Review: 2011 Sanford Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

The nose of this Santa Rita-originated Pinot Noir offers tantalizing black cherry and raspberry notes, plus hints of black pepper, but the body is heavily extracted to the point where it starts to get a bit pruny. Notes of green olive, currant jelly, and brewed tea. Fun at the start, it ultimately takes things too far…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Hop Trip (2014) and Chasin’ Freshies IPA (2014)

Hey, it’s new editions of Hop Trip and Chasin’ Freshies — limited edition IPA seasonals from our friends at Deschutes. Here we go with reviews! Deschutes Brewery Hop Trip (2014) – A hotter (and more full-bodied) beer than last year’s edition, this pale ale starts off piney but then reveals some chocolate and almond notes,…

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Review: Bluecoat Barrel Finished Gin

Bluecoat has become a beloved gin of the New American school, and now the brand is taking things a step further by launching a barrel-finished expression. Essentially this is standard Bluecoat that is aged — for an unstated length of time — in new American oak barrels. This gives the gin a lively bronzed yellow color, something…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.17.2014 – Quick Links Edition

• In what has to be one of the best whisky ad campaigns of 2014, Laphroaig offers up this hysterical holiday set of ads. set to Christmas carols. Well done. [AdWeek] • More on the march of the craft distillers in America, this time from the Financial Times. They also take us to China to look at the…

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Review: James E. Pepper 1776 Ale

Georgetown Trading is the company behind John L. Sullivan Irish whiskey and James E. Pepper “1776” whiskey — and now the company has decided to get into barrel-aged beers, too. Proprietor Amir Peay explains: We had been selling our whiskey barrels to some great brewers and always loved the beer they had been making, and…

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Review: Virgil Kaine Ginger Infused Bourbon

Ginger and bourbon go together so well that bourbon and ginger ale is a classic, standard, two-ingredient cocktail. Why not put them together in one bottle, then? Named after a supposed bootlegger from South Carolina, where this spirit also hails form, Virgil Kaine is made from a (sourced) “young” bourbon composed from a mash of…

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Review: Glenfiddich “The Original”

In 1963 Glenfiddich launched a single malt whisky and sold it outside of Scotland, a highly unusual move considering that the whisky world at the time really only knew of blended Scotch, not single malts. While many may very well debate the claim (considering single malt whisky dates back to at least the 1400s), the distillery…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 12.15.2014 – DIY Craft & More Edition

Perhaps it’s the spirit of doing it oneself, or the fact that prices for spirits are increasing at a brisk rate, but home distilling is becoming more and more popular. While still seriously illegal, some folks are giving it at go with their own equipment and becoming bonafide craft distillers. [Greeley Tribute] The above also…

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