Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Liga Especial Double Toro

Editor’s Note: We’re trying something new here at Drinkhacker in the form of cigar coverage, with a specific focus on spirits pairings. Want more? Let us know your thoughts! If you’re a cigar connoisseur, there really isn’t a “bad time” or “off season” to be enjoying cigars. But let’s face it, cigar fans: there’s something…

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Review: Beehive Distilling Jack Rabbit Gin

Utah-based Beehive Distilling makes gin and only gin. Production involves some traditional technique melded with a few newfangled flavoring agents. Beehive explains: Jack Rabbit is produced on a small (300-liter) hybrid column still in Salt Lake City. Beehive’s lead distiller macerates crushed Albanian juniper, orris root, grain of paradise and coriander in grain neutral spirits for 24 hours…

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Review: Muzzleshot Tactical Shot Glass

So here’s a wacky idea: Take pure, anodized aluminum and machine it into the shape of the muzzle of an M-16 automatic rifle. And then drink out of it. You’re a man now, Toby. The Muzzleshot shot glass is a bold experiment in both industrial design and cooling technology. The glass design is pretty genius, and…

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Review: Beers Of West Sixth Brewing

When most drinkers think of Kentucky, bourbon is usually the first word to roll off the tongue. However, the Bluegrass state has quietly enjoyed the emergence of several quality microbreweries over the last few years. In the first of what I hope to be a series, I’ll be traveling through my old Kentucky home to…

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Review: I.W. Harper Bourbon and 15 Years Old Bourbon

Diageo recently announced another spiritual resurrection: I.W. Harper. I.W. Harper was a Kentucky bourbon brand started by Isaac Wolfe Bernheim (another familiar whiskey name) in 1879. It changed hands a few times over the years, ultimately winding up with Diageo, which turned it into a super-premium product … in Japan. Discontinued in the U.S. in…

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Tasting the Chiantis of Ruffino, 2015 Releases

Recently I had the chance to virtually sit down with Gabriele Tacconi, Ruffino’s chief winemaker, to hear about the launch of its “Gran Selezione,” a new, upper-echelon expression of Tuscany’s most famous wine, Chianti. Gran Selezione add’s a fourth tier to this wine region, from Chianti to Chianti Classico to Riserva to Gran Selezione. Gran Selezione…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Jubel 2015

Deschutes Brewery originally intended Jubel as a once-a-decade release. (The second ever release came out in 2010 and the original was bottled in 2000.) But Deschutes said it couldn’t wait another five years, so it’s putting out Jubel 2015 now. This imperial take on the brewery’s annual Jubelale winter brew is 50 percent barrel aged in…

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Review: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Casks 36.67 and 93.61

Surprise, it’s two new outturns from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Thoughts follow on two current releases. Scotch Malt Whisky Society Cask 36.67 – 9 year old Benrinnes from Speyside. Burly, with notes of wet earth and the essence of a pre-lit campfire. There’s fruit here, but it comes across a bit like a canned tropical medley,…

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