The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 03.08.2013

Another week, another Friday rolling around and another chance for us to provide you with the Drinkhacker Shopping List: our weekly look at the best (and worst) of our reviews over the past fortnight. And if you haven’t already, be sure to enter our most recent contest for a chance to win an incredible book!…

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Review: Dogfish Head Rhizing Bines Imperial IPA

This curious Imperial IPA is a collaborative project, the third in the “Life & Limb” series, between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada, though the Dogfish DNA is more prevalent on the bottle and label. From the companies, you’re getting the best of both worlds: “Carolina-grown red fife wheat and Dogfish Head’s continual hopping from the…

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Review: Soul Cachaca

Cachaca, the national spirit of Brazil, tends not to be the most nuanced of liquors, but Soul, made in Cruz do Espirito Santo, is one of the better renditions I’ve encountered of late. Cachaca’s iconic aroma is typically that of gasoline, and while Soul’s got it too, it’s milder here than you usually encounter. It’s…

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Review: Casamigos Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

George Clooney seems to like his tequila like he likes his women: Sweet. This much talked-about celebrity project doesn’t hide its backer on the back label like some vanity spirits: The Cloon’s signature is right on the front. (It looks like “Geogo Cloy” but that’s close enough, I think.) Available in blanco and reposado expressions,…

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Review: 2010 The Dreaming Tree Crush Red Wine North Coast

Every good musician needs his own wine. OK, every musician, good or not, needs a wine. The Dreaming Tree is a pet project of winemaker Steve Reeder and musicmaker Dave Matthews. A blend of North Coast California Zinfandel and Merlot, it’s a big and fruity wine with ample berry flavors — raspberry and a little…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 03.06.2013 – Michter’s Sour Mash Returns

One of the larger announcements from yesterday’s newswire was the press release from Michter’s announcing the return of its legendary staples to its lineup: the Sour Mash. The Sour Mash was the company’s biggest seller in the ’70s and ’80s, but disappeared when Michter’s ceased production in 1989. It will ship and arrive on shelves…

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Recipes: Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey Cocktails

With the announcement that Jim Beam’s Jacob’s Ghost is now available nationwide, we decided to reach out to Beam’s master mixologist Bobby Gleason to celebrate its release. He took Jacob’s Ghost for a spin to see how it fares in some old classics. Ghost Cosmo 2 parts Jacob’s Ghost 1 part orange liqueur 1 part white…

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Review: Auchentoshan Valinch 2012

2011’s Valinch — a cask-strength version of Auchentoshan Classic — was a real knockout, so the Lowlands-based distillery is back with a follow up for 2012. This edition (still no age statement) offers a substantially different sipping experience. On the nose, there’s a distinct and overwhelming green olive character, tempered by notes of pine needles…

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