Review: He’Brew Genesis 15:15

Serving as the next installment of Shmaltz’ fifteenth anniversary series, Genesis 15:15, this robust barleywine stands at 13.4% abv and has two distinct characteristics that immediately make it pop amidst the competition: firstly, it’s aged for over 8 months in Sazerac 6 Year Old Rye whiskey barrels, and secondly, juice from pomegranates, figs, dates, and…

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Review: Trader Joe’s Silver Tequila

Excuse us… Trader Jose’s Premium Silver Tequila is a natural private label spirits extension from the upscale grocers at TJ’s, and this bottling is a 100% agave, unaged spirit. Other than that info and a NOM (1558), there’s no other data about this tequila’s provenance. But you’re only paying 17 bucks a bottle, and that’s…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Oat Bourbon and Rice Bourbon

God bless Buffalo Trace. Some of the most interesting and intriguing whiskeys in the world are coming out of this massive outfit, many of which are branded, appropriately, with “Experimental Collection” on the label. These two oddball whiskeys are BT’s last Experimental Bourbons from 2011, and they arrived at Drinkhacker HQ with quite a bit…

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Review: Denizen White Rum

This new, white rum hails from Trinidad and Tobago (and Jamaica, if you believe the website), which is sent to Holland for blending and bottling. The final concoction includes some surprisingly old rums (up to five years old), all filtered back to a colorless white. It’s quite an easygoing operator, with any harsh characteristics well…

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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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