Review: Douglas of Drumlanrig Benrinnes 12 Years Old

Douglas of Drumlanrig is part of the Douglas Laing company, a huge private bottler that has myriad whiskies. I’ve tasted  a few of them only at the Single Malt Whisky Extravaganza event, but recently one bottling actually made it to Drinkhacker HQ for review. Douglas of Drumlanrig bottles this Benrinnes whisky at 12 years old.…

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Fall Tequila Cocktails 2012

Cocktail recipes for fall courtesy Hornitos and Sauza. This first one had me at the chocolate bitters. El Catrin Created by Steven Calabro, Head Mixologist, Red O, BartendingBootcamp.com, Los Angeles, CA 2 parts Hornitos Anejo Tequila 2 dashes Mexican Chocolate Bitters 1 part Sweet Vermouth 1/4 part fresh orange Stirred and served up in Martini…

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Review: Corsair Triple Smoke (2012)

Once in a while, American whiskeymakers do the smoke thing: Corsair (which operates distilleries in both Kentucky and Tennessee) is a small distillery that makes a variety of products. Triple Smoke is created by taking “three fractions of malted barley, each smoked by a different fuel – cherry wood, peat, and beechwood” which is then…

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The Angel’s Share, Illustrated

Last year I filled a 1.5-liter micro-barrel with Woodinville’s white whiskey, all part of its “age your own” whiskey kit. I’ve sampled it every couple of months but largely it’s been left untouched since July 2011. Today I bottled what was left. The photo below illustrates what two full bottles of white dog turned into…

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Review: Kilchoman Sherry Cask Release

I’ve been thinking Kilchoman’s young malt whisky releases would benefit from longer sherry finishes for years — and with Sherry Cask Release (yes, “Release” is part of the name), the Scottish (Scots?) distillery finally puts me in my place. The whisky in this release has been fully matured in Oloroso sherry butts for 5 full…

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Interview: James Carville, New Spokesman for Maker’s Mark

James Carville isn’t just the kingmaker behind Bill Clinton and other Democratic leaders from the last several decades, he’s now the spokesman for Maker’s Mark. Along with wife Mary Matalin, Carville is stumping for the massive Bourbon brand with a cheeky political spin, promoting “The Cocktail Party,” a party that, at last, the famously opposite-minded…

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Buffalo Trace: Small Barrel Whiskey Experiments Are Failures

Buffalo Trace is the leader in Bourbon country at tinkering with tradition and releasing “experimental” whiskeys, which the company pumps out at an almost breakneck pace. (We’ve got reviews of many of these recent experiments coming up soon.) But today Buffalo Trace announced that not every experiment works, and its work with very small barrels…

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Review: Glass Vodka

A somewhat strange new spirit hailing from Seattle, Glass Vodka is distilled from Washington wine grapes (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc) in a German copper pot still. That’s two unusual approaches to vodka in a single product, and the result is also… unusual. Lately we’ve received a rush of semi-sweet, largely flavorless vodkas, and Glass fits…

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