Review: Tuaca Cinnaster Liqueur

Tuaca is a famed vanilla liqueur that’s been around for hundreds of years in various incarnations. Now it’s getting its first line extension: Cinnaster, which adds cinnamon to the mix. Here’s how it tastes. Strong vanilla hits your nostrils first as you pour a glass, making you wonder how much cinnamon impact there could be.…

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Book Review: The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail

Given the recent onslaught of titles dedicating themselves to a single spirit or beverage, the bookshelf of the cocktail connoisseur may find itself with a little less room to spare these days. Thankfully Albert Schmid’s paean The Old Fashioned is compact enough at 110 pages to fit right in, leaving room for those massive wine…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.20.2013 – Are Wine Reviews Stupid?

When not covering the hacking of the United States government by a secret Chinese state organization or Burger King’s Twitter page, The Atlantic has been quite busy as of late covering the spirits industry. Today we find the magazine explaining to us why we can’t tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines, and providing…

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Review: Anchor Distilling Hophead Hop Vodka

Cigarette smoke. That was the first thing that hit me when I took the sniff of Hophead Vodka, Anchor Distilling’s highly talked-about spin on the classic spirit. Hophead doesn’t smell like cigarettes, though. It just reminds me of them. The hops-infused vodka smells exactly like what it proclaims on the bottle — hops and vodka…

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Review: Single Malts of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Batch 1

That Boutique-y Whisky Company isn’t something I made up. That’s really what it’s called. This oddball label (again, I mean that literally, as the labels have comic book-style drawings on them) is being used for a new line of independent bottlings of single malt Scotch whiskys. Like most single malts, these whiskys are a blend…

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President’s Day Bar Tab

In celebration of the United States holiday known as President’s Day: And you thought you knew how to party… (courtesy of our friends over at Lapham’s Quarterly) Related Stories: Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon! Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Bar Review: Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco Book Review: Lapham’s Quarterly:…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Hot Box Toasted Barrel and #7 Heavy Char Bourbon

Buffalo Trace’s latest experimental whiskeys are here, and this time out the focus is on barrel treatments, specifically how different heat treatments can impact the resulting spirit. In BT’s own words: Both of these experiments study the effects of extreme heat on oak barrels and the flavor of the bourbon inside. The Hot Box Toasted…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.18.2013 – Maker’s Mark Backpedals

In a move that would make any flip-flopping politician proud, Maker’s Mark quietly announced over the weekend that it was reversing its course and keeping the product the way it was originally envisioned. In an interview with author Fred Minnick, Makers COO Rob Samuels admits the whole idea brought a bit of perspective to the…

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