The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 02.22.2013

If it’s Friday, it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List — our regularly scheduled overview of the best (and worst) things we’ve reviewed over the past few weeks. It’s printable and ready for you to take along on your next trip to the store! Along with this shopping list, we’ve also featured a generous amount…

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Review: Dekuyper JDK&Sons Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur

Who doesn’t love chocolate? With its new line of chocolate liqueurs, dubbed Crave, Dekuyper isn’t content to stick with just the lowly cocoa bean. Its three new expressions are all chocolate blended with something else: mint, cherries, or habanero chili, as is the case with the version of Crave that we received for review. This…

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Review: Tuaca Cinnaster Liqueur

Tuaca is a famed vanilla liqueur that’s been around for hundreds of years in various incarnations. Now it’s getting its first line extension: Cinnaster, which adds cinnamon to the mix. Here’s how it tastes. Strong vanilla hits your nostrils first as you pour a glass, making you wonder how much cinnamon impact there could be.…

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Book Review: The Old Fashioned: An Essential Guide to the Original Whiskey Cocktail

Given the recent onslaught of titles dedicating themselves to a single spirit or beverage, the bookshelf of the cocktail connoisseur may find itself with a little less room to spare these days. Thankfully Albert Schmid’s paean The Old Fashioned is compact enough at 110 pages to fit right in, leaving room for those massive wine…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.20.2013 – Are Wine Reviews Stupid?

When not covering the hacking of the United States government by a secret Chinese state organization or Burger King’s Twitter page, The Atlantic has been quite busy as of late covering the spirits industry. Today we find the magazine explaining to us why we can’t tell the difference between cheap and expensive wines, and providing…

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Review: Anchor Distilling Hophead Hop Vodka

Cigarette smoke. That was the first thing that hit me when I took the sniff of Hophead Vodka, Anchor Distilling’s highly talked-about spin on the classic spirit. Hophead doesn’t smell like cigarettes, though. It just reminds me of them. The hops-infused vodka smells exactly like what it proclaims on the bottle — hops and vodka…

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Review: Single Malts of That Boutique-y Whisky Company, Batch 1

That Boutique-y Whisky Company isn’t something I made up. That’s really what it’s called. This oddball label (again, I mean that literally, as the labels have comic book-style drawings on them) is being used for a new line of independent bottlings of single malt Scotch whiskys. Like most single malts, these whiskys are a blend…

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President’s Day Bar Tab

In celebration of the United States holiday known as President’s Day: And you thought you knew how to party… (courtesy of our friends over at Lapham’s Quarterly) Related Stories: Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon! Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Bar Review: Bourbon & Branch, San Francisco Book Review: Lapham’s Quarterly:…

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