Review: Jim Beam Jacob’s Ghost White Whiskey

Is anyone not getting into the white whiskey game? JD, High West, Buffalo Trace… everyone’s got one. Why not Jim Beam, then? Jacob’s Ghost — named after the founding father of Jim Beam, Jacob Beam, who distilled his first whiskey in 1795 — is a white whiskey with a twist. Made from the same mashbill…

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Review: 2010 Clarksburg Wine Company Chenin Blanc Wines

Chenin Blanc is far from what anyone would consider a Big Wine in the U.S. right now, but that hasn’t kept the Clarksburg Wine Company from releasing not one, not two, but three takes on the grape, a standby of the Loire Valley in France. Based in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, near Sacramento,…

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Review: Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection “Four Wood”

Every year Woodford Reserve launches a limited edition (and quite expensive) whiskey that shows off the creativity of its master distiller, Chris Morris. This is Woodford’s seventh iteration of the Master’s Collection. As the name implies, Four Wood is a Bourbon with a unique finishing program. Standard Bourbon, finished in newly charred American oak, is…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 11.01.2012

The Drinks Business presents a slide show featuring some of history’s biggest despots and their beverages of choice. Who knew Gaddafi had a thing for Johnnie Walker Black Label? [The Drinks Business] In other slideshow news, Becky Paskin over at The Spirits Business covers the top ten spirit launches for the month of October.  Hits…

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Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2012

Another sold-out show this year for WhiskyFest San Francisco, and yet it didn’t feel overly crowded. I missed out on some of the whispered highlights by arriving late, when the rarities were all gone. (John Hansell has some coverage, which I hope to catch up with in coming months.) Otherwise, good times all around. While…

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Review: Pomagria Pomegranate Sangria

Pomegranate remains the hottest superfruit out there, mainly because, unlike a lot of these fruity-come-latelies,  pomegranate tastes good. Not a bad idea then to add a little super-juice to your sangria, no? Well, Pomagria — not the best name, to be honest — doesn’t quite work, landing in a no man’s land between fruit juice…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.31.2012

Happy Halloween! The great craft spirits microdistillery campaign of 2012 continues to roll into new territories, as the great state of Wyoming is getting into the action. Wyoming Whiskey will debut this December; the product of some savvy investors and Steve Nally, a long time employee of the whiskey industry. The group plans on issuing…

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Review: Kahlua Midnight Liqueur

After midnight, we’re gonna let it all hang out… and we’re gonna drink this new liqueur from the increasingly huge portfolio of products from Kahlua: Kahlua Midnight. Midnight is a major departure for Kahlua, which has to date been happy to create new versions of its signature coffee liqueur by adding additional flavorings like you’d…

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