Review: Kentucky Vintage Bourbon

The name “Kentucky Vintage” immediately leads one to snicker a bit. Vintage? Bourbon? Really? In reality, this is the fourth (and final) bourbon from the Kentucky Bourbon Distillers’ Small Batch Collection — the entire line has been reviewed here now — and it is arguably the least impressive of the series. At just 90 proof,…

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World’s Most Expensive Drinks

I love lists like these (and not just because I’ve had Utopias), mainly because it’s so fun to navel-gaze at this ridiculously expensive booze. That said, I’d love to give the Macallan 1926 a shot. Or two. Related Stories: TapInfluence Interviews Editor in Chief Christopher Null Welcome to Drinkhacker 2018 Review: Samuel Adams Utopias (2011…

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Original Recipe: Mint Juliet

Tales of the Cocktail is soliciting mint julep recipes to achieve a spot as the official cocktail of this year’s celebration/trade show/extravaganza. The only rules: It has to have mint and it has to have sugar. Pretty much everything else is fair game. I went pretty wide — figuring a bourbon-based julep wasn’t going to…

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Now That’s a Healthy Drink

Consumerist alerts us that paying attention to labels isn’t such a bad idea: Of all the ridiculous Acai schemes we’ve seen involving overpriced miracle elixirs, Snapple wins hands down — their Acai Blackberry drink is high fructose corn syrup, pear juice, and “natural flavors.” Water and corn syrup? Great! Basically, not much healthier than drinking…

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Review: Sea Wynde Rum

Surprisingly light in color, Sea Wynde hails from both Jamaica and Guyana (it’s blended from five pot stills located in those two countries) and packs far more flavor than you’d think from such a The aroma is very sweet — and quite intoxicating — but it lacks focus on the palate. The sweetness is at…

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Tasting Report: 2004 Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello — the crown prince of Tuscan wine — is coming off some rough times. Earlier this year the region, located right in the heart of Tuscany, found itself under attack. Why? Some producers were allegedly violating Italian law and bottling other wines than Brunello di Montalcino (which, by law, has to be 100% sangiovese),…

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Esquire’s Best Cheap Booze

I expect to see lots of recession-minded lifestyle coverage in the upcoming months. Esquire magazine doesn’t disappoint with this roundup of the best cheap spirits — stuff that’s affordable but which you wouldn’t mind actually serving to guests. The winners: Paul Masson Grande Amber VSOP brandy, Brugal Anejo rum, White Horse Scotch, Gordon’s gin, and…

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Review: Zwack Liqueur

Zwack is wack! Sorry, had to do it. It won’t happen again. Zwack is a Hungarian company that produces amaro-like digestif bitters, dark brown liqueurs flavored with dozens of herbs and aged in oak. For years, Zwack produced only a spirit called Unicum, which is said to be so insanely popular in Hungary that they…

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