Drinkhacker Reads – 10.23.2012

Many new release announcements in the past day, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Here we go: Nonjatta is reporting that the Japanese chapter of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society is readying not one but three Nikka single casks for their members. We’ve got coverage of a few of the upcoming general releases…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012

A few months ago I got the chance to visit some of Oregon’s best wineries. Recently, they brought the wineries to me. In a presentation of several dozen of Willamette Valley’s most notable wine producers, “Pinot in the City” saw over 200 wines being poured for attendees hot for both Pinots — Noir and Gris.…

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Review: 2011 Makara Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Mountain Door Malbec

Vintage Point imports small production wines and sells them for cheap. Turns out they’re not doing a bad job of it. Here’s a look at two of the company’s new U.S. releases. 2011 Makara Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Distinct mango and pineapple notes, with a juicy, fruit-heavy body. Reasonably acidic, but could use a little…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.22.2012

Business Week reports on the continuing trend of merging flavor profiles in liquor blends. While this phenomenon seems to be quite popular and no doubt profitable, here’s hoping that a bend will be crossed soon. Very, very soon. [Business Week] And in what is an absolute total coincidence, Beam is launching a line of chocolate…

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Review: Wemyss Single Cask Single Malts, 2012 Releases

Wemyss (“weems”) Malts, based in Edinburgh, has become well known for its blended malt whiskys in a small number of years (it was founded in 2005). But Wemyss also releases a periodic series of single malt whiskys, all bottled from single casks, following a number of prior, limited-edition releases along these lines and in keeping…

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Review: Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic Water

Fever-Tree has a richly deserved reputation as the producer of some of the finest artisanal mixers in the business. Its Indian Tonic Water, Ginger Beer, and Ginger Ale are all top notch. Now Fever-Tree is expanding its tonic water portfolio with a new spin: Mediterranean Tonic Water, which is made “using the most authentic strain…

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Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society October 2012 Outturn

Five whiskys this month from the SMWS. Thoughts follow on each. SMWS Cask 5.35 – 12 year old Auchentoshan from the Lowlands – Big orange flower and honey on the nose. Very light smokiness on the finish. Youthful and fresh, it shows off its grain base but in a modest and understated way. The sweeter…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2012

This year’s Family Winemakers of California event — the largest wine tasting in the U.S. — marked a real return to quality, with lots and lots of good producers and great wines on display. I didn’t have nearly enough time to sample everything I would have liked (you can tell I tried to go through…

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