Review: Deerhammer Whitewater Whiskey

Here’s a unique offering: 100% malted barley, double pot-distilled, unaged whiskey from Colorado. That’s a unique setup. Here’s how it shakes out. Traditional nose for white dog. Lots of graininess, with aromas of the forest — trees and floor — and diesel-powered vehicles. Plenty more of the same on the body, but sweeter than you…

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Review: 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Meet the new Beauj. Same as the old Beauj. Beaujolais Nouveau — the French Gamay-based wine that’s released mere weeks after the grapes are pressed — isn’t exactly a challenging wine, and this year’s installment keeps close to the formula. Intensely sugary, it’s like Concord grape jam blended with a little alcohol to make it…

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Review: LangeTwins 2010 Chardonnay and 2008 Midnight Reserve

Lodi’s LangeTwins operates in Lodi, California, an area known primarily for its ultra-ripe Zinfandels. (It’s known as “The Zinfandel Capital of the World,” after all.) Oddly enough, we’re not looking at any Zin today. Here’s a couple of new(ish) vintages from these Lodi  icons. 2010 LangeTwins Chardonnay Estate Clarksburg – A simple but pleasant Chardonnay…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.20.2012

Have you remembered to enter our contest? If not, what are you waiting for? Hop on over and read about how you can win a free SKIL iXO Vivo Wine Bottle Opener! Now on to today’s reads: Legendary Chicago dining establishment Charlie Trotter’s auctioned off a portion of its wine cellar yesterday in New York…

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Review: Pilsner Urquell (And Its New Cold-Shipped Delivery)

Pilsner Urquell is firing a new salvo in the battle for fresh beer. Light-struck, or “skunked” beer is a rampant problem for breweries, especially those overseas that need to ship product over a longer distance than domestic brewers. Pilsner Urquell is packaged in a distinctive green bottle, but, while attractive, it doesn’t do much to…

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Review and Giveaway: Skil iXO Vivo Wine Bottle Opener

I’m not one to swoon over the romance of drinking wine, but even I find that de-corking your bottles with a power drill is a little nutty. Skil, unhappy to dominate the world of DIY construction and Ikea desk-building projects, is entering the wine world in the only way it knows how, by offering a…

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Review: Ridge Distillery Extrait d’Absinthe Verte

Ridge Distillery makes gin and absinthe in the mountains of Montana. This is the flagship, a classic (green) absinthe imbued with grand wormwood, green anise, fennel, coriander, angelica, elecampane, melissa, and roman wormwood — some of which I didn’t have the first idea what they were until I looked them up. Poured neat into a…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.19.2012

Despite seeing a drop off in the number of bottles offered, yesterday’s Hospices de Beaune wine auction saw a record turnout of 5.9 million euros raised for charity. [Telegraph UK] In other charity auction news, The final bottle of Glenfiddich’s 55 Year Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve will go on sale in Los Angeles on December…

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