Review: Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Winter Lager (2014), Cold Snap (2015), and White Christmas

The Boston Beer Company produces over 100 varieties of beer, but the biggest of them all is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Oddly, we’ve never reviewed it, but today we’re taking that opportunity, along with a look at three winter/spring seasonals now on the market. Thoughts follow. Samuel Adams Boston Lager – The original (though surely…

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Review: Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon

Here’s a new release that really came out of the blue. Bonded whiskey was a big deal before Prohibition — when heavy tampering with spirits was a major problem — but it is rarely seen these days because of the cost involved and, surely, limited demand. (Rittenhouse 100 is one good example that’s still around.)…

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Review: 2013 Jackson Estate “Stich” Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Jackson’s New Zealand-born Sauvignon Blanc, named in recognition of John Stichbury, the founder of Jackson Estate, is a restrained expression of how this grape typically fares down south. Loaded with peach and pineapple notes, it manages to keep the sweetness at bay by offering some nice herbal notes, a bit of baking spice, and a…

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Review: The Exclusive Malts Batch #6 – Ledaig 1997, Speyside Port Matured 2004

New indie Scotch bottlings are hitting now from The Exclusive Malts, we got two to try. Thoughts follow. The Exclusive Malts Ledaig 1997 17 Years Old – Batch #5 featured a youthful 8 year old Ledaig (which is made at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull). This one’s over twice as old. Surprisingly pale for a…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.26.2015 – Eddie Russell Promoted to Master Distiller at Wild Turkey

Congrats to Wild Turkey’s Eddie Russell, who has been promoted to work alongside his father Jimmy as Master Distiller. Eddie’s been at the distillery for 34 years, working every position imaginable at the distillery. But it wasn’t through nepotism that he won the job. In fact, in an open letter to the press this morning, Jimmy…

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Book Review: Proof: The Science of Booze

Wired editor Adam Rogers is an acquaintance and a colleague (he was my wingman at the HP50 tasting a few weeks back), so it’s not totally fair for me to rave about his new book, Proof: The Science of Booze. I will anyway. If, like myself, you’re as interested in the chemistry and biology of beer, wine,…

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Review: Boathouse Distillery Colorado Bourbon Whiskey

Boathouse Distillery is based in Salida, Colorado, from which Colorado Bourbon hails. The back label copy of this whiskey alone is worth the price of admission: “Colorado Bourbon is especially formulated for Western women and men. We like adventure and the great outdoors.” And that’s it! Colorado Bourbon is sourced whiskey from whereabouts unknown, aged four…

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Review: Oban Little Bay and Oban 14 Years Old

Next up in the NASverse is Oban, which is releasing its mew Little Bay expression just in time for Burns Day (January 25). This isn’t just another random collection of mysterious whiskies. Much like Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Little Bay is aged in part in smaller casks, giving it a distinct character. Says the company: “Crafted by…

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