Review: Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Whiskey (2013)

1) Who is Clyde May? An Alabama farmer and WWII veteran who turned to illegal whiskeymaking to supplement his income… and learn a thing or two about craft distilling. In 2002 Clyde’s son Kenny May decided to revive the family business and open a distillery. 2) Where is Conecuh Ridge? Southern Alabama, near the Florida…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.27.2013 – Budweiser Allegedly Watered Down in New Controversy

Following the Maker’s Mark debacle over the last few weeks, new allegations and class action lawsuits are coming to light in several states against Anheuser-Busch/Inbev. The suits claim numerous brands in AB/InBev’s product line have allegedly received a watering down in order to increase profits and enhance inventory. While the company line is in strict…

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Book Review: Beam, Straight Up

The secondary title of Fred Noe’s memoir could serve as ammunition for contentious debate among scholars and devotees of bourbon culture. “The Bold Story Of The First Family of Bourbon” is a hefty declaration when considering the many families of Kentucky whose heritage calls back several generations — some right down to the Commonwealth’s pioneering…

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Review: Caliche Rum

This white rum is produced in the traditional Puerto Rican style — aged (at least a year, by law), then filtered back to white before bottling. Caliche is quite old even for a Puerto Rican style white rum, a blend of 3-, 4-, and 5-year old rums, plus a portion of solera-aged rum which has…

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Book Review: Drinkology Wine

With the verdicts on the previous editions of the Drinkology series split right down the middle, I was curious which way the words would sway in this third Drinkology treatise, devoted to all things involving the almighty grape. Thankfully, it falls under the same category as its beer sibling: an engaging, educational guide about the wine…

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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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