Drinkhacker Reads – 11.01.2012

The Drinks Business presents a slide show featuring some of history’s biggest despots and their beverages of choice. Who knew Gaddafi had a thing for Johnnie Walker Black Label? [The Drinks Business] In other slideshow news, Becky Paskin over at The Spirits Business covers the top ten spirit launches for the month of October.  Hits…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2012

Another sold-out show this year for WhiskyFest San Francisco, and yet it didn’t feel overly crowded. I missed out on some of the whispered highlights by arriving late, when the rarities were all gone. (John Hansell has some coverage, which I hope to catch up with in coming months.) Otherwise, good times all around. While…

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Review: Pomagria Pomegranate Sangria

Pomegranate remains the hottest superfruit out there, mainly because, unlike a lot of these fruity-come-latelies,  pomegranate tastes good. Not a bad idea then to add a little super-juice to your sangria, no? Well, Pomagria — not the best name, to be honest — doesn’t quite work, landing in a no man’s land between fruit juice…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.31.2012

Happy Halloween! The great craft spirits microdistillery campaign of 2012 continues to roll into new territories, as the great state of Wyoming is getting into the action. Wyoming Whiskey will debut this December; the product of some savvy investors and Steve Nally, a long time employee of the whiskey industry. The group plans on issuing…

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Review: Kahlua Midnight Liqueur

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out… and we’re gonna drink this new liqueur from the increasingly huge portfolio of products from Kahlua: Kahlua Midnight. Midnight is a major departure for Kahlua, which has to date been happy to create new versions of its signature coffee liqueur by adding additional flavorings like you’d…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.30.2012

In other “What Global Warming?” news: world-wide wine production is expected to drop 6.1% over the next year, with France’s output potentially decreasing by 20%. This news will no doubt be displeasing to Canadians, who are now consuming more wine than they have in recent years. [Business Week] Merging the latest in technology trends, Diageo is…

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Review: Sparkle Donkey Tequila – Silver and Reposado

It’s one of the most fanciful product names we’ve encountered in a while, but once of the most apt, too: Sparkle Donkey Tequila features an armor-clad donkey on its label. “El Burro Esparkalo.” Brought to us by the makers of Bakon Vodka, Sparkle Donkey is a 100% agave tequila with a legit heritage — extra-long…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.29.2012

‘Tis the season for giving: Napa Valley based Rosenblum Cellars has released a new line of wines in partnership with author Joel Stein with a portion of the proceeds going to local Meals on Wheels charities. Stark Raving Wines will arrive in four varieties (red, white, Cabernet and Malbec), and will have a kick-off promotional…

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