Review: Kappa Pisco

Just when you thought it was safe to put the old Pisco Wars to rest (you were fighting in the Pisco Wars, weren’t you?), Kappa comes along and dredges it back up again. You see, unlike the vast majority of modern Piscos, Kappa hails from Chile, not Peru, the latter of which has long claimed…

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Review: 2010 Ricossa Moscato D’Asti

This Italian wine may look like any old bottle of vino from the exterior, but if you pick it up blind, you’ll be in for a real surprise once you crack it open. For starters, like most Moscato D’Asti, the wine is lightly sparkling — though it is bottled with a traditional, corkscrew-pulled cork. It’s…

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Review: NV Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco

This classic Prosecco from Valdobbiadene won’t exactly shock you. Light in body and nose, it offers flavors of peaches, apricots, and fresh lemon juice. But something on the finish is a bit odd — yeast-like flavors usually reserved for vintage Champagne. It’s not overdone, really, but it’s an oddity in an otherwise classic, nonvintage sparkler.…

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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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