Review: 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

Reader Alex Trembley turned me on to 2 Gingers in the middle of 2012, and finally we’ve been able to track down a bottle of this Irish Whiskey to review. Why the trouble? It’s only sold in Minnesota… at least for now. The name 2 Gingers connotes spicy, ginger beer-laced drinks, but the moniker has…

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Book Review: Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking

The title is most certainly not a misnomer, as Henry G. Crowgey’s Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking wastes no time in immersing the reader in his world, beginning with a discussion of Egyptians, Moors and the migration of distillation practices to Europe. Originally published in 1971, this challenging read holds a venerable place…

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Recipe: Valentine’s Day, James Bond-Themed, Balsamic Vinegar Cocktails, 2013

Superstar cocktail creator Carlo Splendorini is no stranger to those familiar with the world of exotic drinks.  He helped establish the Michelin-starred restaurant Michael Mina as a front-runner in San Francisco’s cocktail scene while racking up prizes in national and international competitions. For this Valentine’s Day, he offers up some twists using balsamic vinegar as…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.12.2013 – Absolut Takes On Chicago; Timberlake Takes On Budweiser

In keeping with the spirit of letting artists rule the roost when it comes to creating bold new editions of its city-themed vodkas, Absolut has decided to crowdsource its next edition to the design community over at Threadless, challenging folks to design a bottle for Chicago. Submissions are now being accepted, and the grand prize…

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Will Consumers Shun Maker’s Mark at 84 Proof?

The story of the year in the bourbon biz is (and will continue to be) Maker’s Mark abrupt decision this week to lower the amount of alcohol in its flagship whiskey. To hear whiskey nuts talk about it, the end of days are upon us. Calls for a boycott — driven by the obvious greed…

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Tasting Report: Bordeaux and Sauternes, 2010 Vintage

One of the highlights of the wine tasting events that I get to attend is when pretty much all of Bordeaux comes to town to show off that year’s releases. This year’s roadshow is particularly exciting, since the upcoming 2010 vintage is said to be one of the best in the last 10 years, ranking…

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Drinkhacker Reads 02.11.2013 – Maker’s Mark Drops to 84 Proof, Bars Charge More for Neatness

Big news in whiskeytown. The New York Post is reporting that Maker’s Mark will be cutting its flagship brand down from 90 proof to about 84 proof in order to meet the global rise in demand for the brand. No word on when the cut will be in effect or when the lower-proof Maker’s will…

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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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