The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.26.2012

Once again it is time for the Drinkhacker Shopping List, a weekly compendium of the reviews we’ve featured for the last few weeks. Along with the regular reviews, we’ve also had several extensive tasting reports not included on the list: Wines of Italy’s Morellino di Scansano DOCG Wines of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, SF Roadshow 2012…

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Tasting Report: Wines of Italy’s Morellino di Scansano DOCG, 2012

Morellino di Scansano is located in the southernmost part of Tuscany (Grosseto is the nearest major town), an area made a DOCG in 2007. Until now I’d never heard of it. At well-known sommelier David Lynch’s new wine bar, St. Vincent, in San Francisco, Lynch talked about what makes this region different, and six producers…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.25.2012

Pernod Ricard announced today the arrival of its newest line, ODDKA by Wyborowa Vodka.  This jump into the flavored vodka craze is not without surprise, but with flavors like Fresh Cut Grass, Wasabi, and Electricity, the company boldly claims its intentions to branch out into previously uncharted experimental territories. The line will be first available…

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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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