Review: Wines of Armagnac’s Domaine de Tariquet, 2013 Releases

Domaine de Tariquet, located in France’s Gascony, is best known for its Armanagacs. But did you know the producer also makes wine? And affordable ones at that. The wines from this unusual region use traditional grape varietals to create unique expressions. Thoughts follow. 2010 Domaine de Tariquet Cote – A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and…

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Review: Brewery Vivant Brewer’s Reserve Big Red Coq

It takes confidence to step up to the bar and order a delicious Big Red Coq, a surprisingly hoppy red ale. That’s right, a hoppy red ale. Brewery Vivant’s Brewer’s Reserve Limited Release series is always something to pick up if you see it. A hoppy Belgo-American red ale, Big Red Coq is one of…

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Review: Walt Wines, 2010 Vintage

Walt is a new name for an older winery. Formerly known as Roessler, the winery was sold to another family in 2010, but just about everything has remained the same except the labels. The focus remains on Pinot Noir, with lots of single vineyard releases, produced everywhere from SoCal to Oregon. We dropped into the…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.25.2013

It is indeed Friday once again, and time for our weekly look back at the best (and worst) of reviews via our Shopping List; a digestible, printer-friendly version of our most recent coverage.   We’ve also had several expansive tasting reports in recent weeks that are worthy of your time and attention: The Wines of…

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Recipe: Irish Whiskey Coffee — Tullamore D.E.W. Variation

In our never ending quest to document and celebrate all of the spirits-based holidays on the calendar, today is Irish Coffee Day. Most of you are already at your desks settled in for this morning’s business with a non-Irish cup, but here’s a recipe to consider for later tonight, courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W.: Tullamore D.E.W.…

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Review: Lagavulin 21 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

Easily the darkest whisky in the 2012 Classic Malts Selection releases, this Lagavulin is immediately unusual due to its sherry finish. Only the second 21-year-old Lagavulin ever bottled by the distillery, it’s a unique malt for Islay whisky fans. It’s a big malt, with lots to love. Quite smoky up front, the sherry does it…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.24.2013 – The Rise of Craft Beer and Epic Vodka

While the unstable economic climate has caused many consumers to scale back on product purchases, craft beer seems to be keeping up a steady upward trajectory. A report from Mintel says that craft beer sales have nearly doubled in the past five years, with projections for the industry to significantly increase further in the next…

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Review: Brora 35 Years Old Limited Edition 2012

This whisky comes to us from the Northern Highlands’ Brora Distillery, where it was distilled in 1976 and 1977… before the plant was shuttered in 1983. The color of yellow Chartreuse, this whisky is a true delight, the kind of experience that you can get from a malt only after it spends decades mellowing in…

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