Review: Angel’s Envy Bourbon

Angel’s Envy is, put simply, a new concept in Bourbon making. The brainchild of longtime distiller Lincoln Henderson, each year Angel’s Envy will be released with a new recipe and a new method of manufacture. The inaugural batch — called Expression 10/10 — is already unorthodox. It’s aged in oak and finished in vintage and…

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Review: 2008 Hugel Gewurztraminer Alsace

This latest Gewurz from Hugel is unremarkable and unadorned, with crisp apple, tropical notes, and some slate character. Fruit-forward and with relatively mild acids, it’s a Gewurztraminer for the Sauvignon Blanc lover. Prices vary wildly. B / $20 / hugel.com Related Stories: Review: 2006 Hugel Pinot Gris Classic Alsace Tasting Report: Alsace Wine + American…

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Review: Wine Wipes

Red wine stains teeth, there’s no way around it. Wine Wipes are not a new idea, but they are a new implementation of that idea: Using many of the same ingredients in tooth-whitening formulas, Wine Wipes are little, circular, fabric pads infused with stain-scrubbing ingredients designed to get rid of those purple stains on your…

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Review: 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau has a bad reputation as being cheap and often undrinkable wine, and in many cases that’s indeed the case. Beaujolais is supposed to be cheap, and it’s meant to be consumed in the year it was produced: Come New Year’s, no one is supposed to be drinking Nouveau any more until next November,…

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Tasting Report: Single Malt Scotch Whisky Extravanganza Fall 2010

As previously discussed, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society doesn’t just sell unique single-cask whiskys to its membership, it also throws whisky events around the country. I had the fortune to attend the Society’s San Francisco shindig, and can highly recommend it to anyone, especially the whisky novice. Unlike Whiskyfest or Whiskies of the World, the…

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Review: 2009 JJ Vincent Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay “J.J.”

Don’t look now, but more and more French wine producers are putting the varietal of their wines right on the label. Look no further than JJ Vincent’s Bourgogne Blanc, where “Chardonnay” is in lettering almost as large as the year of the vintage. This wine from southern Burgundy is crisp with green apple and tart…

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Review: Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve and 12 Years Old

This Highlands malt (prounounced “Glen Geery”) is relatively unknown in the U.S. Closed briefly from 1995 to 1997, it is the easternmost distillery in the Highlands and is unpeated. Glen Garioch Founder’s Reserve – This un-age-statemented bottling is a fine everyday dram, sweet and warming, with a bit of floral character, some hay, and a…

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Drinkhacker’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

Another holiday season is upon us here at Drinkhacker HQ, and again we take the opportunity to look back at the best — and most gift-worthy — spirits the year had to offer. Don’t settle for giving your boss a bottle of Crown Royal again (not that we don’t like Crown Royal). Step lively and…

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