Review: The Hakushu 12 Years Old

The Japanese whisky magnates at Suntory have released their third product to the American market: The Hakushu, a whisky distilled and aged “at the foot of the Southern Japan Alps.” Available in ages from 10 to 25 years, only the 12 year old has made it into even remotely wide availability. This single malt whisky…

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Red Wine, Fish, Heresy, and You

Can you drink red wine with fish? I take on the troubled pairing in this week’s issue of Uncorked!   Related Stories: Book Review: The Ultimate Wine Companion Review: 2016 Mark Ryan Winery Water Witch Red Wine Red Mountain TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Review: Farmhouse 2017 White Wine and 2016 Red Wine

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Review: The Botanist Islay Dry Gin (2012)

By now my foolish claim that Scotland made only one gin has been widely disproven (by myself, even), but The Botanist makes a more specific, and so far irrefutable, assertion: It’s the only gin made on the island of Islay, that part of Scotland that gives us its peatiest Scotch whiskys, the ones with (arguably)…

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Review: Twist Essence Water

Is bottled water less heinous if it’s flavored? Twist is lightly sweetened with agave nectar and stevia, and flavored with natural extracts, yet still claims just 0 calories. We tasted two varieties. Twist Pomegranate Blueberry is vague in its berry allegiance, almost strawberry-like in the way it comes across. Blueberries are a bit in the…

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The End of Hangovers, Alcoholism… and Getting Drunk?

Could a Chinese pill end your hangover… and cure alcoholism? The trick is to keep you from getting drunk in the first place. Imagine a pill that could instantly sober you up no matter how much you’ve had to drink, or a hangover cure that worked minutes after swallowing it. Hardened drinkers rejoice: researchers are…

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Review: Highland Park 1998 Vintage

Distilled in 1998, bottled in 2010, this special edition of Highland Park 12 Years Old is only available in duty free shops, where I picked one up in the airport during my recent trip to Frankfurt, Germany. Tragically I don’t have any of the standard HP12 here to compare it against, but I did sample…

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LG’s “Blast Chiller” Refrigerator Ices Down Your Beer in 5 Minutes

Waiting for a drink to get cold enough in the fridge or freezer is one of life’s biggest frustrations. The scientists at LG have turned to science to solve the problem. I saw this in operation today at CES. It’s so crazy… it just might work. Enter the Blast Chiller – a new feature in…

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Body Found in Glenfiddich Vat

Surprised this doesn’t happen all the time. A distillery worker’s body has been discovered in the Glenfiddich plant in Banffshire. Tributes have been paid to team leader Brian Ettles, 46, who died at the plant in Moray on Saturday. It is understood that he was found dead in a 16ft distillery vat filled with water…

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