Review: Karlsson’s Gold Solist 2009 Single Vintage, Single Potato Vodka

This spring we were fortunate to try a new concept in vodka from Sweden’s Karlsson’s Gold: Single vintage, single potato variety vodka. Tasting various vintages and various potato varieties among each other, the differences were shocking. And now Karlsson’s is back, with a 2009 vintage made from a different potato: The Solist variety. The 2009…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.03.2012

Kudos and congrats to Glenmorangie, recently awarded 2012 Distiller of the Year at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC). The Tain distillery emerged not only with the overall prize but also took home honors as UK Spirits Producer of the Year and won the Best Single Malt over 15 Years Old with Glenmorangie Quarter…

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Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2013)

I’ve been turning people on to Angel’s Envy since naming it as one of my favorite whiskeys of 2010. While Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson prepares his next trick, this very limited edition bottling (600 bottles produced, available only in Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee) of the Port-barrel finished Bourbon is being released: A cask strength version…

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Review: 2010 Van Duzer Pinot Noir Estate Willamette Valley

Oregon’s Van Duzer has been through upheaval of late. A new winemaker came aboard in June 2010, and the winemaking process was overhauled to focus on smaller sites, lower yields, and gentler handling of grapes. The first release from the new era is now upon us. Here’s how the 2010 Estate Pinot Noir shakes out.…

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Review: Big Peat Islay Blended Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

It’s called “Big Peat.” And the picture on the label is a drawing of a grimacing guy who looks like he’s been punched in the face. So you know what you’re getting into. A vatting of Islay whiskys from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Port Ellen, and Bowmore (plus other unspecified whiskies), this is an (obviously) extremely…

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Review: Zignum Anejo Mezcal

We last encountered Zignum’s mezcal earlier this year in its reposado incarnation. Now the brand is back, this time with an anejo version. Made from green agave and aged more than a year, this is mezcal with much of the smokiness aged right out of it. You’ll find lots of exotic, tropical, and caramel notes…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.30.2012

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a printer friendly weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the last few weeks. Along with our regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on this list: Italian Value Wines – Deep Value Wines From Bolla Blind Tasting…

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Review: Crown Royal Maple

“Finished” has a particular meaning in the world of whisky, normally implying that a whisky has been moved from one type of barrel to another, usually a different type of wood or, more commonly, a barrel that once held another spirit or wine. “Maple finished” has actually been done before: Woodford Reserve made a maple-finished…

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