Review: New Belgium Ranger IPA

Utilizing three different types of hops and a dry-hop cycle, New Belgium’s Ranger is an affordable and readily available IPA that promises to satiate any hop-head’s appetite. Pouring a pale straw goldenrod color with a surprising clarity, Ranger looks the part of a solid IPA. The clear body is what really intrigues me given the…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Three

We’re now 36 whiskeys into the 192 to be produced as part of Buffalo Trace’s Single Oak Project. Check out our coverage of Round One and Round Two to catch up if you’re unsure what this series of very limited-release Bourbons is all about. How does this round measure up? This time, all of the…

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Review: B Cellars Blend 23 and Blend 24 Wines

B Cellars, based in California’s Calistoga, styles itself as a “negociant” winery — a producer which buys grapes from all over the place, then blends them into a product that is, theoretically, greater than the sum of its parts. With cryptic, numerical names, these wines are all interesting combinations of grapes you don’t often see.…

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The $3,000 Bottle of Vodka, Coming Soon

This just in. No comment. elit™ by Stolichnaya® Launches Its Limited Edition Pristine Water Series The Himalayan Edition is unveiled as the first in the collection featuring Global water sources NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2011 — elit™ by Stolichnaya® (www.elitbystoli.com), the highest rated white spirit in the world(1), proudly announces the launch of its new limited edition…

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Review: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac

Cognac Ferrand’s latest release says, “Out with the old, in with the… old?” Designed with the help of cocktail wunderkind David Wondrich, Ferrand’s 1840 Original Formula is a “Revival” Cognac, blended and aged in an attempt to emulate what a 19th century style spirit might have tasted like — hence the name. Wondrich and Ferrand’s…

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Review: Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon 2002 Vintage

One of the highlights of the Drinkhacker year is always the arrival of the Evan Williams Single Barrel Bourbon release, which is invariably just coming out of cask from a bit over nine years earlier. We’ve reviewed EW Single Barrel since the 1999 release and, even better, I’ve got all four bottles on hand to…

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“Bad Santa” Running Amok with Poisoned Schnapps

Remember, never take a drink from a stranger — even one dressed as Santa Claus. A 15-year-old girl fell ill at a Berlin Christmas market on Saturday, bringing to eight the number of confirmed Christmas-market-poisonings this week. This time, though, the poisoner was apparently dressed as Santa Claus. The unknown man offered the girl a…

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Review: Wines of Banfi Centine, 2011 Releases

Banfi’s Centine line (pronounced CHEN-tee-nay, or so the label says), are Italian blends designed to be sustainable, but more importantly, affordable. Retailing for all of 11 bucks, you should find them widely available everywhere. 2010 Banfi Centine Toscana Bianco White Wine – A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio. Surprisingly refreshing, it’s got…

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