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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Review: Wines of Pine Ridge, 2012 Releases

Pine Ridge is a winery that I’ve visited many times and tasted many more. The proprietors were kind enough to send their latest round of releases for our commentary. Thoughts follow. 2010 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc+Viognier California –  79% Chenin Blanc and 21% Viognier, it turns out to be a fantastic combo. Peach and light…

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Review: He’Brew Jewbelation Fifteen

Commemorating fifteen years of brewing, Shmaltz and its He’Brew line of ‘Chosen Beers’ unleashes a Frankenstein-esque monster of a beer with the latest release of Jewbelation. Jewbelation follows the significance of this anniversary by incorporating 15 different malts, 15 types of hops – which are added at 15 scheduled times – and reaches an abv…

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Review: Willett Single Barrel Rye 3 Years Old

No big ceremony here: I can’t find much info on the mashbill (or anything else, really) for this whiskey, but I found this little Kentucky gem at Costco for all of $32.99. A really young, high-proof rye (110 proof), this lil’ upstart demands water and plenty of it. Without agua it’s just too brash (not…

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Review: Whistling Andy Hibiscus-Coconut Rum

Coconut rum? Sure. Hibiscus-coconut rum? That’s a new one. The evocatively named Whistling Andy is naturally flavored with both of the above and is imbued with a deep orange color. First things first: The rum (distilled in Bigfork, Montana from cane sugar) is extremely sweet, with a nose redolent of cookies, caramel, nougat, and —…

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Review: Ocean Vodka (2012 Formula)

We first encountered Ocean Vodka, made in Hawaii from organic corn and rye, and cut with deep ocean water to bring it to proof, in 2008. Since then, Ocean has returned, and with a new formulation: Distilled from organic sugar cane instead of corn and rye. (For what it’s worth, Ocean says it is the…

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“Vatted” Malts No More

Whisky Advocate reports on the end of an era, terminologically speaking, anyway. In November the term “vatted” was declared illegal in Britain to use on whisky labels. The last legally “vatted” whisky was mixed up last night. Vatted malts are a mixture of malts from different distilleries; they are distinct from blended whisky because they…

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