Review: 360 Buttered Popcorn Vodka

I’ve been resisting even opening this bottle for several months, for reasons which must be obvious. Liquid popcorn? I’ve been scared. 360 Buttered Popcorn, in reality, is more harmless than you might expect. The nose is sickly sweet — more like a glazed doughnut (a vodka flavor which 360 also makes) or cotton candy than…

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Review: Ventura Limoncello and Orangecello

Based in Ventura County, California, Ventura makes limoncello year-round from SoCal lemons and produces orangecello from local blood oranges on a seasonal basis. (A limoncello crema is also made.) We sampled the two main products. Thoughts follow. Both are 58 proof. No artificial colors or flavors added. Ventura Limoncello Originale – Cloudy yet pale yellow,…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.11.2013

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 of late: Wine Road Trip: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Wines…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.11.2013 – Beer and Bourbon Edition

Fox News reported and we decided booze is better anyways: A new study presented at the Annual Academy of Neurology meeting this week in San Diego suggesting that people who consume four cups or cans of soda a day were 30% more likely to suffer from depression than those who drank no soda. When reached…

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Review: Bulleit 10 Bourbon 10 Years Old

One of the biggest success stories in recent years in the Bourbon world has been Bulleit, a brand that came from nowhere and has since become ubiquitous on back bars throughout the country. Bulleit is affordable, good, and easy to drink straight or as a mixer. It doesn’t hurt that Tom Bulleit is one of…

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Review: Mackmyra Swedish Whisky “The First Edition”

I’m married to a Swede, but this is — amazingly — my first Swedish whisky. Sweden has a fairly young history as a whisky producer — only nine distilleries are operating in the country now, all but one (Mackmyra, reviewed here) having been founded in the 2000s. Mackmyra is the country’s most notable producer to…

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Review: 2008 Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Grgich Hills is an iconic winery of Napa Valley, but the wines tend to be all over the map, an inevitability, perhaps, of increasing production to the point where the wines are omnipresent — albeit expensive — in the supermarkets of America now. This Cabernet is perhaps the winery’s flagship bottling, widely available yet pedigreed,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.09.2013 – Scotch and Wine Compete For World Dominance

The BBC offers up this report with the pretty official sounding title “How Scotch Whisky Conquered The World.”  A textual precursor to its investigative report “Scotched Earth,” it details just how Scotch has made its mark and continues to do so worldwide. [BBC] Devotees of Drinkhacker will be familiar the name Wemyss from recent review…

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