Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog II: Spirit of Mortimer” Rye Whiskey Single Barrel 13 Years Old 2014

Clearly, Vermont-based WhistlePig has a stash of barrels of rye aging away in a warehouse, so each year the company can bottle a bit of it and see what happens, while the rest continues to mellow outtakes a little bit of its well-aged rye and bottles it just to see what’s going on. The rest lingers for…

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Review: 2011 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

A fine, if unremarkable, Cab from Rutherford’s Sequoia Grove. This wine features an indistinct fruit medley at its core, plums and blackberries mostly, dancing with modest oak notes and gentle to moderate tannin structure. The finish is dusty and slightly chalky, the tannins finally building up some body to support the wine through to the…

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Review: Angry Orchard Cinnful Apple Hard Cider

Any product that tries to pull off the play on words by subbing “cinn” (meaning cinnamon) for “sin” is already off to a bad start, and Angry Orchard’s cinnamon-infused apple cider doesn’t do much to change directions. The light touch of cinnamon on this cider — evident primarily on midpalate as just a dusting of…

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Review: Master of Mixes “Chef Inspired” Bloody Mary Mixers

Brunch season is here (isn’t it?), which means it’s Bloody Mary time for millions. Few of us bother to make our own mix when there are plenty of solid, ready-to-go mixes on the shelf. Master of Mixes is a brand that’s been around forever, producing the usual Pina Colada, Margarita, and Bloody Mary mixes to…

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Tasting Report: When Sake Met Cheese, 2014

Sake is traditionally thought of as a pairing for Japanese cuisine… but how about cheese? SakeOne put together a little sampler in conjunction with the Marin French Cheese Company (plus friends) — an amazing producer that’s all of 8 miles from my house here in Northern California. We’ve reviewed most of these sakes before, so today…

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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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