Review: Nolet’s Silver Dry Gin (2011)

Nolet’s (not Nolet, mind you) hails from Holland, part of a new wave of ultra-premium gins flavored with unexpected ingredients. Nolet’s (distilled from the same wheat as Ketel One) lets you in on three of them — the rest are kept secret — but one of the big three immediately jumps out. That ingredient: Turkish…

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Book Review: The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion

Bartending books come in two varieties: Mammoth reference tomes and slim, whimsical dispatches that are fit mainly for browsing. The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion (updated from its original 2003 edition) is squarely in the latter camp, though that’s not a slight: It’s actually a pretty fun little book that, if nothing else, can help…

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Review: Fuchen Herbal Liqueur

If the Fuchen Effen Cocktail hasn’t already been invented, consider me shocked. Mixology, after all, is not a business known for its subtlety. All kidding aside, Fuchen is a new entry into the curiously on-the-rise market of international amari — bittersweet, dark liqueurs now being inspired mainly by the success of the granddaddy of them…

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Review: New Holland Hatter Royale Hopquila

Tequila for rabbits? No. New Holland, based not in Holland the country but rather Holland the city in Michigan, takes a double-distilled mash of 100% malted barley, then steeps Centennial hops in it. It’s not aged, but it comes out a Chardonnay-yellow from the hops Hopquila, then, is not a funky tequila but rather a…

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Review: Kavalan Single Malt Whisky (2011)

Believe it or not, this is our second Taiwanese whisky review on Drinkhacker (read about Golden Pure Malt here), but I dare to say you have a better shot of actually finding Kavalan on sale somewhere (especially if you shop duty-free). A single malt whisky distilled by an outfit called the King Car Distillery and…

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Review: Metaxa Greek Spirit 5 Stars and 7 Stars

And you may ask yourself: What exactly is Metaxa anyway? A staple of every liquor store in the country, it sits there untouched in its odd-shaped bottle. The stalwart shopper who picks it up finds only that it hails from Greece before setting it back down. The only hint on the bottle: “Greek Specialty Liqueur.”…

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Book Review: The Quotable Drunkard

For some reason, I get a kick out of reading quotations, and I expect I’m not alone, explaining why so many books of quotes are on the market. Steven Kates turns to a natural topic – the bottle – for this themed book of musings, and for the most part it’s a solid one. Split…

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Review: Simply Naked Wines, 2010 Vintage

Wine and wood go hand in hand, but Simply Naked’s experiment takes the oak out of the equation. All of these wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel. For some of these wines, like Pinot Grigio, that’s normal. Chardonnay: OK. But Merlot and Cabernet? Interesting experiments. Here’s how the wines — all budget bottlings…

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