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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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.19.2012

Greetings and welcome to the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured on Drinkhacker for the last few weeks. Have a pick we didn’t review or a suggestion for next week’s list? Leave us some feedback in the comments field! Related Stories: The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.12.2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping…

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Bourbon Battle: Booker’s vs. Baker’s (2012)

Booker’s and Baker’s can often be found side by side on the back bar, and even seasoned Bourbon fans are apt to confuse them. This is understandable. Allow me to explain. For starters, there’s the name thing. Baker’s. Booker’s. You might think one was attempting to mislead drinkers by tricking them with a sound-alike, but…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.18.2012

Coming soon to a phone near you: Bibo. With the tagline “a fun way to discover new drinks”, it appears to combine Yelp, Instagram, and Foursquare to report on bars, cocktails and what will no doubt be thousands of blurry photos taken from inebriated users in dimly lit bars. Needless to say, this could prove…

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Review: Tecate Michelada

The Michelada is one of those drinks with a million variations (The New York Times has a lengthy discussion about it here), but the essence of it is beer and spice — and often tomato juice. Tecate has now released a pre-mixed Michelada, the first of its kind in the U.S. This one is of…

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