The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.09.2015

Hello and welcome to the Shopping List, our regular look back at the best and worst products we’ve reviewed over the past several weeks. Lots to choose from for our first Shopping List of 2015, including some excellent editions in the Buffalo Trace Single Oak series (which winds up the spring), and plenty of excellent…

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Review: Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

Yeah, you’re reading that right. The iconic producer of Irish cheeses and butter is now venturing into spirits, with this fitting Irish Cream Liqueur. The spirit is being made in conjunction with Imperial Brands, best known as the producer of Sobieski Vodka. The new product “features cream from grass-fed, Irish cows, aged Irish whiskey, and luxurious…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Fifteen

The penultimate release of Buffalo Trace’s Single Oak Project is here, which means only a dozen bottles of the series of 192 bourbons remain to be released. For those keeping score, this makes 180 bourbons sampled to date over nearly four years of staggered releases. Need a primer on the Project? Here’s our past coverage to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.07.2015 – Turmoil in Tuscany and Texas

Lots of interesting stuff for your consideration today, so let’s get to it: Trouble in Tuscany: Irate Italians plagued by wine counterfeit scandals. [USA Today] And now for our weekly update in the wild world of Balcones: Ousted master distiller Chip Tate is now filing a defamation lawsuit against the distillery manager’s wife. And we…

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Review: Chateau du Tariquet Armagnac VS Classique (2015)

Armagnac, in the Gascony region of France near Bordeaux, has long played second fiddle to the better-known and more prestigious Cognac. Subtle production differences exist between the two. Cognac uses up to three grape varieties. Armangac can include four (Folle Blanche, Ugni Blanc, Colombard, and Baco). Cognac is distilled twice, Armangac only once. Bas-Armangac is the…

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Review: Wines of Smith-Madrone, 2015 Releases

Three new winter releases from Smith-Madrone, located at the top of Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain. 2012 Smith-Madrone Chardonnay Napa Valley Spring Mountain District – Buttery, with strong notes of vanilla and nuts. Not much in the way of a surprise here, with modest pear and lemon notes duking it out with that big, brown butter…

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The A-List – December 2014

Hello and welcome to the A-List, our tip of the cap to the stellar products we’ve received and reviewed over the last month. December certainly had its fair share of quality offerings and sent off 2014 on a high note. Plenty to choose from for a wide variety of tastes and price points. (Rob’s note:…

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Review: Wines of Esporao, 2015 Releases

Three new offerings from Portugal’s Esporao, new releases from the company’s Reserva line as well as its Quinta dos Murcas Reserva offering. Some thoughts follow. 2011 Esporao Reserva Red DOC Alentejo – Made from a blend of traditional Portuguese grapes, including aragonez, trincadeira, cabernet sauvignon, and alicante bouchet. Incredibly dense, this wine starts with licorice notes and…

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