Drinkhacker Reads – 12.10.2012 – Diageo and Suntory Bid Big on Beam and Robert Parker Steps Down

Normally we try to land softly into news on Mondays, but this one is too insane not to lead off with: Reuters is reporting drink giant Diageo is in talks with Suntory to make a joint purchase of Beam Global. Though no formal talks have begun and the deal is allegedly in the early stages,…

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Review: Samuel Adams Utopias (2012 Release)

Our third look at Sam Adams’ Utopias — we also reviewed it in 2007 and 2011 — brings fresh eyes and fresh palate to one of the world’s most extreme beers. A blend of ultra-boozy liquids, some aged up to 20 years old, this wild brew is a mixture of Triple Bock beers, sweetened with…

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Review: Wines of Chile’s Neyen, Ritual, and Primus, 2012 Releases

Huneeus Vintners manages a portfolio of wines from around the globe. Three of its South American Portfolio wines, all from Chile, were just released in new vintages. We tasted them all! 2008 Neyen Espiritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley – 80% Carmenere, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Inky deep maroon. Big plum character, with ample cinnamon, dark chocolate,…

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Review: Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ladaig St. Joseph Finish and Balblair Crozes-Hermitage Finish

Independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail has added to its Private Collection with two new whiskys featuring exotic wood finishes, both ex-wine barrels from the Northern Rhone region. Details on each and tasting notes follow. Both are 90 proof. Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ledaig St. Joseph Wood Finish 19 Years Old – Distilled in 1993…

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The A-List – October/November 2012

Presenting The A-List; a recap of the best products we’ve reviewed over the last two months. While some of these high-quality drinks may prove impossible or very hard to find, others may be more readily available at your local fine retailer. Related Stories: The A-List – September/October 2012 The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 06.07.2013 The…

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Review: Kahlua Gingerbread Liqueur

Every year Kahlua puts out a festive limited edition version of its coffee liqueur for the holidays. Last year it was Cinnamon Spice. In 2010: Peppermint Mocha. For 2012 Kahlua turns to the Christmas classic of gingerbread, with Kahlua Gingerbread Liqueur. Gingerbread is one of my favorite cookie/cake varieties… and it makes ample sense to…

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Review: Amaro Tosolini

Grappa impresario Bepi Tosolini is expanding into the U.S. with its amaro, and an amaretto which we’ll be reviewing soon. The amaro, Amaro Tosolini, boasts a recipe that dates back to 1918, is made with 15 different herbs and spices, is aged in ash barrels for four months, and is finally brought down to proof…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.07.2012

Once again it is Friday and that means time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a printer-friendly weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the previous weeks. Along with our regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on this list: Italian Value Wines – Deep Value Wines From Bolla Blind Tasting…

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