Review: Four Roses Mariage Collection Bourbon 2009 Edition

Has it really been a year since Four Roses put out its first Mariage Collection bourbon? I was a huge fan of the 2008 edition, Four Roses again blends two batches of whiskey together to create a sophisticated blended bourbon. The two whiskeys this time out are a rye-heavy 10-year-old bourbon and an ancient 19-year-old…

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Review: Lhasa Beer

Drink your way to Tibetan freedom? Now that is philanthropy that’s hard to pass up, and Lhasa, the first beer ever to be exported from Tibet, donates 10 percent of profits to doing good deeds in its homeland. So you can drink up and feel good about it. Lhasa is a lighter style pilsner, just…

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Boston Gets Its Own Absolut

Following New Orleans and Los Angeles, Boston now gets its own signature flavored version of Absolut vodka. Frankly this one sounds like the best version yet. (What, you were expecting chowder flavor?) This month, the world’s most iconic vodka celebrates the pride and spirit of Boston with the debut of its newest city-inspired flavor –…

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Tasting Report: Family Winemakers of California 2009

Hey Drinkhacker fans! Sorry for the long absence, but rest assured we’ve not been sleeping on the job. We’ve been drinking — wine, and plenty of it. This week saw 2009’s Family Winemakers of California event, billed as the biggest wine event in the world and, as I noted last year, that’s not a boast.…

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Review: 2007 Van Duzer Estate Pinot Noir

This Willamette Valley pinot noir offers classic Burgundy character: Big black cherry core, earthy underscoring, and hints of herbs like lavender and violet. The body is moderate, with a bracing tartness that pairs well with food. Though very young, Van Duzer’s Estate Pinot makes for reasonably easy drinking today, though I suspect a couple of…

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Review: Barenjager Honey Liqueur

The interest in American Honey liqueur on this site has been a bit shocking to me, but it’s hardly the first honey-flavored liqueur to hit the market. One of the oldest, Bärenjäger, is experiencing a bit of a renaissance now — so what better time than now to explore the charms of this liqueur? You…

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Review: The Macallan 1824 Collection – Select Oak, Whiskey Maker’s Edition, and Estate Reserve

The Macallan is now releasing a new line of four single malt whiskys with the 1824 Collection label, an homage to the year in which Macallan began operation. None of these malts date back to 180-some years ago, mind you, but they do pay respects to that era. I tried the three bottlings which will…

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Review: Buen Amigo Tequila Blanco

Is Buen Amigo a good friend, as its name would imply? Let’s find out, shall we? An unusual citrus nose is immediately evident on this blanco tequila, which is apparently a mixto tequila despite one of its reposado big brother versions being a 100% agave version. Pungent and charcoal-like, Buen Amigo’s hard-edged nose gives way…

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