Review: The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Arran, from Scotland’s Isle of Arran, normally releases overproof whisky as a matter of course — its 10 and 14 year old expressions are both 92 proof — but now it’s releasing for the first time in the U.S. a cask strength version of its 12 year old single malt. This malt is typical of…

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Review: Kirkland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 20 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

One of the questions I get asked the most is, You don’t buy much booze, do you? Well, no, I don’t. I give away and pour out more wine and spirits than I could possibly keep on hand, a natural by-product of having reviewed close to 2000 products over the last several years. (Heresy, some…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.18.2013

If it’s Friday, it can only mean several things. But one of amongst the goings-on is our shopping list; a digestible, printer-friendly version of our coverage from the past several weeks. We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports worthy of your time and attention: Wine Road Trip: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Wines of Artesa,…

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Review: Wines of Lawer Family Vineyards, 2013 Releases

Lawer Family Wines is a new(ish) operation based in Calistoga, California, where husband and wife Betsy and David Lawer produce a trio of limited production wines under a variety of (non-Lawer) names. Each label is designed to commemorate a pursuit of the Lawer family, though I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.17.2013 – Rare Cognac, N*E*R*Ds, and Mark Twain

Glenmorangie is slated to release the latest installment in its Private Edition range in 2013.  Ealanta (Gaelic for “skilled and ingenious”) is a 19-year-old malt matured exclusively in a virgin American white oak cask from the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ozark Mountains. A limited edition of 1,500 has been earmarked for the US…

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Review: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer

The whole “ginger ale/ginger beer” thing is extremely misleading. As any partaker of the occasional can of Canada Dry can tell you, there’s no “ale” in there — it’s really just ginger-flavored 7-Up. Ginger beer and ginger ale aren’t the same thing (The difference between the two is simple: Ginger ale was actually invented as…

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Pisco Disco Cocktails

Okay they’re really not disco-inspired cocktails, but it was tough to resist the whole rhyme scheme. Absolutely abysmal wordplay aside, Pisco is indeed a wonderful South American brandy that is sorely under-represented in the cocktail world. Here are a couple of recipes courtesy of our friends over at Portón that are worth checking out and…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters

I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for a whiskey company to get into the bitters business, but Woodford Reserve has finally opened that door, introducing its first bitters, barrel-aged and spiced cherry-flavored. Crafted in conjunction with Bourbon Barrel Foods, the bitters are specifically designed for use in a Manhattan cocktail (and presumably one…

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