Review: Four Roses 2010 Limited Edition Single Barrel Bourbon

Our third single barrel Four Roses review in as many years (see 2008, 2009 here), Four Roses is commemorating its 100th year of operation with this release. Congrats, but we’re the real winners here. With this heady, 110-proof (est.) bourbon, expect a deeper and more sultry Four Roses than you might be accustomed to. Crafted…

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Review: Maker’s 46 Bourbon

When people drink bourbon (and they’re not drinking Jack Daniel’s), they turn to Maker’s Mark in droves. Millions of bottles of Maker’s are sold each year, each with the familiar red wax seal. Now Maker’s is finally realizing that there might be something to the idea of additional expressions of its whiskey, and soon it…

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Review: Thatcher’s Liqueurs – Blood Orange, Yumberry, and Coffeehouse

Thatcher’s is making some of the most interesting liqueurs on the market: All organic, each sold with a little charitable sharing of its profits, and all intensely flavored spirits designed for modern cocktails. (Prior reviews are here and here.) The company is adding three new flavors to its lineup in the coming weeks. We got…

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Review: 2008 Donelan Syrah Cuvee Christine North Coast

A cuvee of syrah grapes picked from four Sonoma vineyards, Donelan’s Cuvee Christine offers a meaty, Burgundian-stylized wine with intense color and an impressive depth of flavor. It’s young today but it contains plenty of fruit, earthy plum with cinnamon notes. Reasonably easy drinking now, but I’d like to try it again in a few…

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Review: 2005 Campo Viejo Reserva Tempranillo

This 2005 Rioja starts out with a tannic backbone that opens up in short order to reveal a surprisingly easy-drinking wine. Aromas of smoke and charcoal on the nose are mere wisps in the glass, with the body becoming superbly jammy, with fresh raspberry and strawberry fruit on the palate. Low alcohol (13.5% per the…

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Review: Hangar One Vodka, Complete Lineup (2010)

Practically a next-door neighbor to Drinkhacker HQ, California’s own Hangar One has long been a hometown favorite vodka amongst those ’round these parts who can’t handle whiskey. Available in a straight version and three exotic flavors, we’ve been drinking these for years but finally got around to sampling them all “officially” for the site. Created…

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Review: RedEye Texas Style Bloody Mary Mixes

There’s no shame in using a mix to start your Bloody Mary. The last thing any hangover-inflicted drinker wants to deal with on a Sunday morning is tracking down the various and sometimes esoteric ingredients that go into the typical Bloody recipe. Pick your favorite mix, drop a bottle in the fridge, and don’t worry…

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Tasting Report: Alto Adige Wines, 2010 Releases

Alto Adige? You’re not alone if you’ve never heard of this region, one of the smallest in Italy, a remote area just south of Austria nestled against the Alps. The mountain vineyards up here produce all manner of grapes, including traditional Italian fruit like pinot bianco and pinot grigio, and a whole lot of stuff…

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