Review: Tomatin 15 Years Old Tempranillo Cask Finish

I’ve sampled Tomatin’s whiskys on numerous occasions, but this is oddly the first time we’ve covered the distillery in a formal capacity. Tomatin, based in the mountains south of Inverness in the northern Highlands region of Scotland, is less frequently seen on our shores, but the distillery makes a wide range of whiskies stretching to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.24.2012

As part of its annual tradition, Woodford Reserve has announced this year’s installment to its Master’s Collection. 2013 features a Four Wood Bourbon, finishing whiskey aged in new oak, Maple, Port and Sherry wood barrels. Cocktail Enthusiast was on hand and filed a report about the tasting experience. Our review is pending. [Cocktail Enthusiast] The…

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Review: Ransom Old Tom Gin

A reader recently turned me on to Ransom’s Old Tom Gin, asking (nay, begging) for a review. I’m obliging. Ransom Old Tom Gin is different than most gins. For starters, it’s yellow, not clear. That’s a characteristic of the rarely-seen Old Tom style, which was popular in the mid-1800s and faded into obscurity when the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.23.2012

Many new release announcements in the past day, just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Here we go: Nonjatta is reporting that the Japanese chapter of the Scotch Malt Whiskey Society is readying not one but three Nikka single casks for their members. We’ve got coverage of a few of the upcoming general releases…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012

A few months ago I got the chance to visit some of Oregon’s best wineries. Recently, they brought the wineries to me. In a presentation of several dozen of Willamette Valley’s most notable wine producers, “Pinot in the City” saw over 200 wines being poured for attendees hot for both Pinots — Noir and Gris.…

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Review: 2011 Makara Sauvignon Blanc and 2011 Mountain Door Malbec

Vintage Point imports small production wines and sells them for cheap. Turns out they’re not doing a bad job of it. Here’s a look at two of the company’s new U.S. releases. 2011 Makara Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough – Distinct mango and pineapple notes, with a juicy, fruit-heavy body. Reasonably acidic, but could use a little…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.22.2012

Business Week reports on the continuing trend of merging flavor profiles in liquor blends. While this phenomenon seems to be quite popular and no doubt profitable, here’s hoping that a bend will be crossed soon. Very, very soon. [Business Week] And in what is an absolute total coincidence, Beam is launching a line of chocolate…

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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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