Tasting Emanuel Andren Chocolate Truffles

We don’t review much high-end chocolate here at Drinkhacker. Or rather, some (namely myself) would say we don’t review enough. While you’ve probably not heard the name, Emanuel Andrén is hardly a new brand.  Founded in a small town in Sweden in 1868, this family business is devoted to producing ultra-luxe confections, which it promptly…

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Review: Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum

It’s a little hard to believe, but the top-selling rum company on earth — in fact, one of the top-selling spirits brands in the world — did not, until now, have a spiced rum under its umbrella. That is finally changing, as Bacardi this month has launched Oakheart, its own “smooth spiced rum.” The emphasis…

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Review: Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon

Earlier this year our friends at Buffalo Trace released the first in a line of new whiskeys named for pioneering Bourbon-man E.H. Taylor. A second spirit is now ready to join that line: Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon. Aged 11 years 7 months, this is a nicely matured whiskey with plenty of wood going…

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Review: Tatratea Liqueurs

Today we have the very good fortune to cover a new liqueur series from Karloff Tatra Distillery in Slovakia, all based on tea. Not sweet tea, so common in today’s flavored vodka universe, but hot, fermented tea: Brewed, black tea, spiced with herbs, and mixed with alcohol.  Cane sugar is used for sweetening. Then Tatratea…

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Review: The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram Liqueur

What a time it is in which we live. Just a couple of years ago, we had now way to add allspice liqueur — known in the Old Days as Pimento Dram — to a cocktail, leaving hundreds of recipes simply unmakeable, unless you wanted to do something horrible like substitute cinnamon schnapps for the…

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Review: Masterson’s Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Years Old

100% rye: an oddity. 100% rye from Canada, blended with Colorado-sourced water, and bottled in Sonoma, California — a real oddity. Technically a Canadian whisky, this big rye is named after Old West lawman William “Bat” Masterson — a man who, somehow, has returned from the grave he entered in 1921 in order to put…

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Review: Isle of Skye 12 Years Old (2011)

Ian MacLeod’s 12-year-old Isle of Skye whiskey — an upscale blended malt whisky — makes the move from Britain to the U.S. this month, following the 8-year-old version that arrived in 2009. This is an intriguing whisky on its production alone: Using (various) Island and Speyside malts, it is put back into cask after the…

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Why Aren’t You Drinking Beer?

Beer sales continue to fall in the U.S., according to data compiled for the 2011 Beer Handbook — although craft beers continue to do reasonably well. Has beer become boring? The outlook for the industry is “not promising,” according to the study. Perhaps they should bring back Zima? Who’s with me?! For the fourth year…

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