Review: Snow Leopard Vodka

This vodka hails from Poland, where it is six-times distilled from spelt. The beast on the label isn’t just for show: 15 percent of all profits are given directly to snow leopard conservation projects through the Snow Leopard Trust. I immediately enjoyed this vodka right from the start. The nose is crisp and fresh, bracing with…

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Review: 2013 Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio Russian River Valley

Fragrant on the nose with peach and apricot notes lead to a buttery body more reminiscent of Chardonnay than Pinot Grigio. The palate is long, lush, and loaded with vanilla and caramel flan, before exiting on a crisper, baked-apple finish. This isn’t a complicated wine, but guests at your next dinner party aren’t likely to…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.12.2015 – Contaminated, Aged and Deceptive Beer Monday

Time magazine publishes an article about 5 beers that are largely considered or were once imported that are now brewed in the United States. Amusingly, Fox News publishes an article on the same topic on the same day. Total coincidence, we’re sure. [Time] The Napa Valley Register gives its predictions on what will be trending in…

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Review: Lonach Tomatin 43 Years Old

Lonach is a rarely seen independent bottler that, of late, has specialized in bottling some very old spirits at very affordable prices. This bottling of Speyside’s Tomatin was distilled in 1965 and bottled in 2009 at 43 years of age. It’s a cask strength release, but just 41.1% abv given all the alcohol evaporation it’s seen.…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection – Wheated Bourbon Warehouse Floor Experiments

Last summer, Buffalo Trace released a series of three experimental whiskeys, each aged on a separate floor of its wooden-floored Warehouse K. These rye-heavy bourbons were as different as night and day — and now BT is back to do the same experiment again, this time with wheated bourbons. The experiment is otherwise the same…

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Recipe: National Hot Toddy Day, 2015

With the majority of the nation under a bit of a cold spell (as I type this the wind chill in my town just hit a cool and breezy -21 degrees Fahrenheit), we thought it best to revisit one of the best winter drinks around: the hot toddy. A classic drink for these bone-chilling days,…

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Review: Wildwood Spirits Stark Vatten Vodka and Kur Gin

Wildwood Spirits is a new craft distillery located in Bothell, Washington. We tasted the company’s first two products, a solid vodka and a uniquely flavored gin. Thoughts follow. Stark Vatten Vodka – Swedish for “strong water,” made from heirloom, local red winter wheat in a self-proclaimed European style. I think that’s a reasonably fair description. This…

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Review: Koma Unwind Relaxation Beverage

Koma Unwind is another one of these newfangled beverages designed not to turn you into a bon vivant but rather into a slumbering snoozer. This canned, sparkling beverage includes mostly familiar active ingredients: B12, milk thistle, valerian root, rose hips, and melatonin. These goodies are dropped into a rather familiar soda format — sweet and…

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