Review: Laphroaig Select

Another step in the “NAS” (no age statement) movement that’s sweeping the whisky world, Laphroaig Select is a new expression from the Islay standby that is deathly devoid of numerics. Laphroaig’s approach with this release is an interesting one, taking a variety of styles of the whiskies in its stable and mixing them all together.…

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Review: Jura Brooklyn

Scotch distillers continue to take oddball twists and turns. For Jura, its latest adventure brought it from the Isle of Jura and landed it in Brooklyn, New York. Jura Brooklyn is a dramatic bespoke single malt with a bizarre provenance. Here’s the deets: In 2013, Jura brought together 12 respected Brooklyn artisans to co-collaborate on…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 10.03.2014

Hello, happy friday and welcome to this edition of the Drinkhacker Shopping List, or look back at the best (and not so great) of the last few weeks. It’s a bit light after a pretty heavy shopping list earlier this month, but thankfully, there’s something on here to satisfy (nearly) everyone’s tastes and budget. Related…

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Tasting Report: Cinsault Wines from Lodi’s Bechthold Vineyard, 2014 Releases

Cinsault may not be a household wine varietal, but they sure seem to grow a bunch of it up in Lodi, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Recently the Lodi winemaking trade group sponsored a tasting of four Cinsault wines, all from the region’s Bechthold Vineyard. Primarily known as a blending grape in…

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Dispatch from the 2014 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival

Autumn wasn’t technically with us in late August, but that didn’t stop the folks at Northstar Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, from putting on a grandiose wine and food festival. Now in its 29th year, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival is a multi-day event that combines a walk-around tasting with focused events…

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Review: Coppersea New York Raw Rye

Coppersea Distilling is a new upstate New York-based craft distiller that’s doing things the old-fashioned way. Based on a farm in the Hudson Valley, the grains are grown locally, floor malted and milled on the premises, distilled, then blended with on-site well water. With this product, the end result is an unaged rye (75% unmalted rye, 25%…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 10.01.2014 – Quick Links Edition

Many stories to pull from today! Let’s get right to it: A class action lawsuit against Templeton Rye has been given a green light to proceed. [USA Today] Spirits Business reports UK craft distilling is predicted to double in 2014. [Spirits Business] New statistics show that the top 10% of American drinkers consume more than…

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The A-List – September 2014

It’s the top of the month and that means it’s time to look back at the best of the best that we’ve reviewed this week. We’re still enjoying a healthy onslaught of bourbons and whiskies thanks to the special/limited edition release season that’s now in full swing, but we also had a very special tequila, Casa…

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