Review: Russian Diamond Vodka

Russian Diamond would like to turn your attention to the Italian fabric labels (hey, it’s felty!) and the 57 filtrations it goes through before bottling. What I want to alert you to is that Russian Diamond is really Russian vodka. With Stoli made (at least in part) in Latvia and Smirnoff made primarily in the…

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Review: Buffalo Trace Distillery Single Oak Project Bourbon Round Eleven

Round 11 of Buffalo Trace’s “Single Oak Project” experiment is here. In case you haven’t been with us for, oh, the last three years of this extravaganza, it’s designed to find the Holy Grail of just what is responsible for the perfect glass of whiskey. Previous rounds can be found here: Round One (including all the basics of the…

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Review: Pernod Absinthe “Original Recipe” (2014)

It wasn’t long ago that Pernod re-entered the market with an authentic absinthe (i.e. one with wormwood in it). But purists complained: Why would Pernod, whose absinthe cred dates back to 1792 and which was the market leader for over a century, release an absinthe with a wholly new recipe? Does not compute. Following a minor…

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The Drinkhacker Shopping List – 01.24.2014

Hello and welcome to the semi-regular feature we’ve come to know and love as the Shopping List, our look back at some of the best and worst tipples we’ve tried over the last few weeks. Along with this list we’ve also been fortunate enough to have expansive tasting reports for St. Emilion Bordeaux wines, Ferrari-Carano,…

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Review: 2010 Sartori Amarone della Valpolicella Estate Collection

A bright and fresh Amarone, this wine offers ripe strawberry and cherry notes, tempered by just the slightest touch of raisin — more evident on the nose than on the palate. The finish sticks with the sweeter side of things, offering a touch of sour cherry and some intriguing black tea notes, too. B+ /…

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Review: 2011 Vina Zaco Rioja and 2009 Vina Pomal Rioja Reserva

Two new Spanish Riojas — both quite young, a twist over the typical Rioja you’ll encounter, which can often be six to eight years old — or more — by the time they hit the shelf. How do these young guns measure up? Here we go… 2011 Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo – Especially young for Rioja,…

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Cocktail Recipes To Beat The Cold

Make no bones about it: it is very, very cold out for a good percentage of the nation. The high for today in my neck of the woods is 9 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -7, and that was at 10am this morning. If you’re in the same situation, here’s a few quick…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.23.2014 – Beam Investor Sues Over Takeover

As previously speculated, all is not going to swell in the Beam-Suntory transition land. Bloomberg is now reporting that an investor is filing suit against Beam alleging the transaction undervalues the company. The suit is being spearheaded by Beam’s largest shareholder, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who lost a pretty hefty sum recently with investments involving…

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