Tasting Report: WhiskyFest San Francisco 2008

It’s official: WhiskyFest is awesome. Bouncing around the dozens of booths and hundreds of spirits being poured was tons of fun: More intimate than the enormous wine events and studded with wall-to-wall kilts. My final tally: 24 whiskeys tasted (plus a rum and a gin). That’s more than I was expecting to sample, but as…

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Review: Skyy Infusions Vodka – Citrus, Raspberry, Grape, and Cherry

Skyy is a big player in the flavored vodka market and is unique for its dedication to only using natural flavors in its concoctions. After raving about its passion fruit version, I tasted four of its classic, more versatile flavors to get a better feel for the line. All are 70 proof. Some thoughts follow.…

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Review: Vampyre Vodka and Vampyre Red Vodka

Surely anything called Vampyre Vodka can’t be very good, right? Anything that preys on a pop culture joke like the undead, I mean, can’t be a serious spirit, can it? Vampyre Vodka even comes in a blood red edition — and if you need me to explain the gag to you, you are reading the…

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Review: Tequila Don Julio Blanco, Reposado, 1942, and Real (2008)

Having previously expressed my love for Don Julio’s Anejo tequila, I finally got my mitts on the other four bottles in Don Julio’s line. Some additional thoughts on the products from one of the most reliable, high-quality tequila producers in operation. All are 80 proof. Tequila Don Julio Blanco (2008) – A fresh and creamy…

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Review: The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Years Old (2008)

New Scotch expressions are legion. But Scotch producers making it to the U.S. are pretty rare, considering this country’s love of the stuff. Glendullan distillery presents its first American offering this fall, The Singleton, a 12-year single malt that most Scotch enthusiasts will likely find perfectly pleasant, if a bit entry-level. Produced in the crowded…

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Review: Old Forester Repeal Bourbon

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition (officially ratified on December 5, 1933), so to celebrate, Old Forester is releasing a one-time-only, limited expression of its storied Bourbon whiskey. The whiskey will be sold in a 375ml bottle with a medicine-flash appearance and a replica version of a label from the…

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Review: Highland Park 12, 15, 18, 25, 30, and 40 Years Old (2008)

It isn’t every day you get to taste the complete lineup of a serious Scotch producer in one sitting… and have a gourmet dinner to go along with it. While I’m still recovering from gulping down six glasses of Scotch in lieu of wine on Thursday night (pacing yourself when you’re thirsty during a meal…

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Drinkhacker 2008 Vintage Chart / Wine Cheat Sheet

It’s been a year since we updated the “cheat sheet” vintage chart, designed to let you know what years are the best for certain wine grapes and regions, and which you can avoid. As with last year’s edition, here’s how to use the cheat sheet: Only the last two digits of a year are included…

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