Review: Campbeltown Loch Blended Scotch Whisky

Springbank produces this simple blend — no age statement, but it’s 5 years old — including some of its own, highly-prized Campbeltown whisky, Longrow and, of course, Springbank. 40% malt and 60% grain whisky, it’s an ultra-pale, and lightly fragrant dram. Quite innocuous, this is basically a drinkable, non-offensive whisky. Light campfire notes on the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.06.2012 – Trump in Huff over Glenfiddich Stuff

Scaling to new heights of absurdity, professional buffoonist, game show host, and hair magnate Donald Trump is at it again, according to the Huffington Post. Fresh off of his wildly successful expedition to discover the truth behind the President’s birth certificate, Trump is now calling for a boycott and ban on Glenfiddich at all of…

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Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society “Holiday Parcels” Winter 2012 Outturn

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa’s here, and he wants to give you whisky. As Christmas approaches, the SMWS is offering this year-end parcel, chock full of goodies. Thoughts follow. SMWS Cask 27.97 – 13 year old Springbank from Campbeltown – Amazing color, amazing nose, amazing everything. It’s hard to go wrong with Springbank, this one bottled…

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Review: Widow Jane Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 7 Years Old

Better known for its exotic cacao liqueurs (we’re reviewing them in the coming weeks), Cacao Prieto also makes a highly regarded artisan Bourbon whiskey in limited quantities in its compound in Red Hook, Brooklyn. How then does Widow Jane come to say “Kentucky Bourbon” on the label? Widow Jane is distilled in the Bluegrass state…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.05.2012 – Varvatos Tequila Bottle Redesign + Top Wines of 2012

Happy December 5th! What’s so great about today? Well here in the States we get to celebrate the end of Prohibition with the passage of the 21st Amendment to our Constitution. Also, happy Discovery Day to our friends in the Dominican Republic, happy Faunalia to our dear friends in Ancient Rome, a very happy birthday…

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Review: MacKinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky “Shackleton: The Journey” Second Edition

Late last year, Whyte & Mackay undertook unfathomable effort to recreate a 100-year-old spirit (using modern stock) based on whisky that Ernest Shackleton took with him on his expedition to the South Pole… and left there when he departed. We covered it extensively in November 2011. The first run sold out and raised nearly £250,000…

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Review: 2010 Round Pond Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Round Pond, in Napa Valley’s Rutherford area, is primarily a Cabernet Sauvignon producer with affordability squarely in mind. We sampled the newly-released 2010 vintage of its flagship, Napa-sourced Cab. This wine is light and very fruity, with almost no tannin to concern itself with. Ample strawberry and blueberry character, freshly juiced and jammed, dominate the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.04.2012 – Woodford Reserve Launches Bitters Line

Woodford Reserve is getting into the bitters business. The first offering, a collaboration with Bourbon Barrel Foods, is the Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters. It will be available for $15 per 100ml bottle, and is available at the Woodford Reserve Shop. Review on the way soon.  [PR Newswire] The Wall Street Journal reports that while…

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