Review: Solbeso No. 1 Fresh Distilled Cacao

First: Solbeso is not a creme de cacao, and it is not a cocoa-flavored anything. Solbeso is a new type of spirit that is distilled directly from cacao fruit, the first and only spirit of its kind (at least that I’m aware of). How does this work? Cacao pods are picked at various South American farms,…

Read More about Review: Solbeso No. 1 Fresh Distilled Cacao

Review: 2014 Nicolas Feuillatte X’Ploration Brut Reserve Champagne

This limited edition bottling of Nicolas Feuillatte’s Brut Reserve is all set for the holidays, available in two, fancy sleeves (the gold one is shown at right; there’s also a black version). It’s a special edition for 2014 (at least the packaging is), but the wine itself is not vintage dated. I’m a fan of…

Read More about Review: 2014 Nicolas Feuillatte X’Ploration Brut Reserve Champagne

Drinkhacker Reads – 12.03.2014 – Weird Science and Expensive Beer

Once again science confirms what barstool wisdom has taught us all along: we evolved with the taste for alcohol, and we’ve been doing it for millions of years. Researchers in Gainesville, Florida, have been able to detect in our ancestral lineage where the ability to product the enzyme to break down alcohol first appeared in…

Read More about Drinkhacker Reads – 12.03.2014 – Weird Science and Expensive Beer

Review: Platte Valley Moonshine

The Platte Valley can be found in Missouri (and thereabouts), far away from the moonshinin’ capital of the world, Appalachia. Don’t tell that to McCormick distilling — makers of the well-known, eco-friendly 360 Vodka. Among other spirits, McCormick also makes Platte Valley Moonshine (“a true expression of the south… since 1856”), too. This is a 100%…

Read More about Review: Platte Valley Moonshine

The A-List – November 2014

Welcome to this month’s edition of the A-List, our compendium of the best of the best we’ve reviewed in the last 30 days. Lots of great stuff for everyone this month, including a very rare “A+” rating to the latest Tun offering from the Balvenie. Not seeing anything you like here? We’ve also just published the 2014…

Read More about The A-List – November 2014

Review: Anchor Distilling Christmas Spirit White Whiskey 2014

Last year San Francisco’s Anchor Distilling released a limited-edition, Christmas-focused white whiskey called White Christmas. This year it’s back, (cleverly) renamed Christmas Spirit. As with White Christmas, this year Anchor has double distilled last year’s 2013 Christmas Ale and turned into into an unaged whiskey. The ale is different every year, so the whiskey should follow suit,…

Read More about Review: Anchor Distilling Christmas Spirit White Whiskey 2014

The Spice Lab Brings Color to Cocktail Rims

Salt-rimmed margaritas (or salt-rimmed anything, really) may be currently out of favor, but here’s one idea if you want to bring the trend back at your home bar: Use colored salts instead of boring old white ones. The Spice Lab, which markets over 180 types of sea salt alone, has recently launched three sea salts designed…

Read More about The Spice Lab Brings Color to Cocktail Rims

Drinkhacker Reads – 12.01.2014 – Diageo Loves America, Europe Loves Microbrewers

Welcome back from the holiday weekend. If you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, might we interest you in our 2014 edition of the Holiday Gift Guide? It’s full of solid recommendations covering some of the “best of the best” we’ve reviewed this year. While the rest of the world is looking a…

Read More about Drinkhacker Reads – 12.01.2014 – Diageo Loves America, Europe Loves Microbrewers