Review: Finger Lakes Distilling McKenzie Rye and Bourbon Whiskey

Finger Lakes Distilling operates out of, you guessed it, the Finger Lakes region of New York, well known as an up-and-coming wine region but also a hotbed of craft distilleries, too. Finger Lakes makes two young whiskeys which we recently put to the taste test.  Both are 91 proof. McKenzie Bourbon Whiskey – Double-pot distilled…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.05.2013 – Hooray for Beer Edition

First off today, just a gentle reminder of our contest being held in conjunction with our friends over at Lapham’s Quarterly. Be sure to enter to win their latest issue, all about intoxication. If you missed it earlier this morning, CBS Morning News reported that the Justice Department will be taking on one of the…

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Review: Agave Underground Anejo Tequila

With a coffin-shaped bottle and a stopper that looks like a flaming skull, to say that Agave Underground is going for the punk tequila drinker with this fairly new brand (established 2009) may be stating the obvious. These tequilas — the three typical expressions are made — hail from seven-year-old agave plants in the Jalisco…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 02.04.2013 – Parker Beam Promise Fund

Today’s Reads will boil down to one important story and that’s it. We’ll return to our regularly scheduled 5-6 stories of interest and bemusement tomorrow, but today we felt it important to highlight one particular news item that entered our inbox over the weekend. Any bourbon fanatic will instantly know the name Parker Beam, and…

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Book Review: The Kentucky Mint Julep

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is home to many a splendored thing: actors Clooney, Depp, and Shatner, bluegrass music, horses, Lionel Hampton, Loretta Lynn, and of course bourbon. While these are all claims of which to be Kentucky proud, one of the finer small indulgences signaling spring’s imminent arrival to the Bluegrass is the season’s first…

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Review: Belle de Brillet Poire Williams (2013)

I’ve had a mini of Belle de Brillet around for years. So it came as quite a surprise to find out that Kobrand would be “bringing” this brand (which launched in the 1980s) to the U.S. (The bottle I have was imported by Pasternak.) I figured I’d crack it open and give it a spin.…

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Recipe: Samuel Adams Boston Lager Pizza

With the Super Bowl happening today, kitchens around the nation will be busy preparing food for the big game. This one’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you’re looking for another way to involve alcohol consumption during the game, Mark Bello from Pizza School offers up these recipes for your consideration: Samuel Adams…

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Review: Maison Leblon Reserva Especial Cachaca

Aged cachaca is a surprisingly rare thing, but mainstream producers are finally getting in on the game. Leblon, which makes the ubiquitous and eponymous silver cachaca, makes this fancy version by taking its pot-distilled cachaca and aging the spirit for up to two years in new Limousin oak casks. Formerly available only in Brazil, it’s…

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