Review: Georgetown Trading Co. Pow-Wow Botanical Rye

From Georgetown Trading Company (the importer of the masterful John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey), comes this extreme oddity — a flavored/infused rye whiskey. Flavored whiskeys are growing in popularity as a category, but they’re mainly Bourbon or Irish, and honey and cinnamon are the predominant flavoring agents. Pow-Wow Botanical Rye is a straight rye whiskey…

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Review: WhistlePig “TripleOne” 111 Straight Rye Whiskey 11 Years Old 2012

Since its release two years ago, WhistlePig has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing one of the best 100% rye whiskeys in the biz — spicy, yet sweet and balanced. Now the company has upped the ante, with a slightly older (11 years instead of 10 years) and slightly hotter (111 proof instead of 100…

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Wine Road Trip: Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, 2012

Recently I took my first wine-centric trip to the more southerly wine regions of California, Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara area (popularized by the movie Sideways). As with everything involving Northern and Southern California, things are done a bit differently down here, including the grapes they’re focusing on (Grenache Blanc is a huge up-and-comer…

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Review: Wines of Artesa, 2012 Releases

Artesa operates an iconic winery in Carneros (photo at right), one which is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Recently the winery released its slate of wines for 2012. Three of these, representing the primary varietals of the area, are reviewed below. 2011 Artesa Chardonnay Carneros – A bit over-oaked. Fruit plays…

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Review: Monkey Shoulder Batch 27 Triple Malt

Monkey Shoulder is a vatted whisky that — despite being a blend of three distillery’s malts — is so rare that shots on the west coast of the U.S. have typically sold for $20 a glass… when entire bottles sell for under $30. I encountered a bottle of Monkey Shoulder on a recent trip to…

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Review: London 40 Dry Gin

How classic is London 40 Dry Gin? There’s a picture of a dude wearing a top hat on the label, that’s how. Produced by Old St. Andrews (we’ve written about its oddball whisky in the past), this gin is four-times distilled and imbued with 12 botanicals that include, in part, juniper, angelica root, almonds, nutmeg,…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.28.2012

It’s the big Friday before New Year’s Eve, which means we get one more change to plug our Holiday Gift Guide before it goes up on the shelf in the archive next to previous years. If you’re in a pinch figuring out what to bring to that big party and wish to make a good…

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Tasting the Wines of Ribera del Duero, 2012

When it comes to Spanish wines, Rioja gets all the attention. But Ribera del Duero, just to the south and west of Rioja, is known for somewhat more affordable wines that are also primarily, and often 100%, Tempranillo (also known as Tinto Fino in Spain). Otherwise, the two regions have a lot in common, though…

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