Drinkhacker 2015 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

Our popular Drinkhacker cheat sheet — the ninth version in our annual series of printable features designed to help you tell a good vintage of wine from a crummy one — is here! Just print, cut along the dotted lines, fold it up (into thirds), and keep a copy in your wallet next time you need…

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Review: Rational Spirits Santeria Rum

Remember Lost Spirits, the guys making 20 year old rum in 8 days? Well, after my Wired article hit, the company got venture capital funding, commercialized its reactor, and made deals with pretty much every distillery you’ve ever heard of — either to make commercial products or to provide experimental services. Now the first third-party rum…

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Review: Starr Hill Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter

As pumpkin beers go, Starr Hill’s Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a pretty good rendition. Or, at least, it’s a non-awful rendition that manages to shy away from an over-sweetened, gloppy mess while also not attempting to do something insane like actually brew pumpkin pulp and turn that into beer. Rather, Boxcarr is a lightly spiced…

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Review: Mystic Bourbon Liqueur

Bottled by a company called Barrister & Brewer in Durham, North Carolina, Mystic Liqueur is a sweet concoction combining bourbon and “exotic spices.” Based on a “centuries-old Scottish recipe” (presumably not one involving Bourbon), it’s a New World spin on Drambuie that deserves a look. The nose hints at both the honey and cinnamon of…

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Review: StainRx Wine Stain Remover

I won’t rehash the details of the wine stain remover story I wrote for Wired earlier this year. Suffice it to say that StainRx is a late comer to the party, and they submitted a product to me well after that piece already ran. Long story short, I put StainRx up against Chateau Spill, my hands-down…

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Review: Wines of Tom Gore, 2015 Releases

Tom Gore is a Sonoma County grape grower, nut farmer,chicken raiser, and olive oil maker — and now a winemaker with his first batch of wines hitting the market. Let’s tuck into this inaugural trio. 2013 Tom Gore Chardonnay California – Looks cheap, tastes great. Fresh and fruity, there’s buttery vanilla on the nose, but the…

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Review: Oppidan American Botanical Gin and Malted Rye Whiskey

Oppidan is a Chicago area-based microdistillery that is starting off with two products — a gin and an aged, malted rye. We tried them both. Thoughts follow. Oppidan American Botanical Gin – A spin on London Dry, with grapefruit peel, hibiscus, cinnamon, elderflower, ginger, cardamom, and chamomile among the named botanicals. The nose is gentle…

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Review: Sons of Liberty Hop Flavored Whiskey

Remember last year’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey from Rhode Island’s Sons of Liberty? Well, here’s another seasonal, the more straightforward Hop Flavored Whiskey. Here’s how it’s produced: This whiskey started its life as an IPA. After retaining the IPA flavors through distillation we aged the whiskey in American oak barrels. Once the aging process was…

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