Drinkhacker Reads – 11.14.2012

Rémy Cointreau has announced a new edition designed for release exclusively for travel retail outlets. The St-Rémy à la Crème will launch this month with a trial run in North America, with worldwide travel distribution to follow shortly.  [Just Drinks] San Francisco entrepreneur Carin Castillo is going for it with a new scotch blended in…

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Terroirs of Chile – 12 Wines Evaluated, 2012 Releases

Chile is a strange country. End to end it is 2700 miles long, much of it mountainous. Pretty much from top to bottom wine is made in this country… and yet when we think of “Chilean wine,” a certain character comes to mind — namely cheap Cabernet. Of course, this is folly. The wine made…

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Drinkhacker Reads 11.13.2012

In an effort to polish up its dignified “Give Em The Bird” ad campaign, the folks at Wild Turkey are introducing the world to the very first football picking turkey. Christened after legendary master distiller Jimmy Russell, Jimmy Junior will be picking football games live in Times Square against professional football legend Vinny Testaverde. In…

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Review: Smirnoff Iced Cake and Kissed Caramel Vodkas

The company that brought us Fluffed Marshmallow vodka is back with more flavors that would have Rasputin rolling in his grave. Here’s what will be haunting beach bars in 2013. For what it’s worth, my wife enthused about the dessert-drink worthiness of both of these concoctions, and in modest proportions, she might be right, although…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.12.2012

Following the footsteps of such A-list celebs as Yao Ming and Adam Carolla, rapper/renaissance man Chingy has decided to enter the alcohol business as co-owner of a new Russian vodka named Shpilka. [All Hip Hop] While Crown Royal is not getting into the hip hop game, it is releasing a new maple-finished edition. The maple-oak…

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Review: Olmeca Altos Plata (2012) and Reposado Tequila

We last encountered Olmeca Altos in our preview of its silver tequila in 2010, but this Euro-focused brand has only now finally started its expansion into the States. We took a fresh look at both the Plata and the Reposado (there’s no Anejo yet). Both have refreshed packaging but the agave and methodology (read about…

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Review: Tallarico Vodka

Tallarico is the brainchild of Giancarlo Tallarico, a Beverly Hills-based entrepreneur with his eyes on his own vodka (and a $45 price tag). Distilled from common rye and white winter wheat, this vodka (tagline: “Imbibe Elegantly.”) comes in a monolithic and mostly opaque, black decanter that fades to clear at the bottom. On the nose,…

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Review: Tapatio Tequila Blanco

Tequila Tapatio (no relation to the hot sauce) has a cult-like following in Mexico (and among frequent visitors to those parts), and now it’s coming north of the border. Made from 100% Highlands blue agave, this brand has been around for 75 years. Imported by the Charbay family, it is (at least for now) only…

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