Review: Stumbras Vodka

Stumbras hails from a large conglomerate in the Baltic region, one of its concerns being distilling. This Lithuanian vodka comes from a distillery that produces a whopping 13 million liters of 350 different beverages each year. The company is the largest producer of spirits in the region. Stumbras produces a variety of vodkas, including many…

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Review: 2011 Palmeri Syrah and “Dark and Brooding” Wines

Palmeri is a small producer in Northern California producing wines from both Sonoma and Napa county. We sampled two of the company’s recent releases. 2011 Palmeri Syrah Alexander Valley Van Ness Vineyard High-Elevation – Made from grapes grown at 1000 feet-plus. It’s an intense wine, the nose thick with anise, leather, and tobacco leaf, the…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.06.2014 – Canadian Beer Company Celebrates Team USA Hockey

The massive snowstorm that hit the majority of the nation, the Winter Classic, and now: the Olympics. For hockey fans, this winter simply can not get any better. In celebration of the forthcoming gold medal from Team USA, Canadian brewer Labatt’s has issued a series of commemorative cans celebrating the outstanding tradition of U.S. Hockey…

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Review: NV La Marca Prosecco

A standby of big box stores and mega liquor retailers, La Marca is unmistakable with its Tiffany-blue label and its frequently sub-$10 price tag. Fresh nose, with a touch of green bean edge. The body is toasty and a bit bready, backed with apple cinnamon character and a touch of grapefruit. It’s nothing special, but…

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Review: Sandeman 2011 Vintage Port and 40 Year Old Tawny Port

We’ve covered the Port-makers at Sandeman fairly regularly through the years. Today we get the honor to look at two of its most treasured bottlings: the latest vintage port release (2011), and the 40 year old tawny expression. Thoughts follow. 2011 Sandeman Vintage Port – Classic currant and some coffee notes on the nose. The body is…

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Review: Breaker Bourbon

The town of Buellton, California is better known as part of the Sideways-famed Southern California wine road. But it turns out they’re making whiskey there, too. Breaker Bourbon is sourced whiskey from our good friends in Indiana, crafted from barrels at least 5 years old. Each batch is a blend of just 8 barrels of whiskey,…

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Review: Magic Hat G-Thing and Heart of Darkness

Two new/seasonal brews from Magic Hat, both with winter on the mind… Magic Hat G-Thing – A ginger spice ale that’s light on the ginger, balanced with a solid ale backbone and touched with just a bit of spice (ginger and cinnamon). Mind you, it’s more ginger than gingerbread — the spicy addition offers ginger’s…

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Review: Pasita and Rompope Liqueurs of Puebla, Mexico

A friend of mine is an American expatriate living in Puebla, Mexico, and on a recent trip to the U.S. she brought me a few minis of Puebla’s unofficial liqueurs — Pasita and Rompope — the likes of which we don’t much see in these parts. I told her I’d review them, more for kicks…

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