Review: Brora 35 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

This whisky comes to us from the Northern Highlands’ Brora Distillery, where it was distilled in 1976 and 1977… before the plant was shuttered in 1983. The color of yellow Chartreuse, this whisky is a true delight, the kind of experience that you can get from a malt only after it spends decades mellowing in…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.23.13 – The Rise of Stagg Jr.

This one’s been making the rounds of late at your favorite internet watering hole: talk of Sazerac/Buffalo Trace now developing something it’s calling Stagg Jr., a presumed spinoff of its wildly popular George T. Stagg whiskey. According to these papers filed with the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, Stagg Jr. will be near or…

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Recipe: Be My Clementine

Across this amber-waved grain filled nation of ours, waiting rooms of doctors offices and clinics are reaching maximum capacity, as physicians deal with the massive cold and flu outbreak. As a potential antidote, the folks at the Tommy Bahama restaurant chain have concocted this citrus-filled cocktail to make sure you get your daily dose of…

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Review: Dalwhinnie 25 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

Last released in the special edition Classic Malts series as a 20 year old in 2007, this central Highlands whisky (from one of the highest distilleries in Scotland) strikes again as a well-aged 25 year old in its fourth edition. Aged in a rejuvenated American oak hogshead. Quite light, golden color. Nutty, lightly herbal on…

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Book Review: Lapham’s Quarterly: Intoxication

For nearly three decades, essayist and author Lewis Lapham steered the good ship Harper’s as its editor-in-chief and figurehead. He stepped down from the masthead five years ago, and went on to establish a journal of history and ideas, Lapham’s Quarterly, tackling contemporary topics and placing them in a historical context. He calls on voices…

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Review: Port Ellen 32 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

Islay’s Port Ellen, shut down in 1983, is one of the most collectable and prized whiskys on the market today, particularly if you’re a pan of peated Scotch. This 12th release for the Classic Malts series is a whopping 32 years old, distilled in 1979 and bottled at cask strength. Wow, this is a stunner…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.21.2013 – Inauguration, Beck’s Sapphire, and Two-Fifty Buck Chuck

Continuing on with the Inauguration celebration happenings in Washington D.C., NPR profiles D.C. bartender Jim Hewes, who has served Presidents since the Ford Administration. The article also serves up a couple of snappy recipes inspired by former Presidents. [NPR] In a move that screams of indulgence and potential over marketing, Beck’s beer has opened up…

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Review: Lagavulin 12 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

Diageo’s Classic Malts Selection is an annual line of very rare and exotic single malt whiskys, all bottled at cask strength, and the 2013 releases are just now starting to arrive. Today we start our look at these releases — eight total, seven available in the U.S. — with one reviewed each day. First out…

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