Review: NV Berlucchi ’61 Franciacorta Brut DOCG

It’s Italian sparkling wine, but it’s not Prosecco. Franciacorta is a DOCG area in the north of Italy, to the west of the Veneto, where most Prosecco is produced. While Prosecco is made from the Glera grape, Franciacorta is largely Chardonnay-based, with some Pinot Nero and Pinot Bianco, depending on the producer. Berlucchi ’61, despite…

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Review: Freedom Moonshine

This new unaged whiskey (a moonshine as they call it) — available in a straight version and four (heavily watered down) flavors — is distilled in Indiana from 95% rye and 5% malted barley and flavored and bottled in Tennessee. What, no corn? No neutral grain spirits? It’s true, believe it or not! We tried all…

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Review: Kilchoman Single Cask Releases – Sherry Matured and PX Finish 2009

Lookee here: Two new single-cask, barrel-strength Kilchoman releases (literally, these are both made from one cask), exclusive to U.S. importer ImpEx. We got to try them both. Kilchoman Single Cask Release Sherry Matured – Distilled in 2009, this Islay whisky then spent 5 years in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. This is a powerful and searing expression…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.22.2014 – Budweiser Myths, Pappy Preferences, and More

• Forbes takes on the myths and trends behind the recent major brand vs. craft distillery sales conversation. [Forbes] • This latest round of diplomatic talks between Cuba and the United States could have major ramifications for the rum industry. Bring on the Havana Club! [The Daily Beast] • Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old…

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Review: Syndicate 58/6 Blended Scotch Whisky

If nothing else, Syndicate 58/6 is the most uniquely named whisky you’ll drink all year. What’s it all about? Syndicate, so the story goes, began as a blend of malt and grain whiskies discovered in 1958. Six guys got together to make a whisky out of these barrels, and they named it after themselves (the…

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Recipe: Holiday Cocktails, 2014 Edition

The holiday season is now hitting its height. Office parties are lively, Hanukkah has begun, and Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner. With so many different events from which to choose, we’ve selected the following holiday cocktail recipes from a flurry of options decorating our inbox. St. Elizabeth Flip 1 1/2 oz. Appleton Estate…

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Review: Hudson Baby Bourbon and Four Grain Bourbon

Tuthilltown Spirits, based in Gardiner, New York, has been on the forefront of craft distilling since its launch in 2005. Its Hudson line of craft whiskeys remains one of the most iconic exemplars of what can be done with a careful hand and a lot of ambition, and I’ve interviewed distiller and all-around nice guy…

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Review: Craigellachie 13 Years Old, 17 Years Old, 19 Years Old, and 23 Years Old

These expressions from Speyside’s Craigellachie (pronounced creh-GAHL-uh-key) Distillery have the same provenance as the three Aultmore whiskies we recently reviewed. Now part of the Dewar’s portfolio — which makes heavy use of Craigellachie in its blends — single malts from these stills are finally coming, and in quite a range of ages. Today we look…

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