine region but also a hotbed of craft distilleries, too. Finger Lakes makes two young whiskeys which we recently put to the taste test.  Both are 91 proof. McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey – Double-pot distilled…

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