Review: New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

Michigan’s New Holland Brewing Company puts my thoughts about its Beer Barrel Bourbon right on the label: Beer finished in Bourbon casks: Sure. Bourbon finished in beer casks: Sounds a little weird. Beer Barrel Bourbon (no mashbill provided) is first aged in new oak for “several” years at a relatively low 110-115 proof. It’s then…

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Book Review: The Smart Guide to Single Malt Scotch Whisky

The “Smart Guide” series of books are designed as an alternative to the “for Dummies” books, and that makes sense to me. Who wants to be a dummy when you can be smart, right? The format, however, is pretty much the same: Lots of sidebars, lots of iconic graphics, lots of entry points. And everything…

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Review: Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia Tequila 2012 Edition

Check the very bottom of your favorite upscale Mexican restaurant’s tequila menu and you’ll likely see a very expensive Jose Cuervo on the list: Reserva de la Familia. This annual release (introduced in 1995 to celebrate Cuervo’s 200th anniversary) is an exotic blend of tequilas with an average age of 3 years old. Some of…

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Review: Master of Malt Origin Single Estate Gins

It’s well known that Pinot Noir from California tastes different than Pinot Noir from France — even if the wines are made identically. But does the concept of terroir extend to spirits like gin, too? Can juniper berries sourced from the far ends of the world really express their differences after going through the long…

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Book Review: Bordeaux

Every serious wine drinker needs a big fat book on Bordeaux, the world’s pre-eminent wine region, on his shelf. Oz Clarke’s fat tome on the area and its wines (and, per the subtitle, the vineyards and winemakers) is a decent pick, but it’s not the best I’ve seen. As is frequently the problem with “celebrity”…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 02.08.2013

It is indeed Friday once again, and time for our weekly look back at the best (and worst) of reviews via our Shopping List; a digestible, printer-friendly version of our most recent coverage. We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports in recent weeks that are worthy of your time and attention: WALT Wines, 2010 Vintages…

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Review: Hooker’s House Bourbon and Rye (2013)

Color me a bit of a skeptic. Hooker’s House label declares these whiskeys as “Sonoma Style,” as in the California wine country. Where they do not make whiskey. Right? Heck, HelloCello (aka Prohibition Spirits) — best known for its artisanal lemoncello (and other flavors) — makes this whiskey. What on earth do these guys know…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.07.2013 – Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project + Diet Soda Accelerates Intoxication Rates

In a recent study by Northern Kentucky University and the University of Chicago, researchers have discovered that drinking alcohol mixed with diet soda as opposed to regular soda may increase the rate in which you become intoxicated. [Yahoo] Buffalo Trace has announced the release of the eighth round of its Single Oak Project will hit…

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