Review: Big Peat Islay Blended Islay Malt Scotch Whisky

It’s called “Big Peat.” And the picture on the label is a drawing of a grimacing guy who looks like he’s been punched in the face. So you know what you’re getting into. A vatting of Islay whiskys from Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Port Ellen, and Bowmore (plus other unspecified whiskies), this is an (obviously) extremely…

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Review: Zignum Anejo Mezcal

We last encountered Zignum’s mezcal earlier this year in its reposado incarnation. Now the brand is back, this time with an anejo version. Made from green agave and aged more than a year, this is mezcal with much of the smokiness aged right out of it. You’ll find lots of exotic, tropical, and caramel notes…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 11.30.2012

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a printer friendly weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured over the last few 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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Review: Crown Royal Maple

“Finished” has a particular meaning in the world of whisky, normally implying that a whisky has been moved from one type of barrel to another, usually a different type of wood or, more commonly, a barrel that once held another spirit or wine. “Maple finished” has actually been done before: Woodford Reserve made a maple-finished…

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Italian Value Wines — Deep Value Wines — for Thanksgiving from Bolla

Thanksgiving on a budget? Six wines from Bolla arrived for our consideration for a spot on your Thanksgiving table, including one infamous classic. Thoughts (and a special video) follow. NV Maschio Prosecco Brut – Surprisingly bland for Prosecco, very light fruit on the nose, and lesser fruit character on the body — predominantly sour apple,…

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Blind Wine Tasting with Karl Wente, 2012 Releases

This was a fun little event — an honest to God blind tasting, courtesy of Karl Wente, of the Wente winemaking family, who wanted to see if we could suss out four of his wines… with minimal clues. The only thing he’d let on: That all four of these wines were blended to some degree,…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.29.2012 – Pappy Van Winkle Edition

For those of you picky about where you get your news, take your pick: The Atlantic Wire runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to come across. [The Atlantic Wire] OR Fox News runs the 10 millionth profile on Pappy Van Winkle and how hard it is to…

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Review: Loca Linda Wines of Argentina, 2012 Releases

Loca Linda is a new brand of Argentine wines that come to us from semi-professional nomad/wine guru Brian Smith. The focus with these wines is on two unassuming bottles that each hold a full liter (“uno liter”) of wine — yet contain just 30 grams of additional glass vs. the typical 750ml bottle. The wines…

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