Drinkhacker Reads – 01.21.2015 – New Adventures In Drinking

The paper of record takes on yet another trend taking hold with drinkers: health-conscious drinking. Profiling such drinks as gluten-free beer, lemon juice-beer hybrids, and kombucha tea, it appears this is a trend with legs. [New York Times] Drinks International surveyed 38 of the top 50 bars in the world and then added another 50 bars…

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Review: Tequila Espolon Anejo

Tequila Espolon was relaunched in 2010 as one of the first of a wave of high-quality, 100% agave tequilas that were far less expensive than most any other 100% agave tequilas on the market. But there was a hole in the lineup: No anejo. Now Espolon is back with an anejo expression, at long last. Intriguingly the…

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Book Review: Tasting Whiskey For Dummies

At $6 and a scant 25 pages in length — and not even an official “Dummies” title —  it’s difficult to give this one a full-throated endorsement, especially after just reading Heather Greene’s excellent guide on the same subject matter. Jake Olson does indeed cover the basics of whiskey tasting, with a very direct, almost…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.20.2015 – 100 Cases of Bud Light On The Wall

Rabobank issues their quarterly report with predictions for the global spirits market in 2015. In short: demand for spirits in Europe is moderate, and Scotch is on an export decline, leading Diageo to defer plans to expand production; China’s thirst for luxury items is being quenched, while U.S. and India are showing healthy growth. You…

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Review: Jenni Rivera La Gran Senora Tequila Reposado

I had never heard of Jenni Rivera before her face showed up on my doorstep. Literally. That’s Rivera mugging from the label of her eponymous tequila — perhaps the most glorious and arguably inappropriate vanity spirit bottling I’ve ever seen. (The only way this could be topped is to imagine a Kardashian vodka, with Kim’s face…

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Review: 2007 Tenuta Castelbuono Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

Sagrantino is grown mainly in the Umbrian region of Italy, where the village of Montefalco is the hub. Sagrantino is a dense, tough grape. Its wines are believed to be some of the most tannic made anywhere in the world. This 2007 sagrantino from Castelbuono is an intense but delightful wine. Licorice notes complement dried…

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Review: Peychaud’s Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cocktail Bitters

The original Peychaud’s Bitters date back to about 1830. In New Orleans cocktailing, they’re an indispensable part of numerous drinks, including the classic Sazerac Cocktail. Now owner Sazerac (parent company of Buffalo Trace) is launching a version of Peychaud’s with a twist, aging the classic bitters in Sazerac Rye whiskey barrels for 140 days. I…

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Review: Crown Royal Regal Apple

Apple is the cinnamon of 2015, showing up in all kinds of spirits but, particularly, whiskey. This familiar, nostalgic flavor seems to be a big crowd-pleaser, offering tartness, sweetness, and Americana all in a single package. Now it’s Crown Royal’s turn, with its latest expression: Regal Apple. Regal on account of the crown, I guess. The…

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