Review: Ungava Canadian Premium Gin

When thoughts turn to Canada, the mind immediately thinks of its national spirit: Gin. Wait, what? Ungava isn’t just a Canadian gin — made exclusively with handpicked native Canadian botanicals — it’s a bright yellow Canadian gin. Think electric, Galliano-class yellow. Now that’s a unique gin. Inspired by all things in the Great White North, Ungava is…

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Review: 2012 Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah from the San Antonio Valley, Arroyo Seco, and Paso Robles AVAs, this inky black wine is simply overflowing with blackberry jam and liquid chocolate. There’s no structure here to speak of. Instead it’s all juicy berries and a quick, lightly-tart finish that serves to lightly cleanse what quickly becomes…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 12.05.2014

Hello and welcome to the 75th edition of the Drinkhacker Shopping List, our regular look back at the best and worst products reviewed over the last few weeks. Plenty for everyone to choose from this time around, including some incredible (and incredibly pricey) scotch. In case you missed it: We’ve also published our annual Gift…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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%…

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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…

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