Review: Kahlua Peppermint Mocha Liqueur

The latest entry into the Kahlua family is this limited edition flavor designed for the holidays: Peppermint Mocha. The named characteristics are authentic: It’s quite minty, with a chocolate undertone. What’s missing is much sense of traditional coffee flavor. It’s mint, then chocolate, the coffee, in that order. In fact, the peppermint pretty handily overpowers…

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Review: Southern Comfort 100

The folks at Southern Comfort were convinced that, though I didn’t care for SoCo Lime, something a little more refined would be to my taste. So they sent this: Southern Comfort 100 (100 as in proof), a higher-alcohol version of the classic Bourbon-peach liqueur. For starters, it’s darker in color and with none of the…

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Review: 2009 Foppiano Chardonnay Russian River Valley

Lightly oaked but with a very rich mouthfeel, this Russian River Chardonnay features mellow fruit with just a touch of wood on it. Butter, apple, a touch of fig — not much complexity, but it’s a wine that really doesn’t need it. Good value. B+ / $18 Related Stories: Review: 2008 Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah…

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Review: Benjamin Prichard’s Tennessee Whiskeys and Sweet Lucy Liqueur

It may not be canonically “Bourbon,” but the state of Tennessee is responsible for the best-selling whiskey in the world: Jack Daniel’s. But Jack isn’t the only whiskey going in Kentucky’s next-door neighbor. Benjamin Prichard has been producing a variety of spirits — including a whole family of rums — for ten years now. We…

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Review: Sokol Blosser Meditrina{6} Red Wine

Named after the Roman goddess of wine and health, Meditrina is Oregon winery Sokol Blosser’s nonvintage red blend, a mix of Pinot Noir (23%), Syrah (52%), and Zinfandel (25%). The {6} indicates this is Sokol’s 6th rendition of this wine. Kind of an odd bird, it’s both jammy and thick. The Pinot notes come through…

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Review: 2007 Vine & Sun Red Wine and Barons V Cabernet Sauvignon

Vine & Sun is a Washington-based winery that is primarily known for its Barons V label. It also bottles a budget wine under the Vine & Sun label. We tried both wines, with commentary below: 2007 Vine & Sun Red Wine Columbia Valley – A fairly standard, Cab-heavy red blend of unknown proportions. Jammy and…

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Review: Peligroso Tequila Reposado

This new tequila brand has arrived with no fanfare, but damn if it doesn’t deserve some. Peligroso (Spanish for “dangerous”) is a Highlands tequila, 100% blue agave, aged in old whiskey barrels and bottle at an unusual 84 proof (hence the “42” on the label). The results, at least with this reposado (the only expression…

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Review: 100 Anos Tequila – Blanco and Reposado

“Wow, this tequila is 100 years old?” At least three visitors to Drinkhacker HQ have made this joke(?) upon seeing these bottles of 100 Anos tequila sitting in wait of a review. And the response is, well, no. 100 Anos is a new brand in the Sauza line — 100% agave tequila that’s very reasonably…

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