Review: Wemyss The Hive, Spice King, and Peat Chimney 12 Years Old

Wemyss Malts produces a variety of whiskys in Edinburgh, and while it does make some single malts, it is probably best known for its blends. Now the company has launched a line of new blends, three different expressions, each 12 years of age: The Hive, Spice King, and Peat Chimney. If some of that sounds…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Seven

The Buffalo Trace “Single Oak Project” experiment continues! This month we look at the seventh round of these unique, single-barrel Bourbons as we work to figure out what characteristics, exactly, make for the very best Bourbon. Previous rounds can be found here: Round One (including all the basics of the approach to this series) Round…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Mendocino, 2012

A trip to Mendocino is a bit of an annual pilgrimage now, and every time I visit the area I love to check out old favorites and wines that are newer to me. I’d encountered all of the wines below at least once, but this was my first visit to a few, including Esterlina, which…

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Review: Thomas Tew Pot-Still Rum

Pot-distilled rum isn’t exactly commonplace these days, and pot-still rum from Rhode Island, well, that’s an entirely new one for me. Rum has a great history in New England, but for the last century or so it’s been primarily a Caribbean endeavor. Now Newport Distilling Co. is bringing back the area’s rich tradition — by…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.21.2012 – The Holiday Edition

It’s Friday. The Friday before the holiday. You’re rushing around, scurrying frantically at the last minute for a gift to bring to your holiday party. Gin or red wine? Bourbon or single malt? What brands are best? Thankfully we’ve sampled them all and we have our selections for 2012 handy for you! We also have…

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Recipe: Sailor’s Punch

Will you be at Drinkhacker HQ tonight? Here’s what you’re drinking… while supplies last! Adapted from this recipe at Serious Eats. The bay leaves are what sucked me in! Update: This punch was a huge hit and was gone in about an hour. There’s no way it serves 40. Maybe 20. I would at least…

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Review: Kinky Liqueur

Technically a flavored vodka (5x distilled), Kinky is a bright pink “liqueur” flavored with mango, blood orange, and passion fruit, a clear shot across the bow of Alize, Hpnotiq, and its ilk. The look and taste are actually heavily reminiscent of pink lemonade. Of the three fruits named in the mix, the passion fruit is…

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Drinkhacker Reads –12.20.2012 – Rare Bowmore Sold + Whiskey Toothpaste

Just one day until the Mayans and everyone who posts REM’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It” on Facebook is proven wrong. Or right. Either way, there’s a more important holiday today. Did you know the 20th is National Sangria Day?  It is! A bit of trivia for you: Sangria is…

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