Review: Glory Irish Poitin

This poitin — Ireland’s answer to moonshine — comes from West Cork Distillers, whose aged whiskeys we reviewed a few months back. Pot-distilled from barley and beet sugar, it is bottled without aging. The nose of Glory is incredibly pungent. Strong notes of fuel hit first, touched with just a bit of sweet vanilla. The…

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Drinking in Dublin: Guinness Storehouse and Teeling Whiskey

I’m just back from the British Isles, where I spent nearly two weeks exploring Ireland and Scotland, two regions whose names are inexorably linked with the world of whiskey. This is the second of two travel pieces on major drinking attractions across the pond — this one focusing specifically on the city of Dublin. Ireland boasts…

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Review: Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron

“Gran Reserva.” “Maestro de Ron.” These are terms that one would expect to see applied to a dark, old, well-aged rum, but Bacardi is taking the unusual step of slapping them on its latest release, a white rum. Bacardi Gran Reserva Maestro de Ron is “designed to elevate the simple cocktail experience” and is intended…

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Scenes from Passport to Russian River Valley, 2015

The last weekend in June marked the third annual installation of the Passport to Russian River Valley, an event that sets the public loose on dozens of relatively remote wineries, many of which aren’t normally open to the public. This year’s event took me to Benovia, Sonoma-Cutrer, Dutton Estate, and Inman Family Wines. Lots of…

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Review: Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale Ale and Highland Ale

It’s our second look at Scotland-based Innis & Gunn‘s beers, with two new oak-aged offerings (as all I&G beers are made) hitting the shelves now. The first is a seasonal brew, the second is a special edition that comes in a large-sized bottle and its own wooden carton. Innis & Gunn Rare Oak Pale – Aged…

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Review: Starr Hill King of Hop 2015 and Soul Shine (2015)

It’s time for one new, limited release — King of Hop — and the return of a seasonal — Soul Shine — to the Drinkhacker beer fridge. Let’s dig in… Starr Hill King of Hop Imperial IPA 2015 – Not to be confused with the King of Pop, this is a classic, dry-hopped Imperial IPA with…

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Touring Scotch Whisky Distilleries in Speyside, Scotland

The trouble with drinking whisky in Scotland is the regret you experience the moment you get home. No matter how long you spend there and how much you purchase, by the time you get back to the States you wish you’d tasted and brought home more than you did. The vastness of malt whisky options available to…

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Tasting the Wines of Italy’s Lugana Region, 2015 Releases

What, you’re not drinking Lugana wines every night? You can be forgiven if the name doesn’t ring a bell. Lugana is a tiny region in the north of the country, nestled between the better-known areas of Lombardia and the Veneto, snug against the southern shores of Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy. It’s here…

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