Original Recipe: The Upton Abbey

My sources tell me that Downton Abbey season three begins this weekend. Coincidentally, I developed this cocktail at an Abbey-themed New Year’s Eve party, in part trying to capture the spirit of the era (and using liquor common in 1910s England), in part trying to take advantage of spirits available on hand at our host’s…

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Review: The Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 6

Balvenie’s Tun 1401 is a series of special releases that have been hitting the market, each batch typically a regional release exclusive to an individual country or two. Batch 3 was the first U.S. exclusive. Now there’s Batch 6, another U.S.-only bottling composed of whisky from seven traditional (ex-Bourbon) casks and two sherry butts. Balvenie…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.04.2013

It’s Friday and once again that means it is time for 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, 2012 Releases Tasting The Wines…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.04.2013 – Hooray For Beer and Other Delights

January seems to be starting off with a bang for hops lovers. Determined to make Rhode Island famous for something beyond Family Guy, Foolproof Brewery marks its arrival onto the microbrew scene with three year-round beers: an American golden ale, a porter, and an IPA, plus the promise of a rotation of seasonal beers throughout…

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Review: Pomacai Vodka

Pomegranate and acai have developed strong “superfruit” reputations, which have led to many a boozemaker attempting to use these products to make new spirits. But the fact remains that neither of these taste particularly good, which is why most pomegranate juice drinks are stuffed full of sugar or other, sweeter, juices. Acai, based on the…

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Review: 2009 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

This latest vintage of Robert Craig’s mountain-born Cabernet is a bit tight today, with tannin still obscuring the fruit within. I’m not sure there’s going to be a lot of it to go around when it matures in another 3-4 years. Some blueberry, tea leaf, and rhubarb round out the plummy core. But it’s the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.03.2013 – AB/InBev Potential Acquisitions + 99 Year Bourbon

Michigan State professor Philip Howard has constructed an absolutely stunning data visualization of the wine industry in the United States. It appears to be incredibly thorough, and we found it a fun game to try to find something that was missed. This is an impressive study worth your time and attention. You can find the…

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Tasting the Craft Brews of Hangar 24, 2013 Releases

Not to be confused with Hanger One, Hangar 24 is a beermaking operation in Redlands, California, where it creates some 30 different brews. The company sent us 6 of its beers — in various size bottles — to check out. Thoughts follow. Hangar 24 Amarillo Pale Ale– Straightforward American pale ale, hoppy but not overwhelmingly…

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