Red State Bourbon vs. Blue State Bourbon: Which Will You Choose?

As political season heats up, our friends at Heaven Hill have a question for you: Are you a Blue State or a Red State kind of guy? The idea is pretty genius: Two Bourbons, one called Blue State and one called Red State, complete with appropriate donkey/elephant imagery. Can the political leanings of the country…

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Review: Michael Collins Blended Irish Whiskey and Single Malt 10 Year Old (2011)

Irish whiskey brand Michael Collins has been on a tear this year — taking advantage of the recent upsurge in popularity of Irish whiskey, no doubt — rebranding, repackaging its spirits (the old bottles were monstrosities), and replacing its old Single Malt whiskey with a new, age-statemented, Single Malt 10 Year Old whiskey. We re-sampled…

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Today I Learned…

1 in 4 people never get hangovers. More anti-hangover tips to help prepare you for New Year’s Eve in this Washington Post piece. Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon! Review: Knob Creek Bourbon 9 Years Old (2008)

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Review: Pinot Noirs from Benziger’s de Coelo and Signaterra, 2009 Vintage

Today’s live tasting with Benziger’s Rodrigo Soto covered two of the winery’s alternate labels, showcasing Pinot Noir from two very different areas: The Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. All wines are from the 2009 vintage. Thoughts follow. 2009 Signaterra Pinot Noir Russian River Valley San Remo Vineyard – Classic Russian River Pinot, with…

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Review: Van Gogh Vodka Cool Peach and Rich Dark Chocolate

Two new flavored vodkas from Van Gogh, both fully in the realm of sanity when it comes to exotic inspirations. Both are naturally infused and are bottled at 70 proof. Van Gogh Cool Peach Vodka speaks for itself, evidently desiring to challenge Southern Comfort’s place in the peach-flavored pantheon. The nose is authentic and bright,…

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Review: Rancho Nuevo Tequila Reposado

This new tequila is only available in a reposado expression (time in barrel is 10 months, very lengthy for a reposado). 100 percent agave, of course, the nose is pungent and big, loaded with agave and pepper character, plus a touch of wood. The body reveals more nuance: Lots of sweet caramel and honey, maple…

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Review: Glen Garioch 1994 Vintage

Merry Christmas, dear readers! Hope your festivities are going well and you’re enjoying your favorite tipple. As for me, I’m sampling a new single malt whisky: Glen Garioch 1994 Vintage. The somewhat simple spirits from Highlands-located Glen Garioch aren’t major names in the whisky world, and it’s trying to change that with upscale releases like…

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Albarino Review: 2010 Serra da Estrela and 2009 Mar de Frades

Here’s a quick look at a couple of new, relatively inexpensive Albarinos from the Rias Baixas region of Spain. 2010 Serra da Estrela Albarino Rias Baixas – Crisp and tropical, but with a distinct undertone of vegetation. The light body, moderate acid, and lemongrass notes on the finish make it worthwhile. B / $18 2009…

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