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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2013 Inauguration Day Cocktails (Including Obama’s Favorite)

Whether you’re celebrating the re-election of President Obama, or need something to numb the pain of another 4 years of his administration, these Campari-concocted cocktails offer something up for a diverse array of palates. The Americano 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth Splash of Club Soda Pour Campari and Cinzano Rosso Vermouth over…

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Review: The Arran Malt 12 Years Old Cask Strength

Arran, from Scotland’s Isle of Arran, normally releases overproof whisky as a matter of course — its 10 and 14 year old expressions are both 92 proof — but now it’s releasing for the first time in the U.S. a cask strength version of its 12 year old single malt. This malt is typical of…

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Review: Kirkland Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 20 Years Old Sherry Cask Finish

One of the questions I get asked the most is, You don’t buy much booze, do you? Well, no, I don’t. I give away and pour out more wine and spirits than I could possibly keep on hand, a natural by-product of having reviewed close to 2000 products over the last several years. (Heresy, some…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.18.2013

If it’s Friday, it can only mean several things. But one of amongst the goings-on is our shopping list; a digestible, printer-friendly version of our coverage from the past several weeks. We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports worthy of your time and attention: Wine Road Trip: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara Wines of Artesa,…

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Review: Wines of Lawer Family Vineyards, 2013 Releases

Lawer Family Wines is a new(ish) operation based in Calistoga, California, where husband and wife Betsy and David Lawer produce a trio of limited production wines under a variety of (non-Lawer) names. Each label is designed to commemorate a pursuit of the Lawer family, though I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.17.2013 – Rare Cognac, N*E*R*Ds, and Mark Twain

Glenmorangie is slated to release the latest installment in its Private Edition range in 2013.  Ealanta (Gaelic for “skilled and ingenious”) is a 19-year-old malt matured exclusively in a virgin American white oak cask from the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ozark Mountains. A limited edition of 1,500 has been earmarked for the US…

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