Drinkhacker Reads –12.20.2012 – Rare Bowmore Sold + Whiskey Toothpaste

Just one day until the Mayans and everyone who posts REM’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It” on Facebook is proven wrong. Or right. Either way, there’s a more important holiday today. Did you know the 20th is National Sangria Day?  It is! A bit of trivia for you: Sangria is…

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Book Review: Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History

Spirits nerds love a good yarn about how such and such booze came into being, and with Iconic Spirits, Mark Spivak has put plenty of the best into one easy-reading tome. Curious how moonshining and NASCAR are inextricably intertwined (hint: it’s got nothing to do with the people watching it), or how St. Germain found…

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Review: Kendall-Jackson 2010 Chardonnay and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Even the wine world is going mobile. Kendall-Jackson has launched a new mobile app called K-J Recommends, with an eye toward pairing its wines with certain events in your life (romance, family, etc.). It’s a fanciful app… and two of the 11 wines recommended are reviewed below. 2010 Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay Vintner’s Reserve California – Apples…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.19.2012 – Shaq Vodqa Attaq

CELEBRITY BRAND PRODUCT LAUNCH OF THE WEEK: The latest celebrity-turned-aspiring spirits expert to jump into the arena is retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. Sports Illustrated reports that his gluten-free vodka, Luv Shaq, is slated for release in early 2013.  It is slated to compete with Diddy’s Ciroc brand, and it will be produced by Devotion…

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Review: Master of Malt Professor Cornelius Ampleforth’s Cold-Distilled Absinthe 91.2%

One of Master of Malt’s completely hare-brained sub-brands, Professor Cornelius Ampleforth is the producer of a line of unusual spirits, including this ultra-oddity, an “absinthe” distilled to 182.4 proof. Not a typo. Made in the UK from English wheat and traditional absinthe botanicals (grand wormwood, anise, fennel, licorice) and a number of non-traditional ones drawn…

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Drinkhacker Reads 12.18.2012 – Wine Sales Decline at Auction Houses

Bloomberg reports that sales of wine at major auction houses have fallen 12% in 2012, down roughly $75 million from last year’s record-setting gross of $397 million. Analysts attribute this decrease to sluggish purchasing from China due to slow economic growth. Bloomberg also took a moment to profile Richard Yuengling Jr. of Yuengling Beer fame…

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Review: Luna Nueva Tequila, Complete Lineup

This Highlands tequila, 100% agave of course, is double distilled — intriguingly — first in a copper pot still, then in a stainless steel still. We sampled all three expressions on the market. As a side note: Mind the stoppers on these tall bottles — they have a dangerous tendency to come off with minimal…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.17.2012 – Game of Thrones Gets a Beer

The New York Times is reporting the arrival of a new line of beers based on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones. The first offering, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, will arrive in time for the Season 3 premiere this March, with more editions to follow. [New York Times] The Daily Beast offers a review of William…

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