Review: Wines of Wakefield, 2017 Releases

Wakefield Winery is actually Taylors Winery, but they are not permitted to use the family name in much of the Northern Hemisphere due to trademark restrictions. Located in the Clare Valley of South Australia, the winery was opened in 1969 by Bill Taylor Sr. and his sons Bill Jr. and John, and the family still…

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Review: Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey

Venerable Irish brand Kilbeggan (the oldest in Ireland) — see our coverage of its standard blend here — has largely been a single-product operation for most of its existence. Things are on the move here, though, as Kilbeggan has just launched a single grain whiskey to expand the portfolio. What’s single grain? Kilbeggan reminds us:…

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Tasting Lodi Zinfandel, 2017 Releases – Michael David, Fields Family, Ironstone, and Harney Lane

November 15 was National Zinfandel Day, and there’s nowhere that is more associated with zinfandel than Lodi, California. In honor of the occasion, LOCA — the trade group for Lodi — got four winemakers together to present their recent releases — all old vine bottlings — and talk about all things zin. Here’s a look…

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Review: Laphroaig 27 Years Old

Laphroaig 25 Years Old is a watershed bottling from the Islay distillery — what then to make of the oddball Laphroaig 27 Years Old, which dropped as a complete surprise just a few weeks ago. 27 years vs. 25 years? Could the differences be that extreme? Let’s take a look at this brand new expression,…

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Review: 2015 Stephane Aviron Cru Beaujolais – Fleurie, Morgon, and Chenas

Just because it’s November and a wine drinker’s thoughts are turning to Beaujolais, doesn’t mean you have to drink Nouveau. With that in mind, importer Frederick Wildman and Sons presents these alternatives — cru Beaujolais which are far more interesting than the typical Nouveau release, but which remain highly affordable. Some preliminary notes from Wildman…

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Review: Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

Ready for the absolutely craziest thing to come out of whiskeydom since Alberta Rye Dark Batch? Get ready for Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye! The gist: Like Basil Hayden’s flagship bourbon, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye stands out from the crowd. Blending Kentucky straight rye whiskey and Canadian rye with a splash of California port, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye is…

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Drinkhacker’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Best Alcohol/Spirits for Christmas

It’s our tenth anniversary, and our tenth holiday gift guide! After more than 5500 posts — the bulk of them product reviews — we’ve written millions of words on all things quaffable, and as always, we select the cream of the crop to highlight in our annual holiday buying guide. Consider it a “best of…

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Cocktail Recipes for Thanksgiving 2017

Here at Drinkhacker, we are thankful for you—our drinking readers! Among the other things we’re thankful for are good food, good friends, and good cocktails. May these cocktails and snack recipes be among them on your holiday table. Caramel Apple created by NYC mixologist Allison Kave of Butter and Scotch 2 oz. Baileys Pumpkin Spice Irish…

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